Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany

Brief description

The Ancient Beech Forests of Germany, represent examples of on-going post-glacial biological and ecological evolution of terrestrial ecosystems and are indispensable to understanding the spread of the beech (Fagus sylvatica) in the Northern Hemisphere across a variety of environments. The new inscription represents the addition of five forests totaling 4,391 hectares that are added to the 29,278 hectares of Slovakian and Ukranian beech forests inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2007.

In 2017, the site was extended still further, and the name became Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe. It now stretches over 12 countries, and the citation reads: This transboundary extension of the World Heritage site of the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany (Germany, Slovakia, Ukraine) stretches over 12 countries. Since the end of the last Ice Age, European beech spread from a few isolated refuges in the Alps, Carpathians, Mediterranean and Pyrenees over a short period of a few thousand years in a process that is still ongoing. This successful expansion is related to the tree’s flexibility and tolerance of different climatic, geographical and physical conditions.

Unesco WHS list ref: 1133

I have never visited this site (at least I don’t think so, it does cover  huge area now!).

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Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps

Brief description

This serial property of 111 small individual sites encompasses the remains of prehistoric pile-dwelling (or stilt house) settlements in and around the Alps built from around 5000 to 500 B.C. on the edges of lakes, rivers or wetlands.

Unesco WHS list ref:  1363

I dont think I’ve ever seen one of these sites – but as there are 111, surely they shouldn’t be that hard to track!

From my collection

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Historic Centre of Vienna

Brief description

The historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks.

Unesco WHS list ref:  1033

I visited Vienna as part of a european rail journey in the early 1990s – I remember it was beautiful but they were in the middle of a tram building programme, so I’d love to go back (assuming it is now complete?!)

From my collection

Vienna - Wien

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vienna-austria

Vienna 1 (contains Schonbrunn palace too)

vienna2-austria

Vienna 2

Fertö / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape

Brief description

The meeting place of different cultures for eight millennia. Rural villages surround the Neusiedler Lake, and there are several 18th- and 19th-century palaces.

Unesco WHS list ref:  772

I’ve never visited this site.

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Neusiedlersee

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Wachau Cultural Landscape

Brief description

A stretch of the Danube Valley between Melk and Krems, a landscape of high visual quality.  The Wachau is a cultural landscape featuring a harmonious interrelation between water, natural and close-to-natural areas, wine terraces, forests, and human settlements, linked by the freely flowing Danube. The abbeys of Melk and of Göttweig, with outstanding monumental features as well as a number of historic towns and villages, exhibit significant material evidence of history and evolution over time.

Unesco WHS list ref:  970

I’ve visited Austria, but dont think I went through this area.Would love to, not least because the Abbey at Melk has an amazing library!

From my collection

Wachau Krems

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City of Graz – Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg

Brief description

Graz reflects artistic and architectural movements originating from the Germanic region, the Balkans and the Mediterranean, for which it served as a crossroads for centuries.

Unesco WHS list ref:  931

I’ve visited Austria, but not yet been to Graz.

From my collection

Graz

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Semmering Railway

Brief description

Built over 41 km of high mountains between 1848 and 1854, this railway is one of the greatest feats of civil engineering from this pioneering phase of railway building. It is still in use today.

Unesco WHS list ref:  785

I’ve visited Austria, but not yet travelled on this railway.

From my collection

Semmering

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