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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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Boyana Church nan

On my last day in Sofia, I went to Boyana Church. It’s a small church with very nice frescos on the outskirts of Sofia facing the mountains. The original church built in the 10th century was extended repeatedly. Repeatedly new layers of frescos were added atop of the previous frescos. The key frescos of the church are from the 12th century. Interestingly, you can see the different layers at some spots in the church due to missing parts.

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Thessalonika nan

Late antiquity, the rise of Christianity and the early Byzantine empire are periods of history I have grown fond of. When you come from a site like the Pantheon in Rome or Diocletian’s palace in Split and go to a church like San Vitale in Ravenna, you actually see the epic change that took place in late antiquity. Thessaloniki is part of the transition and you will find plenty of sites from the late Roman (300 CE) period as well as early Byzantine period.

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Rila Monastery nan

Rila Monastery is a nice day trip from Sofia taking you into the mountains where you will find a colorful monastery. It does feel special and I can’t quite fathom the bad evaluation it got by Unesco.

The site spans multiple locations with the monastery in the center. If you want to see the other parts you will have to do some hiking (or bring a car). For your efforts you will be rewarded with nice nature and mountain views.

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Pirin National Park nan

Who could have known that a skiing region would still be snow covered in Mid-April? Apparently everyone but me and two Spaniards, because we were the only ones hiking in Pirin National Park that day.

The trails were covered by snow and hard to find. It was quite a strenuous effort just getting to Vihren hut which normally would be the start pointing for a proper exploration of the park.

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Archaeological site of Philippi nan

Philippi has a spot in the history books for two reasons. First, it was on the fields of Philippi that the Roman Republic ended when the final battle was lost to forces of Octavian and Markus Antonius. Then, it’s listed in the bible as the place Christianity came to Europe. Both events show in the ruins of Philippi. The city was remodelled by Octavian. And several early Christian churches were built here.

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Name: nan

Country: Germany

Visited WHS: 332

Most Impressive: Petra

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


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