UNESCO World Heritage Sites are places of significant cultural or material value. They are designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and can be everything from buildings, monuments and even entire cities to islands, mountains, forests and lakes.
There are currently 1,031 designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites—as of July 2015, that is. These sites consist of 802 cultural sites, 197 natural sites and 32 mixed sites. The full list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites is found here.
Whenever I travel, I always try to take in as many of these amazing sites as possible. Even more so, the very fact that there is a UNESCO World Heritage Site right here in Charlottesville, Virginia (Monticello and the University of Virginia), was one of the reasons we moved here. I love these sites for a variety of reasons. They are of obvious value, whether it’s natural or cultural or both, and they need to be protected and preserved. Second, I just love lists; and this happens to be an extensive list of amazing destinations. It’s basically the ultimate list.
While I will never be able to visit all 1,000+ sites, I will try my best to see as many of them in my lifetime. To be honest, however, I haven’t been focusing on these sites since 2015. So far, I’ve made it to 49 of them, which are listed below.
List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites That I’ve Visited
Bosnia and Herzegovina (1)
Czech Republic (1)
Historic Center of Prague
Banks of the Seine, Paris
Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay
Hanseatic City of Lübeck
Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin
The Netherlands (2)
Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout
West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord
Historic Areas of Istanbul
United Kingdom (4)
North America (7)
Historic District of Old Québec
United States (6)
Australian Convict Sites
Greater Blue Mountains Area
Royal Exhibition Buildings and Carlton Gardens
Shark Bay, Western Australia
Sydney Opera House