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In 2010 I visited the Plitvice lakes and was stunned by its sheer beauty. It was like walking through a fairy tale landscape and it really felt like something special. Since this is a WHS and I agreed with my partner we should do this more often (instead of laying on the beach drinking beer) I started to study the list for more sites to visit. After all they claim to be of "outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity".

Over the years this "WHS-thing" grew upon me. It got so important it evolved into the quest most people here are suffering from. Unfortunately I can't say the same thing about my partner. She prefers the beach again. I often have to use lame excuses to drag her of it and join me at yet another WHS-visit.

I recently started to blog about my adventures. If anyone is interested:

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Alto Douro Echwel

Alto Douro by echwel

It’s not always easy to convice my wife we need to go to yet another world heritage site but I had no problems when I announced Alto Douro to her. We both love the Porto wines they produce overthere and even she thougt a day of tasting and drinking is not something you skip while being in the area.

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San Gimignano Echwel

San Gimignano by echwel

If you’re serious about WHS-hunting make sure you pay a visit to Tuscany, Italy. In a relative small area you can find 7 top notch sites of which San Gimignano is one. Although most of you probably have seen your fair share of medieval towns this one really stands out, literally that is.

The unique thing about San Gimignano is its centuries old skyline. Back in medieval times there was a bit of trouble between the pope and the emperor who both wanted absolute power. They each had their own gang of supporters called Guelfi (popefans) and Ghibellini (emperorsupporters). The two rival sections were at eachother's throat and this let to the building of, in total, 72 defensive towers. Fourteen still stand.

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Beemster Polder Echwel

Beemster Polder by echwel

“When will we be there?”, asked my wife when we were driving in the middle of the WHS Beemster. A question, I quess, which kind of sums up the outstanding universal value of the site; if you don’t know about it you will have a hard time seeing and appreciating it.

Because the Beemster just looks like any other “polder”, a green flat meadow, I couldn’t really blame her. However, when it was created in the 17th century the Dutch made an effort to create the most ideal landscape ever made. It was the time of the Renaissance and old ideals about order, symmetry and harmony were pumped in the new land as to give it a feeling of harmony and proportion. Everything what you see nowadays is actually the result of quite some thinking.

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Aachen Cathedral Echwel

Aachen Cathedral by echwel

Everyone knows how popular cathedrals are in Unesco´s list. I know how some kind of a fatique can emerge ticking off yet another one. But do please forget about these kind of prejudice when visiting Aachen. This one is truly worthy of its worldheritage qualification.

Already when entering the church you’ll know this one is special. You will probably be impressed by its coulourful mosaics, not a sight very common with (gothic) cathedrals, and its overall appearance. But it gets way better than that. What I think makes it more interesting is the stroy behind the building, its hidden symbolism. This stuff fascinates me and Charlemagne didn’t disappoint me.

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Vizcaya Bridge Echwel

Vizcaya Bridge by echwel

My wife does not share the same passion about Unesco´s list as I do. To me every site is worth a visit, to her only a few. I have visited some sites on my own but soon found out that sharing is a big part of the fun. So I had to think of something to get her accompanying me. She´s okay with visiting charming old cities but is less enthusiastic about industrial heritage and stuff like that.

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Name: Echwel

Country: NL

Visited WHS: 151

Most Impressive: Plitvice/Granada

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Recently Visited WHS

Update 19.09.17


  1. Major Town Houses
  2. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  3. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  4. Val di Noto
  5. Guimarães
  6. Vienna
  7. Alto Douro
  8. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  9. Stralsund and Wismar
  10. Trebic
  11. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  12. Primeval Beech Forests
  13. Liverpool
  14. Thingvellir
  15. Causses and Cévennes
  16. Regensburg
  17. Le Havre
  18. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  19. Syracuse
  20. Vizcaya Bridge
  21. Dolomites
  22. Bordeaux
  23. Fortifications of Vauban
  24. Stoclet House
  25. Tower of Hercules
  26. Wadden Sea
  27. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  28. Redwood
  29. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  30. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  31. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  32. Fagus Factory
  33. University of Coimbra
  34. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  35. Burgundy
  36. Mount Etna
  37. Van Nellefabriek
  38. Corvey
  39. Champagne
  40. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  41. Antequera Dolmens Site
  42. Fontainebleau
  43. Arles
  44. Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay
  45. Speyer Cathedral
  46. Florence
  47. Medici Villas and Gardens
  48. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  49. Avignon
  50. Nancy
  51. Belem
  52. Monastery of Batalha
  53. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  54. Lübeck
  55. Vatican City
  56. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  57. Cracow
  58. Cologne Cathedral
  59. Aachen Cathedral
  60. Yosemite National Park
  61. Altamira Cave
  62. Asturian Monuments
  63. Cordoba
  64. Granada
  65. Burgos Cathedral
  66. El Escurial
  67. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  68. Pont du Gard
  69. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  70. Istanbul
  71. Evora
  72. Trier
  73. Seville
  74. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  75. Budapest
  76. Westminster
  77. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  78. Tower of London
  79. Rhodes
  80. Strasbourg
  81. Monastery of Alcobaça
  82. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  83. Potsdam
  84. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  85. Quedlinburg
  86. Maulbronn Monastery
  87. San Gimignano
  88. Birka and Hovgarden
  89. Skogskyrkogarden
  90. Drottningholm
  91. Butrint
  92. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  93. Reims
  94. Prague
  95. Cesky Krumlov
  96. Telc
  97. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  98. Bamberg
  99. Bourges Cathedral
  100. Brú na Bóinne
  101. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  102. Donana National Park
  103. Völklingen Ironworks
  104. City of Luxembourg
  105. Siena
  106. Sintra
  107. Bauhaus Sites
  108. Schokland
  109. Grand Canyon
  110. Oporto
  111. Sceilg Mhichíl
  112. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  113. Canal du Midi
  114. Luther Memorials
  115. Schönbrunn
  116. Mont-Saint-Michel
  117. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  118. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  119. Chartres Cathedral
  120. Kinderdijk
  121. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  122. Versailles
  123. Agrigento
  124. Villa Romana del Casale
  125. Vézelay
  126. Classical Weimar
  127. Flemish Béguinages
  128. The Four Lifts
  129. Grand Place, Brussels
  130. Holasovice
  131. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  132. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  133. Lyon
  134. Provins
  135. Bellinzone
  136. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  137. Wartburg Castle
  138. Beemster Polder
  139. Isole Eolie
  140. Rome
  141. Saint-Emilion
  142. Loire Valley
  143. Belfries
  144. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  145. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  146. Zollverein
  147. Corfu
  148. Plitvice Lakes
  149. Roman Walls of Lugo
  150. Atapuerca
  151. Brugge
  1. Centro Storico di Lucca (T)
  2. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  3. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings (T)
  4. Great Spas of Europe (T)
  5. Great Spas of Europe (T)
  6. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  7. Koloniën van Weldadigheid (agricultural pauper colony) (T)
  8. La Camargue (T)
  9. La Rioja and Rioja Alavesa Vine and Wine Cultural Landscape (T)
  10. Le massif forestier de Fontainebleau (T)
  11. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  12. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  13. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise et leur territoire: Nimes, Arles, Glanum, aqueducs, via Domitia (T)
  14. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  15. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  16. Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie (T)
  17. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  18. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  19. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  20. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
  21. Romanesque Cultural Enclave in the North of Castile-Leon and the South of Cantabria (T)
  22. Routes of Santiago de Compostela: Routes in Portugal (T)
  23. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  24. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  25. Sites of Globalization (T)
  26. Taormina and Isola Bella (T)
  27. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  28. The Marble Basin of Carrara (T)
  29. The Ribeira Sacra, Lugo and Orense (T)
  30. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  31. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  32. Vatnajökull National Park (T)
  33. Volterra: Historical City and Cultural Landscape (T)
  34. Voormalige Nazorgkolonie en Sanatorium Zonnestraal (T)
  1. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library
  2. Bagan
  3. Cenotes of the Yucatan
  4. City of Herat
  5. Cultural Landscape of Santorini
  6. Death Valley National Park
  7. El Nido Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area
  8. Ephesus
  9. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Frank Gehry
  10. Jericho
  11. Kuhikugu
  12. Lake Titicaca
  13. Mecca, Kaaba
  14. Silk Roads
  15. Sites Mégalithiques de Carnac
  16. Transiberian Railway
  17. Ur
  18. Vatnajökull National Park
  19. Westhoek: places of memory and monuments of the Great War
  1. Galapagos Islands
  2. Lower Valley of the Awash
  3. Val di Noto
  4. Vienna
  5. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  6. Novodevichy Convent
  7. Rio de Janeiro
  8. Fujian Tulou
  9. Persepolis
  10. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  11. Thingvellir
  12. Tropical Rainforest Sumatra
  13. Gulf of California
  14. West Norwegian Fjords
  15. Bam Cultural Landscape
  16. Kathmandu Valley
  17. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries
  18. Crac des Chevaliers
  19. Ouro Preto
  20. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  21. Shushtar
  22. Longobards in Italy
  23. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  24. Redwood
  25. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  26. Wadi Rum
  27. Çatalhöyük
  28. Decorated cave of Pont d'Arc
  29. Okavango Delta
  30. Bethlehem
  31. Silk Roads
  32. Los Glaciares
  33. Stone Spheres of the Diquís
  34. Qhapaq Ñan
  35. Old City of Jerusalem
  36. Aksum
  37. Great Barrier Reef
  38. Serengeti
  39. Arles
  40. Medina of Fez
  41. Fort and Shalamar Gardens
  42. Florence
  43. Lalibela
  44. Tasmanian Wilderness
  45. Leptis Magna
  46. Damascus
  47. Rila Monastery
  48. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  49. Sun Temple, Konarak
  50. Taj Mahal
  51. Lübeck
  52. Cuzco
  53. Machu Picchu
  54. Yellowstone
  55. Vatican City
  56. Cracow
  57. Baalbek
  58. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  59. Auschwitz Birkenau
  60. Altamira Cave
  61. Segovia
  62. Cordoba
  63. Granada
  64. Burgos Cathedral
  65. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  66. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  67. Petra
  68. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  69. Kaziranga National Park
  70. Iguacu
  71. Istanbul
  72. Göreme NP
  73. Site of Carthage
  74. Stonehenge
  75. Gwynedd Castles
  76. Seville
  77. Sana'a
  78. Venice and its Lagoon
  79. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  80. Budapest
  81. Kilimanjaro National Park
  82. Acropolis
  83. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  84. Teotihuacan
  85. Potosi
  86. Westminster
  87. Great Wall
  88. Imperial Palace
  89. Mogao Caves
  90. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  91. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  92. Brasilia
  93. Nemrut Dag
  94. Meteora
  95. Chichen-Itza
  96. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  97. Victoria Falls
  98. Neolithic Orkney
  99. Olympia
  100. Kiev
  101. St. Petersburg
  102. Kizhi Pogost
  103. Kremlin and Red Square
  104. Te Wahipounamu
  105. Shark Bay
  106. Urnes Stave Church
  107. Borobudur
  108. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  109. Bukhara
  110. Samarkand
  111. Komodo National Park
  112. Prague
  113. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  114. Bamberg
  115. Prambanan
  116. Brú na Bóinne
  117. Himeji-jo
  118. Angkor
  119. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  120. Ha Long Bay
  121. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  122. Ancient Kyoto
  123. Nasca Lines
  124. Temple, Mansion and Cemetery of Confucius
  125. Potala Palace
  126. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  127. Rapa Nui
  128. Siena
  129. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  130. Naples
  131. Edinburgh
  132. San Agustín
  133. Grand Canyon
  134. Lake Baikal
  135. Everglades
  136. Volcanoes of Kamchatka
  137. Laponian Area
  138. Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha
  139. The trulli of Alberobello
  140. Ravenna
  141. Maritime Greenwich
  142. The Sundarbans
  143. Mont-Saint-Michel
  144. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  145. Chartres Cathedral
  146. Ping Yao
  147. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  148. Kinderdijk
  149. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  150. Pompei
  151. Versailles
  152. Malbork Castle
  153. Riga
  154. Pyramids (Memphis)
  155. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  156. Ancient Thebes
  157. Nubian Monuments
  158. Historic Cairo
  159. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  160. Isole Eolie
  161. Rome
  162. Loire Valley
  163. Cueva de las Manos
  164. Dubrovnik
  165. Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen
  166. Plitvice Lakes
  167. Assisi
  168. Brugge
  169. Central Amazon Conservation Complex
  170. Meroe
  171. Great Himalayan National Park