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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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Verla Groundwood and Board Mill

Nan Germany - 19-Jun-19

Verla Groundwood and Board Mill

Verla is a well-preserved example of a 19th century Finnish wood processing plant. The most renowned product in Finland was the cardboard that was used to print maps on display in Finnish schools. At least, that’s what our resident Finnish traveler - Juha - mentioned over beers in Helsinki.

The mill remains in a mostly original, 19th century state. Because of size limitations, the owners never extended or modernized the mill. Instead, the company slowly phased it out. They continued to operate it in the traditional way until the last workers reached retirement age (1960s).

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Villa Romana del Casale

Nan Germany - 12-Jun-19

Villa Romana del Casale

When I visited Aquileia last year, I mentioned in our whatsapp group that these were the greatest Roman mosaics I had hitherto seen. I was wondering what greater mosaics existed on the list. The group feedback was Villa Romana del Casale. I would have gone anyhow. But this way I was quite curious what I would find.

The villa is a 4th century Roman villa that probably was built for the then Roman governor of Sicily. The Romans chose the location for its proximity to the main road between Catania and Agrigento. Nowadays, the area is more of a backwater.

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Corfu

Nan Germany - 12-Jun-19

Corfu

As a quick getaway for the long Ascension weekend, I jumped on a plane to Corfu. My original plan had been to travel cross-country from Corfu to Skopje. When this didn’t pan out due to travel times, I shortened my trip and visited Corfu and the neighboring sites in Albania.

Corfu has a nice old town and a great Mediterranean fortification. It exceeds what you will find in the Venetian Works of Defence inscription being a Venetian fortification itself. You will find the Venetian lion adorning its fortification walls. It’s not, though, on the scale of Vallletta. But honestly, what could be? With Malta, it shares a British past. You will find several British buildings scattered around town.

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Berat and Gjirokastra

Nan Germany - 03-Jun-19

Berat and Gjirokastra

Arriving at Gjirokaster, I wasn’t sure what to expect. At first glance, there were no notable structures. Gjirokaster seemed to consist exclusively of the usual communist concrete fare. So was this it? Luckily not.

Historically, the valley of the Drino River was reserved for agriculture. The locals built their towns and villages on the slopes of the surrounding hills and mountains. And up in the hills, you will find in Gjirokaster: a great example of Ottoman architecture in the Balkans. Frankly, during my travels, I have seen nothing comparable in the Balkans.

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Butrint

Nan Germany - 07-Jun-19

Butrint

As ruins go, Butrint spans a large time span and covers a large area. You find Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Venetian buildings and remains. The site also holds floor mosaics, but these are buried below sand to protect them from the humid climate. Only every two years are they uncovered and made visible to the public.

Rising water levels constantly endangered parts of Butrint. The Triconch Palace is a good example here, being built on the shoreline.

When the Venetians in the 16th century built the fortress on the other side of the canal, the city was finally abandoned. The new fortress controlled access to the lagoon and the rich fish reservoir, so a settlement in Butrint was no longer needed.

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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
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
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
Kiev 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
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
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. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
  2. Villa Romana del Casale
  3. Corfu
  4. Berat and Gjirokastra
  5. Butrint
  6. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  7. Gammelstad
  8. Laponian Area
  9. Arab-Norman Palermo
  10. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  11. Popocatepetl monasteries
  12. Kii Mountain Range
  13. Zamosc
  14. Reims
  15. Champagne
  16. Burgundy
  17. Palenque
  18. Angkor
  19. Tomioka Silk Mill
  20. Curonian Spit
  21. Nesvizh
  22. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  23. Potosi
  24. Preah Vihear Temple
  25. Sambor Prei Kuk
  26. Vat Phou
  27. Luang Prabang
  28. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  29. Thang Long
  30. Dolomites
  31. Kaiping Diaolou
  32. South China Karst
  33. China Danxia
  34. Danube Delta
  35. Macao
  36. Plitvice Lakes
  37. Hiraizumi
  38. Srebarna Nature Reserve
  39. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  40. Aachen Cathedral
  41. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  42. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  43. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  44. Rhaetian Railway
  45. Hedeby and Danevirke
  46. Engelsberg Ironworks
  47. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  48. Istanbul
  49. Selimiye Mosque
  50. Bursa and Cumalikizik
  51. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  52. Ivrea
  53. San Gimignano
  54. Longobards in Italy
  55. Val d'Orcia
  56. Siena
  57. Etruscan Necropolises
  58. Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos
  59. El Fuerte de Samaipata
  60. Mir Castle
  61. Tiwanaku
  62. Qhapaq Ñan
  63. Sucre
  64. Machu Picchu
  65. Cuzco
  66. Nasca Lines
  67. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  68. Bellinzone
  69. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  70. Old City of Berne
  71. Gwynedd Castles
  72. Sceilg Mhichíl
  73. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  74. Ironbridge Gorge
  75. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  76. Belfries
  77. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  78. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  79. Malbork Castle
  80. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  81. Boyana Church
  82. Thessalonika
  83. Rila Monastery
  84. Pirin National Park
  85. Archaeological site of Philippi
  86. Meteora
  87. Mount Athos
  88. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  89. Peking Man Site
  90. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  91. Grimeton Radio Station
  92. Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus
  93. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  94. Fray Bentos
  95. Peninsula Valdes
  96. Los Alerces National Park
  97. Cueva de las Manos
  98. Los Glaciares
  99. Churches of Chiloé
  100. Valparaiso
  101. Rapa Nui
  102. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  103. Fagus Factory
  104. Par force hunting landscape
  105. Holasovice
  106. Xochicalco
  107. Tlacotalpan
  108. Yagul and Mitla
  109. Taj Mahal
  110. Medina of Tétouan
  111. Gorham's Cave Complex
  112. 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 Fortifications of the "Raia" (Border) (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. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  18. Darmstadt Artists' Colony Mathildenhöhe (T)
  19. Darwin's Landscape Laboratory (T)
  20. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  21. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  22. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  23. Ellis Island (T)
  24. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  25. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings (T)
  26. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  27. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  28. Great Pskov (T)
  29. Great Spas of Europe (UK) (T)
  30. Hikone-Jo (castle) (T)
  31. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  32. Kaunas 1919-1939: The Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement (T)
  33. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  34. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  35. L'ensemble rupestre de Basarabi (T)
  36. La Camargue (T)
  37. La Moneda Palace (T)
  38. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  39. Lake Titicaca (T)
  40. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  41. Le palais de Princes Eveques de Liège (T)
  42. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  43. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  44. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  45. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  46. Mattanchery Palace, Ernakulam, Kerala (T)
  47. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  48. Metz Royale et Impériale, enjeux de pouvoir, confrontations stylistiques et identité urbaine (T)
  49. Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří (T)
  50. Monte Verde Archaeological Site (T)
  51. Mt. Soraksan Nature Reserve (T)
  52. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  53. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  54. Nuruosmaniye Complex (T)
  55. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (T)
  56. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  57. Petrified Forest National Park (T)
  58. Pobiti Kamani Natural Monument (T)
  59. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  60. Pulacayo, Industrial Heritage Site (T)
  61. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
  62. Roman Ways. Itineraries of the Roman Empire (T)
  63. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  64. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  65. Royal Building of Mafra – Palace, Basilica, Convent, Cerco Garden and Hunting Park (Tapada) (T)
  66. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  67. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  68. San Francisco Church and Convent (T)
  69. Seoul City Wall (T)
  70. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  71. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  72. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  73. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  74. Sites Megalithiques de la province de Xieng Khouang (T)
  75. Sites of Globalization (T)
  76. Southwest Coast (T)
  77. Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)
  78. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  79. That Luang de Vientiane (T)
  80. The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T)
  81. The Burren (T)
  82. The Colonial Transisthmian Route of Panamá (Ruta Colonial Transístmica de Panamá) (T)
  83. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  84. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  85. The late ancient tomb of Silistra (T)
  86. The Monastic City of Clonmacnoise and its Cultural Landscape (T)
  87. The Olive Grove Landscapes of Andalusia (T)
  88. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  89. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  90. The Roussensky Lom National Park (T)
  91. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  92. The Silver Route (T)
  93. Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks, Region of Magallanes (T)
  94. Trading Posts and Fortifications on Genoese Trade Routes from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea (T)
  95. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  96. Victoria Lines Fortifications (T)
  97. Western Stone Forts (T)
  98. Yıldız Palace Complex (T)

Reviewed TWHS

  1. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  2. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  3. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  4. Roman Ways. Itineraries of the Roman Empire (T)
  5. Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panamá City (T)
  6. Jaipur city, Rajasthan India (T)
  7. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  8. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  9. The Colonial Transisthmian Route of Panamá (Ruta Colonial Transístmica de Panamá) (T)
  10. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  11. The Roussensky Lom National Park (T)
  12. La Moneda Palace (T)
  13. The Olive Grove Landscapes of Andalusia (T)
  14. Great Pskov (T)
  15. Le site de Koh Ker (T)
  16. The Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene (T)
  17. Darwin's Landscape Laboratory (T)
  18. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  19. That Luang de Vientiane (T)
  20. Sites Megalithiques de la province de Xieng Khouang (T)
  21. Site of Southern Yue State (T)
  22. Hydraulic Engineering and Hydropower, Drinking Water and Decorative Fountains in Augsburg (T)
  23. The timeless, humanistic architecture of Jože Plečnik (T)
  24. Cal Orck'o: Footprints of time (T)
  25. Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)
  26. Yıldız Palace Complex (T)
  27. Lake Titicaca (T)
  28. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  29. Pulacayo, Industrial Heritage Site (T)
  30. Archaeological Complex of Pachacamac (T)
  31. Western Stone Forts (T)
  32. The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T)
  33. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  34. Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks, Region of Magallanes (T)
  35. Monte Verde Archaeological Site (T)
  36. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  37. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  38. Southwest Coast (T)
  39. Royal Building of Mafra – Palace, Basilica, Convent, Cerco Garden and Hunting Park (Tapada) (T)
  40. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T)
  41. Teylers (T)
  42. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  43. Chatham Dockyard and its Defences (T)
  44. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  45. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (T)
  46. Darmstadt Artists' Colony Mathildenhöhe (T)
  47. 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