Monthly Archives: May 2011

UNESCO World Heritage Site #130: Historic Centre of Ceský Krumlov

Posted by on May 10, 2011

UNESCO World Heritage Site #130: Historic Centre of Ceský Krumlov

UNESCO World Heritage Site #130: Historic Centre of Ceský Krumlov

From the World Heritage inscription:

?eský Krumlov is an outstanding example of a central European small town dating from the Middle Ages that owes the structure and buildings of its historic core to its economic importance and relatively undisturbed organic development over some five centuries. The town grew up within a meander of the Vltava river, which provides a natural setting of great beauty. Its evolution over time is evident with startling clarity from its buildings and its urban infrastructure. It has profited from a relatively peaceful history in that it has retained its entire medieval layout and most of its historic buildings relatively intact. Restoration and conservation has been slight and so there can be no question as to the authenticity of both the townscape and its components.

My biggest regret in the Czech Republic is not scheduling more time to spend in Cesky Krumlov. This is a great town and should be a priority for everyone who plans to visit the Czech Republic or North-East Austria. The entire city center is a walled fortress and looks like it came out of a storybook. It might be the most under appreciated attraction I’ve seen in Europe.

View the complete list of UNESCO World Heritage sites I have visited.

When Things Seem Slow They Are Actually Quite Busy

Posted by on May 9, 2011

St. Mark's Square in Venice taken from my room aboard the Carnival Magic

St. Mark's Square in Venice taken from my room aboard the Carnival Magic


The last week or so I haven’t posted much. It has been an extreme case of Gary’s Paradox. This has been due to my manic schedule across Europe and the limited Internet access I’ve had on the Carnival Magic as we have been sailing around the Mediterranean.

Just to give you an idea how hectic things have been for me, since I arrived in Europe on April 19 I have been to:

– Prague
– Cesky Krumlov
– Vienna
– Bratislava
– Ljubljana
– Venice
– Dubrovnik
– Sicliy
– Naples
– Rome
– Cinque Terre
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UNESCO World Heritage Site #129: Holašovice Historical Village Reservation

Posted by on May 9, 2011

UNESCO World Heritage Site #129: Holašovice Historical Village Reservation

UNESCO World Heritage Site #129: Holašovice Historical Village Reservation

From the World Heritage inscription:

Holašovice is an exceptionally complete and well-preserved example of a traditional central European village. It has a large number of outstanding 18th- and 19th-century vernacular buildings in a style known as South Bohemian Folk Baroque, and preserves a ground plan dating from the Middle Ages.

I have no idea why this is a World Heritage site. The site itself is extremely small and I’m not sure why examples of South Bohemian villages are of world importance and I’m not sure why this village is such a great example. This is one of the handful of World Heritage sites which I think should never have been listed and if they ever do a clean up of the list, it should be one of the first ones removed.

If you choose to visit, your entire visit can probably be crammed into 10-15 minutes.

View the complete list of UNESCO World Heritage sites I have visited.

UNESCO World Heritage Site #128: Historic Center of Prague

Posted by on May 8, 2011

UNESCO World Heritage Site #128: Historic Center of Prague

UNESCO World Heritage Site #128: Historic Center of Prague

From the World Heritage inscription:

Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe in terms of its setting on both banks of the Vltava River, its townscape of burger houses and palaces punctuated by towers, and its individual buildings.
The Historic Centre represents a supreme manifestation of Medieval urbanism (the New Town of Emperor Charles IV built as the New Jerusalem). The Prague architectural works of the Gothic Period (14th and 15th centuries), of the High Baroque of the 1st half of the 18th century and of the rising modernism after the year 1900, influenced the development of Central Europe, perhaps even all European architecture. Prague represents one of the most prominent world centres of creative life in the field of urbanism and architecture across generations, human mentality and beliefs.

Prague is one of those great cities where the entire city is lumped together as one World Heritage Site. There could be 3 or 4 separate World Heritage Sites in Prague if they were evaluated on their own merits, similar to Kyoto, Paris or Rome. Expect to spend multiple days in Prague to even get close to seeing the highlights in the city.

View my complete list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites