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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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Name: nan

Country: Germany

Visited WHS: 339

Most Impressive: Petra

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

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Update June 18, 2017

Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin


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