11 European destinations listed as World Heritage sites in 2019

Augsburg, Germany
Photo: Stadt Augsburg, Ruth Plössel.

Every year, Unesco nominates new destinations across the world as World Heritage Sites. Only those destinations that have outstanding universal value and meet at least one out of ten selection criteria can be listed as heritage sites. In 2019, 11 out of 29 new inscribed sites were in Europe.

These are the new (in 2019) Unesco World Heritage Sites located in Europe. Sorted by country:

Czech Republic and Germany: Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří Mining Region (Ore Mountains)

A mountain region in south-east Germany and north-west Czech Republic where metals were mined in the Middle Ages. It was the most important source of silver ore in Europe from 1460 to 1560 and a hotbed of technological innovations.

Czech Republic: Landscape for Breeding and Training of Ceremonial Carriage Horses at Kladruby nad Labem

A horse breeding center in Střední Polabí region. The center was established in 1579 and has been in operation since then. The original purpose was to breed and train horses for royal ceremonies, but now it covers other types of horses as well.

Germany: Water Management System of Augsburg

The town of Augsburg, located between Munich and Stuttgart in southern Germany, started developing its remarkable water channeling and energy system in the 13th century. It is still in operation. Canals, power stations, pumps, rivers, lakes, and buildings constructed over water establish a hydraulic engineering wonder.

Iceland: Vatnajökull National Park
The barren landscape of Iceland has largely been shaped by volcanoes – many of them are active today. Vatnajökull National Park in the southeast region of the island is renowned for its glaciers and volcanoes, and interaction of these elements.

Italy: Le Colline del Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene

In Treviso region in north-east Italy, green landscape shaped by vineyards has developed into a remarkable sight and cultural tradition. Prosecco wine is produced here on small vineyards on narrow grassy terraces that include patches of forest, small villages and farmland.

North Ireland: Jodrell Bank Observatory

Jordell Bank radio astronomy observatory.

Poland: Krzemionki Prehistoric Striped Flint Mining Region

Mining sites in the mountain region of Świętokrzyskie. Mines were used from about 3900 to 1600 BCE to extract striped flint for making axes.

Portugal: Royal Building of Mafra

Mafra is small town north-west of Lisbon, about an hour drive away from the capital. King Joao V built the palaces and parks in 1711. The site includes, for instance, a palace, basilica, convent, Cerco Garden and a hunting park. A short distance from Mafra towards south you can find even more spectacular ancient town: Sintra.

Portugal: Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga

Near the city of Braga in north Portugal, a sacred mountain overlooks the community. The slopes of Mount Espinho were developed during 600 years as a religious site for the city.

Portugal: Algarve, the South Coast travel guide shows the sights, events, food recommendations, and gives cultural tips for traveling in the popular region.

Russia: Churches of the Pskov School of Architecture

In the city of Pskov, in northwest of Russia, a number of religious and administrative buildings date back to the 12th century. The architecture education on the premises defined Russian style until it peaked in the 16th century.

Spain: Risco Caido and the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria Cultural Landscape

Canary Islands is an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean west of Moroccan coast. The islands belong to Spain. One of the largest islands in the archipelago is Gran Canaria. On the mountains, Risco Caido is a historical site, first settled by north Africans and then Spanish. The landscape and rich human history in Risco Caido are unique.

If you are planning a trip and want to explore World Heritage Sites near your destination, Unesco has published a handy map that lets you zoom into the region where you intend to travel, and see if any sites are nearby.

world heritage site map by Unesco

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