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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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Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest nan

For most Poles I know the bisons of Bialowieza are a symbol of their country. The core zone of the park is a fully protected nature reserve housing the last bisons of Europe as well as other rare animals that roam freely between Poland and Belarus.

Seeing that you will probably not run into a bison on your own, the park also has a small zoo with all the key animals on exhibition. The zoo is embedded in the forest and gives you a rather representative image of the wild life.

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The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T) nan

In 1821 when Prussia started putting high tariffs on Polish goods shipped via Prussian harbours Poland started to look for alternatives. They built a canal to connect to Lithuania and Russia and circumvent the Prussian tariffs: the Augustow Canal.

As is often the case with these types of actions, they quickly become obsolete. Prussia eventually relaxed the tariffs so that Polish goods could again be shipped via Prussian ports and the canal was not needed anymore.

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Malbork Castle nan

I am always happy to visit a site that featured prominently in one of my high school history books. Malbork Castle (or the Marienburg in German) is one of them. The seat of the Teutonic Order it was a key driver for Germans migrating eastwards. It’s also closely tied to Prussian history and as such as part of the Gerrman nation state origin myth. The first king of Prussia (technically King in Prussia) was a high master of the Teutonic Order.

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Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T) nan

Gdansk (or Danzig as it’s named in German) is your typical Baltic Sea hanseatic trading town in the mould of Wismar, Lübeck or Riga. The unfortunate distinction Gdansk has is that it suffered heavily at the end of World War 2. The Poles made great efforts rebuilding the city, but as soon as you venture a bit off the city core the gaps are noticeable and the quality of the buildings deteriorates.

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Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District nan

On the occasion of World Heritage Day 2017 I decided to visit my home town’s world heritage site: the Speicherstadt and the Kontorhausviertel. Leaving my office at Gänsemarkt I crossed Jungfernstieg and the Rathausplatz and headed for the Chilehaus. From there I went on into the Speicherstadt and ended up at Landungsbrücken. Had the weather been better I would have hopped onto a harbour ferry to Övelgönne.

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Country: Germany

Visited WHS: 334

Most Impressive: Petra

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

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Update May 3, 2017

Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
Malbork Castle


  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. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  130. Keoladeo National Park
  131. Pont du Gard
  132. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  133. Santiago de Compostela
  134. Avila
  135. Iguacu
  136. Evora
  137. Trier
  138. Studley Royal Park
  139. Stonehenge
  140. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  141. Toledo
  142. Salamanca
  143. Seville
  144. Caceres
  145. Venice and its Lagoon
  146. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  147. Castel del Monte
  148. Budapest
  149. Acropolis
  150. Sian Ka'an
  151. Palenque
  152. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  153. Teotihuacan
  154. Oaxaca and Monte Alban
  155. Puebla
  156. Boyana Church
  157. Blenheim Palace
  158. Westminster
  159. City of Bath
  160. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  161. Great Wall
  162. Imperial Palace
  163. Peking Man Site
  164. Mount Athos
  165. Meteora
  166. Thessalonika
  167. Guanajuato
  168. Chichen-Itza
  169. Tower of London
  170. Rhodes
  171. Strasbourg
  172. Canterbury
  173. Monastery of Alcobaça
  174. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  175. Poblet Monastery
  176. Kiev
  177. Potsdam
  178. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  179. Quedlinburg
  180. St. Petersburg
  181. Vilnius
  182. Kremlin and Red Square
  183. Maulbronn Monastery
  184. Royal Palace at Caserta
  185. Birka and Hovgarden
  186. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  187. Skogskyrkogarden
  188. Drottningholm
  189. Zamosc
  190. Urnes Stave Church
  191. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  192. Morelia
  193. Bryggen
  194. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  195. Reims
  196. Novgorod
  197. Prague
  198. Cesky Krumlov
  199. Telc
  200. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  201. Bamberg
  202. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  203. Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
  204. Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus
  205. Trinity Sergius Lavra
  206. Horyu-ji Area
  207. Himeji-jo
  208. Mérida
  209. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  210. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  211. Matera
  212. Ha Long Bay
  213. Hué
  214. Donana National Park
  215. Völklingen Ironworks
  216. Ancient Kyoto
  217. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  218. Roskilde Cathedral
  219. Kronborg Castle
  220. Jelling
  221. City of Luxembourg
  222. Popocatepetl monasteries
  223. Vicenza
  224. Rapa Nui
  225. Siena
  226. Messel Pit
  227. Sintra
  228. Naples
  229. Edinburgh
  230. Bauhaus Sites
  231. Visby
  232. Kutna Hora
  233. Ferrara
  234. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  235. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  236. Haeinsa Temple
  237. Jongmyo Shrine
  238. Schokland
  239. Colonia del Sacramento
  240. Grand Canyon
  241. Oporto
  242. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  243. Everglades
  244. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  245. Canal du Midi
  246. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  247. Genbaku Dome
  248. Itsukushima Shrine
  249. Independence Hall
  250. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  251. Cuenca
  252. La Lonja de la Seda
  253. Luther Memorials
  254. Salzburg
  255. Semmering Railway
  256. Schönbrunn
  257. The trulli of Alberobello
  258. Ravenna
  259. Uxmal
  260. Querétaro
  261. Maritime Greenwich
  262. Verona
  263. Palau de la Musica Catalana & Hospital de Sant Pau
  264. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  265. Chartres Cathedral
  266. Trogir
  267. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  268. Hwaseong Fortress
  269. Kinderdijk
  270. Tallinn
  271. Botanical Garden, Padua
  272. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  273. Modena
  274. Pompei
  275. Versailles
  276. Costiera Amalfitana
  277. Torun
  278. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  279. Classical Weimar
  280. Malbork Castle
  281. Riga
  282. Flemish Béguinages
  283. The Four Lifts
  284. Grand Place, Brussels
  285. Holy Trinity Column
  286. Pyramids (Memphis)
  287. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  288. Holasovice
  289. Tlacotalpan
  290. L'viv
  291. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  292. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  293. Ancient Thebes
  294. Ancient Nara
  295. Karlskrona
  296. Lyon
  297. Provins
  298. Tarraco
  299. Alcala de Henares
  300. Summer Palace
  301. Temple of Heaven
  302. Campeche
  303. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  304. Wartburg Castle
  305. Beemster Polder
  306. Litomysl Castle
  307. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  308. Rome
  309. Nikko
  310. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  311. Graz
  312. Saint-Emilion
  313. Cueva de las Manos
  314. Peninsula Valdes
  315. Xochicalco
  316. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  317. Belfries
  318. Mountain Railways of India
  319. Mostar
  320. Hoi An
  321. Dubrovnik
  322. Valparaiso
  323. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  324. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  325. Southern Öland
  326. Split
  327. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  328. Churches of Chiloé
  329. Reichenau
  330. Zollverein
  331. Gyeongju
  332. Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen
  333. Curonian Spit
  334. 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. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom
  30. The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski)
  31. Rostov Kremlin
  32. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties
  33. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings
  34. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
  35. Petrified Forest National Park
  36. Le palais de Princes Eveques de Liège
  37. The Rise of Systematic Biology
  38. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Danevirke and Hedeby
  39. Teylers
  40. Delhi - A Heritage City
  41. Seoul City Wall
  42. Tarnowskie Gory Lead-Silver Mine and its Underground Water Management System
  43. The Venetian Works of defence between 15th and 17th centuries
  44. Metz Royale et Impériale, enjeux de pouvoir, confrontations stylistiques et identité urbaine
  45. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean
  46. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid
  47. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz
  48. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism
  49. The Bauhaus and associated sites in Weimar, Dessau and Bernau
  50. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee
  51. Hedeby and Danevirke, an archaeological border landscape
  52. Historical Lisbon, Global City
  53. Southwest Coast
  54. Pombaline Lisbon
  55. Royal Building of Mafra – Palace, Basilica, Convent, Cerco Garden and Hunting Park (Tapada)
  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