This is the comprehensive list of the top 10 Unesco World Heritage Sites that every traveller should visit at one point in life. They are not just Unesco World heritage sites but also some of the most historical places in the world. If you’ve been wondering which famous landmarks in the world you should visit, this list of the world heritage sites will guide you and all you’ll need is to get your packing list ready.

Top 10 Unesco world heritage sites.

When I had just been bitten by the travelling bug, all I wanted to see was big cities, beautiful beaches and islands,  I just wasn’t so much into history. But when I visited the Giza pyramids and the Egyptian museum, a whole new world about the history and historical sites was opened to me. I’ve come to love history more and more and my curiosity of learning about the best historical places in the world has not stopped.

And since I have not been to all the  Unesco world heritage sites, I’ve teamed up with a group of amazing bloggers to share the top 10 Unesco world heritage sites.

Unesco world heritage sites by country| Greece

Old Town of Rhodes

By Alison at Sofia Adventures

One of my top 10 Unesco world heritage sites is the beautiful Old Town of Rhodes, Greece. The Old Town of Rhodes is impeccably preserved, a true slice of history, yet it is still one of the commercial and cultural hearts of the island of Rhodes.

Rhodes is part of the Dodecanese Islands that are actually slightly closer to Turkey than the rest of the Greek Islands, so it is best to fly there as ferries from other places in Greece such as Crete or Thessaloniki take an extremely long time. You can fly from Heraklion, Crete to Rhodes directly which costs about $100 and takes only one hour.  The Old Town of Rhodes is located on the northern tip of the island, about 20 minutes in a car or taxi from the airport. It is free to enter the Old Town as it is a living, breathing part of Rhodes rather than a roped-off archaeological site

The ancient city of Rhodes is surrounded by seven gates and medieval walls connecting the gates, and about 6,000 people still live within these ancient walls. Walking around the walls of the city, peering through the window at the beautiful blue water of the Mediterranean is a can’t-miss experience in Rhodes Old Town. Another cool place to see in the Old Town of Rhodes is the former site of the Colossus of Rhodes, a massive statue of Helios, the sun-god from 280 BC, that was once one of the 7 Wonders of the World but unfortunately no longer standing today. Still, seeing the site is quite exciting as it encourages you to imagine what it used to look like all those centuries ago! There are a lot of great things to do in Rhodes but I recommend in particular seeing the Castle of the Knights, the Palace of the Grandmaster, and the Suleiman Mosque, all well worth seeing!
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Acropolis, Athens

By Paula at Expert Abroad

Earlier this year I visited the Acropolis in Athens Greece and while I was looking forward to seeing it I was not prepared for how magical being there felt.

Located in the centre of Athens, The Acropolis is one of the best historical places in the world which is visible from almost anywhere in the city. In fact, there is a law that nothing can be built to stand any higher than this important site anywhere in the city. Most people don’t realise that the Acropolis is the name for the site and its a collection of buildings rather than one specific building. The main attraction here is the Parthenon, the large building you see on almost every Greek souvenir. At over 2400 years old, it is the most important building that survives from classical Greek times. It is recognised as the symbol of democracy and western civilisation. Other important buildings are the Temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion temple with its Porch of Maidens.

I was lucky enough to visit one morning just as the site was opening and we were able to follow the guards as they marched into the site to raise the flag.  This was really special and certainly added to the experience hugely.  They marched in time slowly through the site over to the flagpole at the other end of the site where they sang the National anthem as the flag was raised.  There were less than 100 people in the site at the time and we felt very lucky to have been able to experience this. I highly recommend arriving at the entrance that is located up the hill from Thēseiou metro station. It is an easy uphill walk that is generally not as busy at the main entry and the only way to follow the guards in.  Plan to arrive here by 7.45am if you would like to see them.

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Unesco world heritage sites by country| Slovakia

Spišský Hrad, Levoča and Žehra

By Jana at Mommys Little World

 Spišský Hrad in Slovakia is one of the best historical places in the world. I might be a little biased because I’m from Slovakia, but  I think this castle is one of the most beautiful castles you could ever see. It is the largest ensemble from the 13th and 14th century of all political buildings in Eastern Europe. The ruins sit near Levoča, a beautiful town worth a visit.

The ruins of the castle are an amazing background for pictures, and the trip to the castle is fun for the whole family. Towns Levoča and Žehra are both parts of the UNESCO world heritage sites, because of the amazing military, political and religious buildings from 13th and 14th century.  The buildings stayed intact, even after all those years. If you go to Levoča, be sure to visit Basilica of St James. It’s a Gothic church from the 14th century. The church has 18 altars, most of them created by  Master Paul of Levoča. The main altar, created by Master Paul, is absolutely breathtaking.

The easiest way to get there is to fly to Bratislava, then rent a car and follow D1 highway to Levoča. The Spišský Hrad is about 12 miles past Levoča. Slovak roads can be confusing if you’re visiting for the first time, so make sure you have a map or GPS! I think just about everyone has a cell phone now though, so that shouldn’t be a problem.

Read more about Spišský Hrad at Mommys Little World.

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Unesco world heritage sites by country| Chile

The wooden churches of Chiloe Island.

By Jenny and Steven at Tales From the Lens

Classed as a Unesco World Heritage site, the wooden churches of the Chiloe island are incredible structures that have defied time and that can’t be found anywhere in the world. The Island located in southern Chile right at the entrance to Patagonia is one of these places that have remained off-the-beaten-track despite an important focus on tourism within the country.

With a late conquest by the Spaniards and a remote location hard to reach, people of Chiloe have developed their own customs and ways of doing things. When the colonisers asked the Jesuits to elevate churches and convert the islanders to Catholicism, local fishermen were given the job to build but weren’t told how to. These men were inspired by what they knew best: boats, and used the same hull designs as for their boats, but flipped them around and placed that structure to create the curved roofs of the churches: Stupefiant.
The island once counted up to 150 churches, but only 16 have remained and protected by Unesco. They can all be found around the island and some are still in use by the local population for their Sunday mass. The most impressive and oldest one is in Aucar and can be visited. Chiloe is only 30 minutes away by the ferry from the main continent and nowadays easily reachable by car or local transportation from the biggest town Puerto Montt.
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Unesco world heritage sites by country| Uzbekistan

Khiva

By Kamila at My Wanderlust

Khiva, Uzbekistan is one of the gems of Central Asia and undeniably one of the best historical places in the world. Located on the Silk Road Route, it is quite a journey to get there but it is worth all the effort. The best way to get to Khiva during your Uzbekistan travels is to take either the overnight train or flight from Tashkent, the capital, to nearby town Urgench and from there go 30 km by taxi.
In 6th and 7th century Khiva was one of the most important trade centres in Central Asia. The old part of the city – Itchan Kala is surrounded by thick walls. Inside you will find all the architectural marvels, including 94 mosques and 63 madrassahs. That’s mostly the reason why in 1990 Khiva made it to Unesco’s list of  World Heritage sites, as the first place in Uzbekistan.
You can spend hours wandering around Itchan Kala and falling in love with the place. It feels like the time has stopped there and all the buildings are like in the old times. Be sure to climb the minaret of Islom-Khoja minaret, the highest one in Uzbekistan, but prepare for the adventure as it’s very steep. Fortunately the view from up there is very rewarding. That’s when you can fully see how spectacular the Old Town in Khiva is!
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Unesco world heritage sites by country| Czech Republic

Český Krumlov

By Sarka at Plzen guide

There are many UNESCO world heritage sites around the world, but one of them is very special for me: it is the enchanting Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic.Český Krumlov is a small medieval town in the southern part of Bohemia, which was registered to UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.

Český Krumlov is located close to the borders with Germany and Austria; therefore it is easily accessible from Czechia capital City Prague, from Munich in Germany and also from Salzburg, Vienna and Linz in Austria.

Why is Český Krumlov so unforgettable? First because of the beautiful scenery which is created by the Vltava river meander, tiny streets, green parks and majestic gothic castle from the 13th century, which is, by the way, one of the most beautiful Czech castles.

Cesky Krumlov, fortunately, has not been massively destroyed during its long history and after the fall of communism in Czechoslovakia in 1989, it was very nice reconstructed.

From my own experience, I can recommend to climb the castle tower, where you will have an amazing view of the town, or try canoeing on Vltava river streaming through Cesky Krumlov. I am sure you will realize that to spend here only one day is not enough, because there is so much beauty all around and so many things to discover.

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Unesco world heritage sites by country| Italy

The Amalfi Coast

By Flo at Yoga wine travel 

The Amalfi Coast is a 50 KM stretch of coastline along Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula and is a UNESCO world heritage listed landscape, once you see it with your own eyes you’ll understand why. Its dramatic landscape is lined with cascading multicoloured houses in stunning towns running from Positano all the way along to Vietri Sul Mare. It is one of the most picturesque places I have ever travelled to and is designed so that you can spend your days walking through narrow cobblestone streets, eating delicious Italian food, sailing along the coast, lounging on beaches or sipping on limoncello -the locals’ speciality.

Though it is a very popular tourist destination in southwest Italy, it is possible to avoid the crowds if you visit outside of the peak season (June to September) or visit lesser-known towns such as Furore, Praiano and Conca dei Marini.
As there are no direct trains to the towns of the Amalfi Coast, you’ll have to travel via Naples, Sorrento or Salerno and hop on a ferry, shuttle bus or private car. Alternatively, you can drive 4 hours from Rome but parking is extremely limited and expensive along the coast. Preferably, you can also easily do day trips to the Amalfi Coast from Sorrento, Naples or Capri.
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Unesco world heritage sites by country| South Africa

Robben Islands

By Jessy at Planet Pilgrims

Robben Island is situated in front of the coast of Cape Town in South Africa which is notorious for its history. It is the maximum security prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated. It has been a Unesco World Heritage site since 1999 because of the history, as it serves as a sad reminder of the South African Apartheid era which ended in 1990.

To access the Robben Island, you can take a boat from the Nelson Mandela Gateway in the V&A Waterfront and in 45 minutes you will disembark on the island. The excursion consists of a bus tour of the island where you will be taken to the limestone mines where the prisoners used to work. After the bus tour, a former prisoner or student will take you on a tour of the actual prison. The guide will share stories of the atrocities that took place during the Apartheid period and how people would be classified according to the colour of their skin and the infamous pencil hair test to check if a pencil would stay in your hair or not. The stories of the prisoners will leave you deeply impressed and humbled wondering how they managed to carry on the struggle and never gave up. The entire excursion takes about half a day and boats normally leave at 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm every day depending on the weather.

Read more : Best safaris near Cape Town 

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Unesco world heritage sites by country| Saudi Arabia

The old city of Jeddah

By Esra at Arabian Wanderess

Jeddah is the capital of the Western region of Saudi Arabia. It is where the Muslim pilgrims, who are headed to the holy city of Mecca stop first since it’s the closest to the airport and seaport. Jeddah’s location on the Red Sea made it very important on the trade routes, where a lot of merchants stayed. There are two sides to the city, the old historic centre known as Al Balad in Arabic which translates to “the city” and the modern skyscrapers by the seafront.
The historic part of Jeddah is also known as the “Gate to Makkah” by UNESCO. The thing I noticed first on my visit was the 19th-century houses that were built by the business men of Jeddah for their families and for their gatherings. The style of the buildings in that region reflects the Islamic architectural style of the Mamluks of Syria &  Egypt and the Ottomans of Turkey.
It is really interesting to go around the houses to see them, mainly from the outside. There are two open houses for visitors to see on the inside. The interior was changed to reflect how it used to be in the 19th century with the old TVs and kitchen sets, It is very charming. It used to be a fancy residential neighbourhood, but now it is a protected sight with cultural events, a traditional art school and a centre for tourism which has turned out to be one of the historical places in the world.

Unesco world heritage sites by country| Spain

Parc Güell Barcelona

By Vickie at Vicki Viaja

The Parc Güell is another amazing attraction of Barcelona that was designed by the arguably greatest designer of the Catalan capital: Antoni Gaudí. He created the park for the businessman Eusebi Güell between 1900 and 1914. You can directly notice the style which is so typical for Gaudí’s works.
While the Sagrada Família might be the most famous site designed by him, the Parc Güell is definitely worth a visit as well. The park itself is free to enter, but if you want to visit a specific part of the park in which you can find the famous mosaic bench and statues, you have a purchase a ticket.
The park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984 and is now one of the main landmarks of Barcelona as well as one of the historical places in the world. In the park, you can not only relax a little bit in between palm trees and plants but also enjoy an amazing view over the city as Parc Güell is located on a mountain. It’s one of the most beautiful places in the city and an amazing spot for some great shots.
The easiest way to get there is by bus, as it stops right next to the park.
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Unesco world heritage sites by country| Bulgaria

Rila Monastery

By Stephanie at Sophia Adventures

Rila Monastery is the most important of the monasteries in Bulgaria, which means a lot since the countryside is dotted with them. The most important saint to the Bulgarians, the 10th century Saint Ivan Rilksi (also known as Saint John of Rila) spent his days in the area living as a hermit. Today you can visit his cave when visiting the monastery. His followers founded the monastery after his death. During the second Bulgarian Kingdom, the monastery grew in importance, and it survived the invasion of the Ottoman Turks who occupied Bulgaria for hundreds of years.

The monastery is my favourite UNESCO World Heritage Site for many reasons – It’s simply stunning. The yellow-and-black painted facade is one of the best examples of Bulgarian National Revival architecture in the Neobyzantine style. I also love how it symbolized the Bulgarian national struggle to survive and be free.
The monastery is located in the Rila Mountains, about two hours outside of Sofia. You can reach it by bus or on an organized tour. I have also rented a car to visit it twice, and it’s an easy drive on good roads. The drive is also very beautiful once you get to the mountains.
If you want to make a full day of it, stop by the Stop Pyramids. It’s a bit of a hike up to the pyramids themselves, but they’re beautiful and in a gorgeous setting.
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Unesco world heritage sites by country| Japan

Mount Fuji

By Sarah at   ASocialNomad

Mount Fuji – truly for me the symbol of Japan – she is iconic no matter what the season.  Stark and foreboding and yet absolutely compelling, she is stunning from a distance and fascinating up close.  I picked her as my favourite UNESCO world heritage site as she is completely natural.    The base of Fuji is easy to reach from Tokyo, where a bus from Shinjuku will take you to the fifth station of Mount Fuji (basically as far as transport goes) in around 2-2.5 hours.

Fuji is Japan’s highest mountain and is a mythical national symbol for Japan.  There are 8 stations on the way to the top.  Hiking starts at the fifth station.

It’s only possible to climb Fuji during the months of July and August, outside of these times, the trail markings are removed from the fifth station upwards.  There are, however, glorious relatively easy walks at the fifth station with interpretative information boards.  There is also a horse riding stable situated at the fifth station, where you can check out the slopes on horseback.

Perhaps the best views of Mount Fuji can be had from Fuji Five Lakes – which usually are made more stunning with the addition of Japanese Cherry Blossom or fall foliage.  Fuji is a truly magnificent sight, whether you choose to climb her or just admire her from afar her protection under UNESCO saves her for future generations.

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Unesco world heritage sites by country| Netherlands

The Wadden Sea

The Wadden Sea in the Netherlands is one of my top 10 Unesco World Heritage Sites in the entire world because of its uniqueness and is varied. It is the largest contiguous wetland on earth which makes it incredibly breathtaking. The Wadden Sea stretches from the Netherlands to Denmark and is worth a visit. The Wadden Sea is one of the many beautiful nature reserves the Netherlands has to offer.
There are several ways to get to the Wadden Sea in the Netherlands. First, you’d have to go to the Northern parts of the provinces of Noord-Holland, Groningen or Friesland. From there, take a ferry to one of the many islands that are located in the Wadden Sea. One of the best things to do in the Wadden Sea is mud walking. You can do this by either walking from the islands, or from the mainland. The city of Holwerd in Friesland is one of the best places to go mud walking. With mud walking you will walk over the muddy wetlands, through water and will get to know everything about this spectacular area in the Netherlands.
Read more: Wadden Islands

Unesco world heritage sites by country| Luxembourg.

Luxembourg Old Town

.By Glen and Claire at Couple Castaway

The Luxembourg old town was recognized as a Unesco world heritage site in 1994 due to the city’s fortifications and it’s quarter.

The year 2017 was a mashup of several trips to European cities and really opened up our eyes to the beauty of our doorsteps, but the one that stands out the most is Luxembourg Old Town. This town holds a special place in our hearts in that although it’s very similar to other European cities, it’s also very different.

In Luxembourg, there no hordes of tourists or obvious tourist traps to fall into. There’s not a massive amount of things to do. It’s quiet and has just enough to keep you occupied for a few days plus it’s not as expensive as you would think. The quick flight from London to Luxembourg (55 minutes) is nice but the best part is getting into town. For just 2 EUR per person, grab the 29 or 16 bus outside the terminal and they will take you into town in about 15 minutes.

The Old Town of Luxembourg is very safe, peaceful and incredibly photogenic. It’s also very walkable (if you don’t mind hills) and you can find yourself spending the day wandering about the Bock Casemates, the valley, and Adolphe Bridge just grabbing snacks and snapping away at the beauty of the town. For a quick and relatively cheap getaway, Luxembourg Old Town is definitely a must see.

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Unesco world heritage sites by country| China

The great wall of China

By Leona at Wander Must family

One of my top 10  UNESCO world heritage sites is without a doubt the fantastic Great Wall of China! The closest and most accessible city to the wall is Beijing. There are a number of places you can walk to but we opted for Mutianyu section as it is less busy than the Badaling side and is perhaps the best option with kids. You can take a cable car up and even toboggan down when you have finished the walk.

The wall itself is in good condition at Mutianyu and offers spectacular views. It has been conserved in parts which means that it is relatively easy to walk, though there are lots of steep and uneven stairs at the watchtowers.

Because of the language barriers and travelling with a child, we decided to go with a tour operator on a private excursion but you could arrange to walk it independently.  While there are no facilities on the great wall of China, the town below has restrooms and eateries but do take snacks with you.

Read more: The great wall of china with kids.

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There you have it, those are the top 10 Unesco world heritage sites you should consider visiting. Have you been to any of these historical places in the world? Share with me what your experience was and what fascinated you most about that particular world landmark.
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