European UNESCO World Heritage Sites You Mustn’t Miss!

By Shamilka Rasheed | 08, Nov, 2017
European UNESCO World Heritage Sites You Mustn’t Miss!

The most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Europe are more than just top attractions –these amazing landmarks also have significant cultural or historical importance. From natural wonders, national parks to historical landmarks – World Heritage Sites are simply fascinating spots to learn interesting things about a destination and see some unique attractions. So have a look at this World Heritage Sites list that so you can include them in your travel plans for an unforgettable experience.

 

1. Red Square, Moscow, Russia

The Red Square refers to the plaza that separates the Kremlin and the merchant quarter known as Kitay Gorod – the square also connects the main streets of Moscow. This landmark has always been an important part of Russia’s history, a famous site of demonstrations and parades during the 20th century The square’s name is derived from the word ‘krasnyi’ which used to mean ‘beautiful’ but now means red.

You can take a stroll through the Red Square to admire the unique architecture and be surrounded fascinating historical buildings. It has also become a popular venue for concerts and other exciting events, as well as New Year Celebrations.

 

2. West Norwegian Fjords, Norway

Travelers can expect breathtakingly beautiful scenery when visiting the West Norwegian fjords which are Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord. The fjords are 140km away from each other and are framed by the impressive mountains on either side, where you can see waterfalls cascading down the rock – a picturesque setting. The West Norwegian fjords fit the classic description of the fjord phenomenon, and the scenery of dark forests, glaciers and snow-capped mountains is something worth seeing.

Visitors can take can boat tours or safaris to Geirangerfjord to take in the natural wonders of the waterfalls – which are the Seven Sisters, Bridal Veil and Suitor. Visitors can also sail through Nærøyfjord by charter boats and cruise ships – while admiring the amazing scenery of course.

 

3. La Grand-Place, Brussels, Belgium

Also known as Grote Markt, La Grans Place is where you can marvel at the wonderful architecture from a different era that also reflects the diversity of Brussels. The darker history of the square dates back to the 16th and 17th centuries where executions were carried out during this period. However, today the square is better known for the historical buildings that surround the area and for the bi-annual Flower Carpet. The Brussels Town Hall building is the best-known landmark in the area.

Some of the best things to do include taking a guided walking tour to explore the square and appreciate the Gothic architecture – while taking some amazing photographs. 

 

4. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

The Plitvice Lakes are among the best world heritage sites in Europe to visit – where crystal turquoise waters create an almost fantasy-like scenery. The waterfalls that cascade from Mala Kepela and Lička Plješivica connect to form the sixteen lakes in the Plitvice National Park. Wildlife lovers can also try to spot rare bird species or the animals of the region.

Visitors can enjoy activities such as cycling and hiking to truly experience the beauty of the magnificent scenery before them.

The price range for a visit can fall between100 HRK to 350 HRK. However, the prices are much higher from July to August and are lower from January to March and November to December.

 

5. Ilulissat Icefjord, Greenland

Ilulissat Icefjord is a fjord that is located 250km from the Arctic Circle and is where one of the most active glaciers in the world, Sermeq Kujalleq calves out icebergs every year. The white icebergs stand out beautifully against the ocean and you will get a good view from a plane too.

Some of the ways to enjoy the region include taking sailing between the icebergs or going on evening cruises to admire the midnight sun phenomenon. You can even hike along the Blue Route Trail if you prefer something more adventurous.

 

6. City of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

This historic town is located in the southern region of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is famous for the Old Bridge or Stari Most, built over the Neretva River. The town was originally an Ottoman frontier town in the 15th and 16th centuries and old Turkish houses can still be seen today. The impressive Old Bridge is the major highlight of its unique architecture – the town itself reflects the diverse cultures and religions too.

You can take tours and explore this interesting city to learn more about its history and significance. Drop by the Kravice waterfalls and take in the view – it’s also a popular picnic spot. Do visit the Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque as well that was built back in 1618.

 

7. Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

The Giant’s Causeway consists of 40,000 hexagonal basalt cylinders that are linked together. It’s also considered as the fourth natural wonder in the United Kingdom. A famous legend suggests that it was created by the giant Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool) so that he could crossover to Scotland, But the scientific explanation is that formations are results of a volcanic eruption.

Going on hikes or taking a walk is the best way to experience this unique site – you can even take a guided tour. This is also a great spot to check out rare species of birds as well. Tickets can be bought online which can range from £9 to £22.

Keep this list of World Heritage Sites in Europe in mind if you are travelling to any of the countries mentioned above – and take the chance to see some truly amazing sights.

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