At Wyld Family Travel we love UNESCO sites. We love visiting the UNESCO sites we love learning about their history and significance. We know we will never get to visit all  or even half of them. We have asked our family travel blogging friends, to talk once again about their favourite sites. We have previously put out  story which you can read called family travel bloggers best UNESCO sites. 

This current article finds our friends visiting places in Europe, America  Asia and South America. We  hope this provides you with some inspiration . Inspiration to drag the kids to some of these amazing sites. Unesco sites give us a great look into the past, into our history and captures a snapshot in a time gone by. Enjoy.

 Top 11 UNESCO – Borobudur Temple

 Borobudur ninth century Buddhist temple in Central Java, Indonesia, which was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1991. This incredible monument is the world’s largest Buddhist temple, consisting of nine platforms and topped with an enormous dome. Surrounding the dome are 72 perforated stupas, each containing a Buddha statue, and the temple is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and more than 400 further Buddha statues. The sheer scale and intricacy of the temple is staggering and I felt immensely privileged to be here.
                                                                                         
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The most spectacular time to visit Borobudur is at sunrise, when you can watch the sky changing colour as the sun emerges between the distant volcanoes. Despite there being a crowd of fellow tourists, this is a magical time of day, with a
sense of calm and serenity, as you all watch the stupas emerge from the darkness around you. 
 
Despite the size of the temple, it is easily manageable with kids. Unfortunately heading here for sunrise though does mean getting up at 4am, even if you stay close by, which didn’t go down well with our 3 year old and 5 year old. If you 
have similar aged children, I would suggest arriving slightly later 6.30 and 7am, when the early risers head off for breakfast, but before the coach tours arrive, and you can still benefit from the magical morning light  Read more from Marianne at Mum on the Move
 

 Top 11 UNESCO – Kronborg Castle, Denmark 

The castle of Kronborg at Helsingør in Denmark, is an extraordinary place for families to visit. It is the World famous as the setting of shakespeare’s Hamlet, there is no better time to visit the castle than during summer, when they bring Hamlet to life. We were fortunate to experience the drama and sword fights of Hamlet, with scenes performed throughout the castle during our visit last month.
We Also to loved a visit to the casements. Wandering around the seriously dark and gloomy underground passage with a torch, you got to see where 1,000 soldiers would barricade themselves in during war, for weeks at a time, with their horses and provisions.

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In these underground passages, you will also find the Danish legend Holger Danske asleep, as he has been for hundreds of years. Legend has it, he will wake up the day Denmark is attacked by enemies.  
 
Built in 1574Kronborg is one of the most important Renaissance castles in northern Europe. It played a highly important  role in the history of the region due to its control over one of the few outlets to the Baltic Sea, and therefore all the ships  sailing through. Kronborg is a true castle with a tower to climb, moat, and cannons, and was so much fun to visit.    Visit Nicci at Travels with Boys.

 Top 11 UNESCO – Yosemite National Park

yosemiteFew places have inspired awe, curiosity and respect for nature in our kids as much as stunning Yosemite National Park.

Located in Eastern California, Yosemite is one of the oldest National Parks in the USA and, allegedly, one of the most striking looking: green forests of pines, redwoods, and giant sequoias cover the valley floor, while immense peaks of granite lean over it like gentle giants, overlooking and enclosing the park.  The result is nothing less than breathtaking: you get a first glimpse of the park when driving into the valley, in a spot appropriately called ‘valley view’ and from that moment on, it’s just a feast for the senses. Your eyes struggle to take in the immense, Alpine, landscape, the pungent perfume of the conifers tickles your nose and the swishing of leaves maintain your ears alert to animal movements.

Because Yosemite is stunning but is also wild and it makes every effort to remind you that, here, nature reigns sovereign, not you.
Bears, snakes and mountain lions all inhabit the park and you are constantly reminded about bears by carefully placed signs: trash, food and toiletries must be kept outside of tents and cars, in bear proof boxes, to keep fuzzy and not-so-cuddly bears away!  It’s a wonderful, stark reminder that in some areas of the planet we are guests rather than owners, and for the kids it was an incredible learning experience: here if you don’t follow the rules you might find yourself face to face with a bear…That is no small deterrent against mischief! , Read more from the adventures of this Irish/Italian family at Learning Escapes

 

 Top 11 UNESCO – Luxembourg Old Quarter

Home of the National Museum of Natural History; Tasked with the education and preservation of this historic site. Due to the high walls that surround the Old quarter on most sides, and even higher cliffs on the remaining edges, an DSC_0069elevator is currently required to reach this section of Luxembourg city by foot. Walking through a tunnel inside the cliff to reach the city was a site in its own right. The walls were decorated with children’s artwork, some even for sale, donated to a charity. Public restrooms and a security guard was stationed near the entrance; I  have a feeling both would be hard to find once entering in the maze that is the Old Quarter.

Passing over a little bridge, we were able to get a great view of the Cliffs, sections of the wall and Le Chemin de la Corniche. The quiet river that flowed under our feet was populated by a friendly family of ducks, eager to perform in exchange for a snack. The tourist restaurants were mostly situated around this area, and along the street towards La Corniche. Many sections of La Corniche were stroller friendly, just walk it up a few sets of stairs. It became increasingly clear, however, that to climb La Corniche along the cliffs would require us to abandon the stroller; perhaps we should have started from the top (near our hotel) and climbed down the stairs instead, thus leaving the stroller at the hotel, safely. Read more by by Christine at Tapped Out Travellers

 Top 11 UNESCO – Serra de Tramuntana

Top 11 UNESCOWhen you think of Mallorca you tend to think of beach life but over 30% of the island is a World Heritage site. Covering several of the larger areas of Mallorca including Calvià, Pollença and Escorca it is ideal to explore with kids.The coast line has many coves and secret beaches. The beach of Sa Calobra is a child’s dream come true, arrive early to avoid crowds and take the walk through the cliff face to arrive at the secret beach where the Torrent de Pareis empties out in the Spring and Autumn. In the summer pools form along the deeper parts of the river bed and the rest is full of pebbles ideal for some pebble skimming. As the valley heats up the tour buses arrive and then is an ideal time to return to the town enjoy an ice-cream and head back along the amazing road with 20+ hairpin bends.

Another must of the area is the train and tram to Soller and Port Soller. Embark at Bunyola instead of Palma and avoid the city traffic and then enjoy the ride through 13 tunnels and the Serra d’Alfàbia mountains. Once in Soller swap the train for the tram and head to the Port of Soller and enjoy the beach, marina and the artisan markets in the side streets.Drop by and see what other adventures Cerys has at Traveled So Far

 Top 11 UNESCO – Pergamon, Turkey

The fact that Pergamon is one of the great old cities of ancient Greece and a UNESCO World Heritage site didn’t mean anything to our daughter Isis. To her, it was just one big playground to explore.
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The city once home to 200.000 people has the steepest amphitheatre of the ancient world. Luckily for us, a cable car takes modern day tourists up to the entrance on the top of the acropolis. While we look around our 2-year-old daughter is busy jumping from old pillar base to old pillar base. No one seems to mind. In fact, it is really quiet, especially compared to its far more famous counterpart Ephesus. This also makes exploring with a kid very easy. Both cities are an easy day trip from Izmir but feel a world apart.

“Look: that men have no head?” a statue has grabbed the attention of our daughter. We explain to her some of the buildings that we see and how people used to live here. But of course when your name is Isis, the most interesting thing is the Red Basilica. In what once was one of the ancient world largest cathedrals the Greek worshipped the Egyptian gods Isis and Serapis.  Read more from Tikva on Turkey at http://www.gezinopreis.nl/turkije-met-kinderen/

 

Dinosaur Provincial Park – Canada

Dinosaur Provincial Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the middle of Southern Alberta’s vast Badlands. The park is enormous, almost 20000 acres, and is one of the richest dinosaur fossil areas in the world. Over 40 dinosaur species have been found in the park and 500 specimens have been removed to be exhibited in museums all over the world.

There are camping spots for tents and RV’s but taking advantage of the comfort camping tents set up in the park is a great way to stay, camp and enjoy all the park has to offer, without having to haul out all of your outdoor gear. There are lots to do for the  entire family. You can explore the area on your own or take guided hikes or even participate in an authentic dinosaur dig. The visitor centre is a great way to learn about the area and the fossils that have been found in the park. There is a 650 sq/m exhibit gallery featuring interactive exhibits and an 80 seat movie theatre.
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We had a great time glamping in Dinosaur Provincial Park and it was great fun for kids of all ages. Read more from Rob & Tracy at Expat Experiment

Dambulla Cave Temples. ( Golden temple of Dambulla)

Top 11 UNESCOThe Caves are in Dambulla which is in the cultural triangle area of central Sri Lanka. It is  a 6-hour drive from Colombo city. ( 170kms) The caves sit 1118 feet above sea level and were constructed from 103 BC. Above the giant Golden buddha lies an amazing monastery-temple complex built into the side of the hill. Walking up is an adventure in itself as you step over boulders, ledges, steps and look out across Sri Lanka’s centre. Walking past monkeys and chatting with locals or enjoying an ice-cream makes for a wonderful experience. Once you have removed your shoes at the top you can explore the caves with their brilliant rock paintings and buddha images inside and which became a Unesco Heritage site in 1991. Our kids loved seeing the detail of the paintings and matching them up with pictures they had in a journal. We explored SriLanka in June/July 2016 with our 3 kids aged 11,7,4. Our eldest son uses a wheelchair to explore. For this adventure we supported Cooper to walk some of the
Once you have removed your shoes at the top you can explore the caves with their brilliant rock paintings and buddha images inside and which became a Unesco Heritage site in 1991. Our kids loved seeing the detail of the paintings and matching them up with pictures they had in a journal. We explored SriLanka in June/July 2016 with our 3 kids aged 11,7,4. Our eldest son uses a wheelchair to explore. For this adventure we supported Cooper to walk some of the way and carried him too. Our top tip would be to bring bottled water, sunhat, sunscreen. Entry is free and around a dollar to have your shoes looked after if you’d like. Read more of the Smiths adventures at Smith Holiday Road

 Top 11 UNESCO – Petra Jordan

The ancient Roman city of Petra is not just a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but is also one of the 7 wonders of the world. Top 11 UNESCOPetra is a city built within the rose-coloured cliff walls of the Petra mountains. Kids will adore wandering through the caves and ruins of the city. At over 60 sqkms, the city of Petra covers a huge area. A wonderful way to explore the more remote areas is to hire a local with a horse to show you around. The Bedouin guides are members of a tribe who, until the sites UNESCO designation, called the caves of Petra their home. Visiting Petra with kids means giving yourself a little extra time to explore

During the summer, the afternoon heat can be vicious. Shade can be found in the many caves and overhangs of the cliffs, but you will need to do battle with the smell of the goat herds that often overnight in those same caves. Jordanians absolutely adore children, and you may be invited to sip tea with the local merchants. It is considered rude to turn down an offer of tea, so take the opportunity to stop, sip some delicious mint tea that even the kids will love, and chat with some incredibly fascinating people. Read more from our friends The Wagars at Wandering Wagars

 Top 11 UNESCO – Pompeii with kids

For me, Pompeii has always been a place of intrigue. An important Roman town, immortalised in the ash of Mount Vesuvius in AD79, and now a haunting reminder of the power of nature. We visited as a half day excursion from a cruise that had stopped in Naples. It was the one excursion during our eight-day voyage that we said we had to do. My first and most important tip for visiting Pompeii with kids are don’t take an excursion. This is not the type of place you want to be herded around, especially when there is so much to see. The excavated villas preserved amphitheatres and ancient frescoes deserve your time.

Some of the highlights for us were Lupanare – the town’s brothel where you’ll see some ‘interesting’ artwork – and walking along Via di Castricio – Pompeii’s longest street, which gives you an idea of the sheer scale of this settlement. If you are visiting with young children pop them in a baby carrier as Pompeii’s streets were never designed for pushchairs. Also, make sure you take plenty of sun protection and water with as you’ll find it can get pretty hot in the shadow of Vesuvius. Check out Claire’s adventures with her family at Tin Box Traveler
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 Top 11 UNESCO – Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

The Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is for many, the symbol of Rio and Brazil. It is 30 meters tall and was completed in 1931. It is a UNESCO protected site and was also added to the New 7 Wonders of the World in 2007.
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Even if Christ statues are not your thing, this is a great site to visit with your children for several reasons. First of all, from the platform around the statue, you will get one of the most stunning views of Rio (one of my favourite views around the world). Secondly, the little train ride (Trem do Corcovado) to go up the hill is fun in itself. Our daughter, 2 at the time, loved spotting exotic fruits and wildlife.  Warning: it is very steep and slightly heart-churning ride.

Thirdly, your kids will love the stories of the statue losing fingers with thunderstorms. And finally, while you are there, you will have to take the mandatory picture of the whole family standing in front of it with their arms wide opened. You just have to shoot at the right angle to avoid the thousands of other tourists doing it. If your children have seen the movie, Rio, they will know exactly what this is all about. Read more of Annabelle – The piri-piri lexicon and her families adventures.

 

We hope you find some interesting destinations in the article. If you’re interested you can see the UNESCO sites that we have visited in our article UNESCO sites living history

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Father, Husband, Travel Planner, Savings Expert, Beer Connoisseur, Photographer, Social Media Tragic, Castle and UNESCO Seeker.

A full-time worker in Disability support and part time traveller when time, money and kids schooling allow.

Next up for Wyld Family Travel is 10 weeks in Europe from November 2016 till January 2017. We will be visiting Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, France, Poland, Iceland, Denmark, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia
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