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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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Rock Carvings in Tanum nan

Having seen multiple rock art sites by now I am always stuck how similar early human art is. You find the same forms and patterns. On the other hand I am wondering why they couldn’t do any better. Most kids nowadays have a broader artistic range using more shapes than the adult creators of rock art back then. It goes to show how far mankind has come.

In the case of Tanum, it’s worthwhile pointing out that this is relatively recent rock art dating from 1000 BCE to 500 BCE, a time period where other European civilizations were starting to rise.

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Grimeton Radio Station nan

While the Swedish list is lacking in terms of world class sites, they definitively have a few odd and peculiar sites well worth exploring, Grimeton being one of those.

During the first world war communication lines had been cut showing the need for cable less communication. Long wave radio transmission was a first try at this. Radio Corporation of America set up a network centered in Long Island, New York, to connect the world.

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