Reservation required

WHS where a reservation beforehand is needed to be able to enter. Name time-span (days, weeks, months, years) and link to the procedure if available online. It does not include sites where you can show up on the day and may expect to join a tour during the same day. Also, it is limited to where the reservation is needed to enter the WHS at all or to a major highlight without which a visit would not be meaningful.

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Coa Valley and Siega Verde The guided tours, both on the Spanish and Portuguese side, need a reservation well beforehand. They're also not conducted daily.
Cordouan Lighthouse You need to pre-book a spot on a boat tour to get there. There are several operators.
Evaporitic Karst and Caves To visit the cave interiors
Granada For the Alhambra, online, a few days ahead (longer during holiday periods).
Hal Saflieni Hypogeum Best months ahead, online.
Hegra A time slot for the Hegra tours needs to be booked in advance via their website - usually a few days beforehand should suffice, depending on the kind of tour and hour of the day.
Karlskrona Visit to Kungsholms Fort requires a reservation at least 2 days in advance (military area)
Krzemionki prehistoric flint mines According to their website, they require advance notice that you're coming.
Luis Barragán House and Studio Book online, weeks ahead
Machu Picchu Book online, at least a month ahead
Major Town Houses For Hotel Solvay: best months ahead. The Maison & Atelier Horta does require an online reservation as well, but a few days ahead seems early enough. The other two locations are generally closed to the public.
Mistaken Point Best via e-mail or phone a few weeks ahead.
Mogao Caves At least one day beforehand for the 'better' tickets (see link)
Mountain Railways of India To get a seat on a train. Best done way before if you want a good seat; while the cheapest ones might be available til the day before departure.
Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes The flint mine descent has to be booked in advance (a few days ahead seems fine, but check for availability), via phone / e-mail / online form at The museum can be visited without reservation.
Neolithic Orkney Skara Brae: reservation is strongly recommended as walk-up tickets are more costly and they may run out for specific time slots. Maeshowe: can only be entered with guided tour for which reservation is strongly recommended a week or 2 beforehand.
Padua’s fourteenth-century fresco cycles For Scrovegni Chapel: online, a few days ahead
Potala Palace Entering the Potala Palace requires a prior reservation, in person, 1-10 days ahead. In peak season (May 1 to October 31) they may sell out so quickly that you'll need a travel agency to arrange it.
Putorana Plateau Visiting the area requires a permit from the FSB, as foreigners are officially not allowed to visit Norilsk - the starting point for tours into the reserve.
Rietveld Schröderhuis To be done online, 1 or 2 days before usually is enough.
Rio Abiseo National Park To enter the park you need a visitor permit from Peru's Park Service (SERNANP).
Santa Maria delle Grazie Online, best months ahead (bookings open 3 months before).
Sceilg Mhichíl Landing tours (available from several providers) need to be booked in advance: months ahead if you need a specific date in summer, a bit less in the buffer seasons.
Sewell Mining Town See guided tours, allow for at least a week.
Shirakami-Sanchi Entering the core zone, for example to climb Mount Shirakamidake, requires a permit that has to be arranged in advance.
Sintra Visits to the Pena Palace are by time-slot and required pre-booking only. A day or two ahead should be sufficient (last checked August 2023).
St. Kilda From one of the boat companies, a few weeks ahead (months if you need a specific date in summer)
Statue of Liberty Liberty Island needs at least a General Admission Reservation for a specific time slot. These are usually available until right before departure.
Sítio Roberto Burle Marx Has to be done online weeks beforehand, especially for tours in the English language.
Tugay forests "Entrance to the nature reserve is by permission only."
Tugendhat Villa Especially for tours to the interior in the English language: best months ahead.
Turaif Quarter To be able to enter the area, pre-booking a slot is required a few days beforehand.
Van Nellefabriek Best a week or 2 ahead for one of the guided tours as executed by Urban Guides and the Chabot Museum.
Wrangel Island Access requires a special permit


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