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 a 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
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.
Top 11 UNESCO – 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 elevator 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
When 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 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.
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 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. Petra 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
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.
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