Bec and I love UNESCO sites, we love the history of these sights. We love how UNESCO sites are maintained in today’s modern world to shine a spotlight on how the world was in times past. I love walking around these places admiring them sometimes you can nearly feel what it was like be transported back in time. A simpler time, a more violent time, a time of Kings, Queens, Castles and Palaces. A time of wars, armies, and beautiful medieval building. A time where cobblestone’s ruled the streets and Religion ruled the world. UNESCO is our living breathing history right in front of us just waiting for us to sample it. We make a priority to visit UNESCO sites when we are anywhere near them and will continue so as long as we travel. We now love taking the kids along. Like all things with kids, some sights are awesome for kids while others not so good. Here is our UNESCO list of sites we have visited.
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Family travel tip: During school holiday periods the Opera House runs kids programs. You can catch a ferry located adjacent over to Toorango zoo or the historic fun park “Luna Park”.
Family Travel Tip : The Melbourne Museum is located next door to the Royal Exhibition Building. The museum is world class and there is something for the whole family.
Family travel tip: Vienna/Schonbrunn Zoo is located within the palace grounds. Excellent zoo featuring Giant panda’s and Koala’s just name a few.
Read our article on our visit to Vienna Zoo here
Read our article on our visit to Lednice here
Family travel tip: if your kids like biking there are plenty of paths that go around the fortress and the island. Bikes can be hired on site for exploring.
Read our article on our visit to Suomenlinna here
Family travel tip: The Strasbourg old town centre is quite small and can be covered in a short time. There is an old-fashioned carousel in one of the squares that the kids will love.
Family travel tip: jump on one of the many boats the cruise the Siene River the kids will love it.
Read our article on our boat trip in Paris here
- Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge
- Provins, Town of Medieval Fairs
Family travel tip: People will be dressed in period costumes. There are jousting and falconry shows that can be attended.
Read our article on our visit to Provins Medieval festival here
Family travel tip: Take a boat ride around the city and explore the amazing town gate.
Family travel tip: Get the hop on hop bus at Potsdam. There is an amazing amount of Palaces to be seen and they are not in walking distance. You will encounter people dressed in period costume and people playing music.
The Holy Sea:
- Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura * 13
- Historic Centre of Florence
- Piazza del Duomo, Pisa
- Venice and its Lagoon
- Historic Centre of Naples
- Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata
Read our article on Pompeii here
Family travel tip: Wawel castle located in the old town. The castle features a Dragons den and a fire-breathing Dragon statue
Read our article on our visit to Wawel Castle here
Family travel tip: Plenty of stairs and tunnels to explore in this one. Take jumpers as the tunnels reach hundred’s of metres underground and it get very cool
Read our article on our visit to Wieliczka here
Read our article on our visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau here
- Kalwaria Zebrzydowska: the Mannerist Architectural and Park Landscape Complex and Pilgrimage Park
- Wooden Churches of Southern Małopolska
Read our article on Belem here
Family travel tip: Bright colors and funny shaped castle’s and palaces are very interesting. Catch the hop on hop off bus to access all of the sites. They are not within walking distance.
Family travel tip: sky high bridges, cable car and street performers make the Porto riverside amazing.
Read our article on our visit to Porto here
Family travel tip: Lots of high walls and narrow dark staircases to explore in the castles
Read our article on our visit to Conwy Castle here
Read our article on our visit to Rhuddlan Castle here
Read our article on our visit to Caernarfon Castle here
Family travel tip: There is a special kids activity. kids are given a clipboard and pencil with an activity sheet on it. If the kids complete the sheet they are given a free chocolate coin.
Family travel tip: Go on the free beefeater tour. The tour leader makes it very light hearted and tells jokes along the way. Explore the armory and crown jewels. Photo opportunities with people in costume. Straight outside the Tower of London is the famous Tower Bridge
Total of 41 UNESCO world heritage sites I have visited, Bec has visited 35, Willow has visited 31 and Marley has visited 28 sites.
More UNESCO sites on the horizon
On our upcoming trip later this year, I have at least another 6 UNESCO sites picked out in Spain, Portugal, Croatia and Montenegro we will be visiting. I am hoping to maybe get up to 50 UNESCO sites on the next trip
What are you favourite UNESCO sites please comment and let us know?
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