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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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Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay

Nan Germany - 28-Jun-20

Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay

Fontenay is probably the best preserved Cistercian abbey I have visited. As is customary for Cistercian abbeys, it's located along a river valley and you will recognize the usual structures with refractory, chapel and fish ponds. What is missing, are any interior decorations. The abbey was closed during the French revolution and turned into a paper factory for a century thereafter. At the beginning of the 20th century, a rich French banker bought the estate and began the restoration of the site. The family to this day owns the property.

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Sydney Opera House

Nan Germany - 21-May-20

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera is one of the youngest inscribed WHS. It was officially opened in 1973 and inscribed as WHS in 2007 (less than 50 years later). As a basic rule, I feel WHS should be timeless. And timelessness can be better judged with adequate temporal distance. For the Sydney Opera House, though, I feel confident that this is a timeless building. On the one hand side, I enjoy the timeless, organic architecture, combing imagery of sails and sea shells. On the other hand side, it's influence on modern urban development cannot be overstated. Wherever a city tries to reinvent itself or create a new landmark, you find a Sydney Opera, e.g. the Opera in Copenhagen (mhew) or the Elbphilharmonie in my home town Hamburg.

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Greater Blue Mountains

Nan Germany - 21-May-20

Greater Blue Mountains

To get this out of the way first: I think Jay is the only one who visited the same Blue Mountains I visited back in late December 2019. Everyone else must have been somewhere else. Where is the fog/smoke on your pictures, Clyde, Ian, Els?! ...

When I planned my big trip to Australia and New Zealand, the bad news kept rushing in. New Zealand had plenty of rainfall and mudslides with roads breaking down. Australia on the other hand endured a catastrophic dry spell with large parts of the country being eaten up by wildfires as a consequence. Doing only a short stop over of three nights in Sydney, my time was limited and I did not want to miss the opportunity to tick the site off.

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Singapore Botanic Gardens

Nan Germany - 21-May-20

Singapore Botanic Gardens

The Singapore Botanic Gardens are one of a number a botanic gardens the British constructed across their empire. The main claim to fame of the Singapore one is that it was here that rubber was first cultivated outside South America. They also contributed significantly to the research of orchids.

During my visit, the nicest parts were the jungle portions of the park. You are still well in the city, but they managed to recreate a small accessible wilderness in the park including animal wildlife. So many cute lizards and snakes. The other highlight is the orchid garden, but as I understand the core zone borders this is not part of the core site. Update: Jay pointed out that I was mistaken. The orchids are included. And after consulting the map, I have to concur.

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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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Petra, Machu Picchu, Angkor
Proposal
Seoraksan, Korea. Okefenokee, USA.

Recently Visited WHS

Update 09.07.20
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. Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay
  2. Sydney Opera House
  3. Greater Blue Mountains
  4. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  5. Tongariro National Park
  6. Te Wahipounamu
  7. Ping Yao
  8. West Lake
  9. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  10. Huangshan
  11. Xidi and Hongcun
  12. Dengfeng
  13. Longmen Grottoes
  14. Liangzhu Archaeological Site
  15. Le Havre
  16. Loire Valley
  17. Mont-Saint-Michel
  18. Fujisan
  19. Western Ghats
  20. Mount Etna
  21. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  22. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  23. Neolithic Orkney
  24. St. Kilda
  25. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  26. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  27. Jantar Mantar
  28. Antequera Dolmens Site
  29. Val di Noto
  30. Old Rauma
  31. Sammallahdenmäki
  32. Petäjävesi Old Church
  33. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
  34. Villa Romana del Casale
  35. Corfu
  36. Berat and Gjirokastra
  37. Butrint
  38. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  39. Gammelstad
  40. Laponian Area
  41. Arab-Norman Palermo
  42. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  43. Popocatepetl monasteries
  44. Kii Mountain Range
  45. Zamosc
  46. Reims
  47. Champagne
  48. Burgundy
  49. Jaipur City, Rajasthan
  50. Palenque
  51. Churches of the Pskov School of Architecture
  52. The Prosecco Hills
  53. Angkor
  54. Tomioka Silk Mill
  55. Curonian Spit
  56. Nesvizh
  57. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  58. Potosi
  59. Preah Vihear Temple
  60. Sambor Prei Kuk
  61. Vat Phou
  62. Luang Prabang
  63. Plain of Jars
  64. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  65. Thang Long
  66. Dolomites
  67. Kaiping Diaolou
  68. South China Karst
  69. Water Management System of Augsburg
  70. China Danxia
  71. Danube Delta
  72. Macao
  73. Plitvice Lakes
  74. Hiraizumi
  75. Srebarna Nature Reserve
  76. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  77. Aachen Cathedral
  78. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  79. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  80. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  81. Rhaetian Railway
  82. Hedeby and Danevirke
  83. Engelsberg Ironworks
  84. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  85. Istanbul
  86. Selimiye Mosque
  87. Bursa and Cumalikizik
  88. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  89. Ivrea
  90. San Gimignano
  91. Longobards in Italy
  92. Val d'Orcia
  93. Siena
  94. Etruscan Necropolises
  95. Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos
  96. El Fuerte de Samaipata
  97. Mir Castle
  98. Tiwanaku
  99. Qhapaq Ñan
  100. Sucre
  101. Machu Picchu
  102. Cuzco
  103. Nasca Lines
  104. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  105. Bellinzone
  106. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  107. Old City of Berne
  108. Gwynedd Castles
  109. Sceilg Mhichíl
  110. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  111. Ironbridge Gorge
  112. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  113. Belfries
  114. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  115. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  116. Malbork Castle
  117. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  118. Boyana Church
  119. Thessalonika
  120. Rila Monastery
  121. Pirin National Park
  122. Archaeological site of Philippi
  123. Meteora
  124. Mount Athos
  125. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  126. Peking Man Site
  127. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  128. Grimeton Radio Station
  129. Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus
  130. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  131. Fray Bentos
  132. Peninsula Valdes
  133. Los Alerces National Park
  134. Cueva de las Manos
  135. Los Glaciares
  136. Churches of Chiloé
  137. Valparaiso
  138. Rapa Nui
  139. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  140. Mafra Palace, Convent and Royal Hunting Park
  141. Fagus Factory
  142. Par force hunting landscape
  143. Holasovice
  144. Xochicalco
  145. Tlacotalpan
  146. Caves of Yagul and Mitla
  147. Taj Mahal
  148. Medina of Tétouan
  149. Gorham's Cave Complex
  150. 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 (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: St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches (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 (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 (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 (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. Koh Ker: Archeological site of Ancient Lingapura Or Chok Gargyar (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 (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