The World Heritage Sites (104/1199, 8.7 %)

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The World Heritage Sites I've verified physically.

Article history

  • 2024-01-07 Added 1 old point in France (Nice) (104/1199, 8.7 %).
  • 2023-12-31 Added 1 new point: Funerary and memory sites of the First World War (Western Front) (Transboundary) (103/1199, 8.6 %).
  • 2023-12-30 Added 1 new point: Struve Geodetic Arc (Transboundary) (102/1199, 8.5 %).
  • 2023-08-29 Added 17 new points: Riga Old Town (Latvia), Curonian Spit (Transboundary), Vilnius Old Town (Lithuania), Kernavė (Lithuania), Malbork Castle (Poland), Old Towns of Stralsund and Wismar (Germany), Hanseatic City of Lübeck (Germany), Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus (Germany), Danevirke (Germany), Christiansfeld (Denmark), Roskilde Cathedral (Denmark), Kronborg Castle (Denmark), Naval Port of Karlskrona (Sweden), Öland (Sweden), Royal Domain of Drottningholm (Sweden), Skogskyrkogården (Sweden), Hovgården (Sweden) (101/1199, 8.4 %)
  • 2023-08-29 Fixed numbers.
  • 2023-08-29 Added 1 old point: Triple Bridge (Slovenia).
  • 2023-07-22 Added 4 new points: Aachen Cathedral (Germany), Belfries of Belgium and France (Transboundary), Plantin–Moretus Museum (Belgium), Kinderdijk windmills (Netherlands).
  • 2023-07-21 Added 1 old point in Italy (Medici villas).
  • 2021-12-12 Added 1 old point in Switzerland (Albula Railway).
  • 2021-01-30 Added 2 old points in Spain (Vizcaya Bridge, Mudéjar architecture of Aragon).
  • 2020-01-19 Added 11 new points (New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam).
  • 2019-11-17 Added Progression chapter.
  • 2019-05-27 Added 2 new points (United States of America).
  • 2018-12-28 Added 9 new points (Jordan, Israel, Palestine).
  • 2018-09-23 Text is published.
  • 2018-09-19 Text is started.


I'm after quality in travelling, not numbers like visiting every country, eventhough this page is just about that, the numbers, and that page (reference), but generally speaking I'm after great adventures, not numbers.

One way to improve travelling quality is to get inspiration from the Unesco World Heritage Sites list, the most comprehensive collection of the cultural and natural sites in the world. The list contains 1199 sites at the moment (2024-01-02) (reference) (reference).

On average 26.07 new sites annually have been added to the list since 1978.

My first visit happened in Rhodes, 1999.


Year Points Max Progression
1999 1 629 0.16 %
2003 2 754 0.27 %
2004 3 788 0.38 %
2006 4 830 0.48 %
2008 6 878 0.68 %
2011 8 936 0.85 %
2012 13 962 1.35 %
2013 23 981 2.34 %
2014 29 1007 2.88 %
2015 43 1031 4.17 %
2016 45 1052 4.28 %
2017 51 1074 4.75 %
2018 66 1093 6.04 %
2019 75 1121 6.69 %
2020 79 1121 7.05 %
2021 81 1154 7.02 %
2022 85 1154 7.37 %
2023 104 1199 8.67 %

Source data (reference)



Site C N M Visit
Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn X 2015
Historic Centre of Vienna X 2015


Site C N M Visit
Plantin–Moretus Museum X 2022
La Grand-Place X 2013


Site C N M Visit
Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor X 2018


Site C N M Visit
Plitvice Lakes National Park X 2014
Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian X 2014


Site C N M Visit
Historic Centre of Prague X 2012


Site C N M Visit
Kronborg Castle X 2023
Roskilde Cathedral X 2023
Christiansfeld X 2023


Site C N M Visit
Historic Centre (Old Town) of Tallinn X 2013


Site C N M Visit
Old Rauma X 2008
Petäjävesi Old Church X 2008
Fortress of Suomenlinna X 2006
Verla Groundwood and Board Mill X 2004


Site C N M Visit
Palace and Park of Fontainebleau X 2017
Palace and Park of Versailles X 2017
Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay X 2017
Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars X 2017
Paris, Banks of the Seine X 2017
Nice X 2014
The Climats, terroirs of Burgundy X 2013


Site C N M Visit
Danevirke X 2023
Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus X 2023
Hanseatic City of Lübeck X 2023
Old Towns of Stralsund and Wismar X 2023
Aachen Cathedral X 2022
Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin X 2014
Cologne Cathedral X 2013
Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen X 2013


Site C N M Visit
Medieval City of Rhodes X 1999

Holy See

Site C N M Visit
Vatican City X 2013


Site C N M Visit
Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue X 2012


Site C N M Visit
White City of Tel-Aviv - the Modern Movement X 2018
Beit She'arim National Park X 2018
Sites of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel: The Nahal Me’arot / Wadi el-Mughara Caves X 2018
Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee X 2018
Old City of Acre X 2018
Masada X 2018


Site C N M Visit
Genoa: Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli X 2014
Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura X 2013
Medici villas X 2013
Historic Centre of Florence X 2013


Site C N M Visit
Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) X 2018
Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) X 2018


Site C N M Visit
Petra X 2018
Wadi Rum X 2018


Site C N M Visit
Changdeokgung Palace Complex X 2018


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Riga Old Town X 2023


Site C N M Visit
Kernavė X 2023
Vilnius Old Town X 2023


Site C N M Visit
City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications X 2017


Site C N M Visit
Kinderdijk windmills X 2022
Seventeenth-Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht X 2013

New Zealand

Site C N M Visit
Te Wahipounamu X 2019
Tongariro National Park X 2019


Site C N M Visit
Rock Art of Alta X 2003


Site C N M Visit
Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town X 2018


Site C N M Visit
Malbork Castle X 2023
Auschwitz Birkenau X 2015
Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines X 2015
Historic Centre of Kraków X 2015


Site C N M Visit
Singapore Botanic Gardens X 2019


Site C N M Visit
Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area X 2012
Vlkolínec X 2012
Levoča, Spišský Hrad and the Associated Cultural Monuments X 2012


Site C N M Visit
La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia X 2015
Mudéjar architecture of Aragon X 2015
Vizcaya Bridge X 2015
Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias in Seville X 2015
Historic Centre of Cordoba X 2015
Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada X 2015
Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona X 2015
Works of Antoni Gaudí X 2015


Site C N M Visit
Hovgården X 2023
Skogskyrkogården X 2023
Royal Domain of Drottningholm X 2023
Öland X 2023
Naval Port of Karlskrona X 2023


Site C N M Visit
Albula Railway X 2014
Three Castles, Defensive Wall and Ramparts of the Market-Town of Bellinzona X 2014

United Kingdom

Site C N M Visit
Tower of London X 2011
Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret’s Church X 2011

United States of America

Site C N M Visit
Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville X 2019
Independence Hall X 2019
Grand Canyon National Park X 2016
Mesa Verde National Park X 2016


Site C N M Visit
Tràng An Scenic Landscape Complex X 2020
Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park X 2019
Mỹ Sơn X 2019
Hội An X 2019
Hạ Long Bay X 2020
Imperial City of Huế X 2019
Citadel of the Hồ Dynasty X 2020
Imperial Citadel of Thăng Long X 2020


Site C N M Visit
Belfries of Belgium and France X 2022
Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst X 2015
Curonian Spit X 2023
Funerary and memory sites of the First World War (Western Front) X 2017
Old City and Walls of Jerusalem X 2018
Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor X 2018
Struve Geodetic Arc X 2023

C = Cultural site
N = Natural site
M = Mixed site (cultural + natural)