Lesser known UNESCO sites to visit in 2024
    from Luxembourg to Swiss wine country

    WORLD  22 April 2024 - 02:04

    Euronews carries an article about the best ‘under the radar’ sites to visit in Europe this year, Caliber.Az reprints the article.

    If you’re a keen traveller, you’ll no doubt have global icons like the Taj Mahal, the Great Barrier Reef and the Great Wall of China on your ‘must visit’ list.

    This World Heritage Day, though, UNESCO has released a roster of less-trodden destinations to add to your agenda - and, luckily, they’re closer to home.

    UNESCO - otherwise known as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation - offers protection to sites with cultural and natural heritage, recognising places of outstanding universal value.

    As you plan your next European adventure, why not skip Athens’ overcrowded Acropolis and Rome’s Vatican City for places less discovered? Read on for UNESCO’s favourite alternative World Heritage spots for 2024.

    Discover the perfect year-round destination in the Italian Dolomites

    Set in the heart of the northern Italian alps, the Dolomites are a strikingly impressive mountain range comprising 18 peaks, rising to more than 3,000 metres.

    Hundreds of millions of years ago, they were completely underwater but, today, the range features some of the most picturesque mountain vistas in all of Europe - and the wider world.

    Italy's Dolomites are home to all kinds of unique flora and fauna

    Divided naturally into nine different areas, each offers a unique landscape, ranging from impressive rock walls to glacial landforms.

    In the winter, skiing and snow sports are particularly popular along with kilometres of cross-country trails - and in the summer, active visitors can hike, play golf, ride bikes and climb rock faces.

    For those less keen on getting sweaty on the mountains, there are plenty of forest bathing experiences on offer, including in the picturesque Paneveggio Pale di San Martino Natural Park, so you can relax and unwind in truly serene surroundings.

    Pay a visit to Luxembourg, one of Europe’s least explored countries

    If you ask people to name five European countries, it’s fairly unlikely that Luxembourg will appear in the ranking.

    But the micronation, situated between Germany, France and Belgium, has a lot to offer and Luxembourg City’s Old Town has actually been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994.

    Dating back to the 10th century, the old parts of the city are packed with treasures, like the Corniche, a viewpoint often hailed as ‘Europe’s most beautiful balcony’.

    Take a stroll through the City of Luxembourg and its Old Quarters and Fortifications

    The romantic Grund district is also worth strolling through, while the magnificent Grand Ducal Palace is not to be missed.

    It’s a particularly special place to visit in the summer months, when the resident Grand Duke of Luxembourg opens the doors of the caramel-coloured facade and elegant towers, welcoming in visitors keen to explore the palace’s interior.

    Step inside and you’ll find gilded columns and sparkling chandeliers alongside some of the best Renaissance art in all of Europe.

    Get into the heart of Viennese life at a coffee house

    Vienna has been on UNESCO’s list since 2001 and is itself a very popular destination. However, relatively few visitors know that the Austrian Capital boasts a number of entries on the organisation’s intangible cultural heritage list, including its coffee house culture.

    Seen by locals as an integral part of what it means to be Viennese, Vienna’s coffee houses have served as legendary meeting places throughout history for artists, intellectuals and revolutionaries, from the likes of Beethoven to Freud.

    Contributing to the city's rich cultural tapestry, a quintessential Viennese coffee house features cosy booths, elegant bentwood Thonet chairs, polished marble tables and, of course, a plethora of coffee options.

    What makes a coffee house more than just a place to pick up a cup of ‘Melange’ or ‘Einspänner’?

    It’s the lack of pressure to order more food and drink or move on promptly and a slower pace, which allows patrons to linger for hours over a single coffee in a historic and elegant setting.

    All of these venues provide newspapers for guests, which adds to the leisurely atmosphere, as well as fostering a sense of community.

    In 2024, Vienna is encouraging visitors to head outside of the historic and deservedly popular city centre and into other neighbourhoods, known as ‘Grätzel’.

    The city is home to some 130 traditional coffee houses but if that’s not your thing, there are thousands of other cafes available - from smart establishments to hip, laidback spaces.

    Explore the ‘Hamptons of Germany’ with a trip to the Wadden Sea

    Germany’s Wadden Sea is the largest unbroken system of intertidal sand and mud flats in the world - but you’d be forgiven for never having heard of it.

    Despite it managing to stay very much under the radar for many tourists, the coastal wetland set in the southeastern part of the North Sea is home to a multitude of tidal channels, sandy shoals, sea-grass meadows, mussel beds, mudflats and salt marshes, as well as beaches and dunes.

    Pay a visit and you may spot unusual plant and animal species, including rarely seen marine mammals like the harbour seal, grey seal and harbour porpoise.

    The Wadden Sea offers some of Germany's most unique landscapes

    In the heart of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll come across the island of Sylt. Frequently referred to as the ‘Hamptons of Germany’, it’s the residence of some of Europe’s most astonishing flora and fauna.

    The island has long been famed for its healing climate and restorative sea air - which has been proven to provide significant relief for sufferers of allergies and respiratory diseases.

    It also offers 40 kilometres of fine sandy beach and three shifting sand dunes - the only ones left in all of Germany.

    Sylt was included in Lonely Planet’s list of best beaches to visit in 2024 and the unique island recently featured in The Reluctant Traveller TV show, with Eugene Levy.

    Get to know Swiss wine at the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces

    Lausanne, a mediaeval Swiss city, has earned its reputation for being one of only 12 Great Wine Capitals of the World.

    In 2007, UNESCO bestowed that honour on Lavaux vineyard terraces, which date back to the 11th century when Benedictine and Cistercian monasteries controlled the area.

    Offering breathtaking views of the Alps and Lake Geneva, the terraced vineyards, stretching some 800 hectares, provide the perfect conditions for grape cultivation.

    However, despite making some of the best wines of earth - think St-Saphorin, Dézaley and Epesses - Switzerland only exports around 1 per cent out of the country.

    Pay a visit to Lavaux vineyard terraces for a rare chance to sample top notch Swiss wine

    That means that a visit to Lausanne offers a rare opportunity to sample the Swiss delicacy.

    If wine isn’t your thing, then why not pay a visit to Lausanne’s Olympic Museum? The city is known as the Olympic Capital of the World and has been the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee for more than 100 years.

    With the 2024 Paris Olympic Games fast approaching, a trip to the museum is the perfect place to learn about the history of the iconic games.

    Go underground at the under the radar Škocjan Caves in Slovenia

    Although the Škocjan Caves in western Slovenia have been on UNESCO’s list from 1986, they’re certainly not a victim of overtourism.

    The largest subterranean canyon in all of Europe, they have an impressive depth of more than 200 metres and consist of more than six kilometres of underground passages.

    Located in the Kras region, the site is one of the most famous worldwide for the study of karstic phenomena - or, in layman’s terms, the dissolving of rocks by water.

    Slovenia's Škocjan Caves are one of the most impressive sights in the country

    If you’re an outdoorsy person, this is a perfect trip - and one that many people simply haven’t heard of.

    Take a hike along trails winding through the caves which offer glimpses of no less than 26 underground waterfalls as well as colossal stalactites and stalagmites which reach heights of 15 metres.

    Karst formations sculpted by the subterranean river are surrounded by a well-maintained regional park, which preserves this natural phenomenon, also providing biking trails for endless exploration.

    Caliber.Az

    Subscribe to our Telegram channel


Read also

Egypt agrees to resume aid to Gaza through Israel after US pressure

25 May 2024 - 12:16

Musk reveals "tough problem" battling Russian jamming efforts on Starlink Amid Ukraine war

25 May 2024 - 12:06

US introduces legislation proposing sanctions against Georgia

25 May 2024 - 09:52

Ukraine aid from Russian assets moving forward in G-7 draft

25 May 2024 - 10:42

NATO summit to be held in Hague in 2025

24 May 2024 - 20:52

Israel ordered to immediately halt Rafah offensive by top UN court

24 May 2024 - 19:12
ADVERTS
Video
Latest news

    Egypt agrees to resume aid to Gaza through Israel after US pressure

    25 May 2024 - 12:16

    Musk reveals "tough problem" battling Russian jamming efforts on Starlink

    Amid Ukraine war

    25 May 2024 - 12:06

    King Charles III expresses hope for continued UK-Azerbaijan collaboration on key global matters

    25 May 2024 - 11:58

    Azerbaijani Army's engineering units excel in combat training sessions

    25 May 2024 - 11:56

    Media: Pashinyan considered imposing state of emergency

    25 May 2024 - 11:44

    Türkiye achieves 5 million cubic meters per day in Black Sea gas production

    25 May 2024 - 11:32

    Momentum surges as Chinese trucks embark on Azerbaijan's Middle Corridor journey

    Driving towards success

    25 May 2024 - 11:21

    Media: Armenian PM's helicopter makes emergency landing

    25 May 2024 - 11:12

    NATO forming network of cyber labs along Russia's borders - Foreign Ministry

    25 May 2024 - 11:07

    Russia downs three Ukrainian drones over Belgorod, Kursk regions

    25 May 2024 - 10:54

    Ukraine aid from Russian assets moving forward in G-7 draft

    25 May 2024 - 10:42

    Another migration caravan left for Azerbaijan’s Shusha

    PHOTO

    25 May 2024 - 10:28

    Erdogan greenlights revisions to Azerbaijan-Türkiye trade agreement

    25 May 2024 - 10:16

    Armenia detains alleged "mayors" of formerly occupied Azerbaijani towns

    25 May 2024 - 10:13

    Azerbaijan increases reconstruction budget for liberated territories by 27%

    25 May 2024 - 10:04

    US introduces legislation proposing sanctions against Georgia

    25 May 2024 - 09:52

    Armenian border guards secure delimited section of border with Azerbaijan

    Pashinyan addresses to nation

    25 May 2024 - 09:40

    Azerbaijan boosts defence, national security budget by 11%

    25 May 2024 - 09:28

    Amid regional tension & domestic opposition, Armenia returns occupied villages to Azerbaijan after 30 years

    Historic handover sets stage for peace talks

    25 May 2024 - 09:17

    Azerbaijani Parliament issues formal protest to Czech Republic

    25 May 2024 - 09:07

    Bhutan turns to "Gross National Happiness 2.0" as crisis deepens

    25 May 2024 - 09:07

    Replicator drones already being delivered

    Pentagon says

    25 May 2024 - 07:03

    Juneau inventor wants to bring ocean energy to your outlets

    25 May 2024 - 05:04

    European Commission president backs Polish, Greek calls for EU air defense shield

    25 May 2024 - 03:05

    Korea invents new fuel we don’t know about in US

    goodbye to refueling gasoline

    25 May 2024 - 01:03

    Why US semiconductor export controls backfire?

    24 May 2024 - 23:00

    COP29 presidency hosts international diplomatic corps in Lachin

    Climate Action Dialogue event

    24 May 2024 - 22:36

    US delegation visits Lachin, Shusha, applauds reconstruction efforts

    PHOTO

    24 May 2024 - 21:04

    NATO summit to be held in Hague in 2025

    24 May 2024 - 20:52

    Turkish president calls for UN reform amid global crises

    24 May 2024 - 20:39

    Azerbaijani, German top diplomats focus on peace process between Baku, Yerevan

    24 May 2024 - 20:24

    Armenian premier to address the nation

    24 May 2024 - 20:24

    Russian FM remains vague on reasons for ambassador's recall from Armenia

    24 May 2024 - 20:12

    Hungarian water quality control technology to be implemented in Azerbaijan

    24 May 2024 - 19:57

    Six new enterprises set to launch in Aghdam industrial park by year-end

    24 May 2024 - 19:42

    French president, Arab ministers to meet over situation in Gaza

    24 May 2024 - 19:27

    Israel ordered to immediately halt Rafah offensive by top UN court

    24 May 2024 - 19:12

    French Ambassador provides insights on Lachin visit, COP29 cooperation

    24 May 2024 - 19:01

    Armenia's aggression against Azerbaijan exposed

    Unmasking double standards/VIDEO

    24 May 2024 - 18:55

    Armenian PM skips out CIS event in Turkmenistan

    24 May 2024 - 18:50

All news