UNESCO Heritage Site #185: the fountain kingdom of Hercules

UNique – 6/10 The monumental statue of Hercules built on top of the tallest hill in Wilhelmshöhe Park dominates the surrounding city of Kassel. At the height of over 520 meters above the sea level, the statue can be seen from many viewpoints throughout Kassel and provides a natural culmination to the numerous natural and … More UNESCO Heritage Site #185: the fountain kingdom of Hercules

UNESCO Heritage Site #105: Sanssouci and Charlottenburg Palaces

In 1745, Frederick, king of the emerging German state of Prussia, decided to build for himself a summer escape residence akin to those built by the French monarchs. However, unlike Versailles, Frederick eschewed palatial grand in favor of the charm of a vineyard villa. Over the next 40 years, this would become the place where … More UNESCO Heritage Site #105: Sanssouci and Charlottenburg Palaces

UNESCO Heritage Sites #70 and #71: Exclusive German-only merchant houses

From Essen, I took the overnight bus to Hamburg, where I dropped my bags off and immediately set off for Lübeck, as it was my next UNESCO destination. Lübeck was a former capital of the Hanseatic League, a trading organization of merchant cities across the Northern Europe. Little known fact (as revealed by Wikipedia), it is … More UNESCO Heritage Sites #70 and #71: Exclusive German-only merchant houses