The Unesco List

I do not think the Unesco list is the end-all, be-all, definitive list of what’s worth seeing. I have often seen amazing and fascinating things that I can’t believe haven’t made the list, and, more rarely, I’ve been disappointed by some of the things that are. My goal is not so much to visit every world heritage site in the world (there’s enough that it would take a dedicated, well funded lifetime, and some are next to impossible for tourists to visit) – but rather just to enjoy stumbling upon them, counting them, and sometimes even using the list as my first point of reference when planning a new trip.

– Palace and Gardens of Schönbrun
– Historic Center of Vienna

– La Grand-Place, Brussels
– Belfries of Belgium and France
– Historic Centre of Brugge

– Historic Area of Willemstad, Inner City and Harbour,

Czech Republic
– Historic Centre of Český Krumlov
– Historic Centre of Prague
– Kutna Hora: Historic Town Centre with the Church of St. Barbara and the Cathedral of Our Lady at Sedlec

– Fortress of Suomenlinna

– Paris, Banks of the Seine
– Strasbourg – Grande Île

– Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
– The Wadden Sea
– Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace of Bremen
– Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen
– Upper Middle Rhine Valley
– Dresden Elbe Valley
– Museuminsel (Museum Island), Berlin
– Cologne Cathedral
– Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin
– Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St. Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier
– Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl
– Aachen Cathedral

– Acropolis, Athens

Holy See
– Vatican City
– Historic Center of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura

– Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue

– Venice and its Lagoon
– Costiera Amalfitana
– Villa Adriana
– City of Verona
– Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata

– Shrines and Temples of Nikko
– Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara
– Itsukushima Shinto Shrine
– Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)
– Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto
– Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area
– Himeji-jo

– City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications

– Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza

– Seventeenth-century canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht

– West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord

– Wieliczka Salt Mine
– Cracow’s Historic Centre
– Auschwitz-Birkenau

– Levoča, Spišský Hrad and the Associated Cultural Monuments


United Kingdom

United States of America

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