I know we have talked about rankings and the like before, but it was always a little too subjective to warrant anything more formal.
However reading Els' latest review of Southern Öland
did bring up the idea of the best WHS in each country. It especially piqued my interest as Els' selection for best WHS in Sweden (Falun) was one I would put near the bottom of my list and quite regularly there are sites that grab my interest that seem to leave others rather unimpressed.
As such I thought I would just put forward my own little list of best (roughly top 3
) WHS by country.
I have limited it to those countries where I have visited 7 or more sites (a rather arbitrary number but I think 7 starts to give a good feel for what is on offer)Germany
Sites visited:29 Percentage of country total visited:74%
Best: Bauhaus Dessau (honourable mention (HM) Dresden
Best: Edinburgh (HM Gwynedd Castles)Spain
Best: Segovia (HM both of Barcelona's Modernisme sites)France
Best: Strasbourg (HM le Corbusier's Villa Savoye [T-list])Italy
Best: Rome, Venice (HM Aquileia and Scorvegni Chapel [T-list])Czech Republic
Best: Prague, (HM Cesky Krumlov, Olomouc)Belgium
Best: Plantin Moretus (HM Gent is the nicest city to pick up the Belfries and Beginhofs)Sweden
Best: Varberg Radio Station (HM Gamelstad)South Korea
Best: Hwaseong (HM Haeinsa temple)USA
Grand Canyon, Yellowstone Cultural
Best: Vienna (HM Graz, Salzberg)China
(Beijing Area only) 7 15%
Best: Summer Palace (HM Great Wall)Morocco
Best: Marrakesh (HM Rabat)Netherlands
Best: Rietveld Schröder House (HM Amsterdam)Tunisia
Best: Dougga (HM Kerkouane, Tunis)
Well there you go, some are rather obvious, but some aren't. Perhaps it is of interest to others, if not then hey ho you at least know what I like in terms of WHS :)
Was also thinking of adding least favourite by country as well but maybe another time.