I have recently become completely obsessed with UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. It is the ultimate to do list. When T was in Germany and I was still waiting for my visa in South Africa, I drowned myself in Chrome tabs of German World Heritage Sites. I couch traveled to Germany, and I planned where to go, and these WHS were a great starting point.
UNESCO currently has 38 of the sites in Germany. I plan to see every one while I’m here. I’ve seen six so far, another three are planned for this weekend in Berlin, and then we’re going to have to get cracking with another 30 to go.
Each one of the six places I have seen has taken my breath away. As in, my jaw dropped down, my eyes opened wider, and I forgot how to breathe. I tried to take it all in at once, and just couldn’t. The magnificence of these places is completely overwhelming. Lübeck is constantly and consistently beautiful; every street corner, ever newly discovered building, all of it. You almost get used to it. And then you find the Dom garden. Augustusburg Castle is just so pretty and fairy tale-like. Standing next to the Köln Cathedral, you just feel like a tiny ant. You wonder how on earth they build that without electricity. Aachen Cathedral had the most amazing, minute details – a little mouse painted into the artwork to pay tribute to the church mice. Speyer Dom makes you realise how insignificant you are compared to the world. You remember that you are only one six billionth of one little blue planet. And then the organ plays and you’re drowning in beauty and magnitude and awe. You drive 30 km to Maulbronn, and it feels like you’re no longer in the same world.
We just don’t have that kind of majesty being created anymore.
I’m so lucky that I am able to visit each place in my own time, that I have this incredible opportunity to do this, and that is why I need to record it. This is, by far, my favourite travelogue yet.
I made the travelogue simple, like I always do. Each site would get two photos, and then I could put the photos and a little bit of memorabilia in any way that I wished. I quite like how it’s looking so far…