(Re) Visiting UNESCO

When I first showed up in Europe, I started noticing that the word UNESCO was usually associated with some of the coolest sites and cities John and I had visited. That started a trend of us visiting a UNESCO-recognized site whenever possible.

By the end of 2013, I thought I had a pretty good list:

The original list in Nov 2013:
– Historic Centre of Salzburg
– Historic Centre of Brugge
– La Grand-Place, Brussels
– Historic Centre of Prague
– Palace and Park of Versailles
– Strasbourg – Grande île
– Paris, Banks of the Seine
– Würzburg Residence with the Court Gardens and Residence Square
– Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier
– Maulbronn Monastery Complex
– Town of Bamberg
– Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin
– Piazza del Duomo, Pisa, Italy
– Cinque Terre
– Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch

The “Wanted to See” list from Nov 2013:
Austria: Historic City of Vienna
Croatia: City of Dubrovnik, City of Split, Plitvice Lakes
France: Mont-Saint Michel, Lyon, Loire Valley
Germany: Cologne Cathedral, Upper Rhine River Valley
Italy: Verona, Vincenza, Florence, Naples, Rome, Siena, Venice
Netherlands: Canals of Amsterdam
Norway: Bergen
United Kingdom: Bath, Liverpool, Stonehenge, Tower of London
Vatican City: Vatican City

I actually didn’t realize that we had crossed so many off the list when I started writing down everywhere we had been in 2014, so it was definitely a surprise to see that the UNESCO list had more than doubled! The three trips to Italy in less than six months definitely crossed a bunch off the list, but we even added places that we hadn’t even intended on seeing:

The newest additions to the list:
– Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn

Schloss Schonnbrunn during the Christmas markets

Schloss Schonnbrunn during the Christmas markets

– Historic Centre of Vienna

The Stephansdom in the middle of Vienna

The Stephansdom in the middle of Vienna

– Upper Middle Rhine Valley

Bacharach - one of the towns in the UNESCO-recognized sections of the Rhine

Bacharach – one of the towns in the UNESCO-recognized sections of the Rhine

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

Looking at the Pest side from the Buda Castle

Looking at the Pest side from the Buda Castle

– Historic Centre of Rome

Was lucky enough to make two trips to Rome in one year!

Was lucky enough to make two trips to Rome in one year!

– City of Vicenza

The main square in Vicenza!

The main square in Vicenza!

– Venice and its Lagoon

Venice is as amazing as it seems in the pictures. Great city to wander around.

Venice is as amazing as it seems in the pictures. Great city to wander around.

– City of Verona

Entrance to the main square of Verona, which has its own full-size Collosseum, and of course, the Juliet house!

Entrance to the main square of Verona, which has its own full-size Collosseum, and of course, the Juliet house!

– The Dolomites

The Dolomites lined our drive from Stuttgart to Vicenza. They were gorgeous!

The Dolomites lined our drive from Stuttgart to Vicenza. They were gorgeous!

– Old City of Berne

Spent a beautiful early spring day here. The biggest surprise was the actual bear park in town.

Spent a beautiful early spring day here. The biggest surprise was the actual bear park in town.

– Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes

Caesar on the UNESCO-recognized train route. We stumbled upon this on accident when we went to Chur, Switzerland to watch the Cows Come Home!

Caesar on the UNESCO-recognized train route. We stumbled upon this on accident when we went to Chur, Switzerland to watch the Cows Come Home!

– Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey

Loved visiting this famous Abbey!

Loved visiting this famous Abbey!

– Tower of London

Seeing the Crown Jewels was my favorite part of this visit!

Seeing the Crown Jewels was my favorite part of this visit!

– Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

The famed Edinburgh castle. I loved this city because it was so unique and not like anything I had seen before.

The famed Edinburgh castle. I loved this city because it was so unique and not like anything I had seen before.

– Vatican City

The Vatican - such hallowed ground.

The Vatican – such hallowed ground.

– Cologne Cathedral

This is not the Cologne Cathedral we saw - but this picture is the quintessential shot of a typical German town post-Allied bombings.

This is not the Cologne Cathedral we saw – but this picture is the quintessential shot of a typical German town post-Allied bombings. The Cathedral was spared because the pilots used it as a reference point.

– Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam

It is quite easy to get turned around in this city! The canals are very beautiful!

It is quite easy to get turned around in this city! The canals are very beautiful!

The “Want to See” list (as of 11 Feb)  
Austria: Hallstatt-Dachstein / Salzkammergut
Croatia: City of Dubrovnik, City of Split, Plitvice Lakes, Historic City of Trogir
– 
Czech Republic: Historic Centre of Český Krumlov
France: Mont-Saint Michel, Lyon, Loire Valley
Germany: Monastic Island of Reichenau, Old town of Regensburg
Italy: Florence, Naples, Siena, Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Latvia: Historic Centre of Riga
Malta: City of Valletta
Norway: Bergen
Northern Ireland: Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast
Spain: Alhambra, Granada, Historic City of Toledo,
United Kingdom: Bath, Liverpool, Stonehenge

Stay tuned for the next UNESCO update. Fingers crossed the list doubles again by the end of 2015!

One thought on “(Re) Visiting UNESCO

  1. I’ve seen a few of these and didn’t realize they were UNESCO sites. Especially in Belgium, which is one of my favorite countries in the world. I’ve also seen a few UNESCO sites in Asia and have learned that if a place is labeled with this illustrious title, it’s definitely worth seeing!

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