NH Top 10 World Heritage Sites

By NH | 11:17

It is unbelievable how many incredible natural and man made treasures there are to be experienced and seen firsthand all over the world, and that there are still so many more still to be found. Luckily for us and our future generations, most of them are being preserved and are included on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. We’ve created an exclusive selection, highlighting 10 top sites that can be found situated near our hotels all around the planet . Whet your appetite with us and get your travelling boots on!


One of the most famous palaces in the world is located in the Southern Spanish city of Granada, and surely you already know a little about it. The Alhambra, meaning ‘Red Castle’ in Arabic, is one of the most beautiful constructions and a true emblem of the Moorish history of Spain. Located up on the hill of al-Sabika, and next to the neighbourhoods of the Albaicín and the Alcazaba, the Alhambra awaits, offering an incredible view that covers almost every single corner of the city of Granada.

Did you know that it is the most visited place in Spain? Make sure you book your tickets in advance to visit the whole complex of the Alhambra and the Nasrid Palaces, the Alcazaba, Generalife and the beautiful gardens. It will be just like being in the Arabian Nights… only with tapas at hand!


Costiera Amalfitana

This area is considered one of the most charming spots in Italy and of the Mediterranean coast. It has all the characteristics of these two idyllic landscapes but taken to another level, and basically everything you see is steeped in rich, unforgettable beauty. Every single element; the nature, quaint buildings, vineyards, rolling cliffs and more, are reason enough to visit this incredible UNESCO site. And what’s worth remembering, is that though it’s a feast for eyes, it’s most certainly a pleasure for the stomach, too. If you want to make the best of your stay, we’ve got the ideal hotel: The NH Collection Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi, a unique hotel in the most inspiring location.


Cologne Cathedral

A symbol of the city, the Cologne Cathedral needed more than six centuries in order to become the Gothic masterpiece we see today. Originally starting back in 1248, construction was put on hold in 1473, but then was restarted in the 19th century, finally being completed in the year 1880. It took a while but… wow, what a marvel! Though unmistakably intimidating, this treasure is one of must-see wonders of the city and is the second tallest building to be seen. In fact, you can see it from almost everywhere in Cologne.

But, you should go and see it for yourself, and here’s our recommendation: book at NH Collection Köln Mediapark and fall in love with this German city full of magic.


Venice and its Lagoon

The next World Heritage Site on our list takes us back to Italy. Specifically, to the incredible city of Venice and its lagoons. It is amazing how this city preserves its essence. It became an important maritime port back in the 10th century and is now considered to be one of the most impressive cities in Italy. After all, Venice is a ‘floating city’ full of art, architecture, history, gondolas, winding passages and much more. It even became an important international influence regarding urbanism and architecture and is a clear example of a well executed transformation, full of strong, cultural values.

Still on your bucket list? Choose where you’ll stay  now and start packing! Venice is waiting.


Vatican City

We are still in Italy for a little while longer, and this time to visit another extraordinary place on this list of the World Heritage Sites: the Vatican City. You may already know that it is the holy land of the Catholic Church, which is true, but there’s so much more. The Vatican City is the smallest state in the world, actually it’s an ecclesiastical state, and it is also a majestic space where art and architecture are the main characteristics. We’re guessing you’re heard of ‘Laocoön and His Sons’? Just one of the many pieces to be gazed upon whilst there.

You cannot miss its Vatican Museums where so many of the most beautiful art collection ever are kept. When in Rome, do not miss out on a day trip to the marvellous Vatican City, it’s a must!


Cultural Landscape of Sintra

Only 30 kilometres away from the capital city of Portugal, Lisbon, we find another spectacular site: Sintra. Have you ever heard of it? This little Portuguese village is well known for its cultural landscape charm, the reason it made it onto the World Heritage Site list. It is also respected as the Centre of European Romantic architecture. Not convinced?

Well, cast your eyes upon the Pena Palace, one of the icons this village boasts and an authentic work of art: it was built over the ruins of an old monastery and perfectly combines Gothic, Egyptian and Renaissance elements, you’ll love it! Take a stroll around this stately setting and the parks that are full of exotic plants. So, when in Lisbon, you really must take the time to visit Sintra and the many other wonderful ‘secrets’ nearby. There are two of our hotels looking forward to hosting you!


Historic Centre of Vienna

Who couldn’t fall in love with the beautifully elegant city of Vienna? The Austrian capital has something special. It is a blend of modernity and antiquity that have flawlessly merged. It has had many faces, including Celtic and Roman settlements, all of which later transformed into the capital city of one of the biggest empires ever, the Austro Hungarian. Having said that, Vienna is not just a vast, sprawling urban marvel, it is also a musical, cultural and architectonic playground, seen as a strong influence worldwide in each and every one of those areas. Sumptuous palaces, lovely parks and impressive buildings… what else could anyone ask for?

If you haven’t been to Vienna yet, what are you waiting for? The Unesco historical centre will transport you to the beauty of a time past, and you won’t regret! It doesn’t matter in which part of the city you want to stay, we’ve got plenty of options for you to choose! Come, come, come!


Grand – Place Brussels

The following World Heritage Site is literally impossible not to stumble upon when in Brussels. It is the Grand-Place , or Grote Markt, a wonderful open air space with both public and private buildings, all of which are beyond beautiful. This main square became an important social, political and commercial site long ago, and still is. It is an absolute must in this city full of charm and is perfect to be visited together with some friends. Are you coming? We’ll be pleased to host you during your trip.


Altamira Cave

In the North of Spain, right in heart of Cantabria’s historic town of Santillana del Mar (a World Heritage Site in itself), there’s a special place that isn’t as well known as others: the Altamira Cave. Are you interested in speleology (the study of caves) and Ancient History? Then you are going to love this. Visiting the Altamira Cave and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain will take you back to Prehistoric times. There you’ll find the best preserved Paleolithic paintings, representing some of the earliest human arts. Amazing, right? If your are coming to our NH Santander City, reserve an afternoon to visit the Altamira Cave, it is just 30 kilometres away and is really worth it.


Santiago de Compostela Old Town

Last, but not least, and still in Northern Spain, we move over to the capital of the Galicia region, Santiago de Compostela. This beautiful old town is quite rightly on the UNESCO list… but do you know why?

Well, there are several reasons, each other them more extraordinary than the other: the city’s fame begins with a legend, one that says in 831 a shepherd was guided to the burial site of Saint James, giving the city an immediate position of interest and, later, power in Northern Spain. Then, during the 10th and early 11th century, it was repeatedly attacked by the likes of the vikings. At the hands of others, sections of the city were destroyed and had to be completely rebuilt. It is famous for its buildings full of different architectonic influences such as Gothic, Baroque and Romanesque; its Cathedral is one of the most famous in Spain, especially because of its Pórtico de la Gloria, which is the main entrance and the end of the Way of Saint James. That’s why it is also a place well-known for the number of christian pilgrims visiting it any time of the year. Have you heard of the Camino de Santiago? Well, after 780 of pilgrimage, this is the final location. Curious to find out more for yourself? Come visit it!


Take advantage of the wonders around you and let yourself be amazed by the beauty and impressiveness of these World Heritage Sites. They’ll please your expectations for sure!


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