Frescoes World Heritage Sites

Five devils and a cowhide on Reichenau Island

Fresco of devils and a cowhide at St George's Basilica

Inside St George’s Basilica on Reichenau Island there is a very special 14th century fresco. A devil is writing something on a cowhide hold by four devils. This is a reference to the German saying Das geht auf keine Kuhhaut (That doesn’t fit on a cowhide).

Frescoes World Heritage Sites

Late Carolingian frescoes on Reichenau Island

Late Carolingian frescoes on Reichenau Island, Germany

At St George’s Basilica I had the change to see some frescoes showing scenes of Jesus Christ’s life described in the bible. Though I had always thought they were of Ottonian period I was told they were created even earlier, so they are considered late Carolingian (9th century).

Industrial Heritage World Heritage Sites

Zeche Zollverein in Essen

Winding tower at Zeche Zollverein, Germany

The Zeche Zollverein (Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex) is a larger former industrial site and is inscribed into the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. I was especially impressed by the use of Bauhaus style for some buildings.

Museums Palaces World Heritage Sites

Eggenberg Palace in Graz

View of Schloss Eggenberg in Graz, Austria

View of Eggenberg Palace (Schloss Eggenberg) taken from the nearby rose mound. Schloss Eggenberg is part of the UNESCO World Culture Heritage Sites since 2010.

Bridges Railviews Railways World Heritage Sites

Landwasser Viaduct at the Albula Railway

Landwasser viaduct at Albula Railway, Switzerland

Pic of my train taken while sitting in the last coach. The train is just passing the famous Landwasser Viaduct of the Albula Railway, a world heritage site in Switzerland. In this huge scenery my train looks like a tiny object of a model railway layout, doesn’t it?

Railways World Heritage Sites

Dome car 2nd class of Albula Railway

Dome car  2nd class of Albula Railway

The Albula Railway links Thusis with St Moritz in Graubünden, Switzerland. Though I had to pay an extra fee, taking the dome car was a good decision. So I had a good view of upcoming sights like the Landwasser Viaduct

Castles Railviews World Heritage Sites

Befogged castle on Semmering Railway

Castle at Semmering Railway, Austria

The Semmering Railway was the first mountain railway in Europe built with a standard gauge track. In 1998 it was added to the list of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. The views from the trains are amazing. E.g. in autumn you can see this befogged castle next to the railroad.

Museums Roman Empire World Heritage Sites

Reconstructed wall of a Roman fort in Bad Homburg

Reconstructed wall of a Roman fort, Germany

A part of the reconstructed wall at the Saalburg shows how the ancient Roman devensive wall looked like. At the outside it was whitewashed and painted with a trompe-l’œil pattern of ashlars.

Industrial Heritage Railviews World Heritage Sites

Völklingen Ironworks in Völklingen

View of the iron works taken from the railway station

The Völklingen Ironworks (Völklinger Hütte) is a World Heritage Site as well as part of the European Route of Industrial Heritage. Today it houses the Ferrodrom, an interactive science center focusing on the making of iron. This photo was taken from a pIatform of the nearby railway station of Völklingen.

Churches Reflections World Heritage Sites

Reflection of three iconic towers in Telč

Reflection of the church of the name of Jesus

The single steeple belongs to the church of St. Jacob’s (Kostel sv. Jakuba), the twin steeples are part of the church of the name of Jesus (Kostel Jména Ježíš). The lake is actually a pond. Telč is also known for its richly decorated market place which is listed as UNESCO World Culture Heritage.