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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 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.


November 2016 - Chile/Argentina/Uruguay/Paraguay/Brazil:

Very poor haul for the distances covered and the time spent. I saw 12 sites or so. But three of these were clearly world class: Rapa Nui, Glaciares and Iguacu. And I fell in love with the Andes ...

On my way home now and stuck in Heathrow. South America, it was my pleasure. Seen 5 countries, 12 world heritage sites and spent roughly 60 hours in busses not counting local and siteseeing ones. Hitched 7 rides while we are talking logistics and walked almost 400km. Met plenty of nice people, drinking vino caliente in El Chalten, not spotting orcas in Peninsula Valdez and trying to exchange two euros at the Brazilian border, so I wouldn't need to go to the ATM yet again. Best food I stumbled across was grilled ananas with cinnamon. Also have to admit that fresh mate tastes good. Looking forward to some more fruits and vegetables, though. Stood on a mountain and threw a snowball, rafted down the Maipo and got a sunburn and a thorough shower at Iguazu. Played a bit Indiana Jones exploring Jesuit ruins of the Guaranis.  And stumbled accidentally upon a great building by Le Corbusier in La Plata. Recommendations for your bucket list if they aren't on there yet: Easter Island, Iguazu and Los Glaciares. You can find my map and a few random thoughts at http://www.worldheritagesite.org/profiles/provile.php?User=995. Let's see what comes next. Take care. #travel

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October 2016 - Poland/Ukraine

2*2 wooden churches in Poland and Ukraine, Zamosc, Lviv and Kiew. Lviv is another amazing Eastern European city. The wooden churches feel as if they were taken from a ferry tale. Travelling here, you feel how much was lost with the 2nd World War.

September 2016 - Sweden

Extended business trip to see Hovgarden, Falun and one of the farm houses. Nice, not spectacular. Slept in a farm that has one of the decorated farm houses.

August 2016 - WHS Community Meetup - Lithuania

Finished all sites as part of the 2016 community meeting. Enjoyed Kernave. Too many German tourists everywhere.

May 2016 - Russia

Moscow, Golden Ring, Novgorod, St Petersburg. A bit hard if you don't speak Russian. After having been to the Eremitage you get why they had a revolution. Versailles looks impoverished in comparison.

April 2016 - Italy

Toured from Naples via Puglia to Ravenna. Ravenna is a highlight as is the Castel del Monte. And fell in love with Puglia, so hoping Lecce will make the cut soon.

New Year 2016 - Portugal/Spain:

Toured from Lisbon to the Algarve and via Seville to Extremadura. The weather was ... very mixed. But well. Had been to Seville before and had forgotten about having visited the Cathedral. It's not that impressive.

November 2015 - China/Japan

Beijing 7 for 7. Been on Honshu all over the place, Japan Rail Pass and cheap Yen be praised.

Beijing is a wonder of the world. Amazing, one of the places one should see in a lifetime. I could have spared myself the Sunday crowd when visiting the Forbidden Palace. But well, it's China and people part of the game. And, at 1.80m I stood tall ;) Getting to the Beijing Man Site was well worth the effort as you get a peek outside of Beijing. Take bus 836.

Japan was a great experience. People were very kind and this is a very distinct culture. I will most fondly remember Karaoke in Nara and pulling a float in Fujinomiya. Kyoto is the sole truely world class site. And Hiroshima just charming.

Germany - August 2015

Yearly excursion with my parents. We went to Alfeld (Repeat with tour) and Corvey (Repeat with tour). Tour of revisits. Corvey was still on my list as I had made the error of visiting in March when they are closed. Alfeld was nice as we did a tour of the plant, much appreciated. Germany is complete again :)

Norway - May 2015

Bergen, Urnes, Fjords. My gosh, this was hellish expensive. The Fjords and generally the nature in Norway are world class. Urnes and Bergen... not so much.

Italy - May 2015

Medici Villas, Siena, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Last Supper. Italy is amazing. So many world class sites! And I was finally able to see the Last Supper on my third try. Took my father and we both had to admit: Its great. Get a ticket to the museum first, then get a plane ticket.

Denmark - April 2015

Jelling, Stevns Klint. Nice weather. Jelling is a rather quick site. Took a long, enjoyable walk to get to Stevns Klint.

Adriatic Coast - Spring 2015

Sibenik, Trogir, Split, Stari Grad, Mostar, Dubrovnik, Kotor. Nice trip. Weather wasn't as good as hoped for. If you intend to visit Dubrovnik: Go there LAST! It will spoil all other Adriatic cities. Mostar was a nice distraction, as it was very different from the coastal towns.

Mexico + Miami - December 2014 and January 2015

Loads. Really enjoyed this one. Highlights: Palenque. Mexico City. Yucatan was fun, too. Worst WHS: Tlacotalpan.

Iberian Peninsula - October 2014

Tarragona, Poblet, Valencia, Camino, Santiago de Compostela, Porto, Coimbra, Tomar, Batalha, Alcobaca, Sintra, Belem, Alcala. Too many monasteries. Coimbra is nice. Sintra strange, but somehow it made sense having seen too much Manueline style before.


Brussels, Four Lifts, Grand Hornu, Tournai (construction site), Van Nelle. Nothing mind blowing. Will have to go back to Tournai when the construction is done.

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Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus nan

One can lament the quirks of the Unesco process where a site like the Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis gets inscribed twice: once for Paraguay and once for Brazil and Argentina. To me and others the separate inscription was a welcome reason to venture into Paraguay for a day trip on my route from Posadas to Puerto de Iguazu.

In the morning I had flown into Posadas from Buenos Aires. I dropped my luggage off at the main bus station in Posadas and then jumped onto a local bus to Encarcion in Paraguay.

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The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier nan

Somewhat by coincidence I ended up going to La Plata. My flight from Buenos Aires was the next day and I found Buenos Aires itself not that interesting on my previous day’s exploration to warrant one more day of sightseeing. Given I had a spare day left I figured I might as well take a look at another building of Le Corbusier’s oeuvre, Casa Curutchet.

I had been to two inscribed sites before: his buildings in the Weißenhofsiedlung in Stuttgart and the National Museum of Western Art in Ueno, Tokyo.

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Fray Bentos nan

Fray Bentos is situated at the first river crossing between Argentina and Uruguay of Rio Uruguay. The main town on the Argentinian side is Gualeguaychu. And that’s where I found myself stuck after my bus from Buenos Aires ran late. Again. As all other busses in Argentina. So I missed my connection. Instead I ended up hitchhiking across the border.

The town itself is a somewhat sleepy backwater nowadays.

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Peninsula Valdes nan

Peninsula Valdes is a world heritage site primarily about the fauna you can find on the island. You get to see whales, penguins and sea lions. With a little luck you may also stumble across an Orca swimming near the shore line. The landscape is very similar to Patagonia overall with the noted exception of the sand cliffs and beaches.

To explore the peninsula I booked a tour. The island is way too large to do any exploring by foot or by bike and the sites too far apart.

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Parque Nacional Los Alerces (PNLA) nan

“No bus.” I stood there at a loss. I had made my way past four travel agencies in Esquel and now stood in the local tourist office. “Tomorrow, sorry, but no bus. Bus was today. Next bus is on Saturday.” Everyone had told me that, so it was of little surprise. Still, I wasn’t happy.

It was Wednesday evening and my bus to Puerto Madryn was already booked for the next night. I had only the following day to visit.

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nan's Lists

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

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Country: Germany

Visited WHS: 322

Most impressive: Petra

Proposal for a new WHS: Seoraksan, Korea. Okefenokee, USA.

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Update February 21, 2017