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Monday Travel Update – Half Way Through Germany Edition

Panoramic image of the Upper Middle Rhine River Valley

Panoramic image of the Upper Middle Rhine River Valley

I am now half way through my German World Heritage tour where I visit the remaining 27 UNESCO World Heritage Sites which I have yet to visit in the country.

Today I find myself south of Frankfurt where I visited the Frontiers of the Roman Empire in Saalburg late yesterday afternoon in a snowstorm. So far I’ve visited 14 of the 28 sites on my list. Today was my busiest day of the trip as I visit 3 sites in a single day. I was able to do this because they were reasonably close together with less than an hour drive between them.

The operative word for the trip so far has been “cold”. Just before I left Berlin last week a cold front came through and dumped snow over most of the country. Temperatures have been unusually cold for most of the country and I’ve had to wear multiple layers of clothes in order to keep warm, as I don’t have a winter coat with me. Thankfully temperatures are starting to go back up again and hopefully the snows will be gone soon.

Revisiting the Wadden Sea was on my agenda

So far I’ve really been enjoying this trip. Having a car makes all the difference in the world. The stress I normally have to deal with when taking trains or planes is gone. There is no way I could have done a schedule this ambitious any other way.

I’m also learning a lot. It is like I’m going on 2 class field trips every single day. The subjects I’m learning about vary greatly, from 20th century industrial systems to Roman architecture to the politics of the Hanseatic League.

Here is a summary of the world heritage sites I’ve visited so far:

I still have 14 more sites to visit and I am looking forward to seeing the remainder. They include gardens, a factory, an opera house, more churches, palaces and medieval towns. I’ll also be visiting Neuschwanstein Castle, which is not a world heritage site, but still pretty cool.

One downside of trips like these is that my days are almost completely full either taking photos or driving. By the time I get to my hotel in the evening I only have limited time to work and edit photos.

I also don’t really have any time to do my laundry. I’m not going to say how long it has been since I last washed my clothes, but you would be shocked. Even worse, I probably wont be able to get around to it until I am back in Berlin.

If you ever get a chance to go on a world heritage road trip like this, I highly recommend it. It is more educational than school and a whole lot of fun.

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  1. Barbara says:

    Wow, I’m impressed. That’s really some awesome traveling you are doing and the photographs are beautiful. We’ve been to some of these UNESCO sites but I would someday love to put all of these on my “been there” list! Thanks for the visual tour, it was great!

  2. You visited 14 already? I only visited 4! lol..
    I still have a long way to go to catch you. :))

  3. Steve says:

    Great to see you visiting my homecountry and one of new UNESCO sites – the wadden sea is right at my front door and really impressive.

    Last year i’ve also been to Essen to visit the Zeche Zollverein, here is the related video: http://www.back-packer.org/2012/10/coal-and-culture-in-essen-germany-videoblog-027/

    Enjoy the rest of your time in Germany!

  4. The Guy says:

    Great to see the trip going so well and you are cramming so many UNESCO sites. I hope you get to stay in one place for a couple of nights so you can use the hotel laundry.

  5. wondernuts says:

    I’ve been learning german for when we go to germany (and because I like words with this: ß)

    These photos are absolutely lovely and what an awesome trip to go on, too! I’m kinda jealous. =) But, seriously, it’s great that you post history with the UNESCO photos.

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