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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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Australian Convict Sites

Nan Germany - 04-Jul-20

Australian Convict Sites

On a brief stopover of three days before NYE 2020, I visited the Convict Sites around Sydney. The day I arrived, I was off to a splendid start, as the Hyde Park Barracks were undergoing renovations (should be completed by now / Summer 2020), so I only got some outside glimpses. Then, two days later on NYE, we took the boat to Cockatoo Island which ... was closed the whole day in preparation for the NYE party. My last chance was the Old Governor's House in Parramatta.

When I arrived it was awfully quiet and signs on the lawn were announcing that the Parramatta NYE party later that day was cancelled. The place looked desolate and I was acutely worried to find yet another closed site. And indeed, the museum was about to close due to low attendance. Luckily, they hadn't yet, so I got a mostly private tour. Later a few more tourists dropped in

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Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay

Nan Germany - 28-Jun-20

Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay

Fontenay is probably the best preserved Cistercian abbey I have visited. As is customary for Cistercian abbeys, it's located along a river valley and you will recognize the usual structures with refractory, chapel and fish ponds. What is missing, are any interior decorations. The abbey was closed during the French revolution and turned into a paper factory for a century thereafter. At the beginning of the 20th century, a rich French banker bought the estate and began the restoration of the site. The family to this day owns the property.

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Sydney Opera House

Nan Germany - 21-May-20

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera is one of the youngest inscribed WHS. It was officially opened in 1973 and inscribed as WHS in 2007 (less than 50 years later). As a basic rule, I feel WHS should be timeless. And timelessness can be better judged with adequate temporal distance. For the Sydney Opera House, though, I feel confident that this is a timeless building. On the one hand side, I enjoy the timeless, organic architecture, combing imagery of sails and sea shells. On the other hand side, it's influence on modern urban development cannot be overstated. Wherever a city tries to reinvent itself or create a new landmark, you find a Sydney Opera, e.g. the Opera in Copenhagen (mhew) or the Elbphilharmonie in my home town Hamburg.

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Greater Blue Mountains

Nan Germany - 21-May-20

Greater Blue Mountains

To get this out of the way first: I think Jay is the only one who visited the same Blue Mountains I visited back in late December 2019. Everyone else must have been somewhere else. Where is the fog/smoke on your pictures, Clyde, Ian, Els?! ...

When I planned my big trip to Australia and New Zealand, the bad news kept rushing in. New Zealand had plenty of rainfall and mudslides with roads breaking down. Australia on the other hand endured a catastrophic dry spell with large parts of the country being eaten up by wildfires as a consequence. Doing only a short stop over of three nights in Sydney, my time was limited and I did not want to miss the opportunity to tick the site off.

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Singapore Botanic Gardens

Nan Germany - 21-May-20

Singapore Botanic Gardens

The Singapore Botanic Gardens are one of a number a botanic gardens the British constructed across their empire. The main claim to fame of the Singapore one is that it was here that rubber was first cultivated outside South America. They also contributed significantly to the research of orchids.

During my visit, the nicest parts were the jungle portions of the park. You are still well in the city, but they managed to recreate a small accessible wilderness in the park including animal wildlife. So many cute lizards and snakes. The other highlight is the orchid garden, but as I understand the core zone borders this is not part of the core site. Update: Jay pointed out that I was mistaken. The orchids are included. And after consulting the map, I have to concur.

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

Recently Visited WHS

Update 09.07.20
Rating Stats
Angkor 5
Petra 5
Rome 5
Cordoba 4.5
Dubrovnik 4.5
Granada 4.5
Meteora 4.5
Ping Yao 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. Australian Convict Sites
  2. Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay
  3. Sydney Opera House
  4. Greater Blue Mountains
  5. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  6. Tongariro National Park
  7. Te Wahipounamu
  8. Ping Yao
  9. West Lake
  10. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  11. Huangshan
  12. Xidi and Hongcun
  13. Dengfeng
  14. Longmen Grottoes
  15. Liangzhu Archaeological Site
  16. Le Havre
  17. Loire Valley
  18. Mont-Saint-Michel
  19. Fujisan
  20. Western Ghats
  21. Mount Etna
  22. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  23. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  24. Neolithic Orkney
  25. St. Kilda
  26. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  27. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  28. Jantar Mantar
  29. Antequera Dolmens Site
  30. Val di Noto
  31. Old Rauma
  32. Sammallahdenmäki
  33. Petäjävesi Old Church
  34. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
  35. Villa Romana del Casale
  36. Corfu
  37. Berat and Gjirokastra
  38. Butrint
  39. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  40. Gammelstad
  41. Laponian Area
  42. Arab-Norman Palermo
  43. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  44. Popocatepetl monasteries
  45. Kii Mountain Range
  46. Zamosc
  47. Reims
  48. Champagne
  49. Burgundy
  50. Jaipur City, Rajasthan
  51. Palenque
  52. Churches of the Pskov School of Architecture
  53. The Prosecco Hills
  54. Angkor
  55. Tomioka Silk Mill
  56. Curonian Spit
  57. Nesvizh
  58. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  59. Potosi
  60. Preah Vihear Temple
  61. Sambor Prei Kuk
  62. Vat Phou
  63. Luang Prabang
  64. Plain of Jars
  65. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  66. Thang Long
  67. Dolomites
  68. Kaiping Diaolou
  69. South China Karst
  70. Water Management System of Augsburg
  71. China Danxia
  72. Danube Delta
  73. Macao
  74. Plitvice Lakes
  75. Hiraizumi
  76. Srebarna Nature Reserve
  77. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  78. Aachen Cathedral
  79. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  80. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  81. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  82. Rhaetian Railway
  83. Hedeby and Danevirke
  84. Engelsberg Ironworks
  85. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  86. Istanbul
  87. Selimiye Mosque
  88. Bursa and Cumalikizik
  89. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  90. Ivrea
  91. San Gimignano
  92. Longobards in Italy
  93. Val d'Orcia
  94. Siena
  95. Etruscan Necropolises
  96. Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos
  97. El Fuerte de Samaipata
  98. Mir Castle
  99. Tiwanaku
  100. Qhapaq Ñan
  101. Sucre
  102. Machu Picchu
  103. Cuzco
  104. Nasca Lines
  105. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  106. Bellinzone
  107. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  108. Old City of Berne
  109. Gwynedd Castles
  110. Sceilg Mhichíl
  111. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  112. Ironbridge Gorge
  113. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  114. Belfries
  115. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  116. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  117. Malbork Castle
  118. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  119. Boyana Church
  120. Thessalonika
  121. Rila Monastery
  122. Pirin National Park
  123. Archaeological site of Philippi
  124. Meteora
  125. Mount Athos
  126. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  127. Peking Man Site
  128. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  129. Grimeton Radio Station
  130. Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus
  131. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  132. Fray Bentos
  133. Peninsula Valdes
  134. Los Alerces National Park
  135. Cueva de las Manos
  136. Los Glaciares
  137. Churches of Chiloé
  138. Valparaiso
  139. Rapa Nui
  140. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  141. Mafra Palace, Convent and Royal Hunting Park
  142. Fagus Factory
  143. Par force hunting landscape
  144. Holasovice
  145. Xochicalco
  146. Tlacotalpan
  147. Caves of Yagul and Mitla
  148. Taj Mahal
  149. Medina of Tétouan
  150. Gorham's Cave Complex
  151. 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 (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: St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches (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 (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 (T)
  87. The Silver Route (T)
  88. Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks, Region of Magallanes (T)
  89. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  90. Victoria Lines Fortifications (T)
  91. 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 (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. Koh Ker: Archeological site of Ancient Lingapura Or Chok Gargyar (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 (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