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If you enjoy spending your holidays in a club hotel in the Caribbean drinking Mai Tais, that's fine. It's your holiday and do as you please. And I personally enjoy the occasional Mai Tai on the beach, too. For me, though, spending more than a few days in the aforementioned Caribbean club hotel would be akin to purgatory. Because I like moving around, seeing new things and going to distant places.

As such I have read my fair share of guide books to figure out where to go and what to see. Eventually I noticed a few annoying biases. The authors would try to cover all regions of a country equally, judge on a relative scale and provide more details on touristy and easy to reach places. For instance, I see little reason to spend any time in Santiago de Chile apart from the international airport. Santiago is a nice city for Chile, but it's not in the same league as Mexico City. Still, any guide book you pick up on Chile will spend a full chapter on the city.

World Heritage Sites are different. They are as objective as it gets. They make you travel off the beaten path. I will always fondly remember my cab ride in a winter landscape to Holasovice. More often than not these are great sites.

Initially, I focused on quantity. And while this may seem stressful, it did give me a good picture and overview. Of late (ever since reaching the magical 300) I collect differently. Now I plan my trips on the truly great sites and pick up any site to the left and right I can visit on top.

So, should you become a whs traveler, too? My honest recommendation is to do as you please. But if you are going to country anyhow (and be it in a club hotel), then use the map provided on this site and check out if any world heritage site is nearby. It may force to travel a bit off the beaten path, but trust me, it will be worth it.

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Belfries Nan

Belfries by nan

I fondly remember a comment made by Ian in his review of Telc: In a country that has plenty of pretty town squares this one has to take the prize for the prettiest.. Those words rang very true at the time as I stood on the Telc town square and accompanied me along my travels in Czechia.

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Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine Nan

Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine by nan

After a stop over in Wroclaw at a friend's I was stuck with the question, what to visit on my trip towards Cracow. Seeing Tarnowskie was on the way and scheduled for the WHC 2017 I figured, I may as well go and see it.

Frankly, what I got to see didn't really impress me at the time. I didn't even bother to write up a review, feeling this would be in vain. Yeah, yet another mine! The only unique feature I found was the boat ride they have on a canal deep in the mine which makes for a pleasant excursion. The picture is rather dark, but that's what it looks like. Still, pleasant does not indicate OUV.

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Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest Nan

Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest by nan

For most Poles I know the bisons of Bialowieza are a symbol of their country. The core zone of the park is a fully protected nature reserve housing the last bisons of Europe as well as other rare animals that roam freely between Poland and Belarus.

Seeing that you will probably not run into a bison on your own, the park also has a small zoo with all the key animals on exhibition. The zoo is embedded in the forest and gives you a rather representative image of the wild life.

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The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T) Nan

The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T) by nan

In 1821 when Prussia started putting high tariffs on Polish goods shipped via Prussian harbours Poland started to look for alternatives. They built a canal to connect to Lithuania and Russia and circumvent the Prussian tariffs: the Augustow Canal.

As is often the case with these types of actions, they quickly become obsolete. Prussia eventually relaxed the tariffs so that Polish goods could again be shipped via Prussian ports and the canal was not needed anymore.

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Malbork Castle Nan

Malbork Castle by nan

I am always happy to visit a site that featured prominently in one of my high school history books. Malbork Castle (or the Marienburg in German) is one of them. The seat of the Teutonic Order it was a key driver for Germans migrating eastwards. It’s also closely tied to Prussian history and as such as part of the Gerrman nation state origin myth. The first king of Prussia (technically King in Prussia) was a high master of the Teutonic Order. Blessed by Luther he converted to Lutheranism and became a worldly ruler. In the process he also took possession of all church possessions. Finding faith seems to have its advantages.

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Country: Germany

Visited WHS: 342

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  1. Imperial Tombs
  2. Major Town Houses
  3. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  4. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  5. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  6. Saltaire
  7. Derwent Valley Mills
  8. Vienna
  9. Aranjuez
  10. Tugendhat Villa
  11. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  12. Churches of Peace
  13. Calakmul
  14. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  15. Stralsund and Wismar
  16. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  17. Trebic
  18. Kew Gardens
  19. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  20. Monte San Giorgio
  21. Novodevichy Convent
  22. Muskauer Park
  23. Primeval Beech Forests
  24. Grimeton Radio Station
  25. Luis Barragán House and Studio
  26. Kernavë Archeological Site
  27. Kii Mountain Range
  28. Liverpool
  29. Regensburg
  30. Centennial Hall
  31. Yaroslavl
  32. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  33. Struve Geodetic Arc
  34. West Norwegian Fjords
  35. Genoa
  36. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  37. Stari Grad Plain
  38. Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine
  39. Kotor
  40. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  41. Bordeaux
  42. Teide National Park
  43. San Miguel de Allende
  44. Hiraizumi
  45. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
  46. Fortifications of Vauban
  47. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  48. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  49. Stoclet House
  50. Wadden Sea
  51. Longobards in Italy
  52. Royal Joseon Tombs
  53. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  54. Albi
  55. Jantar Mantar
  56. Western Ghats
  57. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  58. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  59. Camino Real
  60. Yagul and Mitla
  61. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  62. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  63. Elvas
  64. Fagus Factory
  65. Margravial Opera House
  66. University of Coimbra
  67. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  68. Stevns Klint
  69. Fujisan
  70. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region
  71. Trang An
  72. Van Nellefabriek
  73. Grand Canal
  74. Corvey
  75. Tomioka Silk Mill
  76. Los Glaciares
  77. Fray Bentos
  78. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  79. Christiansfeld
  80. Par force hunting landscape
  81. Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution
  82. Forth Bridge
  83. Archaeological site of Philippi
  84. Los Alerces National Park
  85. Venetian Works of Defence
  86. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  87. Fontainebleau
  88. Amiens Cathedral
  89. Orange
  90. Arles
  91. Speyer Cathedral
  92. Würzburg Residence
  93. Florence
  94. Medici Villas and Gardens
  95. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  96. Rila Monastery
  97. Pirin National Park
  98. Avignon
  99. Nancy
  100. Red Fort
  101. Humayun's Tomb
  102. Qutb Minar
  103. Churches and Convents of Goa
  104. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  105. Agra Fort
  106. Taj Mahal
  107. Fatehpur Sikri
  108. Great Smoky Mountains
  109. Belem
  110. Monastery of Batalha
  111. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  112. Abbey of St Gall
  113. Mesa Verde
  114. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  115. Lübeck
  116. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  117. Vatican City
  118. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  119. Cracow
  120. Cologne Cathedral
  121. Aachen Cathedral
  122. Warsaw
  123. Iguazu National Park
  124. Statue of Liberty
  125. Yosemite National Park
  126. Auschwitz Birkenau
  127. Segovia
  128. Cordoba
  129. Granada
  130. El Escurial
  131. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  132. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  133. Petra
  134. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  135. Keoladeo National Park
  136. Pont du Gard
  137. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  138. Santiago de Compostela
  139. Avila
  140. Iguacu
  141. Evora
  142. Trier
  143. Giant's Causeway
  144. Studley Royal Park
  145. Stonehenge
  146. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  147. Toledo
  148. Salamanca
  149. Seville
  150. Caceres
  151. Venice and its Lagoon
  152. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  153. Castel del Monte
  154. Budapest
  155. Acropolis
  156. Sian Ka'an
  157. Palenque
  158. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  159. Teotihuacan
  160. Oaxaca and Monte Alban
  161. Puebla
  162. Boyana Church
  163. Blenheim Palace
  164. Westminster
  165. City of Bath
  166. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  167. Great Wall
  168. Imperial Palace
  169. Peking Man Site
  170. Mount Athos
  171. Meteora
  172. Thessalonika
  173. Guanajuato
  174. Chichen-Itza
  175. Tower of London
  176. Rhodes
  177. Strasbourg
  178. Canterbury
  179. Monastery of Alcobaça
  180. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  181. Poblet Monastery
  182. Kiev
  183. Potsdam
  184. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  185. Quedlinburg
  186. St. Petersburg
  187. Vilnius
  188. Kremlin and Red Square
  189. Maulbronn Monastery
  190. Royal Palace at Caserta
  191. Birka and Hovgarden
  192. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  193. Skogskyrkogarden
  194. Drottningholm
  195. Zamosc
  196. Urnes Stave Church
  197. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  198. Morelia
  199. Bryggen
  200. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  201. Reims
  202. Novgorod
  203. Prague
  204. Cesky Krumlov
  205. Telc
  206. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  207. Bamberg
  208. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  209. Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
  210. Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus
  211. Trinity Sergius Lavra
  212. Brú na Bóinne
  213. Horyu-ji Area
  214. Himeji-jo
  215. Mérida
  216. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  217. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  218. Matera
  219. Ha Long Bay
  220. Hué
  221. Donana National Park
  222. Völklingen Ironworks
  223. Ancient Kyoto
  224. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  225. Roskilde Cathedral
  226. Kronborg Castle
  227. Jelling
  228. City of Luxembourg
  229. Popocatepetl monasteries
  230. Vicenza
  231. Rapa Nui
  232. Siena
  233. Messel Pit
  234. Sintra
  235. Naples
  236. Edinburgh
  237. Bauhaus Sites
  238. Visby
  239. Kutna Hora
  240. Ferrara
  241. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  242. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  243. Haeinsa Temple
  244. Jongmyo Shrine
  245. Schokland
  246. Colonia del Sacramento
  247. Grand Canyon
  248. Oporto
  249. Sceilg Mhichíl
  250. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  251. Everglades
  252. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  253. Canal du Midi
  254. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  255. Genbaku Dome
  256. Itsukushima Shrine
  257. Independence Hall
  258. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  259. Cuenca
  260. La Lonja de la Seda
  261. Luther Memorials
  262. Salzburg
  263. Semmering Railway
  264. Schönbrunn
  265. The trulli of Alberobello
  266. Ravenna
  267. Uxmal
  268. Querétaro
  269. Maritime Greenwich
  270. Verona
  271. Palau de la Musica Catalana & Hospital de Sant Pau
  272. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  273. Chartres Cathedral
  274. Trogir
  275. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  276. Hwaseong Fortress
  277. Kinderdijk
  278. Tallinn
  279. Botanical Garden, Padua
  280. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  281. Modena
  282. Pompei
  283. Versailles
  284. Costiera Amalfitana
  285. Torun
  286. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  287. Classical Weimar
  288. Malbork Castle
  289. Riga
  290. Flemish Béguinages
  291. The Four Lifts
  292. Grand Place, Brussels
  293. Holy Trinity Column
  294. Pyramids (Memphis)
  295. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  296. Holasovice
  297. Tlacotalpan
  298. L'viv
  299. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  300. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  301. Ancient Thebes
  302. Ancient Nara
  303. Karlskrona
  304. Lyon
  305. Provins
  306. Tarraco
  307. Alcala de Henares
  308. Summer Palace
  309. Temple of Heaven
  310. Campeche
  311. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  312. Wartburg Castle
  313. Beemster Polder
  314. Litomysl Castle
  315. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  316. Rome
  317. Nikko
  318. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  319. Graz
  320. Saint-Emilion
  321. Cueva de las Manos
  322. Peninsula Valdes
  323. Xochicalco
  324. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  325. Belfries
  326. Mountain Railways of India
  327. Mostar
  328. Hoi An
  329. Dubrovnik
  330. Valparaiso
  331. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  332. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  333. Southern Öland
  334. Split
  335. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  336. Churches of Chiloé
  337. Reichenau
  338. Zollverein
  339. Gyeongju
  340. Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen
  341. Curonian Spit
  342. Brugge
  1. Abbey of Kremsmünster (T)
  2. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  3. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T)
  4. Bulwarked Frontier Fortifications (T)
  5. Centro Storico di Pavia e Certosa (T)
  6. Chatham Dockyard and its Defences (T)
  7. Darwin's Landscape Laboratory (T)
  8. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  9. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  10. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  11. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings (T)
  12. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  13. Great Pskov (T)
  14. Hedeby and Danevirke, an archaeological border landscape (T)
  15. Hikone-Jo (castle) (T)
  16. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  17. La Camargue (T)
  18. La Moneda Palace (T)
  19. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  20. Le palais de Princes Eveques de Liège (T)
  21. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  22. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  23. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  24. Mattanchery Palace, Ernakulam, Kerala (T)
  25. Metz Royale et Impériale, enjeux de pouvoir, confrontations stylistiques et identité urbaine (T)
  26. Monte Verde Archaeological Site (T)
  27. Mt. Soraksan Nature Reserve (T)
  28. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  29. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (T)
  30. Petrified Forest National Park (T)
  31. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  32. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
  33. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  34. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  35. Royal Building of Mafra – Palace, Basilica, Convent, Cerco Garden and Hunting Park (Tapada) (T)
  36. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  37. San Francisco Church and Convent (T)
  38. Seoul City Wall (T)
  39. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  40. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  41. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  42. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  43. Southwest Coast (T)
  44. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  45. Teylers (T)
  46. The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T)
  47. The Bauhaus and associated sites in Weimar, Dessau and Bernau (T)
  48. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  49. The Naumburg Cathedral and the landscape of the rivers Saale and Unstrut an important dominion in the High Middle Ages (T)
  50. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  51. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  52. The Silver Route (T)
  53. Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks, Region of Magallanes (T)
  54. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  55. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Danevirke and Hedeby (T)
  1. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library
  2. Atacama Desert
  3. Chernobyl
  4. Ciudad Perdida, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
  5. Cultural Landscape of Santorini
  6. Golden Gate Bridge
  7. Great Gobi Desert
  8. Historic University Towns of Oxford and Cambridge
  9. Jericho
  10. Lake Titicaca
  11. Major Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright
  12. Mecca, Kaaba
  13. Okavango Delta
  14. Panama Canal
  15. Shwedagon Pagoda
  16. Silk Roads
  17. Sites Mégalithiques de Carnac
  18. The Grand Canal
  19. Transiberian Railway
  20. Ur
  1. Galapagos Islands
  2. Vienna
  3. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  4. Persepolis
  5. Ilulissat Icefjord
  6. Thingvellir
  7. West Norwegian Fjords
  8. Crac des Chevaliers
  9. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  10. Lena Pillars
  11. Jantar Mantar
  12. Redwood
  13. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  14. Persian Garden
  15. Wadi Rum
  16. Çatalhöyük
  17. Okavango Delta
  18. Grand Canal
  19. Old City of Jerusalem
  20. Arab-Norman Palermo
  21. Aksum
  22. Great Barrier Reef
  23. Florence
  24. Tasmanian Wilderness
  25. Leptis Magna
  26. Damascus
  27. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  28. Hampi
  29. Sun Temple, Konarak
  30. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  31. Chola Temples
  32. Agra Fort
  33. Fatehpur Sikri
  34. Mesa Verde
  35. Cuzco
  36. Machu Picchu
  37. Yellowstone
  38. Vatican City
  39. Cracow
  40. Aachen Cathedral
  41. Iguazu National Park
  42. Yosemite National Park
  43. Altamira Cave
  44. Granada
  45. El Escurial
  46. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  47. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  48. Petra
  49. Pont du Gard
  50. Chaco Culture
  51. Istanbul
  52. Site of Carthage
  53. Studley Royal Park
  54. Stonehenge
  55. Venice and its Lagoon
  56. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  57. Acropolis
  58. Palenque
  59. Teotihuacan
  60. Westminster
  61. Great Wall
  62. Imperial Palace
  63. Guanajuato
  64. Chichen-Itza
  65. Tower of London
  66. Rhodes
  67. St. Petersburg
  68. Kremlin and Red Square
  69. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  70. Borobudur
  71. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  72. Prague
  73. Tikal National Park
  74. Himeji-jo
  75. Angkor
  76. Ha Long Bay
  77. Völklingen Ironworks
  78. Ancient Kyoto
  79. Nasca Lines
  80. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  81. Rapa Nui
  82. Siena
  83. Haeinsa Temple
  84. Grand Canyon
  85. Itsukushima Shrine
  86. Ravenna
  87. The Sundarbans
  88. Mont-Saint-Michel
  89. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  90. Kinderdijk
  91. Pompei
  92. Versailles
  93. Troy
  94. Pyramids (Memphis)
  95. Ancient Thebes
  96. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  97. Rome
  98. Mountain Railways of India
  99. Dubrovnik
  100. Split
  101. Gyeongju
  102. Brugge
  103. Great Himalayan National Park