Here are the destinations in Europe registered as Unesco World Heritage Sites in 2021

Nice, France. Photo from travel guidebook Nice and the French Riviera.
Nice, France.

If you think you have seen it all because finding new exciting travel destinations in Europe feels challenging, Unesco comes to the rescue. The long list of World Heritage sites (1154) was appended with 34 new destinations in 2021. 00 of the new destinations are in Europe. Here they are.

The Great Spa Towns of Europe

  • The towns are Baden bei Wien in Austria, Spa in Belgium, Františkovy Lázně, Karlovy Vary, Mariánské Lázně in Czech Republic, Vichy in central France, Bad Ems, Baden-Baden, Bad Kissingen in Germany, Montecatini Terme in Italy, and City of Bath in the United Kingdom.

Frontiers of the Roman Empire – The Danube Limes (Western Segment)

  • Roman-era constructions along the Danube River in Austria, Germany and Slovakia.

Colonies of Benevolence

  • Frederiksoord, Wilhelminaoord and Veenhuizen in the Netherlands, and Wortel in Belgium are communities established 200 years ago to ease poverty in the region.
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Cordouan Lighthouse near Bordeaux in France. Photo DRAC Nouvelle Aquitane.

Cordouan Lighthouse

  • The lighthouse stands on a rocky plateau in the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Gironde River in France. It was built at the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt

  • Mathildenhoöhe in the city of Darmstadt in Germany is a community created for artists. It was established by Grand Duke of Hesse in 1897, and also designed by artists.

Padua’s 14th century frescos

  • Padua is a historic walled city in Italy that features fresco cycles painted between 1302 and 1397. They are located in eight building complexes in the city center.
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An element in the Dutch Water Defence Lines. Photo New Dutch Waterline.

Dutch Water Defence Lines

  • The Dutch Water Defence Lines is a defense system extending over 200 km, protecting the central Holland area towards the sea.

Roșia Montană Mining Landscape

  • Roșia Montană is located on the Apuseni Mountains in the west Romania. The Roman Empire started gold mining in the mountain, making it the most technically diverse underground Roman gold mining complex.

Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro, a landscape of Arts and Sciences

  • The site in the center of Madrid, Spain, features a broad boulevard and a park introducing a splash of green environment in to the city of concrete and marble.

Arslantepe Mound

  • Arslantepe Mound is a 30-metre-tall archaeological tell located in the Malatya plain in Turkey. Archaeological evidence from the site indicates it was occupied from at least the 6th millennium BC until the late Roman period.

Nice, the Winter Resort Town of Cote d’Azur

  • As early as in the mid-18th century the Mediterranean city of Nice in France has been known as a wonderful winter resort. One of the most renowned sights that also shows the development of the city is the magnificent Promenade d’Anglais on the coast. A travel guide that can be downloaded here shows all the sights in Nice.

ShUM Sites of Speyer, Worms and Mainz

  • The former Imperial cathedral cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz in Germany feature the Speyer Jewry-Court, with the structures of the synagogue and women’s shul (Yiddish for synagogue), the archaeological vestiges of the yeshiva (religious school), the courtyard and the still intact underground mikveh (ritual bath).

Frontiers of the Roman Empire – The Lower German Limes

  • For approximately 400 km from the Rhenish Massif in Germany to the North Sea coast in the Netherlands, the Lower German Limes follow the Rhine River. The property consist of 102 components from one section of the frontiers of the Roman Empire. Today, many of the constructions are underground or in the water.
photo francesco ceccarelli: Bologna Italy
The Porticoes of Bologna. Photo Francesco Ceccarelli.

The Porticoes of Bologna

  • The Municipality of Bologna in Italy is renowned from its porticoes that have been built since the 12th century until modern times. They cover a total of 62 km. Some of the porticoes are built of wood, others of stone or brick, as well as reinforced concrete. They cover roads, squares, paths and walkways, either on one or both sides of a street.

Petroglyphs of Lake Onega and the White Sea

  • The site contains 4,500 petroglyphs carved in rocks during the Neolithic period dated back 6 to 7 thousand years. It is located in Karelia in east Russia, next to the border with Finland. It encompasses 33 sites in two parts 300 km apart from one another. 22 petroglyph sites at Lake Onega feature a total of over 1,200 figures and 3,411 figures in 11 sites by the White Sea.

The works of Jože Plečnik in Ljubljana – Human Centred Urban Design

  • The work of Jože Plečnik that he completed in Ljubljana, Slovenia between World War I and World War II present human-centered urban design. It changed the identity of the city following the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire when it changed from a provincial city into the symbolic capital of Slovenia.

The Slate Landscape of Northwest Wales

  • The Slate Landscape of Northwest Wales is located on the mountains and valleys of the Snowdon massif in Northern Ireland and Wales. The territory extends from mountain to the coast, where an agricultural landscape was reshaped into an industrial center for slate production during the Industrial Revolution (1780-1914).

The full list of new Unesco World Heritage destinations accepted in 2021 is available here.

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