It wasn’t until around 2010 that I began my fascination with UNESCO World Heritage Sites – destinations specifically designated by the United Nations for their cultural and/or natural heritage. Had I have known about the list (which is constantly evolving, but currently consists of 1007 properties), I would definitely have gone out of my way to see more sites! Here’s my list, which I’ll update as I travel. If I’ve done a post on the site, I’ll link to that as well. I’ve also noted some interesting and fun facts about UNESCO sites at the end of the post. Enjoy!
1. Iguazu National Park, Argentina
2. Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg, Austria
3. Historic Centre of Vienna, Austria
4. La Grand-Palace, Belgium
5. Gardens and Castle at Kromeriz, Czech Republic
6. Historic Centre of Prague, Czech Republic
7. Jewish Quarter and St. Procopius’ Basilica in Trebic, Czech Republic
8. Banks of the Seine, France
9. Berlin Modernist Housing Estates, Germany
10. Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin, Germany
12. Þingvellir National Park, Iceland
15. Historic Centre of Florence, Italy
17. Piazza del Duomo, Pisa, Italy
18. Venice and its Lagoon, Italy
19. Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, Japan
20. Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration, Japan
21. City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications, Luxembourg
23. Defence Line of Amsterdam, Netherlands
25. City of Cuzco, Peru
26. Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, Peru
27. Historic Centre of Lima, Peru
28. Historic Centre of Krakow, Poland
30. Historic Centre of Warsaw, Poland
31. Historic Centre of Oporto, Portugal
32. Works of Antoni Gaudi, Spain
33. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain
34. Old city of Berne, Switzerland
35. Historic City of Ayutthaya, Thailand
36. Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns, Thailand
37. Yellowstone National Park, USA
38. Independence Hall, USA
39. Mesa Verde National Park, USA
40. Statue of Liberty, USA
41. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, USA
42. Vatican City, Vatican City
– This list only includes sites that I know for a fact that I have visited. There are several sites that I feel like I’ve been to, but can’t be for certain because it either looks like another spot or I didn’t stay long enough in the town for it to be notable.
– There are several countries that I’ve been to and haven’t seen any UNESCO sites (i.e. Costa Rica, Fiji, Australia).
– I can’t believe places like Iceland and Ireland only have two UNESCO sites. And New Zealand only has three!!
– Luxembourg and Vatican City are the only two countries where I’ve been to every UNESCO site. And that’s only because in both cases, the entire country is a UNESCO site!
– Some sites have multiple locations within them. For example, the Historic Monuments of Kyoto actually has 17 individual locations that are included in the one site.
– Here’s a list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites we may never see.