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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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Le Havre

Nan Germany - 08-Jan-20

Le Havre

After WW2 France was faced with a severe housing shortage. During the wars construction had been on a low level. After WW2 a baby boom set in and people left their villages for the big cities, specifically Paris. Last but not least, the end of colonialism meant a huge influx of French citizens from the colonies back to France, most notably Algeria.

To deal with this the French constructed huge banlieus (suburbs) on the outskirts of town. These were build in a modernist style all over France. The citizens were mostly poor; new arrivals from the former colonies or poor French from the country side

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Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)

Nan Germany - 27-Dec-19

Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)

Known as the town where the English burned Jeanne d'Arc, Rouen has kept a medieval feel to this day. On my stop over when travelling from Le Havre to Paris, I saw plenty of timber framed houses lining the city center. Interestingly, the historic center reminded me more of medieval cities in the UK than in France. 

The highlight of the visit is the Cathedral. It's just a stunning structure, even taking into account the inflationary amount of great medieval cathedrals in Northern France. St Maclou is a bit smaller, but also a very nice church. Taking together, I spend a nice, but rushed afternoon in Rouen.

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Sites mégalithiques de Carnac (T)

Nan Germany - 20-Dec-19

Sites mégalithiques de Carnac (T)

For those who have been privy to participate in one of our meetups or are members of our whatsapp group, the term "Rock art" is synonymous with our dear community member Samuel. I always wondered where his infatuation with rock art came from. For me (and I would argue this is a majority opinion) rock art is rarely if ever endearing. Mostly, rock art shows how much mankind has evolved and how humble our beginnings were.

Well, if I had grown up at one of the truly great rock art sites, I may have a different opinion. Samuel is from Bretagne in the vicinity of Carnac. He must have spent quite a few school trips in the stone fields around Carnac studying the standing stones (menhirs). And it's hard not to fall in love with the place when you do.

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Loire Valley

Nan Germany - 20-Dec-19

Loire Valley

Even though I visited France as a kid on a yearly basis, I never made it to the Chateau de La Loire. It felt like a weird omission and in 2019 I decided to correct it. I flew into Nantes and took a day trip along the Loire to Chenonceau, Amboise and Saumur.

My first stop in the morning was Chenonceau. Technically Chenonceau is not on the Loire, but on a side branch. Therefore it was not originally included in the inscription. It was added in 2017. Without a doubt it's an iconic structure and taking the proximity to Amboise and the Loire into account, I have no objection that it was included. As pointed out by Hubert, the main gallery over the river is great. I also really enjoyed the surrounding gardens.

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Mt. Soraksan Nature Reserve (T)

Nan Germany - 20-Dec-19

On my first visit to Korea over Christmas in 2004 we did two excursions to sites outside Seoul. We went to Gyeongju for Korean history. And we went to Seoraksan for Korean nature.

Seoraksan is the most popular National Park in Korea. It is situated on the Eastern coast, roughly a 3h drive by bus from Seoul (depending on the traffic in Seoul). Coming from modern Seoul it's quite a contrast to see the rural side of Korea and the mountains from the bus window as you venture to Sokcho, the gateway to Seoraksan.

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Update 20.10.19
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
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. Le Havre
  2. Loire Valley
  3. Mont-Saint-Michel
  4. Fujisan
  5. Western Ghats
  6. Mount Etna
  7. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  8. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  9. Neolithic Orkney
  10. St. Kilda
  11. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  12. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  13. Jantar Mantar
  14. Antequera Dolmens Site
  15. Val di Noto
  16. Old Rauma
  17. Sammallahdenmäki
  18. Petäjävesi Old Church
  19. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
  20. Villa Romana del Casale
  21. Corfu
  22. Berat and Gjirokastra
  23. Butrint
  24. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  25. Gammelstad
  26. Laponian Area
  27. Arab-Norman Palermo
  28. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  29. Popocatepetl monasteries
  30. Kii Mountain Range
  31. Zamosc
  32. Reims
  33. Champagne
  34. Burgundy
  35. Jaipur City, Rajasthan
  36. Palenque
  37. Churches of the Pskov School of Architecture
  38. The Prosecco Hills
  39. Angkor
  40. Tomioka Silk Mill
  41. Curonian Spit
  42. Nesvizh
  43. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  44. Potosi
  45. Preah Vihear Temple
  46. Sambor Prei Kuk
  47. Vat Phou
  48. Luang Prabang
  49. Plain of Jars
  50. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  51. Thang Long
  52. Dolomites
  53. Kaiping Diaolou
  54. South China Karst
  55. Water Management System of Augsburg
  56. China Danxia
  57. Danube Delta
  58. Macao
  59. Plitvice Lakes
  60. Hiraizumi
  61. Srebarna Nature Reserve
  62. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  63. Aachen Cathedral
  64. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  65. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  66. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  67. Rhaetian Railway
  68. Hedeby and Danevirke
  69. Engelsberg Ironworks
  70. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  71. Istanbul
  72. Selimiye Mosque
  73. Bursa and Cumalikizik
  74. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  75. Ivrea
  76. San Gimignano
  77. Longobards in Italy
  78. Val d'Orcia
  79. Siena
  80. Etruscan Necropolises
  81. Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos
  82. El Fuerte de Samaipata
  83. Mir Castle
  84. Tiwanaku
  85. Qhapaq Ñan
  86. Sucre
  87. Machu Picchu
  88. Cuzco
  89. Nasca Lines
  90. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  91. Bellinzone
  92. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  93. Old City of Berne
  94. Gwynedd Castles
  95. Sceilg Mhichíl
  96. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  97. Ironbridge Gorge
  98. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  99. Belfries
  100. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  101. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  102. Malbork Castle
  103. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  104. Boyana Church
  105. Thessalonika
  106. Rila Monastery
  107. Pirin National Park
  108. Archaeological site of Philippi
  109. Meteora
  110. Mount Athos
  111. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  112. Peking Man Site
  113. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  114. Grimeton Radio Station
  115. Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus
  116. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  117. Fray Bentos
  118. Peninsula Valdes
  119. Los Alerces National Park
  120. Cueva de las Manos
  121. Los Glaciares
  122. Churches of Chiloé
  123. Valparaiso
  124. Rapa Nui
  125. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  126. Mafra Palace, Convent and Royal Hunting Park
  127. Fagus Factory
  128. Par force hunting landscape
  129. Holasovice
  130. Xochicalco
  131. Tlacotalpan
  132. Yagul and Mitla
  133. Taj Mahal
  134. Medina of Tétouan
  135. Gorham's Cave Complex
  136. 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. Trading Posts and Fortifications on Genoese Trade Routes from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea (T)
  90. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  91. Victoria Lines Fortifications (T)
  92. 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