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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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Cilento and Vallo di Diano

Nan Germany - 02-Jul-19

Cilento and Vallo di Diano

In the southern part of Italy, several cities and present day world heritage sites owe their founding to Greek colonists: Naples, Siracusa, and Agrigento are a few examples. Another is Paestum and the Vallo di Diano, situated 100km south of Naples. The overall area was also referred to as Magna Graecia and had Greek speakers well into the Middle Ages where it was still part of the Byzantine Empire.

Of the listed "Greeks in Italy" sites, Paestum is most like Agrigento. Both boast many great temple ruins. The main difference I would see is that Agrigento has the more stunning scenery with the temples located on hills overlooking the Mediterranean. The other noticeable difference is that different stones were used for the construction

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Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape

Nan Germany - 05-Aug-19

Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape

Cornwall voted for Brexit. This is somewhat surprising as Cornwall receives plenty of EU funding, being one of the poorest regions in the UK and qualifying for EU regional funds as a consequence. When visiting, I ran into plenty of "Funded by the EU" signs.

One part of the answer are myths about fishing rights. But I think parts of the answer are related to this world heritage site.

I had been to Cornwall as a kid and I had very fond memories of the place: It has great beaches and the weather tends to be better than in the rest of the UK. You can even find palm trees.

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Neolithic Orkney

Nan Germany - 30-Jul-19

Neolithic Orkney

I didn't quite know what to expect, when I made plans to visit the Orkney Islands. On the one hand, it's a neolithic site and those tend to be rather simple, if not outright dull. On the other hand, I have been curious about the Orkney Islands in general. Add to this me getting a WHS tick and I was good to go. As it turned out, this was the highlight of my 2019 UK trip.

The site covers so much for a neolithic site: two stone circles (Ring of Brodgar, Stones of Stenness), a winter solstice oriented tomb grave (Maeshowe) and really tangible remains of a neolithic village (Skara Brae)

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St. Kilda

Nan Germany - 04-Aug-19

Our 2019 meetup location was supposed to be St. Kilda. As pointed out by Els in her blog post, the boat didn't go. I think in the process we gathered some valuable lessons learned and I would like to document them here.

Getting In

First things first: St. Kilda is an island roughly 100km off the coast of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. The only way to get there is by boat. Several operators offer day trips. The trips are subject to cancellation as you are going out into the Atlantic ocean and the weather and the sea can be rough.

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The late ancient tomb of Silistra (T)

Nan Germany - 01-Jul-19

As a last stop of our 2018 meetup we went to Silistra. We come from Srebarna and just followed the Danube.

Els had prearranged a tour (you can't get in otherwise). From the outside you can see a small chapel through the fences, but that's not really what you come for. It's the tomb hidden below the chapel that is interesting. It's interior is richly and colorful decorated and in a good state of preservation.

Still, I did not take any pictures which normally points to a fairly underwhelming experience.

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

Recently Visited WHS

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. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  2. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  3. Neolithic Orkney
  4. St. Kilda
  5. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  6. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  7. Jantar Mantar
  8. Antequera Dolmens Site
  9. Val di Noto
  10. Old Rauma
  11. Sammallahdenmäki
  12. Petäjävesi Old Church
  13. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
  14. Villa Romana del Casale
  15. Corfu
  16. Berat and Gjirokastra
  17. Butrint
  18. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  19. Gammelstad
  20. Laponian Area
  21. Arab-Norman Palermo
  22. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  23. Popocatepetl monasteries
  24. Kii Mountain Range
  25. Zamosc
  26. Reims
  27. Champagne
  28. Burgundy
  29. Jaipur City, Rajasthan
  30. Palenque
  31. Churches of the Pskov School of Architecture
  32. The Prosecco Hills
  33. Angkor
  34. Tomioka Silk Mill
  35. Curonian Spit
  36. Nesvizh
  37. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  38. Potosi
  39. Preah Vihear Temple
  40. Sambor Prei Kuk
  41. Vat Phou
  42. Luang Prabang
  43. Plain of Jars
  44. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  45. Thang Long
  46. Dolomites
  47. Kaiping Diaolou
  48. South China Karst
  49. Water Management System of Augsburg
  50. China Danxia
  51. Danube Delta
  52. Macao
  53. Plitvice Lakes
  54. Hiraizumi
  55. Srebarna Nature Reserve
  56. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  57. Aachen Cathedral
  58. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  59. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  60. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  61. Rhaetian Railway
  62. Hedeby and Danevirke
  63. Engelsberg Ironworks
  64. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  65. Istanbul
  66. Selimiye Mosque
  67. Bursa and Cumalikizik
  68. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  69. Ivrea
  70. San Gimignano
  71. Longobards in Italy
  72. Val d'Orcia
  73. Siena
  74. Etruscan Necropolises
  75. Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos
  76. El Fuerte de Samaipata
  77. Mir Castle
  78. Tiwanaku
  79. Qhapaq Ñan
  80. Sucre
  81. Machu Picchu
  82. Cuzco
  83. Nasca Lines
  84. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  85. Bellinzone
  86. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  87. Old City of Berne
  88. Gwynedd Castles
  89. Sceilg Mhichíl
  90. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  91. Ironbridge Gorge
  92. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  93. Belfries
  94. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  95. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  96. Malbork Castle
  97. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  98. Boyana Church
  99. Thessalonika
  100. Rila Monastery
  101. Pirin National Park
  102. Archaeological site of Philippi
  103. Meteora
  104. Mount Athos
  105. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  106. Peking Man Site
  107. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  108. Grimeton Radio Station
  109. Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus
  110. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  111. Fray Bentos
  112. Peninsula Valdes
  113. Los Alerces National Park
  114. Cueva de las Manos
  115. Los Glaciares
  116. Churches of Chiloé
  117. Valparaiso
  118. Rapa Nui
  119. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  120. Mafra Palace, Convent and Royal Hunting Park
  121. Fagus Factory
  122. Par force hunting landscape
  123. Holasovice
  124. Xochicalco
  125. Tlacotalpan
  126. Yagul and Mitla
  127. Taj Mahal
  128. Medina of Tétouan
  129. Gorham's Cave Complex
  130. 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. Kaunas 1919-1939: The Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement (T)
  2. The late ancient tomb of Silistra (T)
  3. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  4. Citadel of Alessandria (T)
  5. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  6. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  7. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  8. Roman Ways. Itineraries of the Roman Empire (T)
  9. Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panamá City (T)
  10. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  11. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  12. The Colonial Transisthmian Route of Panamá (Ruta Colonial Transístmica de Panamá) (T)
  13. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  14. The Roussensky Lom National Park (T)
  15. La Moneda Palace (T)
  16. The Olive Grove Landscapes of Andalusia (T)
  17. Le site de Koh Ker (T)
  18. Darwin's Landscape Laboratory (T)
  19. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  20. That Luang de Vientiane (T)
  21. Site of Southern Yue State (T)
  22. The timeless, humanistic architecture of Jože Plečnik (T)
  23. Cal Orck'o: Footprints of time (T)
  24. Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)
  25. Yıldız Palace Complex (T)
  26. Lake Titicaca (T)
  27. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  28. Pulacayo, Industrial Heritage Site (T)
  29. Archaeological Complex of Pachacamac (T)
  30. Western Stone Forts (T)
  31. The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T)
  32. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  33. Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks, Region of Magallanes (T)
  34. Monte Verde Archaeological Site (T)
  35. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  36. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  37. Southwest Coast (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