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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. Eventually I noticed a few annoying biases. The authors would try to cover all regions of a country equally, judge on a relative scale and provide more details on touristy and easy to reach places. For instance, I see little reason to spend any time in Santiago de Chile apart from the international airport. Santiago is a nice city for Chile, but it's not in the same league as Mexico City. Still, any guide book you pick up on Chile will spend a full chapter on the city.

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 winter landscape to Holasovice. More often than not these 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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Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch Nan

Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch by nan

Following Kintante's recommendation in the forum, I set out to go to Eggishorn. Leaving my apartment in Hamburg at 5 a.m. I stood on the top of the mountain at 1 p.m., a flight, two train rides and two cable cars in between. And there it was. Or better there it wasn't: The glacier was hidden from view by heavy fog. And the mountains were covered in thick snow ...

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Bellinzone Nan

Bellinzone by nan

If you are looking for an early version of a toll booth, the castles of Bellinzona should give you a good idea. They were built at a strategic location, a narrow alpine valley, through which multiple alpine trading routes passed. At its height in the 15th century the fortifications cut along the full width of the valley enforcing the collection of tolls for all traders passing by.

The main castle, Castelgrande, sits right in the middle of the valley on a hill. The panoramic views you get with the Alps as backdrop are breathtaking. Already the Romans had built a castle here.

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Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes Nan

Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes by nan

Thanks to Ryanair offering 30€ flights from Hamburg to Brussels I decided to finish Belgium by ticking off Spiennes. I contacted the museum and reserved a place for a Sunday afternoon visit. The visit includes the museum, an excavation site and a descent into one cave that covers several mines.

Flintstone was the key material in prehistoric times. The mines at Spiennes show to what lengths mankind would go to mine it. They would dig 10-20m deep holes with little to no light and only very primitive tools to use. It’s interesting to think about this as an early industrial site.

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Old City of Berne Nan

Old City of Berne by nan

Given the tourist masses passing through Bern, especially from Asia, one would assume to find the crowning jewel of Switzerland. Given the scarcity of reviews on this site by community members as well as the brevity of those by otherwise verbose travellers (including Els herself), I already figured that this wouldn't be the case.

Bern old town feels very Swiss and distinct from northern Italian cities it shares many features with. Not sure if it's the clocktowers or the abundance of fountains all over the city. Personally, I enjoyed the views of the rushing Aar river best and the tucked away gardens found all over the city.

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Gwynedd Castles Nan

Gwynedd Castles by nan

After a series of two industrial WHS, it was nice to see a more traditional WHS in the form of the Gwynedd Castles. These are 13th century castles built over a relatively short time period. Their purpose was to pacify the area after the recent English conquest by King Edward I.

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Visited WHS: 348

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Proposal New WHS: Seoraksan, Korea. Okefenokee, USA.

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  1. Imperial Tombs
  2. Major Town Houses
  3. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  4. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  5. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  6. Saltaire
  7. Derwent Valley Mills
  8. Vienna
  9. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  10. Aranjuez
  11. Tugendhat Villa
  12. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  13. Churches of Peace
  14. Calakmul
  15. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  16. Stralsund and Wismar
  17. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  18. Trebic
  19. Kew Gardens
  20. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  21. Monte San Giorgio
  22. Novodevichy Convent
  23. Muskauer Park
  24. Primeval Beech Forests
  25. Grimeton Radio Station
  26. Luis Barragán House and Studio
  27. Kernavë Archeological Site
  28. Kii Mountain Range
  29. Liverpool
  30. Regensburg
  31. Centennial Hall
  32. Yaroslavl
  33. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  34. Struve Geodetic Arc
  35. West Norwegian Fjords
  36. Genoa
  37. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  38. Stari Grad Plain
  39. Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine
  40. Kotor
  41. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  42. Bordeaux
  43. Teide National Park
  44. San Miguel de Allende
  45. Hiraizumi
  46. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
  47. Fortifications of Vauban
  48. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  49. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  50. Stoclet House
  51. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  52. Wadden Sea
  53. Longobards in Italy
  54. Royal Joseon Tombs
  55. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  56. Albi
  57. Jantar Mantar
  58. Western Ghats
  59. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  60. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  61. Camino Real
  62. Yagul and Mitla
  63. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  64. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  65. Elvas
  66. Fagus Factory
  67. Margravial Opera House
  68. University of Coimbra
  69. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  70. Stevns Klint
  71. Fujisan
  72. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region
  73. Trang An
  74. Van Nellefabriek
  75. Grand Canal
  76. Corvey
  77. Tomioka Silk Mill
  78. Los Glaciares
  79. Fray Bentos
  80. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  81. Christiansfeld
  82. Par force hunting landscape
  83. Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution
  84. Forth Bridge
  85. Archaeological site of Philippi
  86. Los Alerces National Park
  87. Venetian Works of Defence
  88. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  89. Fontainebleau
  90. Amiens Cathedral
  91. Orange
  92. Arles
  93. Speyer Cathedral
  94. Würzburg Residence
  95. Florence
  96. Medici Villas and Gardens
  97. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  98. Rila Monastery
  99. Pirin National Park
  100. Avignon
  101. Nancy
  102. Red Fort
  103. Humayun's Tomb
  104. Qutb Minar
  105. Churches and Convents of Goa
  106. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  107. Agra Fort
  108. Taj Mahal
  109. Fatehpur Sikri
  110. Great Smoky Mountains
  111. Belem
  112. Monastery of Batalha
  113. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  114. Old City of Berne
  115. Abbey of St Gall
  116. Mesa Verde
  117. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  118. Lübeck
  119. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  120. Vatican City
  121. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  122. Cracow
  123. Cologne Cathedral
  124. Aachen Cathedral
  125. Warsaw
  126. Iguazu National Park
  127. Statue of Liberty
  128. Yosemite National Park
  129. Auschwitz Birkenau
  130. Segovia
  131. Cordoba
  132. Granada
  133. El Escurial
  134. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  135. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  136. Petra
  137. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  138. Keoladeo National Park
  139. Pont du Gard
  140. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  141. Santiago de Compostela
  142. Avila
  143. Iguacu
  144. Evora
  145. Trier
  146. Giant's Causeway
  147. Ironbridge Gorge
  148. Studley Royal Park
  149. Stonehenge
  150. Gwynedd Castles
  151. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  152. Toledo
  153. Salamanca
  154. Seville
  155. Caceres
  156. Venice and its Lagoon
  157. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  158. Castel del Monte
  159. Budapest
  160. Acropolis
  161. Sian Ka'an
  162. Palenque
  163. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  164. Teotihuacan
  165. Oaxaca and Monte Alban
  166. Puebla
  167. Boyana Church
  168. Blenheim Palace
  169. Westminster
  170. City of Bath
  171. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  172. Great Wall
  173. Imperial Palace
  174. Peking Man Site
  175. Mount Athos
  176. Meteora
  177. Thessalonika
  178. Guanajuato
  179. Chichen-Itza
  180. Tower of London
  181. Rhodes
  182. Strasbourg
  183. Canterbury
  184. Monastery of Alcobaça
  185. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  186. Poblet Monastery
  187. Kiev
  188. Potsdam
  189. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  190. Quedlinburg
  191. St. Petersburg
  192. Vilnius
  193. Kremlin and Red Square
  194. Maulbronn Monastery
  195. Royal Palace at Caserta
  196. Birka and Hovgarden
  197. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  198. Skogskyrkogarden
  199. Drottningholm
  200. Zamosc
  201. Urnes Stave Church
  202. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  203. Morelia
  204. Bryggen
  205. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  206. Reims
  207. Novgorod
  208. Prague
  209. Cesky Krumlov
  210. Telc
  211. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  212. Bamberg
  213. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  214. Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
  215. Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus
  216. Trinity Sergius Lavra
  217. Brú na Bóinne
  218. Horyu-ji Area
  219. Himeji-jo
  220. Mérida
  221. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  222. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  223. Matera
  224. Ha Long Bay
  225. Hué
  226. Donana National Park
  227. Völklingen Ironworks
  228. Ancient Kyoto
  229. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  230. Roskilde Cathedral
  231. Kronborg Castle
  232. Jelling
  233. City of Luxembourg
  234. Popocatepetl monasteries
  235. Vicenza
  236. Rapa Nui
  237. Siena
  238. Messel Pit
  239. Sintra
  240. Naples
  241. Edinburgh
  242. Bauhaus Sites
  243. Visby
  244. Kutna Hora
  245. Ferrara
  246. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  247. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  248. Haeinsa Temple
  249. Jongmyo Shrine
  250. Schokland
  251. Colonia del Sacramento
  252. Grand Canyon
  253. Oporto
  254. Sceilg Mhichíl
  255. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  256. Everglades
  257. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  258. Canal du Midi
  259. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  260. Genbaku Dome
  261. Itsukushima Shrine
  262. Independence Hall
  263. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  264. Cuenca
  265. La Lonja de la Seda
  266. Luther Memorials
  267. Salzburg
  268. Semmering Railway
  269. Schönbrunn
  270. The trulli of Alberobello
  271. Ravenna
  272. Uxmal
  273. Querétaro
  274. Maritime Greenwich
  275. Verona
  276. Palau de la Musica Catalana & Hospital de Sant Pau
  277. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  278. Chartres Cathedral
  279. Trogir
  280. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  281. Hwaseong Fortress
  282. Kinderdijk
  283. Tallinn
  284. Botanical Garden, Padua
  285. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  286. Modena
  287. Pompei
  288. Versailles
  289. Costiera Amalfitana
  290. Torun
  291. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  292. Classical Weimar
  293. Malbork Castle
  294. Riga
  295. Flemish Béguinages
  296. The Four Lifts
  297. Grand Place, Brussels
  298. Holy Trinity Column
  299. Pyramids (Memphis)
  300. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  301. Holasovice
  302. Tlacotalpan
  303. L'viv
  304. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  305. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  306. Ancient Thebes
  307. Ancient Nara
  308. Karlskrona
  309. Lyon
  310. Provins
  311. Tarraco
  312. Alcala de Henares
  313. Summer Palace
  314. Temple of Heaven
  315. Bellinzone
  316. Campeche
  317. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  318. Wartburg Castle
  319. Beemster Polder
  320. Litomysl Castle
  321. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  322. Rome
  323. Nikko
  324. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  325. Graz
  326. Saint-Emilion
  327. Cueva de las Manos
  328. Peninsula Valdes
  329. Xochicalco
  330. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  331. Belfries
  332. Mountain Railways of India
  333. Mostar
  334. Hoi An
  335. Dubrovnik
  336. Valparaiso
  337. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  338. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  339. Southern Öland
  340. Split
  341. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  342. Churches of Chiloé
  343. Reichenau
  344. Zollverein
  345. Gyeongju
  346. Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen
  347. Curonian Spit
  348. Brugge
  1. Abbey of Kremsmünster (T)
  2. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  3. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T)
  4. Bulwarked Frontier Fortifications (T)
  5. Centro Storico di Pavia e Certosa (T)
  6. Chatham Dockyard and its Defences (T)
  7. Darwin's Landscape Laboratory (T)
  8. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  9. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  10. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  11. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings (T)
  12. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  13. Great Pskov (T)
  14. Hedeby and Danevirke, an archaeological border landscape (T)
  15. Hikone-Jo (castle) (T)
  16. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  17. La Camargue (T)
  18. La Moneda Palace (T)
  19. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  20. Le palais de Princes Eveques de Liège (T)
  21. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  22. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  23. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  24. Mattanchery Palace, Ernakulam, Kerala (T)
  25. Metz Royale et Impériale, enjeux de pouvoir, confrontations stylistiques et identité urbaine (T)
  26. Monte Verde Archaeological Site (T)
  27. Mt. Soraksan Nature Reserve (T)
  28. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  29. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (T)
  30. Petrified Forest National Park (T)
  31. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  32. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
  33. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  34. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  35. Royal Building of Mafra – Palace, Basilica, Convent, Cerco Garden and Hunting Park (Tapada) (T)
  36. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  37. San Francisco Church and Convent (T)
  38. Seoul City Wall (T)
  39. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  40. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  41. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  42. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  43. Southwest Coast (T)
  44. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  45. Teylers (T)
  46. The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T)
  47. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  48. The Naumburg Cathedral and the landscape of the rivers Saale and Unstrut an important dominion in the High Middle Ages (T)
  49. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  50. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  51. The Silver Route (T)
  52. Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks, Region of Magallanes (T)
  53. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  54. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Danevirke and Hedeby (T)
  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
  1. Galapagos Islands
  2. Vienna
  3. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  4. Persepolis
  5. Ilulissat Icefjord
  6. Thingvellir
  7. West Norwegian Fjords
  8. Crac des Chevaliers
  9. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  10. Lena Pillars
  11. Jantar Mantar
  12. Redwood
  13. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  14. Persian Garden
  15. Wadi Rum
  16. Çatalhöyük
  17. Okavango Delta
  18. Grand Canal
  19. Old City of Jerusalem
  20. Arab-Norman Palermo
  21. Aksum
  22. Great Barrier Reef
  23. Florence
  24. Tasmanian Wilderness
  25. Leptis Magna
  26. Damascus
  27. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  28. Hampi
  29. Sun Temple, Konarak
  30. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  31. Chola Temples
  32. Agra Fort
  33. Fatehpur Sikri
  34. Mesa Verde
  35. Cuzco
  36. Machu Picchu
  37. Yellowstone
  38. Vatican City
  39. Cracow
  40. Aachen Cathedral
  41. Iguazu National Park
  42. Yosemite National Park
  43. Altamira Cave
  44. Granada
  45. El Escurial
  46. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  47. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  48. Petra
  49. Pont du Gard
  50. Chaco Culture
  51. Istanbul
  52. Site of Carthage
  53. Studley Royal Park
  54. Stonehenge
  55. Venice and its Lagoon
  56. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  57. Acropolis
  58. Palenque
  59. Teotihuacan
  60. Westminster
  61. Great Wall
  62. Imperial Palace
  63. Guanajuato
  64. Chichen-Itza
  65. Tower of London
  66. Rhodes
  67. St. Petersburg
  68. Kremlin and Red Square
  69. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  70. Borobudur
  71. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  72. Prague
  73. Tikal National Park
  74. Himeji-jo
  75. Angkor
  76. Ha Long Bay
  77. Völklingen Ironworks
  78. Ancient Kyoto
  79. Nasca Lines
  80. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  81. Rapa Nui
  82. Siena
  83. Haeinsa Temple
  84. Grand Canyon
  85. Itsukushima Shrine
  86. Ravenna
  87. The Sundarbans
  88. Mont-Saint-Michel
  89. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  90. Kinderdijk
  91. Pompei
  92. Versailles
  93. Troy
  94. Pyramids (Memphis)
  95. Ancient Thebes
  96. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  97. Rome
  98. Mountain Railways of India
  99. Dubrovnik
  100. Split
  101. Gyeongju
  102. Brugge
  103. Great Himalayan National Park