Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The 1000+ places to visit before you die list, part I - Europe



    Fortress of Suomenlinna
    Old Rauma
    Petäjävesi Old Church
    Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
    Bronze Age Burial Site of Sammallahdenmäki
    High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
    Struve Geodetic Arc


    Royal Domain of Drottningholm
    Birka and Hovgården
    Engelsberg Ironworks
    Rock Carvings in Tanum
    Hanseatic Town of Visby
    Church Town of Gammelstad, Luleå
    Laponian Area
    Naval Port of Karlskrona
    Agricultural Landscape of Southern Öland
    High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
    Mining Area of the Great Copper Mountain in Falun
    Grimeton Radio Station, Varberg
    Struve Geodetic Arc
    Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland

Svalbard, Jan Mayen

    Urnes Stave Church
    Røros Mining Town and the Circumference
    Rock Art of Alta
    Vegaøyan -- The Vega Archipelago
    Struve Geodetic Arc
    West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord

Now, thanks to Internet, Preikestolen, Trolltunga and Kjeragbolten have found their way to many bucket lists, which means that there's always a LOT of people.

St Olav's Pilgrim's Route is something very special for me. I started crying seeing Nidaros Cathedral in a photo. I can't imagine the emotional impact of the "real thing"...

Anyway, this is a nice little circle for me. Now, Hurtigrutten sails from Bergen to Kirkenes

Alesund, Norway
While in Alesund, visit the Atlantic Sea Park at Tueneset, the biggest saltwater aquarium in northern Europe. Visit in December for next-level skiing in the Sunnmore alps.

    Þingvellir National Park

37 Photographic Proofs That Iceland Is A Miracle Of Nature 
Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon
Don't miss ice caves and vulcanic ash in rivers creating amazing patterns and colors
Hvítserkur, Vatnsnes peninsula

Faroe Islands and Greenland

    Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church
    Roskilde Cathedral
    Kronborg Castle
    Wadden Sea
    Stevns Klint

    Ilulissat Icefjord, Greenland

     Risin og Kellingin, Eysturoy island, Faroe Islands
     Lake Sørvágsvatn

Lake Sørvágsvatn

    Historic Centre (Old Town) of Tallinn
    Struve Geodetic Arc


    Historic Centre of Riga
    Struve Geodetic Arc


    Vilnius Historic Centre
    Curonian Spit
    Kernavė Archaeological Site (Cultural Reserve of Kernavė)
    Struve Geodetic Arc


    Białowieża Forest
    Mir Castle Complex
    Architectural, Residential and Cultural Complex of the Radziwill Family at Nesvizh
    Struve Geodetic Arc


    Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments
    Kizhi Pogost
    Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow
    Cultural and Historic Ensemble of the Solovetsky Islands
    Historic Monuments of Novgorod and Surroundings
    White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
    Architectural Ensemble of the Trinity Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad
    Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
    Virgin Komi Forests
    Lake Baikal
    Volcanoes of Kamchatka
    Golden Mountains of Altai
    Western Caucasus
    Curonian Spit
    Ensemble of the Ferapontov Monastery
    Historic and Architectural Complex of the Kazan Kremlin
    Central Sikhote-Alin
    Citadel, Ancient City and Fortress Buildings of Derbent
    Uvs Nuur Basin
    Ensemble of the Novodevichy Convent
    Natural System of Wrangel Island Reserve
    Historical Centre of the City of Yaroslavl
    Struve Geodetic Arc
    Putorana Plateau
    Lena Pillars Nature Park
    Bolgar Historical and Archaeological Complex

Orda cave
Ice cave Near the Mutnovsky volcano
Sail Rock, The Black Sea
Stone Giants, Northern Ural, Siberia


    Kiev: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kiev-Pechersk Lavra
    L'viv – the Ensemble of the Historic Centre
    Struve Geodetic Arc
    Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany
    Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans
    Ancient City of Tauric Chersonese and its Chora
    Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine

Tunnel of Love

Republic of Moldova
    Struve Geodetic Arc


    Danube Delta
    Churches of Moldavia
    Monastery of Horezu
    Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania 19
    Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains
    Historic Centre of Sighişoara
    Wooden Churches of Maramureş

Izvorul Bigăr


    Boyana Church
    Madara Rider
    Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo
    Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak
    Ancient City of Nessebar
    Pirin National Park
    Rila Monastery
    Srebarna Nature Reserve
    Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari

Devetashka cave


    Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia
    Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği
    Historic Areas of Istanbul
    Hattusha: the Hittite Capital
    Nemrut Dağ
    City of Safranbolu
    Archaeological Site of Troy
    Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex
    Neolithic Site of Çatalhöyük
    Bursa and Cumalıkızık: the Birth of the Ottoman Empire
    Pergamon and its Multi-Layered Cultural Landscape

Mount Ararat


    Painted Churches in the Troodos Region


    Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
    Acropolis, Athens
    Archaeological Site of Delphi
    Medieval City of Rhodes
    Mount Athos
    Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessalonika
    Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus
    Archaeological Site of Mystras
    Archaeological Site of Olympia
    Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
    Pythagoreion and Heraion of Samos
    Archaeological Site of Aigai (modern name Vergina)
    Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns
    The Historic Centre (Chorá) with the Monastery of Saint-John the Theologian
           and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Pátmos
    Old Town of Corfu

Melissani Cave, Kefalonia
Kokkini Beach, Red Beach of Santorini
Minoan ruins fo Akotiri
Ikaria, Greece
There must be something in the water on this Grecian island, where residents typically live to 100. Visit during the summer for panagiria, the huge festivals celebrating various religious holidays, which happen once or twice a week between May and October. 


    Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastra

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

    Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid region



    Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor
    Durmitor National Park


    Stari Ras and Sopoćani
    Studenica Monastery
    Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
    Gamzigrad-Romuliana, Palace of Galerius

Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar
    Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge in Višegrad


    Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian
    Old City of Dubrovnik
    Plitvice Lakes National Park
    Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč
    Historic City of Trogir
    The Cathedral of St James in Šibenik
    Stari Grad Plain

Rovinj, Croatia
Located on the Adriatic Sea, Rovinj is an active fishing port (hello, amazingly fresh meals) and boasts incredible Mediterranean weather. Also nearby is the Brijuni Island National Park, where you can see ancient Roman villas and the remains of a Byzantine Palace.

    Škocjan Caves
    Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps
    Heritage of Mercury. Almadén and Idrija

Piran, Slovenia
Narrow streets and Gothic alleyways wind through this historical Slovenian town sitting at the tip of a thin peninsula. Pack your ​flats: The town is so tiny, you'll want to make the 30-minute walk from end to end.

    Historic Town of Banská Štiavnica and the Technical Monuments in its vicinity
    Levoča, Spišský Hrad and the Associated Cultural Monuments
    Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst
    Bardejov Town Conservation Reserve
    Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany
    Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area

Czech Republic
    Historic Centre of Český Krumlov
    Historic Centre of Prague
    Historic Centre of Telč
    Pilgrimage Church of St John of Nepomuk at Zelená Hora
    Kutná Hora: Historical Town Centre with the Church of St Barbara
          and the Cathedral of Our Lady at Sedlec
    Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
    Gardens and Castle at Kroměříž
    Holašovice Historical Village Reservation
    Litomyšl Castle
    Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc
    Tugendhat Villa in Brno
    Jewish Quarter and St Procopius' Basilica in Třebíč


    Historic Centre of Kraków
    Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
    Auschwitz Birkenau
    German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945)
    Białowieża Forest
    Historic Centre of Warsaw
    Old City of Zamość
    Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork
    Medieval Town of Toruń
     - Visit the Gingerbread Museum

    Kalwaria Zebrzydowska: the Mannerist Architectural
          and Park Landscape Complex and Pilgrimage Park
    Churches of Peace in Jawor and Świdnica
    Wooden Churches of Southern Małopolska
    Muskauer Park / Park Mużakowski
    Centennial Hall in Wrocław
    Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine


    Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter
            and Andrássy Avenue
    Old Village of Hollókő and its Surroundings
    Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst
    Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma and its Natural Environment
    Hortobágy National Park - the Puszta
    Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs (Sopianae)
    Fertö / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape
    Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape


    Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg
    Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn
    Hallstatt-Dachstein / Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape
    Semmering Railway
    City of Graz – Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg
    Wachau Cultural Landscape
    Fertö / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape
    Historic Centre of Vienna
    Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps



    Abbey of St Gall
    Benedictine Convent of St John at Müstair
    Old City of Berne
    Three Castles, Defensive Wall and Ramparts of the Market-Town of Bellinzona
    Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
    Monte San Giorgio
    Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
    Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes
    Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
    La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle, Watchmaking Town Planning
    Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps



    Aachen Cathedral
    Speyer Cathedral
    Würzburg Residence with the Court Gardens and Residence Square
    Pilgrimage Church of Wies
    Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl
    St Mary's Cathedral and St Michael's Church at Hildesheim
    Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier
    Frontiers of the Roman Empire
    Hanseatic City of Lübeck
    Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin
    Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
    Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar
            and Upper Harz Water Management System
    Maulbronn Monastery Complex
    Town of Bamberg
    Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg
    Völklingen Ironworks
    Messel Pit Fossil Site
    Bauhaus and its Sites in Weimar and Dessau
    Cologne Cathedral
    Luther Memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg
    Classical Weimar
    Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin
    Wartburg Castle
    Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
    Monastic Island of Reichenau
    Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen
    Historic Centres of Stralsund and Wismar
    Upper Middle Rhine Valley
    Dresden Elbe Valley
    Muskauer Park / Park Mużakowski
    Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace of Bremen
    Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof
    Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians
           and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany
    Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
    Wadden Sea
    Fagus Factory in Alfeld
    Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps
    Margravial Opera House Bayreuth
    Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
    Carolingian Westwork and Civitas Corvey


    Flemish Béguinages
    La Grand-Place, Brussels
    The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvière
           and Le Roeulx (Hainaut)
    Belfries of Belgium and France
    Historic Centre of Brugge
    Major Town Houses of the Architect Victor Horta (Brussels)
    Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes (Mons)
    Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
    Plantin-Moretus House-Workshops-Museum Complex
    Stoclet House
    Major Mining Sites of Wallonia

    Schokland and Surroundings
    Defence Line of Amsterdam
    Historic Area of Willemstad, Inner City and Harbour, Curaçao
    Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout
    Ir.D.F. Woudagemaal (D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station)
    Droogmakerij de Beemster (Beemster Polder)
    Rietveld Schröderhuis (Rietveld Schröder House)
    Wadden Sea
    Seventeenth-Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht
    Van Nellefabriek

Tulip fields


    City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications

San Marino

    San Marino Historic Centre and Mount Titano


    Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
    Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie
           with “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci
    Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See and San Paolo Fuori le Mura 
    Historic Centre of Florence
    Piazza del Duomo, Pisa
    Venice and its Lagoon
    Historic Centre of San Gimignano
    The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera
    City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto
    Crespi d'Adda
    Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta
    Historic Centre of Naples
    Historic Centre of Siena
    Castel del Monte
    Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna
    Historic Centre of the City of Pienza
    The Trulli of Alberobello
    18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli,
           and the San Leucio Complex
    Archaeological Area of Agrigento
    Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata
    Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua
    Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena
    Costiera Amalfitana
    Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto)
Go to Manarola, the oldest and second smallest of the Cinque Terre towns, for fresh ​seafood from the Ligurian Sea, sweet Sciacchetrà wine and some peace and quiet (no cars are allowed).

    Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
    Su Nuraxi di Barumini
    Villa Romana del Casale
    Archaeological Area and the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia
    Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park with the Archeological Sites of Paestum
           and Velia, and the Certosa di Padula
    Historic Centre of Urbino
    Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
    Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco and Other Franciscan Sites
    City of Verona
    Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands)
    Villa d'Este, Tivoli
    Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto (South-Eastern Sicily)
    Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
    Monte San Giorgio
    Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia
    Val d'Orcia
    Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica
    Genoa: Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli
    Mantua and Sabbioneta
    Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes
    The Dolomites
    Longobards in Italy. Places of the Power (568-774 A.D.)
    Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps
    Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany
    Mount Etna
    Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato

Porto Ferro, Sardinia (orange, rust colored sand)
Sea stack at Torre Sant’Andrea

Holy See

    Vatican City

    City of Valletta
    Megalithic Temples of Malta
    Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum


Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Réunion and Mayotte, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna

    Chartres Cathedral
    Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay
    Palace and Park of Versailles
    Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley
    Vézelay, Church and Hill
    Amiens Cathedral
    Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments
    Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay
    Palace and Park of Fontainebleau
    Roman Theatre and its Surroundings and the "Triumphal Arch" of Orange
    From the Great Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains to the Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans,
           the Production of Open-pan Salt
    Abbey Church of Saint-Savin sur Gartempe
    Place Stanislas, Place de la Carrière and Place d'Alliance in Nancy
    Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct)
    Strasbourg – Grande île
    Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Rémi
          and Palace of Tau, Reims
    Paris, Banks of the Seine
    Bourges Cathedral
    Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge
    Canal du Midi
    Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne
    Pyrénées - Mont Perdu
    Historic Site of Lyons
    Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
    Belfries of Belgium and France
    Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion
    The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes
    Provins, Town of Medieval Fairs
    Le Havre, the City Rebuilt by Auguste Perret
    Bordeaux, Port of the Moon
    Fortifications of Vauban
    Episcopal City of Albi    Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps
    The Causses and the Cévennes, Mediterranean agro-pastoral Cultural Landscape
    Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
    Decorated Cave of Pont d’Arc, known as Grotte Chauvet-Pont d’Arc, Ardèche

    Gulf of Porto: Calanche of Piana, Gulf of Girolata, Scandola Reserve

    Pitons, cirques and remparts of Reunion Island

Gouffre de Padirac


    Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley

the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla, Alborán, Alhucemas, Chafarinas and Vélez de la Gomera.

    Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada
    Burgos Cathedral
    Historic Centre of Cordoba
    Monastery and Site of the Escurial, Madrid
    Works of Antoni Gaudí
    Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain
    Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturia
    Old Town of Ávila with its Extra-Muros Churches
    Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct
    Santiago de Compostela (Old Town)
    Historic City of Toledo    Mudejar Architecture of Arago
    Old Town of Cáceres
    Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias in Seville
    Old City of Salamanca
    Poblet Monastery
    Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida
    Route of Santiago de Compostela
    Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe
    Doñana National Park
    Historic Walled Town of Cuenca
    La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia
    Las Médulas
    Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona
    Pyrénées - Mont Perdu
    San Millán Yuso and Suso Monasteries
    Prehistoric Rock Art Sites in the Côa Valley and Siega Verde
    Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin on the Iberian Peninsula
    University and Historic Precinct of Alcalá de Henares
    Ibiza, Biodiversity and Culture
    Archaeological Ensemble of Tárraco
    Archaeological Site of Atapuerca
    Catalan Romanesque Churches of the Vall de Boí
    Palmeral of Elche    Roman Walls of Lugo
    Aranjuez Cultural Landscape
    Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza
    Tower of Hercules
    Cultural Landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana

    Vizcaya Bridge

    Heritage of Mercury. Almadén and Idrija

    Teide National Park
    San Cristóbal de La Laguna
    Garajonay National Park

Rio Tinto
Caminito del Rey

Azores and Madeira

    Convent of Christ in Tomar    Monastery of Batalha
    Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém in Lisbon
    Historic Centre of Évora
    Monastery of Alcobaça
    Cultural Landscape of Sintra
    Historic Centre of Porto
    Prehistoric Rock Art Sites in the Côa Valley and Siega Verde 
    Alto Douro Wine Region    Historic Centre of Guimarães
    Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications
    University of Coimbra – Alta and Sofia

    Laurisilva of Madeira

    Central Zone of the Town of Angra do Heroismo in the Azores
    Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture

Algar seco Carvoeiro, Algarve


United Kingdom of Great Britain

    Durham Castle and Cathedral
    Ironbridge Gorge
    Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites
    Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey
    Blenheim Palace
    City of Bath
    Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret’s Church
    Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey, and St Martin's Church
    Tower of London
    Maritime Greenwich
    Derwent Valley Mills    Dorset and East Devon Coast
    Saltaire    Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
    Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City

    Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
    Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd
    Blaenavon Industrial Landscape

    Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape

    St Kilda
    Heart of Neolithic Orkney
    Old and New Towns of Edinburgh
    New Lanark
    Frontiers of the Roman Empire

Isle of Skyes Fairy Pools 
Smoo Cave
Fingal’s Cave 
Loch Ness
Old Man of Hoy, Hoy island
Guernsey, Jersey and Isle of Man

    Gough and Inaccessible Islands (In South Atlantic)
    Historic Town of St George and Related Fortifications, Bermuda


    Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast (UK)
    Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne
    Sceilg Mhichíl

Cliffs of Moher

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