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Michael Turtle
Michael Turtle.

I'm a travel journalist and blogger who started counting World Heritage Sites in 2011. Often I try to visit the sites as part of other trips - although sometimes I will go to a country just with the mission to see as many as possible.

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Kakadu National Park

Michael Turtle Australia - 27-Oct-22

Kakadu National Park

Visiting Kakadu is extremely dependent on the weather. This part of Australia has two distinct seasons - wet and dry - and much of the national park is inaccessible during the wet season. As the dry begins, different parts of the park open up at different times, as the unsealed roads become passable and areas are cleared of crocodiles. I mention all of this at the start just as advice for anyone thinking of visiting - make sure you think about when you're going and what you'll be able to see. (For the record, wet season can be quite incredible because the waterfalls are in full flow, but you may want to see them by helicopter, rather than road, for instance.)

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Willandra Lakes

Michael Turtle Australia - 27-Oct-22

Willandra Lakes

Although the site is officially called Willandra Lakes, it's Mungo National Park (mostly within the boundaries) that is the main attraction and the focus for most visitors. Other parts of the WHS are no more impressive and quite inaccessible, other than views from the roads on the way in. Mungo makes up most of the site, and this is all you'll need to worry about visiting.

For many Australians, Mungo is considered to be 'in the middle of nowhere', but it's actually not too hard to access by car from Melbourne or even Adelaide. From Sydney, it's become a popular stop on a road trip to nearby (by Aussie standards) Broken Hill

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Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz

Michael Turtle Australia - 19-Oct-22

Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz

There are a lot of castles in the Czech Republic, many of them included on the World Heritage List, and it leads to inevitable comparisons once you've visited them all. While I'll discuss the others in their own reviews, my view of Kromeriz Castle is that it's not the most impressive overall - but it does have the most interesting interior of them all.

The decorations in the rooms give a real sense of the grandeur of the castle and its residences. Dozens of mounted animal heads in the games room, a large collection of artworks from the 15th to 18th century (said to be the second best gallery in the whole country after the National Gallery in Prague), and the beautiful library with tens of thousands of books.

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Kutna Hora

Michael Turtle Australia - 19-Oct-22

Kutna Hora

Many people visit Kutna Hora as a day trip from Prague, and that is an easy option - there's a direct train to the main Kutna Hora station near the Cathedral of our Lady at Sedlec, from where you can get a local train to the Kutna Hora mesto station in the historic centre (or just walk the 30 minutes). However, I would recommend at least staying overnight. There's more than enough to fill your time, and the city is much more pleasant in the evenings when the tourist crowds have gone (particularly in the summer months).

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Stari Grad Plain

Michael Turtle Australia - 21-Mar-20

Stari Grad Plain

At first glance, the Stari Grad Plain is not particularly interesting - just a large amount of farmland. But, after exploring it for a day, I have a new appreciation of the site. The agricultural practice here are really interesting and seeing them up close with local producers is lovely. But, even more than that, the Stari Grad Plain should be seen as the backdrop for some wonderful exploration. My biggest tip is to hire a bike and use that to get between to all the various things to do around Stari Grad. The plain itself is criss-crossed by paths that you can ride along. I found it so peaceful to pedal through the farmland, looking at the dry stone-wall boundaries with the olive trees or vineyards in between

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Michael Turtle
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Australia
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Iguazu
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Bagan, Myanmar

Recently Visited WHS

Update 03.07.22
Rating Stats
  1. Kakadu National Park
  2. Willandra Lakes
  3. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  4. Kutna Hora
  5. Stari Grad Plain
  6. Mont-Saint-Michel
  7. San Gimignano
  8. Cesky Krumlov
  9. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  10. Pompei
  11. Petra
  12. Sintra
  13. Pont du Gard
  14. Rome
  15. Preah Vihear Temple
  16. Citadel of the Ho Dynasty
  17. Ha Long Bay
  18. Phong Nha - Ke Bang
  19. Salzburg
  20. Nikko
  21. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  22. Ancient Nara
  23. Ancient Kyoto
  24. Los Glaciares
  25. Cueva de las Manos
  26. Peninsula Valdes
  27. Gondwana Rainforests
  28. Greater Blue Mountains
  29. Uluru
  30. Xanthos-Letoon
  31. Istanbul
  32. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  33. Kotor
  34. Durmitor National Park
  35. Tower of London
  36. Westminster
  37. Blenheim Palace
  38. Brugge
  39. Major Town Houses
  40. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  41. Grand Place, Brussels
  42. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  43. The Four Lifts
  44. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  45. Stoclet House
  46. Churches of Chiloé
  47. Sewell Mining Town
  48. Valparaiso
  49. Ischigualasto / Talampaya
  50. Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba
  51. Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus
  52. Iguacu
  53. Iguazu National Park
  54. Rio de Janeiro
  55. Colonia del Sacramento
  56. Temple of Heaven
  57. Great Wall
  58. Yosemite National Park
  59. My Son
  60. Hoi An
  61. Royal Exhibition Building
  62. Hué
  63. Flemish Béguinages
  64. Arequipa
  65. Qhapaq Ñan
  66. Lima
  67. Regensburg
  68. Maulbronn Monastery
  69. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  70. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  71. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  72. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  73. Wadden Sea
  74. Stralsund and Wismar
  75. Bauhaus Sites
  76. Fagus Factory
  77. Primeval Beech Forests
  78. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  79. Messel Pit
  80. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  81. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  82. Medina of Essaouira
  83. Medina of Marrakesh
  84. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  85. Bryggen
  86. Te Wahipounamu
  87. Baroque Churches
  88. Sigiriya
  89. Anuradhapura
  90. Polonnaruva
  91. Rangiri Dambulla Cave Temple
  92. Central Highlands
  93. Kandy
  94. Old Town of Galle
  95. Wartburg Castle
  96. Speyer Cathedral
  97. Muskauer Park
  98. Völklingen Ironworks
  99. Classical Weimar
  100. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  101. Potsdam
  102. Zollverein
  103. Bamberg
  104. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  105. Lübeck
  106. Corvey
  107. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  108. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  109. Luther Memorials
  110. Würzburg Residence
  111. Quedlinburg
  112. Cologne Cathedral
  113. Medina of Fez
  114. Mazagan
  115. Meknes
  116. Volubilis
  117. Rabat
  118. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  119. Aachen Cathedral
  120. Le Havre
  121. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  122. Schokland
  123. Thang Long
  124. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  125. Brú na Bóinne
  126. Robben Island
  127. Tallinn
  128. Angkor
  129. Trang An
  1. 'Biogradska gora' National Park (T)
  2. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library (T)
  3. Ancient cities of Upper Myanmar : Innwa, Amarapura, Sagaing, Mingun, Mandalay (T)
  4. Ayeyawady River Corridor (T)
  5. Bregenzerwald (Bregenz Forest) (T)
  6. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  7. Buenos Aires – La Plata: Two capitals of the Culture of Modernity, Eclecticism and Immigration (T)
  8. Caves of the Buda Thermal Karst System (T)
  9. Central Park (T)
  10. Ceský ráj (Czech Paradise) Rock Cities (T)
  11. Cetinje Historic Core (T)
  12. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  13. Etosha Pan (T)
  14. Fann mountains (T)
  15. Fishriver Canyon (T)
  16. Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (T)
  17. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  18. Inle Lake (T)
  19. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  20. Levadas of Madeira Island (T)
  21. Mausoleum of "Mukhammad Bashoro" (T)
  22. Mon cities : Bago, Hanthawaddy (T)
  23. Moulay Idriss Zerhoun (T)
  24. Mountain Chains (T)
  25. Old Town of Bar (T)
  26. Orvieto (T)
  27. Raja Ampat Islands (T)
  28. Ramagrama, the relic stupa of Lord Buddha (T)
  29. Ring of cenotes of Chicxulub Crater, Yucatan (T)
  30. Shwedagon Pagoda on Singuttara Hill (T)
  31. Smederevo Fortress (T)
  32. Talayotic Culture of Minorca (T)
  33. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  34. The Bodrum Castle (T)
  35. The early medieval architectural complex of Panauti (T)
  36. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  37. The Karlstejn Castle (T)
  38. The monasteries of the Arab Desert and Wadi Natrun (T)
  39. The Old Town of Jakarta (T)
  40. The Site of Ancient Town of Pyanjekent (T)
  41. The Tabon Cave Complex and all of Lipuun Point (T)
  42. Tilaurakot, the archaeological remains of ancient Shakya Kingdom (T)
  43. Trakai Historical National Park (T)

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