In conjunction with European Heritage Days 2018, UNESCO has launched a new web platform solely dedicated to sustainable travel to European heritage sites. World Heritage Journeys is co-funded by the European Union and promotes sustainable travel to some of the most remarkable World Heritage sites in Europe. It encourages people to travel beyond the major tourist hubs, staying longer and experiencing more of what the local region has to offer. This initiative is part of a new alliance formed between UNESCO and National Geographic.
World Heritage Journeys invites travelers to travel along four cultural heritage itineraries—Royal Europe, Ancient Europe, Romantic Europe and Underground Europe—which intertwine to tell fascinating stories of Europe’s heritage and history. The website has practical information and tools to support travelers in planning their European holidays based on local knowledge about the destinations’ cultural heritage.
World Heritage Journeys: www.visiteuworldheritage.com
World Heritage Properties (33)
- 18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, and the San Leucio Complex
- Ancient City of Nessebar
- Aranjuez Cultural Landscape
- Archaeological Area and the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia
- Archaeological Ensemble of Tárraco
- Archaeological Site of Olympia
- Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars
- Cultural Landscape of Sintra
- Gardens and Castle at Kroměříž
- Historic Centre of Brugge
- Historic Centre of San Gimignano
- Historic Town of Banská Štiavnica and the Technical Monuments in its Vicinity
- Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
- Major Mining Sites of Wallonia
- Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System
- Mining Area of the Great Copper Mountain in Falun
- Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay
- Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
- Palace and Park of Versailles
- Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin
- Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct)
- Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier
- Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
- Royal Domain of Drottningholm
- Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus
- Stari Grad Plain
- The par force hunting landscape in North Zealand
- Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape
- Upper Middle Rhine Valley
- Wachau Cultural Landscape
- Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
- Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen
What a great idea! When I have a little more time, I”ll check it out. Thanks, Brian! I’m privileged to have been to quite a few of these sites. 🙂 🙂
I’ve been visiting Europe for four decades and I keep discovering so many more places to see.
I’ve been to several of these places. We like to stay longer in fewer places when we travel. We spent a week in Bruges and it was wonderful. We had the time to really get to know the city.
I was very lucky to visit Bruges for the first time nearly 40 years ago. It was, and still is, a magical place.
I will never understand people who go to a place like Bruges for a single day! There is so much to see and it’s so pretty. We are definitely stop and stay travellers.
I’ve long given up on the Big Destinations. There’s so much to be gained from visiting sites of similar interest, though less well known, not least not having to battle with the crowds. Slow Travel wins hands down!