About World Heritage Travel

Photo of AlexanderWHO AM I?
I'm a Danish guy, educated Engineer in Biotechnology with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. I've lived and worked three years in Tokyo, Japan in the period 2014-2017, afterwhich I moved to Vancouver, Canada. I try to live a somewhat healthy life and likes being active, as a I completed an Ironman in 2013 in sub 10 hours.
 
WHY DO I HAVE AN INTEREST IN WORLD HERITAGE?
Coming from Denmark, a country without rivers and where the highest point above sea level is at 170m, I've always been fascinated about the mysterious nature and mountains only found in foreign countries. In 2012, I lived in Japan for a couple of months and moved to work there in 2014. Japan is rich in Cultural and Natural World Heritage, and my first stay there grew my interest in historical architecture and culture of different societies. I traveled to a number of World Heritage Sites and realized just how magnificent these sites are and since started to organize my travel trips around the World Heritage Sites.
 
WHY THIS WEBSITE?
When I go somewhere new, I always search the internet to get the best possible start on how to get there, what to see and what to do. In my search for World Heritage Sites travel information, I realized that while there are countless of travel blogs out there, which might cover some sites, there are almost no blogs with a dedicated focus on UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There is of course a great description about the site on the UNESCO list, but it does not include actual travel plans on how to get there, what to see, what to do, and what to experience nearby.
 
WHICH UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES HAVE I SEEN?
The UNESCO World Heritage list currently inscribes just more than 1,000 properties - Making the list my version of the famous "1,000 Places to see before you die". Firstly is an overview map of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites that I've visited - You can click on each entry in the map to go to my report of the trip (still in the progress of writing the reports).
 
Austria WHS #
Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn 786
Semmering Railway 785
City of Graz – Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg 931
Historic Centre of Vienna 1033
   
China WHS #
Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang  439
Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties 1004
Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing 880
Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing 881
The Grand Canal 1443
The Great Wall 438
   
Czech Republic  
Historic Centre of Prague 616
Kutná Hora: Historical Town Centre with the Church of St Barbara and the Cathedral of Our Lady at Sedlec 732
   
Denmark  
Roskilde Cathedral 695
Kronborg Castle 696
The par force hunting landscape in North Zealand 1469
Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church 697
Christiansfeld, a Moravian Church Settlement 1468
   
Estonia  
Historic Centre (Old Town) of Tallinn 822
   
Finland  
Fortress of Suomenlinna 583
   
Germany  
Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin 532
Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin 896
Hanseatic City of Lübeck 272
Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace of Bremen 1087
Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus 1467
   
Greece  
Acropolis, Athens 404
Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus 491
Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns 941
   
Holy See  
Vatican City 286
   
Iceland  
Þingvellir National Park 1152
   
Italy  
Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura 91
Venice and its Lagoon 394
Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata 829
   
Japan  
Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area 660
Himeji-jo 661
Shirakami-Sanchi 663
Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) 688
Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama 734
Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) 775
Itsukushima Shinto Shrine 776
Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara 870
Shrines and Temples of Nikko 913
Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range 1142
Shiretoko 1193
Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land 1277
The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement 1321
Ogasawara Islands 1362
Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration 1418
Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites 1449
   
Kenya  
Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley 1060
   
Latvia  
Historic Centre of Riga 852
   
Lithuainia  
Vilnius Historic Centre 541
Kernavė Archaeological Site (Cultural Reserve of Kernavė) 1137
   
Luxembourg  
City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications 699
   
The Netherlands  
Seventeenth-Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht 1349
Droogmakerij de Beemster (Beemster Polder) 899
Wadden Sea 1314
Ir.D.F. Woudagemaal (D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station) 867
Schokland and Surroundings 739
Rietveld Schröderhuis (Rietveld Schröder House) 965
Defence Line of Amsterdam 759
Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout 818
Van Nellefabriek 1441
   
Philippines  
Baroque Churches of the Philippines  677
Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras  722
   
Portugal  
Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém in Lisbon 263
   
Republic of Korea  
Changdeokgung Palace Complex  816
Hwaseong Fortress  817
Namhansanseong  1439
Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes  1264
   
Spain  
Monastery and Site of the Escurial, Madrid 318
Old Town of Ávila with its Extra-Muros Churches 348
Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct 311
Historic City of Toledo 379
University and Historic Precinct of Alcalá de Henares 876
Aranjuez Cultural Landscape 1044
Teide National Park 1258
   
Sweden  
Grimeton Radio Station, Varberg 1134
   
Turkey  
Historic Areas of Istanbul 355
   
United States of America  
Grand Canyon National Park 75
Olympic National Park 151
Redwood National and State Parks 134
Yosemite National Park 308
   
Total 78