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View over Bacharach on the Upper Middle Rhine River, Germany
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About This Website

Welcome to the first UNESCO platform for World Heritage and travel—guiding you to the most unique and authentic travel experiences, recommended by local experts and curated by National Geographic.

World Heritage Journeys in the European Union

Join us on four cultural journeys across Europe, curated by experts:
Royal Europe, Ancient Europe, Romantic Europe, and Underground Europe.

Through these journeys, you will discover the EU in a new light, and learn how these incredible World Heritage sites intertwine to tell fascinating stories of Europe's heritage and history.

There are over 350 World Heritage sites in the European Union, and we've handpicked 34 for you to explore in-depth. By working with the managers of these sites, the local communities, businesses and stakeholders, we are giving you special access to some of the hidden gems and local secrets of these amazing destinations.

But it's much more than that. Our goal is to change how people travel. Staying longer in destinations, experiencing the local culture, and gaining a deeper knowledge and appreciation of World Heritage values.

With this local knowledge, we encourage you to travel differently, and travel deeper.

Use this platform to inspire and plan your trips. Sign up and save the places and experiences you discover to your personal itinerary, and design your own unforgettable World Heritage Journey in the European Union.

Take a World Heritage Journey

Ancient Europe Ancient Europe

Romantic Europe Romantic Europe

Royal Europe Royal Europe

Underground Europe Underground Europe

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Download the World Heritage Journeys Europe PDF brochure and bookazine.

This website and programme are an initiative of the European Union which were made possible by a Preparatory Action grant to UNESCO from the European Commission, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME (DG GROW). They have been developed in line with the European Commission's tourism objectives to maintain Europe's position as a leading tourist destination through improved tourism services, promoting links between EU countries, and local tourism networks.