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Deutsche Bahn, Regional Express, Rhein, Rhine, Bingen, Bingen am Rhein, Germany, fotoeins.com

Germany, inside the numbers for Nov-Dec 2015

(I made the image above at Bingen am Rhein on 25 November 2015.)

I returned to Germany this past fall for a month-long trip. It’s instructive to look back at these key numbers: 15, 8550, 3200, 14, 7385, and 4.


15 consecutive years

2015 marks the 15th year I’ve set foot inside Germany. I lived in Heidelberg, Germany between 2001 and 2003, and since leaving, I’ve returned to the country at least once each year.


In the air for 8550 kilometres

•   One-way distance: 8550 km, YVR-LHR-TXL (Vancouver-London Heathrow-Berlin Tegel).
•   Journey time, including LHR layover: 15h25m east (total), 15h45m hours west (total).

YVR-LHR-TXL, Great Circle Mapper

Vancouver — London (Heathrow) — Berlin (Tegel)


On the train for 3200 kilometres

The following map shows the approximate journey on the train through Germany over the 4-week interval. For more details, click on the “arrow-window” icon at the upper left corner of the map below.

German Rail Pass, Deutsche Bahn, Germany, fotoeins.com

A well-used 10-day German Rail Pass. I didn’t get “controlled” on 25 Nov and 6 Dec.

•   Saving money with 10-day German Rail Pass (GRP).
•   With a deal for the GRP at $440 CAD, usage each “rail day” $44 CAD ($32 USD).
•   Approximate train distances below with distance calculator (in German).

Date GRP Train route Distance (km) Total (km)
11 Nov 1 Berlin Spandau — Hannover Hbf
Hannover Hbf — Steinach
Steinach — Rothenburg odT
244
410
13
667
13 Nov 2 Rothenburg odT — Steinach
Steinach — Würzburg Hbf
Würzburg Hbf — Regensburg Hbf
13
56
205
941
15 Nov 3 Regensburg Hbf — München Hbf 126 1067
17 Nov 4 München Hbf — Karlsruhe Hbf 338 1405
19 Nov Karlsruhe Hbf — Speyer Hbf 50
21 Nov Speyer Hbf — Worms Hbf 43
23 Nov Worms Hbf — Mainz Hbf 48
25 Nov 5 Mainz Hbf — Koblenz Hbf 94 1499
27 Nov 6 Koblenz Hbf — Bielefeld Hbf 308 1807
29 Nov 7 Bielefeld Hbf — Köln Hbf 200 2007
1 Dec 8 Köln Hbf — Magdeburg Hbf 433 2440
3 Dec 9 Magdeburg Hbf — Hannover Hbf
Hannover Hbf — Hamburg Hbf
145
180
2765
6 Dec 10 Hamburg Hbf — Berlin Spandau 300 3065
8 Dec B-Charlottenburg — Potsdam Hbf
(return)
48

•   Over 3000 kilometres covered with GRP.
•   Over 3200 kilometres on intercity trains, not including intracity trains.
•   19, 21, 23 Nov; 8 Dec: not included. 23 Nov thanks to TouristInfo Worms; 8 Dec S-Bahn.


To the 14 cities

I was fortunate to visit cities small and large, including four of the five largest cities in the country. It’s unusual I didn’t fly into Frankfurt airport or stopped inside Frankfurt am Main. I also experienced balmy conditions in mid-November: t-shirt and shorts weather in Munich!

Date City
(State)
Population
(Year)
High
(°C)
Low
(°C)
11-12 Nov Rothenburg ob der Tauber
(Bayern)
10,979
(2014)
+13 +7
13-14 Nov Regensburg
(Bayern)
140,276
(2014)
+13 +4
15-16 Nov München
(Bayern)
1,517,868
(2015)
+23 +10
17-18 Nov Karlsruhe
(Baden-Württemberg)
316,346
(2014)
+17 +12
19-20 Nov Speyer
(Rheinland-Pfalz)
50,050
(2012)
+15 +6
21-22 Nov Worms
(Rheinland-Pfalz)
83,756
(2014)
+9 +2
23-24 Nov Mainz
(Rheinland-Pfalz)
208,176
(2015)
+6 +1
25-26 Nov Koblenz
(Rheinland-Pfalz)
110,677
(2014)
+7 +4
27-28 Nov Bielefeld
(Nordrhein-Westfalen)
330,207
(2015)
+8 -1
29-30 Nov Köln
(Nordrhein-Westfalen)
1,053,528
(2014)
+12 +4
1-2 Dec Magdeburg
(Sachsen-Anhalt)
234,858
(2014)
+11 +5
3-5 Dec Hamburg
(Hamburg)
1,814,597
(2012)
+12 +6
6-10 Dec Berlin
(Berlin)
3,469,800
(2014)
+12 +2
8 Dec Potsdam
(Brandenburg)
163,668
(2014)
Wetterturm, weather tower, Deutsches Museum, Muenchen, Munich, Germany, fotoeins.com

+17C (64F) on the weather tower, at 315pm on 16 Nov 2015 – Deutsches Museum, Munich.


With 7385 photographs

•   Image number, 24521 to 31905
•   7385 photos over 30 days
•   Average of 246 photographs each day

I “flipped” the four-digit image counter on my Canon EOS6D camera for the third time to exceed total exposure number 30-thousand. The reset occurred in Magdeburg, Germany with the image below.

Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany, fotoeins.com

Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg – 3 Dec 2015.


4 highlights

Week 1, 11-18 November

Regensburg’s “Wurstkuchl” is known as one of the oldest places standing in Europe to serve food. High-quality locally-produced ingredients, long queues for sausage.

Week 2, 19-25 November

In what is known as the oldest Jewish cemeteries in Europe, the oldest gravestone in Worms’ Jewish Cemetery (“Holy Sand”) dates back to 1058 AD/CE.

Week 3, 26 November – 2 December

In Magdeburg’s Old Town, the golden “Magdeburg Rider” is a copy of the oldest German equestrian statue (c. 1240 AD) now housed inside the city’s Cultural History Museum.

Week 4, 3-10 December

The “Bridge of Spies” in Potsdam once symbolized the deep Cold War divisions between “east” and “west” as part of the physical border between East Germany and West Berlin.


Thanks to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Regensburg, Karlsruhe, Speyer, Worms, Mainz, Koblenz, and Magdeburg for their kind hospitality and generous access to various services and facilities. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-7wd.

Hamburg Hauptbahnhof, Werner77, Pixabay, Creative Commons license

How I’m saving with the German Rail Pass, Nov-Dec 2015

Continuing the streak of annual visits to the country, I’m “home” for the 14th consecutive year with the following itinerary over four weeks in November and December:

  1. Berlin to Rothenburg ob der Tauber
  2. Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Regensberg
  3. Regensberg to München (Munich)
  4. München to Karlsruhe
  5. Mainz to Koblenz
  6. Koblenz to Bielefeld
  7. Bielefeld to Köln
  8. Köln to Magdeburg
  9. Magdeburg to Hamburg
  10. Hamburg to Berlin

Thanks to their 20% promotion with Rail Europe, I’ve purchased a 2nd-class German Rail Pass for ten days of travel inside one month for $440 (Canada) / $332 (USA).

Cross-Country Savings

I’ve listed in the table below point-to-point fares. I checked fares for individual “legs” on my travel dates at the Deutsche Bahn website, taking note of the lowest and highest 2nd-class fares in both “Sparangebote” (save-money offers) and “Normalpreis” (normal price) categories. The last farecheck occurred on 10 October 2015. I estimated distances using “Route” (road distances) values returned by the Germany distance calculator.

Route, Nov-Dec 2015 Distance Sparangebote Normalpreis
1. Berlin – Rothenburg ob der Tauber 500 km € 29—89 € 117—131
2. Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Regensburg 200 km € 23—29 € 32—57
3. Regensburg – München 130 km € 20—29 € 27—42
4. München – Karlsruhe 280 km € 29—55 € 66—79
5. Mainz – Koblenz 100 km € 19 € 19—22
6. Koblenz – Bielefeld 300 km
€ 29—39
€ 62—65
7. Bielefeld – Köln 190 km
€ 19—29
€ 39—49
8. Köln – Magdeburg 430 km € 29—57 € 87—90
9. Magdeburg – Hamburg 280 km € 29—39 € 43—67
10. Hamburg – Berlin 280 km € 29—45 € 78
TOTALS
(€1 = USD $1.10)
≈ 2700 km
€ 255—430
$ 281—473
€ 570—680
$ 627—748
10-day German Rail Pass
(with 2015 autumn 20% promotion)
USD $332 USD $332
$ USD saved < $141 $295—416

The Rail Pass does not restrict the passholder to a specific train on a given date and time. To save the most money, purchasing individual Sparpreis fares ahead of time would be the way to go. I could save money by purchasing individual “Sparangebote” fares well in advance. Otherwise, there are generally available “Normalpreis” fares, which are less restrictive but more expensive. The price difference between Sparangebote and Normalpreis fares is larger with long-distance rail journeys over 250 km.

I demand schedule flexibility, and that’s why I purchase a Rail Pass in advance. If I decide at the last mintue to stay longer or leave early, I can’t change a “fixed” ticket without incurring extra fees. My 10-day Rail Pass allows me the freedom to take a train on any day at any time. This versatility saves me at least USD $300.

Deutsche Bahn lists the following conditions for their two categories.

Sparangebote: Preis für alle Reisenden. Bei Aktionsangeboten und regionalen Angeboten gelten besondere Konditionen. Zugbindung, d.h. Ihre Fahrkarte ist nur in den auf Ihrer Fahrkarte aufgedruckten Zügen gültig. Umtausch und Erstattung 15 EUR; ab 1. Geltungstag ausgeschlossen.

Normalpreis: Preis für alle Reisenden. Volle Flexibilität (keine Zugbindung/unabhängig von der angegebenen Verbindung auf der gewählten Strecke). Umtausch und Erstattung kostenlos, ab dem 1. Geltungstag 15 EUR.

My translation is:

Savings offers: price for all travelers. Conditions apply to special and regional offers. Your ticket is valid only as printed for the specified train. 15 EUR charge for exchange or refund before the first valid day; no exchange or refund afterwards.

Normal price: price for all travelers. Full flexibility (no specific train / regardless of specific connection on the chosen route). No charge for exchange and refund before the first valid day; 15 EUR charge afterwards.

Berlin Hauptbahnhof, LoboStudioHamburg, pixabay, Creative Commons license

Berlin Hauptbahnhof (LoboStudioHamburg, on Pixabay)


Previously, on German rail and rail passes

•   German Rail Pass, November-December 2014
•   German Rail Pass, July-August 2013
•   German Rail Pass, late-2012 RTW
•   Yet another trip with German Rail (2011)
•   Across the country with German Rail
•   Saving money with a German Rail Pass
•   Flexibility with a German Rail Pass

The two photos are from Pixabay by Werner77 (H Hbf) and LoboStudioHamburg (B Hbf), respectively; both photos are used with the generosity of the Creative Commons license. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-7iZ.

No Connection, Unpaid, My Own Opinions Disclosure: No Connection, Unpaid, My Own Opinions. I have not received any compensation for writing this content and I have no material connection to the brands, topics and/or products that are mentioned herein (cmp.ly/0).

Marktplatz, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, all-free-photos.com

Germany: back home again this fall (2015)

One might think it’s relatively easy to exhaust many good, beautiful, and interesting places in Germany, especially a country I’ve visited at least once every year since 2001. While there are notable and important repeats, the upcoming itinerary includes some first-time visits:

  • 10 November : arrival in Berlin (Spandau, with short turnaround time)
  • 11-13 Nov : Rothenburg ob der Tauber (via Hannover and Steinach)
  • 13-15 Nov : Regensburg (via Steinach and Würzburg)
  • 15-17 Nov : München
  • 17-19 Nov : Karlsruhe
  • 19-21 Nov : Speyer
  • 21-23 Nov : Worms
  • 23-25 Nov : Mainz
  • 25-27 Nov : Koblenz
  • 27-29 Nov : Bielefeld
  • 29 Nov – 1 Dec : Köln
  • 1-3 Dec : Magdeburg (via Hannover)
  • 3-6 Dec : Hamburg (via Hannover)
  • 6-10 Dec : Berlin
  • 10 December : departure from Berlin

Nicht nur Fernweh, sondern auch Heimweh …

I’m looking forward to these highlights:

  1. First time in Bavaria’s Middle Franconia and Upper Palatinate regions
  2. I haven’t set foot in Munich since mid-December 2012
  3. SCHUM Cities
  4. Despite a bunch of time in and around Heidelberg, first visits to cities along the Rhein
  5. Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmarkt) begins again 20 November
  6. American Thanksgiving once again with some fine people in Bielefeld
  7. First visit to next year’s host city for GTM16
  8. I haven’t set foot in Hamburg since early-October 2011
  9. The list for Berlin remains agonizingly long
  10. Döner Dürüm, Maultaschen, Mohnschnecke, Quarktasche …

In the next post, I’ll describe how I’m saving (yet again) with an advance purchase of a 10-day German Rail Pass. What I planned and saw last autumn 2014: here with a German Rail Pass.

Berlin-Tegel Airport, TXL, Flughafen Berlin-Tegel Otto Lilienthal, 20090401 Wikimedia, by Simisa, CC3.0

Flughafen Berlin-Tegel Otto Lilienthal (TXL), by Simisa on Wikimedia

The first photo of Market Square in Rothenburg ob der Tauber is from all-free-photos.com. The second photo and panorama of Berlin-Tegel Airport is by Simisa on Wikimedia. Both photos are used with the Creative Commons license. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com at http://wp.me/p1BIdT-7j1.

Should I buy a German rail ticket in advance?

A friend, an astronomy colleague, and kind reader from the USA asked:

I was just trying to figure out the German train booking system for a trip I’m taking between Frankfurt am Main and Bonn this July and thought I’d ask you before doing something stupid. Would it be easier/better to buy ahead or should I just want until I’m in country and buy it at the airport.

An excellent question about Deutsche Bahn (DB)

DB ICE (InterCityExpress) at Stuttgart Hbf, by Greg O'Beirne, CC BY 2.5

DB InterCityExpress train, photo by Greg O’Beirne (Wiki, CC BY 2.5)

Buy a ticket before or after arrival?

If you can afford it, I would wait until you’re in country. A big reason is this: if you buy ahead, your ticket is tied to a specific train and time. If for any reason your plane is late arriving in Frankfurt, you may be stuck with buying a new ticket, as an advance ticket with savings will likely have restrictions which you should check if you decide to buy early.

If you decide to buy a ticket upon arrival, you have the benefit of being rushed. At Frankfurt airport, follow the signs to Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbahnhof (Frankfurt airport station for long-distance trains). When you enter the train station, you’ll find automated machines to buy your ticket. The machines allow you to change the language, and subsequent transactions allow cash, European EC cards, and major credit cards. Alternatively, you can enter a staffed DB-Reisezentrum (DB travel centre), which is not the same as a staffed information booth. Buying a ticket over the counter with the help of a member of the DB staff may incur an extra charge of a few Euros.

Have a look at Deutsche Bahn’s USA/English website; enter “Frankfurt Airport” and “Bonn” for departure and arrival stations, respectively, as well as the appropriate date and time.

If you think you’re going to be on the train on 5 or more separate days, you might consider a RailEurope pass. The savings are significant on long-distance trains with distances in excess of about 250 kilometres. I’ve written about how 5- and 10-day RailEurope passes in Germany have saved me money.

Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbahnhof, Airport long-distance train station, by zug55, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbahnhof, by zug55 on Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

•   Frankfurt airport railway stations: Regionalbahnhof, Fernbahnhof
•   Rail connections from Frankfurt Airport to cities in Germany and beyond, PDF

No Connection, Unpaid, My Own Opinions Disclosure: No Connection, Unpaid, My Own Opinions. I have not received any compensation for writing this content and I have no material connection to Deutsche Bahn or RailEurope (cmp.ly/0). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-6MP.

Plugging 19 UNESCO Heritage Sites Around the World

I’ve been fortunate to experience significant travel since 1995: first as a green graduate student on my first (of many) trips to Chile; followed by the opportunity to live and work in 3 countries on 3 continents inside a span of 10 years. I didn’t give much thought about their relative importance at the time, but I’m lucky to have visited a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS).

I’ve written previously about 5 UNESCO sites in Germany with a future upcoming post listing another five in the country. But here, I list and briefly describe here 19 additional UNESCO Heritage Sites from around the world.

  1. Australia: Blue Mountains (Katoomba)
  2. Australia: Sydney Opera House
  3. Argentina: Iguazú Falls, Iguazú National Park
  4. Brazil: Iguaçu Falls, Iguaçu National Park
  5. Brazil: Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves (Curitiba)
  6. China: Historic Centre of Macao
  7. Czech Republic: Historic Centre of Prague
  8. Czech Republic: Kutná Hora
  9. Denmark: Kronborg Castle (Helsingør)
  10. France: Historic Site of Lyons
  11. Italy: Cinque Terre
  12. México: Historic Centre of México City
  13. México: San Miguel de Allende
  14. New Zealand: Te Wāhipounamu (South Island)
  15. Spain: Alhambra, Generalife, & Albayzín (Granada)
  16. Spain: Cathedral, Alcázar & Archivo de Indias in Seville
  17. Sweden: Skogskyrkogården (Stockholm)
  18. United Kingdom: Old & New Towns of Edinburgh (Scotland)
  19. USA: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Big Island)

Australia: Greater Blue Mountains Area

After moving to Chile in 2006, I traveled across the southern Pacific to Australia several times over the subsequent five years. My friends in Sydney were very kind to take me on the drive west from Sydney for a weekend in Katoomba and the Blue Mountains National Park. Surrounded by the eucalyptus mist, there’s good reason why there’s a big blue aura.

•   UNESCO WHS listing

Three Sisters, Blue Mountains, Katoomba, fotoeins.com

Kedumba View: Three Sisters and Kings Tableland, Katoomba (HL)

Australia: Sydney Opera House

I have to see the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge (a.k.a., “The Coathanger”) whenever I’m in Sydney. They’re not going anywhere, but whenever I’m in the city, I always take the train to Circular Quay, because when I disembark onto the station’s platform, the view immediately assures me they’re still there

•   UNESCO WHS listing

Morning on the Opera House and the Coathanger, Sydney, fotoeins.com

Good morning to the Opera House and the Coathanger (HL)

Argentina: Iguazu National Park

Personal tip: spend at least two days, with the 1st day on the Brazilian side at Foz do Iguçu (Iguacu Falls), and the 2nd day on the Argentinian side at Las Cataratas del Iguazú (Iguazu Falls).

•   UNESCO WHS listing, Argentina

Cataratas del Iguacu, Iguacu Falls, Argentina, fotoeins.com

Near the Devil’s Mouth, Iguazú Falls, Argentina (HL)

Brazil: Iguaçu National Park

Personal tip: spend at least two days, with the 1st day on the Brazilian side at Foz do Iguaçu (Iguacu Falls), and the 2nd day on the Argentinian side at Las Cataratas del Iguazú (Iguazu Falls).

•   UNESCO WHS listing, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu, Cataratas do Iguacu, Brazil, fotoeins.com

Iguaçu Falls, Brazil (HL)

Brazil: Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves

Visiting portrait-and-fashion photographer and friend Paula in Curitiba in southern Brazil, I’m taken on a drive east from the city into the Atlantic rain forest next to the Serro do Mar mountains to Santuário Nhundiaquar and Morretes for an easy day-trip.

•   UNESCO WHS listing

Santuário Nhundiaquara, Serro do Mar, Paraná, Brazil, fotoeins.com

Santuário Nhundiaquara, Serro do Mar, Paraná state (HL)

China: Historic Centre of Macao (澳門)

It’s less than one hour on the ferry from Hong Kong, and I’m in the other former European colony bordering China next to the South China Sea. In Macau, I see signs in Chinese, English, and Portuguese. Called 澳門 (“Oh-moon”) meaning “gates to the bay or inlet”, Macau is the other Special Administrative Region of the P.R.C.

•   UNESCO WHS listing

South view from the Ruins of St. Paul, Macau, fotoeins.com

South view of the city from the Ruins of St. Paul (HL)

Czech Republic: Historic Centre of Prague

I’ve visited this open-air museum of a city over a dozen times. When I’m away for too long, I ache for her, like a lost lover, and it’s why I wrote this love letter to Praha.

•   UNESCO WHS listing

Morning moon over Prague Castle, Prague, fotoeins.com

Morning moon over Pražský hrad (HL)

Czech Republic: Kutná Hora

It might surprise some to know the famous “bone church” in Sedlec is not included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site listing for Kutná Hora. The listing includes the Church of St Barbara in the old town’s centre and the Cathedral of Our Lady in Sedlec (shown below).

•   UNESCO WHS listing

Cathedral of Our Lady at Sedlec, Chrám Nanebevzetí Panny Marie, Kutná Hora, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Cathedral of Our Lady (Chrám Nanebevzetí Panny Marie) in Sedlec (HL)

Denmark: Kronborg Castle (Helsingør)

In the Danish town of Helsingør (Elsinore), Kronborg Castle keeps watch over the narrowest portion of Øresund Strait between Denmark and Sweden, and is the inspiration for Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, which gives this castle its unofficial name of “Hamlet’s castle”.

•   UNESCO WHS listing.

Kronborg Slot, Helsingor, Denmark, fotoeins.com

Elsinore’s Hamlet castle (HL)

France: Historic Site of Lyons

Lyon is a home of French gastronomy and the historical home to French cinematography with the Lumière brothers. As an introduction to southern France, I’m completely charmed by the city, her people and their neighbourhoods, and traditional French cuisine.

•   UNESCO WHS listing

Fourvière, Louis XIV, Place Bellecour, Lyon, France, fotoeins.com

From Place Bellecour, Louis XIV looks over to Fourvière (HL)

Italy: Cinque Terre

After a week-long workshop in Rapallo on the Ligurian Riviera, I have the entire Saturday to travel along the Cinque Terre route and coastline by train and on foot. I’m at all five key stops: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore; I easily envision spending a few days in each of the five villages.

•   UNESCO WHS listing

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy, fotoeins.com

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre (HL)

México: Historic Centre of México City

By all accounts, there are as many people packed into the metropolitan region of the Mexican capital city as there are people in all of Canada. It’s something to wrap around in my brain, until I realize there’s no other place I’d rather be when I think of Mexico, her living history, and satisfying early-morning munchies in a taquería in the city’s Coyoacán.

•   UNESCO WHS listing

Ciudad de Mexico, Distrito Federal, Mexico, fotoeins.com

Zócalo, Plaza de la Constitucion (HL)

México: San Miguel de Allende

Thanks to my friends in the D.F., we take off northwest from Mexico City for a weekend in this historical town with beauty, charm, and a lot of expats from both Canada and the US.

•   UNESCO WHS listing

Jardin Allende, San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico

Jardin Allende (HL)

New Zealand: Te Wāhipounamu

Te Wāhipounamu (Māori for “the place of greenstone”) is located in the southwest corner of New Zealand’s South Island, and includes Westland National Park, Mount Cook National Park, and Fiordland National Park. For me, this place is pure magic, especially under clear skies, with her unbelievably deep blues and greens. Even now, I hear from afar her calls with anthems in both Māori and English.

•   UNESCO WHS listing

Harrison Cove, Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, South Island, New Zealand, fotoeins.com

Calm waters at Harrison Cove, Milford Sound (HL)

Spain: Alhambra, Generalife, & Albayzín (Granada)

One of my first introductions to Spain and Andalucía is Granada. What better way for me to see this place is the Alhambra illuminated in the golden hour with the snow-covered Sierra Nevada mountains in the background. I followed this view for some special magic with a nighttime tour of the Alhambra.

•   UNESCO WHS listing

Alhambra, Sierra Nevada, Granada, Andalucia, Spain, fotoeins.com

Alhambra, Sierra Nevada (HL)

Spain: Cathedral, Alcázar & Archivo de Indias in Seville

•   UNESCO WHS listing

Cathedral, Sevilla, Spain, fotoeins.com

Catedral de Santa María de la Sede: largest gothic cathedral in the world (HL)

Sweden: Skogskyrkogården (Stockholm)

I’d been reading about Great Garbo, and it felt like a special moment to visit Stockholm’s forest cemetery and to pay silent respect at her final resting place.

•   UNESCO WHS listing

Skogskyrkogarden, Forest Cemetery, Stockholm, Sweden, fotoeins.com

Stockholm’s forest cemetery (HL)

United Kingdom: Old & New Towns of Edinburgh (Scotland)

Were 2 days in Edinburgh enough time? The answer is a big no; I want a full week to explore more of the little side alleys, nooks, and crannies in the old town.

•   UNESCO WHS listing

Calton Hill, Canongate Kirk, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland, fotoeins.com

Calton Hill from Canongate Kirk (HL)

USA: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Big Island)

This was once parkland. This was once a paved highway. Now, it’s all covered by pahoehoe from a recent eruption and lava flow. It’s real, it’s happening; the Big Island is still getting bigger through powerful internal forces from inside our planet.

•   UNESCO WHS listing

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island, Hawaii, USA, fotoeins.com

Sitting on the pahoehoe lava, waiting for the afterdark glow: Ka Lae Apuki (HL)

Do you have a favourite or must-see UNESCO World Heritage Site? Please leave your comment below!

Sunday TravelerI made all of the photos above between 2007 and 2013. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-nr, and is part of the Sunday Traveler series.

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