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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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Nan Germany - 21-Mar-19


Having visited central Reims including the cathedral and the Tau palace a few decades ago, this time around I came to Reims to see the Champagne Houses. The Champagne Houses are on the outskirts of town, so I did not plan to revisit the Reims WHS.

When studying the map of the area (our France country map zoomed in on Reims) I noticed a nearby blue point: the former abbey of St Remi. First I thought this referred to another component of the Champagne site. As it turns out this is part of the Reims WHS.

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Nan Germany - 14-Mar-19


Twenty or so years back my aunt and I had visited Reims. We had been to the cathedral and visited the city center. But we skipped on the hills where the Champagne houses are; it's not in walking distance from downtown and at the time it wasn't a tourist attraction.

This time we skipped past the city center and went directly up the hill. It's really impressive when you pull in. The Champagne houses are large estates, half factory, half palace.

It's interesting how the marketing influenced the architecture and the presentation. When you visit the Pommery cellars for instance, you will see plenty of art on exhibition. While this may seem like a fancy tick, this is part of the original marketing conceived by Ms Pommery back in the 19th century.

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Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)

Nan Germany - 13-Mar-19

Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)

"You want to go where?" my aunt asked me. "La Grande Tombe de Villeroy, it's just next to Meaux, we can pass it on our way to the airport."

You need to know my mother's family is from Meaux, a town East of Paris. And indeed when coming from the East (Epernay) and heading to the world's worst airport (Charles de Gaulles), you pass within a few kilometers of the site.

My aunt asked again what precisely I wanted to see there. "A Nécropole, must a big thing" I said. Now my French is okay, but not perfect, so my aunt was trying to make sure she didn't misunderstand me. Eventually, she accepted that I meant the tomb. But she corrected me: "It's not a big thing, it's a small sign along the road." I couldn't quite fathom this information (Nécropole, Grande Tombe?), so I quickly googled the site and indeed: La Grande Tombe is pretty tiny. Most people in nearby Meaux wouldn't even know about it

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Nan Germany - 11-Mar-19


"Again a vineyard, again a serial nomination." Ever since hiking through the Piedmont and then later the same year the Prosecco hills have I a certain skepticism when it comes to any site featuring vineyards. Luckily, my skepticism in the case of Burgundy was not warranted as Burgundy to me is primarily a late medieval landscape that happens to have some surrounding vineyards.

The two main locations of the site are Dijon and Beaune. I managed to see both in half a day. Dijon is the regional capital and boasts quite a large old town. For me the Ducal Palace and the Place de La Liberation were the highlights of the town.

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Roman Ways. Itineraries of the Roman Empire (T)

Nan Germany - 18-Feb-19

Roman Ways. Itineraries of the Roman Empire (T)

A few kilometers South of Elche lies the archaeological area named L’Alcudia. Alcudia is the Moorish name of the hill where the original Roman colony named Ilici was situated.

The site was settled already in pre-Roman times and grew under the Romans as it was designated as Colonia Iulia Ilici Augusta. Veteran soldiers of Augustus campaigns settled here. After the Roman period the Visigoths and the Byzantines controlled the town. Consequently, there are some paleo-Christian ruins on the site. After the Moors took over, they set up a separate town further north (modern day Elche) and the original town was mostly disbanded over time.

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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
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
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
Split 3
Sucre 3
Trebic 3
Urbino 3
Uxmal 3
Visby 3
Warsaw 3
Belfries 2.5
Burgundy 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. Reims
  2. Champagne
  3. Burgundy
  4. Palenque
  5. Angkor
  6. Tomioka Silk Mill
  7. Curonian Spit
  8. Nesvizh
  9. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  10. Potosi
  11. Preah Vihear Temple
  12. Sambor Prei Kuk
  13. Vat Phou
  14. Luang Prabang
  15. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  16. Thang Long
  17. Dolomites
  18. Kaiping Diaolou
  19. South China Karst
  20. China Danxia
  21. Danube Delta
  22. Macao
  23. Plitvice Lakes
  24. Hiraizumi
  25. Srebarna Nature Reserve
  26. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  27. Aachen Cathedral
  28. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  29. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  30. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  31. Rhaetian Railway
  32. Hedeby and Danevirke
  33. Engelsberg Ironworks
  34. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  35. Istanbul
  36. Selimiye Mosque
  37. Bursa and Cumalikizik
  38. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  39. Ivrea
  40. San Gimignano
  41. Longobards in Italy
  42. Val d'Orcia
  43. Siena
  44. Etruscan Necropolises
  45. Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos
  46. El Fuerte de Samaipata
  47. Mir Castle
  48. Tiwanaku
  49. Qhapaq Ñan
  50. Sucre
  51. Machu Picchu
  52. Cuzco
  53. Nasca Lines
  54. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  55. Bellinzone
  56. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  57. Old City of Berne
  58. Gwynedd Castles
  59. Sceilg Mhichíl
  60. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  61. Ironbridge Gorge
  62. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  63. Belfries
  64. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  65. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  66. Malbork Castle
  67. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  68. Boyana Church
  69. Thessalonika
  70. Rila Monastery
  71. Pirin National Park
  72. Archaeological site of Philippi
  73. Meteora
  74. Mount Athos
  75. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  76. Peking Man Site
  77. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  78. Grimeton Radio Station
  79. Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus
  80. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  81. Fray Bentos
  82. Peninsula Valdes
  83. Los Alerces National Park
  84. Cueva de las Manos
  85. Los Glaciares
  86. Churches of Chiloé
  87. Valparaiso
  88. Rapa Nui
  89. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  90. Fagus Factory
  91. Par force hunting landscape
  92. Holasovice
  93. Xochicalco
  94. Tlacotalpan
  95. Yagul and Mitla
  96. Taj Mahal
  97. Medina of Tétouan
  98. Gorham's Cave Complex
  99. 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. 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. Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří (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. Royal Building of Mafra – Palace, Basilica, Convent, Cerco Garden and Hunting Park (Tapada) (T)
  62. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  63. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  64. San Francisco Church and Convent (T)
  65. Seoul City Wall (T)
  66. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  67. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  68. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  69. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (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. The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T)
  75. The Burren (T)
  76. The Colonial Transisthmian Route of Panamá (Ruta Colonial Transístmica de Panamá) (T)
  77. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  78. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  79. The late ancient tomb of Silistra (T)
  80. The Monastic City of Clonmacnoise and its Cultural Landscape (T)
  81. The Olive Grove Landscapes of Andalusia (T)
  82. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  83. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  84. The Roussensky Lom National Park (T)
  85. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  86. The Silver Route (T)
  87. Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks, Region of Magallanes (T)
  88. Trading Posts and Fortifications on Genoese Trade Routes from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea (T)
  89. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  90. Western Stone Forts (T)
  91. Yıldız Palace Complex (T)

Reviewed TWHS

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