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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. For instance, a few years back I visited Chile. A great place with astonishing nature to explore. Meanwhile Santiago de Chile, the capital, is fairly lackluster, having been destroyed by multiple earthquakes over the centuries. Still, any guidebook you pick up will spend a full chapter on Santiago extolling its virtues.

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 Czech winter landscape to Holasovice. And while Holasovice is just for the WHS connoisseurs, more often than not WHS 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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Tongariro National Park

Nan Germany - 16-Mar-20

Tongariro National Park

We were sitting in Wellington having (probably) another pricey NZ beer. It was Friday afternoon and we were planning to drive to Tongariro the next day (Saturday) with the Transalpine Crossing, New Zealand's most famous hike, planned for Sunday. It was then that we decided to check the national park website again to take a look at the trail. But instead we found a big info box stating that a Rahui had been put in place and all trails were closed. Rahui wtf?

You need to know that Tongariro is still a holy site for the local Maori. That's also why it's a mixed site

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Te Wahipounamu

Nan Germany - 13-Mar-20

Te Wahipounamu

In January 2020, we spent a week on the Southern island of New Zealand in and around Te Wahipounamu. When people say the Southern island is the more beautiful of the two, Te Wahipounamu is the main reason. It offers fjords, forests, glaciers and mountains in abundance that are very little touched by humans.

We started around Te Anau with a half day hike along the western shore of Lake Te Anau. It takes you directly into a massive fern forest. The next day we did the mandatory Milford cruise. It's takes you out to the ocean along the high cliffs of the fjord. You pass plenty of waterfalls and if you are lucky, you get to see some dolphins. The weirdest part is that the surrounding mountains seem so small, when in reality they climb above 1600m.

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Ping Yao

Nan Germany - 13-Mar-20

Ping Yao

The first time I heard about Pingyao was not on this website, but in the Lonely Planet guidebook for China. They were extolling the virtues of this most historic Chinese town as one of the top tips for China. Having been fooled by Lonely Planet's so called top tips repeatedly before and after, I didn't prioritize getting there the first time I went to China (Beijing area).

Eventually, I read up on Pingyao and it materialized as one of the places I really wanted to see. In China. And globally. What I often find lacking in Asia are consistent cities, the likes you find plenty in Europe. Places where you can just get lost and stroll the roads, always finding new small treasures

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West Lake

Nan Germany - 12-Mar-20

West Lake

In January 2020, I spent an afternoon walking around the West Lake. It's a pleasant walk, albeit a long one at 15km. Surprisingly, I recall no extended stretch where I wanted to fast forward: The West Lake simply offers great views everywhere with gardens and pagodas dotted along its shoreline. What a massive feat of human landscape gardening.

From the lake you can regularly hike into one of the attached gardens of which there are plenty. Each garden has a distinctive feel, as the West Lake landscape grew over a millenia and new gardens were added or existing gardens remodeled regularly.

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Huangshan

Nan Germany - 11-Mar-20

Huangshan

When visiting Huangshan I managed the incredible feat of being completely penniless twice in a time span of roughly 2.5h.

It was a rainy day in January and I had come by bus from Hongcun. My clothes were already miserably wet when I arrived in Tongkou as it had been incessantly raining all day. I had known (and forgotten) to pick up cash for my trip, but figured it should be an easy thing as Tongkou is really touristy. My first mistake. There were no (international) ATMs anywhere near and my stress level was already high (never good), as I felt short on time and wanted to finally ascend.

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Nan
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Germany
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Petra, Machu Picchu, Angkor
Proposal
Seoraksan, Korea. Okefenokee, USA.
Rating Stats
Angkor 5
Petra 5
Rome 5
Cordoba 4.5
Dubrovnik 4.5
Granada 4.5
Meteora 4.5
Ping Yao 4.5
Pompei 4.5
Prague 4.5
Ravenna 4.5
Vienna 4.5
Brugge 4
Iguacu 4
Kotor 4
Riga 4
Siena 4
Sintra 4
Assisi 3.5
Bordeaux 3.5
Bryggen 3.5
Butrint 3.5
Calakmul 3.5
Champagne 3.5
Cracow 3.5
Cuenca 3.5
Edinburgh 3.5
Fujisan 3.5
Gyeongju 3.5
L'viv 3.5
Matera 3.5
Reims 3.5
Rhodes 3.5
Syracuse 3.5
Tallinn 3.5
Albi 3
Arles 3
Avila 3
Belem 3
Cuzco 3
Hoi An 3
Hué 3
Kyiv 3
Lyon 3
Macao 3
Mostar 3
Nikko 3
Oporto 3
Potosi 3
Split 3
Sucre 3
Trebic 3
Urbino 3
Uxmal 3
Visby 3
Warsaw 3
Belfries 2.5
Burgundy 2.5
Caceres 2.5
Corfu 2.5
Elvas 2.5
Evora 2.5
Graz 2.5
Le Havre 2.5
Lübeck 2.5
Nancy 2.5
Naples 2.5
Nesvizh 2.5
Orange 2.5
Panamá 2.5
Provins 2.5
Puebla 2.5
Red Fort 2.5
Saltaire 2.5
Tarraco 2.5
Telc 2.5
Tiwanaku 2.5
Toledo 2.5
Trier 2.5
Trogir 2.5
Vat Phou 2.5
Vlkolinec 2.5
Lima 2
Modena 2
Pienza 2
Verona 2
Zamosc 2
Aranjuez 1.5
Campeche 1.5
Genoa 1.5
Ivrea 1.5
Reichenau 1.5
Torun 1.5
Corvey 1
  1. Tongariro National Park
  2. Te Wahipounamu
  3. Ping Yao
  4. West Lake
  5. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  6. Huangshan
  7. Xidi and Hongcun
  8. Dengfeng
  9. Longmen Grottoes
  10. Liangzhu Archaeological Site
  11. Le Havre
  12. Loire Valley
  13. Mont-Saint-Michel
  14. Fujisan
  15. Western Ghats
  16. Mount Etna
  17. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  18. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  19. Neolithic Orkney
  20. St. Kilda
  21. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  22. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  23. Jantar Mantar
  24. Antequera Dolmens Site
  25. Val di Noto
  26. Old Rauma
  27. Sammallahdenmäki
  28. Petäjävesi Old Church
  29. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
  30. Villa Romana del Casale
  31. Corfu
  32. Berat and Gjirokastra
  33. Butrint
  34. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  35. Gammelstad
  36. Laponian Area
  37. Arab-Norman Palermo
  38. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  39. Popocatepetl monasteries
  40. Kii Mountain Range
  41. Zamosc
  42. Reims
  43. Champagne
  44. Burgundy
  45. Jaipur City, Rajasthan
  46. Palenque
  47. Churches of the Pskov School of Architecture
  48. The Prosecco Hills
  49. Angkor
  50. Tomioka Silk Mill
  51. Curonian Spit
  52. Nesvizh
  53. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  54. Potosi
  55. Preah Vihear Temple
  56. Sambor Prei Kuk
  57. Vat Phou
  58. Luang Prabang
  59. Plain of Jars
  60. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  61. Thang Long
  62. Dolomites
  63. Kaiping Diaolou
  64. South China Karst
  65. Water Management System of Augsburg
  66. China Danxia
  67. Danube Delta
  68. Macao
  69. Plitvice Lakes
  70. Hiraizumi
  71. Srebarna Nature Reserve
  72. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  73. Aachen Cathedral
  74. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  75. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  76. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  77. Rhaetian Railway
  78. Hedeby and Danevirke
  79. Engelsberg Ironworks
  80. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  81. Istanbul
  82. Selimiye Mosque
  83. Bursa and Cumalikizik
  84. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  85. Ivrea
  86. San Gimignano
  87. Longobards in Italy
  88. Val d'Orcia
  89. Siena
  90. Etruscan Necropolises
  91. Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos
  92. El Fuerte de Samaipata
  93. Mir Castle
  94. Tiwanaku
  95. Qhapaq Ñan
  96. Sucre
  97. Machu Picchu
  98. Cuzco
  99. Nasca Lines
  100. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  101. Bellinzone
  102. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  103. Old City of Berne
  104. Gwynedd Castles
  105. Sceilg Mhichíl
  106. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  107. Ironbridge Gorge
  108. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  109. Belfries
  110. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  111. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  112. Malbork Castle
  113. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  114. Boyana Church
  115. Thessalonika
  116. Rila Monastery
  117. Pirin National Park
  118. Archaeological site of Philippi
  119. Meteora
  120. Mount Athos
  121. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  122. Peking Man Site
  123. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  124. Grimeton Radio Station
  125. Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus
  126. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  127. Fray Bentos
  128. Peninsula Valdes
  129. Los Alerces National Park
  130. Cueva de las Manos
  131. Los Glaciares
  132. Churches of Chiloé
  133. Valparaiso
  134. Rapa Nui
  135. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  136. Mafra Palace, Convent and Royal Hunting Park
  137. Fagus Factory
  138. Par force hunting landscape
  139. Holasovice
  140. Xochicalco
  141. Tlacotalpan
  142. Yagul and Mitla
  143. Taj Mahal
  144. Medina of Tétouan
  145. Gorham's Cave Complex
  146. Caves and Ice Age Art
  1. Abbey of Kremsmünster (T)
  2. Alanya (T)
  3. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  4. Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panamá City (T)
  5. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T)
  6. Balaton Uplands Cultural Landscape (T)
  7. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  8. Buenos Aires – La Plata: Two capitals of the Culture of Modernity, Eclecticism and Immigration (T)
  9. Bulwarked Fortifications of the "Raia" (Border) (T)
  10. Cal Orck'o: Footprints of time (T)
  11. Central Park (T)
  12. Centro Storico di Pavia e Certosa (T)
  13. Chapultepec Woods, Hill and Castle (T)
  14. Chatham Dockyard and its Defences (T)
  15. Citadel of Alessandria (T)
  16. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  17. Darmstadt Artists' Colony Mathildenhöhe (T)
  18. Darwin's Landscape Laboratory (T)
  19. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  20. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  21. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  22. Ellis Island (T)
  23. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  24. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  25. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  26. Great Spas of Europe (UK) (T)
  27. Hikone-Jo (castle) (T)
  28. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  29. Kaunas 1919-1939: The Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement (T)
  30. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  31. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  32. L'ensemble rupestre de Basarabi (T)
  33. La Camargue (T)
  34. La Moneda Palace (T)
  35. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  36. Lake Titicaca (T)
  37. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  38. Le palais de Princes Eveques de Liège (T)
  39. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  40. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  41. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  42. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  43. Mattanchery Palace, Ernakulam, Kerala (T)
  44. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  45. Metz Royale et Impériale, enjeux de pouvoir, confrontations stylistiques et identité urbaine (T)
  46. Monte Verde Archaeological Site (T)
  47. Mt. Soraksan Nature Reserve (T)
  48. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  49. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  50. Nuruosmaniye Complex (T)
  51. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (T)
  52. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  53. Petrified Forest National Park (T)
  54. Pobiti Kamani Natural Monument (T)
  55. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  56. Pulacayo, Industrial Heritage Site (T)
  57. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
  58. Roman Ways. Itineraries of the Roman Empire (T)
  59. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  60. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  61. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  62. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  63. San Francisco Church and Convent (T)
  64. Seoul City Wall (T)
  65. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  66. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  67. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  68. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  69. Sites mégalithiques de Carnac (T)
  70. Sites of Globalization (T)
  71. Southwest Coast (T)
  72. Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)
  73. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  74. That Luang de Vientiane (T)
  75. The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T)
  76. The Burren (T)
  77. The Colonial Transisthmian Route of Panamá (Ruta Colonial Transístmica de Panamá) (T)
  78. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  79. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  80. The late ancient tomb of Silistra (T)
  81. The Monastic City of Clonmacnoise and its Cultural Landscape (T)
  82. The Olive Grove Landscapes of Andalusia (T)
  83. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  84. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  85. The Roussensky Lom National Park (T)
  86. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  87. The Silver Route (T)
  88. Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks, Region of Magallanes (T)
  89. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  90. Victoria Lines Fortifications (T)
  91. Yıldız Palace Complex (T)

Reviewed TWHS

  1. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  2. Sites mégalithiques de Carnac (T)
  3. Mt. Soraksan Nature Reserve (T)
  4. Kaunas 1919-1939: The Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement (T)
  5. The late ancient tomb of Silistra (T)
  6. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  7. Citadel of Alessandria (T)
  8. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  9. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  10. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  11. Roman Ways. Itineraries of the Roman Empire (T)
  12. Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panamá City (T)
  13. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  14. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  15. The Colonial Transisthmian Route of Panamá (Ruta Colonial Transístmica de Panamá) (T)
  16. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  17. The Roussensky Lom National Park (T)
  18. La Moneda Palace (T)
  19. The Olive Grove Landscapes of Andalusia (T)
  20. Le site de Koh Ker (T)
  21. Darwin's Landscape Laboratory (T)
  22. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  23. That Luang de Vientiane (T)
  24. Site of Southern Yue State (T)
  25. The timeless, humanistic architecture of Jože Plečnik (T)
  26. Cal Orck'o: Footprints of time (T)
  27. Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)
  28. Yıldız Palace Complex (T)
  29. Lake Titicaca (T)
  30. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  31. Pulacayo, Industrial Heritage Site (T)
  32. Archaeological Complex of Pachacamac (T)
  33. Western Stone Forts (T)
  34. The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T)
  35. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  36. Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks, Region of Magallanes (T)
  37. Monte Verde Archaeological Site (T)
  38. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  39. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  40. Southwest Coast (T)
  41. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T)
  42. Teylers (T)
  43. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  44. Chatham Dockyard and its Defences (T)
  45. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  46. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (T)
  47. Darmstadt Artists' Colony Mathildenhöhe (T)
  48. The Monastic City of Clonmacnoise and its Cultural Landscape (T)

Top 50 Missing Sites

  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

Top 200 WHS

  1. Acropolis
  2. Troy
  3. Pompei
  4. Leptis Magna
  5. Pont du Gard
  6. Borobudur
  7. Haeinsa Temple
  8. Pyramids (Memphis)
  9. Aachen Cathedral
  10. Ravenna
  11. Vatican City
  12. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  13. Mont-Saint-Michel
  14. Westminster
  15. Kremlin and Red Square
  16. Kinderdijk
  17. Aksum
  18. Guanajuato
  19. Thingvellir
  20. Wadi Rum
  21. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  22. Jantar Mantar
  23. Ancient Thebes
  24. Grand Canyon
  25. Völklingen Ironworks
  26. Ancient Kyoto
  27. Gyeongju
  28. Galapagos Islands
  29. Yellowstone
  30. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  31. Redwood
  32. Tasmanian Wilderness
  33. Yosemite National Park
  34. Ilulissat Icefjord
  35. Chola Temples
  36. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  37. Sun Temple, Konarak
  38. Hampi
  39. Itsukushima Shrine
  40. Ha Long Bay
  41. Lena Pillars
  42. Cuzco
  43. West Norwegian Fjords
  44. Great Barrier Reef
  45. Siena
  46. Granada
  47. Dubrovnik
  48. Cracow
  49. Vienna
  50. Brugge
  51. Rhodes
  52. Arab-Norman Palermo
  53. Agra Fort
  54. Crac des Chevaliers
  55. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  56. Himeji-jo
  57. Great Wall
  58. Tower of London
  59. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  60. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  61. Machu Picchu
  62. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  63. Great Himalayan National Park
  64. Persepolis
  65. Petra
  66. Rapa Nui
  67. Imperial Palace
  68. Versailles
  69. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  70. El Escurial
  71. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  72. Persian Garden
  73. Studley Royal Park
  74. Site of Carthage
  75. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  76. Florence
  77. St. Petersburg
  78. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  79. Chaco Culture
  80. Mesa Verde
  81. Teotihuacan
  82. Tikal National Park
  83. Chichen-Itza
  84. Palenque
  85. Stonehenge
  86. Çatalhöyük
  87. Nasca Lines
  88. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  89. Okavango Delta
  90. The Sundarbans
  91. Iguazu National Park
  92. Altamira Cave
  93. Angkor
  94. Fatehpur Sikri
  95. Grand Canal
  96. Mountain Railways of India
  97. Venice and its Lagoon
  98. Istanbul
  99. Rome
  100. Damascus
  101. Old City of Jerusalem
  102. Prague
  103. Split