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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 traveller, 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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Le site de Koh Ker (T)

Nan Germany - 08-Jan-19

Le site de Koh Ker (T)

Normally I try to stipulate the full itinerary of a day trip with a driver before I go. This time I didn’t and my driver notified me in Preah Vihear that Koh Ker wasn’t part of the trip. I was left somewhat annoyed, but couldn’t really complain as all I asked for was Preah Vihear. Koh Ker was just mentioned as an alternative when my driver was pitching me potential day trips back in Siem Reap.

Coming down the mountain after my visit of Preah Vihear I had already prepared myself for major haggling. But this being Cambodia my driver asked for less than 20 USD as a starting bid. It was kind of cute and I just had to smile and said yes. Going to Koh Ker is at least a 1h detour and adds some kilometers to the tab.

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The Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene (T)

Nan Germany - 08-Jan-19

The Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene (T)

One of the charms (or challenges) of visiting tentative sites is that the usual tourist infrastructure is missing. No visitor center, no heritage trails, little to no sign posting, no official website ... And worse, as it’s still a nomination neither the boundaries nor locations are finalized. So I was left wondering what the proposed site "Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene" entailed and what to visit. I found the nomination to be rather unhelpful in that respect.

One site that is mentioned and that can be visited easily is the Convitto Scuola Enologica in Conegliano. It is based in a 19th century manor on the outskirts of town and supports to this day the local vineyards in growing the Glera grape.

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Angkor

Nan Germany - 31-Dec-18

Angkor

What makes a truly great site? To me a truly great site is one where you could remove the best parts of the site and still have a great site. E.g. Rome is great even if you were to ignore the Colosseum and the Pantheon. You still have the Forum Romanum, the Roman Walls, the Circus Maximus, ... The same applies to Angkor. Angkor is not just about Angkor Wat or Bayon. Its a huge area with a host of great temples, some smaller, some bigger, but all unique and incredible.

In total I spend 3 nights in Siem Reap and two days visiting the sites of nearby Angkor. I did not have the time to venture further outside to Banteay Srei as recommended by others. My personal highlights were Angkor Wat, South Gate of Angkor Thom plus bridge, Bayon (amazing stonework), Preah Khan and Ta Prohm (the Tomb Raider temple)

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Tomioka Silk Mill

Nan Germany - 24-Dec-18

Tomioka Silk Mill

The Tomioka Silk Mill was built during the Meiji Restoration. As you may know the Meiji Restoration refers to Japan in the 2nd half of the 19th century. Japan had been living in isolation for centuries. Due to military incursions by the Americans Japan came to realize that they needed to catch up fast with the rest of the world. While the general industrial advances are covered by the Sites of the Meiji Industrial Revolution Tomioka is focused on one specific factory for silk production.

The factory itself was built with support from French engineers. Walking around it does have a colonial feel to it, especially with regards to the living quarters. The site also encompasses three other locations related to silk production and tries to provide a full picture. As these are further off, I did not manage to visit, though

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Curonian Spit

Nan Germany - 24-Dec-18

Curonian Spit

Before World War 2 the Baltics had a substantial German population. Germany proper extended all the way to East Prussia with its capital Königsberg. But many Germans also settled further North in the Baltic states. Indeed, most places in the Baltics also have historic German names (e.g. Reval for Tallinn). And plenty of historic figures were of German ancestry. Take our beloved Struve Arcs. Struve was German and taught at was then a German university in Tartu/Dorpat.

As such, travelling the area you will meet plenty of Germans trying to connect to their ancestors. The Curonian Split features quite heavily in these itineraries as it was a prime travel destination of the locals; and still is.

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Petra, Machu Picchu
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Seoraksan, Korea. Okefenokee, USA.
Angkor 5
Petra 5
Rome 5
Cordoba 4.5
Dubrovnik 4.5
Granada 4.5
Meteora 4.5
Prague 4.5
Rapa Nui 4.5
Vienna 4.5
Brugge 4
Iguacu 4
Kotor 4
Pompei 4
Riga 4
Siena 4
Sintra 4
Assisi 3.5
Bordeaux 3.5
Bryggen 3.5
Calakmul 3.5
Cracow 3.5
Cuenca 3.5
Fujisan 3.5
Gyeongju 3.5
L'viv 3.5
Matera 3.5
Rhodes 3.5
Tallinn 3.5
Vicenza 3.5
Albi 3
Arles 3
Avila 3
Belem 3
Cuzco 3
Hoi An 3
Hué 3
Kiev 3
Lyon 3
Macao 3
Mostar 3
Nikko 3
Oporto 3
Potosi 3
Reims 3
Split 3
Sucre 3
Trebic 3
Urbino 3
Uxmal 3
Visby 3
Warsaw 3
Belfries 2.5
Caceres 2.5
Elvas 2.5
Evora 2.5
Graz 2.5
Ivrea 2.5
Lübeck 2.5
Nancy 2.5
Naples 2.5
Nesvizh 2.5
Orange 2.5
Panamá 2.5
Pienza 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
Genoa 2
Lima 2
Modena 2
Verona 2
Zamosc 2
Aranjuez 1.5
Campeche 1.5
Reichenau 1.5
Torun 1.5
Corvey 1
  1. Angkor
  2. Tomioka Silk Mill
  3. Curonian Spit
  4. Nesvizh
  5. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  6. Potosi
  7. Preah Vihear Temple
  8. Sambor Prei Kuk
  9. Vat Phou
  10. Luang Prabang
  11. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  12. Thang Long
  13. Dolomites
  14. Kaiping Diaolou
  15. South China Karst
  16. China Danxia
  17. Danube Delta
  18. Macao
  19. Plitvice Lakes
  20. Hiraizumi
  21. Srebarna Nature Reserve
  22. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  23. Aachen Cathedral
  24. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  25. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  26. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  27. Rhaetian Railway
  28. Hedeby and Danevirke
  29. Engelsberg Ironworks
  30. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  31. Istanbul
  32. Selimiye Mosque
  33. Bursa and Cumalikizik
  34. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  35. Ivrea
  36. San Gimignano
  37. Longobards in Italy
  38. Val d'Orcia
  39. Siena
  40. Etruscan Necropolises
  41. Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos
  42. El Fuerte de Samaipata
  43. Mir Castle
  44. Tiwanaku
  45. Qhapaq Ñan
  46. Sucre
  47. Machu Picchu
  48. Cuzco
  49. Nasca Lines
  50. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  51. Bellinzone
  52. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  53. Old City of Berne
  54. Gwynedd Castles
  55. Sceilg Mhichíl
  56. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  57. Ironbridge Gorge
  58. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  59. Belfries
  60. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  61. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  62. Malbork Castle
  63. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  64. Boyana Church
  65. Thessalonika
  66. Rila Monastery
  67. Pirin National Park
  68. Archaeological site of Philippi
  69. Meteora
  70. Mount Athos
  71. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  72. Peking Man Site
  73. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  74. Grimeton Radio Station
  75. Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus
  76. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  77. Fray Bentos
  78. Peninsula Valdes
  79. Los Alerces National Park
  80. Cueva de las Manos
  81. Los Glaciares
  82. Churches of Chiloé
  83. Valparaiso
  84. Rapa Nui
  85. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  86. Fagus Factory
  87. Par force hunting landscape
  88. Holasovice
  89. Xochicalco
  90. Tlacotalpan
  91. Yagul and Mitla
  92. Taj Mahal
  93. Medina of Tétouan
  94. Gorham's Cave Complex
  95. Caves and Ice Age Art
  1. Abbey of Kremsmünster (T)
  2. Alanya (T)
  3. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  4. Archaeological Complex of Pachacamac (T)
  5. Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panamá City (T)
  6. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T)
  7. Balaton Uplands Cultural Landscape (T)
  8. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  9. Buenos Aires – La Plata: Two capitals of the Culture of Modernity, Eclecticism and Immigration (T)
  10. Bulwarked Frontier Fortifications (T)
  11. Cal Orck'o: Footprints of time (T)
  12. Central Park (T)
  13. Centro Storico di Pavia e Certosa (T)
  14. Chapultepec Woods, Hill and Castle (T)
  15. Chatham Dockyard and its Defences (T)
  16. Citadel of Alessandria (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. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings (T)
  25. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  26. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  27. Great Pskov (T)
  28. Great Spas of Europe (UK) (T)
  29. Hikone-Jo (castle) (T)
  30. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  31. Kaunas 1919-1939: The Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement (T)
  32. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  33. L'ensemble rupestre de Basarabi (T)
  34. La Camargue (T)
  35. La Moneda Palace (T)
  36. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  37. Lake Titicaca (T)
  38. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  39. Le palais de Princes Eveques de Liège (T)
  40. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  41. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  42. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  43. Mattanchery Palace, Ernakulam, Kerala (T)
  44. Metz Royale et Impériale, enjeux de pouvoir, confrontations stylistiques et identité urbaine (T)
  45. Monte Verde Archaeological Site (T)
  46. Mt. Soraksan Nature Reserve (T)
  47. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  48. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  49. Nuruosmaniye Complex (T)
  50. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (T)
  51. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  52. Petrified Forest National Park (T)
  53. Pobiti Kamani Natural Monument (T)
  54. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  55. Pulacayo, Industrial Heritage Site (T)
  56. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
  57. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  58. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  59. Royal Building of Mafra – Palace, Basilica, Convent, Cerco Garden and Hunting Park (Tapada) (T)
  60. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  61. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  62. San Francisco Church and Convent (T)
  63. Seoul City Wall (T)
  64. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  65. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  66. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  67. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  68. Sites of Globalization (T)
  69. Southwest Coast (T)
  70. Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)
  71. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  72. Teylers (T)
  73. The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T)
  74. The Burren (T)
  75. The Colonial Transisthmian Route of Panamá (Ruta Colonial Transístmica de Panamá) (T)
  76. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  77. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  78. The late ancient tomb of Silistra (T)
  79. The Monastic City of Clonmacnoise and its Cultural Landscape (T)
  80. The Olive Grove Landscapes of Andalusia (T)
  81. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  82. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  83. The Roussensky Lom National Park. (T)
  84. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  85. The Silver Route (T)
  86. Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks, Region of Magallanes (T)
  87. Trading Posts and Fortifications on Genoese Trade Routes from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea (T)
  88. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  89. Western Stone Forts (T)
  90. Yıldız Palace Complex (T)

Reviewed TWHS

  1. Le site de Koh Ker (T)
  2. The Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene (T)
  3. Darwin's Landscape Laboratory (T)
  4. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  5. That Luang de Vientiane (T)
  6. Sites Megalithiques de la province de Xieng Khouang (T)
  7. Site of Southern Yue State (T)
  8. Hydraulic Engineering and Hydropower, Drinking Water and Decorative Fountains in Augsburg (T)
  9. The timeless, humanistic architecture of Jože Plečnik (T)
  10. Cal Orck'o: Footprints of time (T)
  11. Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)
  12. Yıldız Palace Complex (T)
  13. Lake Titicaca (T)
  14. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  15. Pulacayo, Industrial Heritage Site (T)
  16. Archaeological Complex of Pachacamac (T)
  17. Western Stone Forts (T)
  18. The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T)
  19. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  20. Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks, Region of Magallanes (T)
  21. Monte Verde Archaeological Site (T)
  22. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  23. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  24. Southwest Coast (T)
  25. Royal Building of Mafra – Palace, Basilica, Convent, Cerco Garden and Hunting Park (Tapada) (T)
  26. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T)
  27. Teylers (T)
  28. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  29. Chatham Dockyard and its Defences (T)
  30. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  31. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (T)
  32. Darmstadt Artists' Colony Mathildenhöhe (T)
  33. 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