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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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Medina of Tétouan Nan

Medina of Tétouan by Nan

On my first trip to Andalucia I had also ventured for a day trip to Tangiers. I am not sure if it had occurred to me at the time that Tetouan had been within reach from Algeciras. Or if I had known but was too afraid to venture off the beaten path. For years since I had considered Tetouan as one of my stupid near misses. So when Ian proposed this year’s meetup in Gibraltar, I knew exactly what I wanted to do: Cross into Morocco and tick off Tetouan. 

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Gorham's Cave Complex Nan

Gorham's Cave Complex by Nan

Nearly five years ago on what I nowadays call my first true world heritage trip I ventured to Andalucia. Out of curiosity I decided to also go to Gibraltar and look across the straights to Africa. Having been at Europa Point at the very tip of the island I must have been within 500m of the site, but didn’t know. As such this was a tragic near miss for me.

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Darmstadt Artists' Colony Mathildenhöhe (T) Nan

Darmstadt Artists' Colony Mathildenhöhe (T) by Nan

Following in my travel plans on Els footprints, I ventured to Darmstadt on the same weekend as my visit to the Ice Age Caves.

During my visit the Mathildenhöhe was fairly busy with plenty of tourist groups roaming the area. Several parts of the site were closed and undergoing renovations. In addition, the wedding tower was closed for … weddings. Still, I feel I managed to get a good look.


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Caves and Ice Age Art Nan

Caves and Ice Age Art by Nan

The Caves and Ice Age Art are yet another prehistoric site with all the caveats that go along with it. There isn’t all that much to see. The findings were moved off site and are shown in several museums. As upside, I really enjoyed hiking along the Lone valley on a sunny summer day. And as the caves aren't that touristy you are free to explore them.

Getting There

Blaubeuren and Schelklingen are on the same train line from Ulm. The caves are found between Schelklingen and Blaubeuren. Seeing the Urgeschichtliches Museum is in Blaubeuren, it seems best to start at the far end in Schelklingen and end up at the museum at the end.

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The Monastic City of Clonmacnoise and its Cultural Landscape (T) Nan

The Monastic City of Clonmacnoise and its Cultural Landscape (T) by Nan

If you are looking for the Irish monastery ruin, then Clonmacnoise is probably what you are looking for. The lovely ruins are situated along the banks of the Shannon river near the very center of Ireland. The location chosen was at the time a key trading hub with several trade routes crossing, so the monastery was well positioned to spread Christianity in Ireland.

Founded in the 6th century, it reached its largest expansion in the 12th century. The many remains still visible today give a good impression of the size and wealth of the monastery in medieval times.

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Name: Nan

Country: Germany

Visited WHS: 352

Most Impressive: Petra

Proposal New WHS: Seoraksan, Korea. Okefenokee, USA.

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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. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  10. Aranjuez
  11. Tugendhat Villa
  12. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  13. Churches of Peace
  14. Calakmul
  15. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  16. Stralsund and Wismar
  17. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  18. Trebic
  19. Kew Gardens
  20. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  21. Monte San Giorgio
  22. Novodevichy Convent
  23. Muskauer Park
  24. Primeval Beech Forests
  25. Grimeton Radio Station
  26. Luis Barragán House and Studio
  27. Kernavë Archeological Site
  28. Kii Mountain Range
  29. Liverpool
  30. Regensburg
  31. Centennial Hall
  32. Yaroslavl
  33. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  34. Struve Geodetic Arc
  35. West Norwegian Fjords
  36. Genoa
  37. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  38. Stari Grad Plain
  39. Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine
  40. Kotor
  41. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  42. Bordeaux
  43. Teide National Park
  44. San Miguel de Allende
  45. Hiraizumi
  46. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
  47. Fortifications of Vauban
  48. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  49. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  50. Stoclet House
  51. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  52. Wadden Sea
  53. Longobards in Italy
  54. Royal Joseon Tombs
  55. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  56. Albi
  57. Jantar Mantar
  58. Western Ghats
  59. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  60. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  61. Camino Real
  62. Yagul and Mitla
  63. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  64. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  65. Elvas
  66. Fagus Factory
  67. Margravial Opera House
  68. University of Coimbra
  69. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  70. Stevns Klint
  71. Fujisan
  72. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region
  73. Trang An
  74. Van Nellefabriek
  75. Grand Canal
  76. Corvey
  77. Tomioka Silk Mill
  78. Los Glaciares
  79. Fray Bentos
  80. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  81. Christiansfeld
  82. Par force hunting landscape
  83. Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution
  84. Forth Bridge
  85. Gorham's Cave Complex
  86. Antequera Dolmens Site
  87. Archaeological site of Philippi
  88. Los Alerces National Park
  89. Caves and Ice Age Art
  90. Venetian Works of Defence
  91. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  92. Fontainebleau
  93. Amiens Cathedral
  94. Orange
  95. Arles
  96. Speyer Cathedral
  97. Würzburg Residence
  98. Florence
  99. Medici Villas and Gardens
  100. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  101. Rila Monastery
  102. Pirin National Park
  103. Avignon
  104. Nancy
  105. Red Fort
  106. Humayun's Tomb
  107. Qutb Minar
  108. Churches and Convents of Goa
  109. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  110. Agra Fort
  111. Taj Mahal
  112. Fatehpur Sikri
  113. Great Smoky Mountains
  114. Belem
  115. Monastery of Batalha
  116. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  117. Old City of Berne
  118. Abbey of St Gall
  119. Mesa Verde
  120. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  121. Lübeck
  122. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  123. Vatican City
  124. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  125. Cracow
  126. Cologne Cathedral
  127. Aachen Cathedral
  128. Warsaw
  129. Iguazu National Park
  130. Statue of Liberty
  131. Yosemite National Park
  132. Auschwitz Birkenau
  133. Segovia
  134. Cordoba
  135. Granada
  136. El Escurial
  137. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  138. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  139. Petra
  140. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  141. Keoladeo National Park
  142. Pont du Gard
  143. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  144. Santiago de Compostela
  145. Avila
  146. Iguacu
  147. Evora
  148. Trier
  149. Giant's Causeway
  150. Ironbridge Gorge
  151. Studley Royal Park
  152. Stonehenge
  153. Gwynedd Castles
  154. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  155. Toledo
  156. Salamanca
  157. Seville
  158. Caceres
  159. Venice and its Lagoon
  160. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  161. Castel del Monte
  162. Budapest
  163. Acropolis
  164. Sian Ka'an
  165. Palenque
  166. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  167. Teotihuacan
  168. Oaxaca and Monte Alban
  169. Puebla
  170. Boyana Church
  171. Blenheim Palace
  172. Westminster
  173. City of Bath
  174. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  175. Great Wall
  176. Imperial Palace
  177. Peking Man Site
  178. Mount Athos
  179. Meteora
  180. Thessalonika
  181. Guanajuato
  182. Chichen-Itza
  183. Tower of London
  184. Rhodes
  185. Strasbourg
  186. Canterbury
  187. Monastery of Alcobaça
  188. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  189. Poblet Monastery
  190. Kiev
  191. Potsdam
  192. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  193. Quedlinburg
  194. St. Petersburg
  195. Vilnius
  196. Kremlin and Red Square
  197. Maulbronn Monastery
  198. Royal Palace at Caserta
  199. Birka and Hovgarden
  200. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  201. Skogskyrkogarden
  202. Drottningholm
  203. Zamosc
  204. Urnes Stave Church
  205. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  206. Morelia
  207. Bryggen
  208. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  209. Reims
  210. Novgorod
  211. Prague
  212. Cesky Krumlov
  213. Telc
  214. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  215. Bamberg
  216. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  217. Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
  218. Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus
  219. Trinity Sergius Lavra
  220. Brú na Bóinne
  221. Horyu-ji Area
  222. Himeji-jo
  223. Mérida
  224. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  225. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  226. Matera
  227. Ha Long Bay
  228. Hué
  229. Donana National Park
  230. Völklingen Ironworks
  231. Ancient Kyoto
  232. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  233. Roskilde Cathedral
  234. Kronborg Castle
  235. Jelling
  236. City of Luxembourg
  237. Popocatepetl monasteries
  238. Vicenza
  239. Rapa Nui
  240. Siena
  241. Messel Pit
  242. Sintra
  243. Naples
  244. Edinburgh
  245. Bauhaus Sites
  246. Visby
  247. Kutna Hora
  248. Ferrara
  249. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  250. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  251. Haeinsa Temple
  252. Jongmyo Shrine
  253. Schokland
  254. Colonia del Sacramento
  255. Grand Canyon
  256. Oporto
  257. Sceilg Mhichíl
  258. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  259. Everglades
  260. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  261. Canal du Midi
  262. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  263. Genbaku Dome
  264. Itsukushima Shrine
  265. Independence Hall
  266. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  267. Cuenca
  268. La Lonja de la Seda
  269. Luther Memorials
  270. Salzburg
  271. Semmering Railway
  272. Schönbrunn
  273. The trulli of Alberobello
  274. Ravenna
  275. Uxmal
  276. Querétaro
  277. Maritime Greenwich
  278. Verona
  279. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  280. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  281. Chartres Cathedral
  282. Trogir
  283. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  284. Hwaseong Fortress
  285. Kinderdijk
  286. Tallinn
  287. Botanical Garden, Padua
  288. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  289. Modena
  290. Pompei
  291. Versailles
  292. Costiera Amalfitana
  293. Torun
  294. Medina of Tétouan
  295. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  296. Classical Weimar
  297. Malbork Castle
  298. Riga
  299. Flemish Béguinages
  300. The Four Lifts
  301. Grand Place, Brussels
  302. Holy Trinity Column
  303. Pyramids (Memphis)
  304. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  305. Holasovice
  306. Tlacotalpan
  307. L'viv
  308. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  309. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  310. Ancient Thebes
  311. Ancient Nara
  312. Karlskrona
  313. Lyon
  314. Provins
  315. Tarraco
  316. Alcala de Henares
  317. Summer Palace
  318. Temple of Heaven
  319. Bellinzone
  320. Campeche
  321. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  322. Wartburg Castle
  323. Beemster Polder
  324. Litomysl Castle
  325. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  326. Rome
  327. Nikko
  328. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  329. Graz
  330. Saint-Emilion
  331. Cueva de las Manos
  332. Peninsula Valdes
  333. Xochicalco
  334. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  335. Belfries
  336. Mountain Railways of India
  337. Mostar
  338. Hoi An
  339. Dubrovnik
  340. Valparaiso
  341. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  342. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  343. Southern Öland
  344. Split
  345. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  346. Churches of Chiloé
  347. Reichenau
  348. Zollverein
  349. Gyeongju
  350. Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen
  351. Curonian Spit
  352. 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 Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  48. The Naumburg Cathedral and the landscape of the rivers Saale and Unstrut an important dominion in the High Middle Ages (T)
  49. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  50. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  51. The Silver Route (T)
  52. Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks, Region of Magallanes (T)
  53. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  54. 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