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The Wanderlust Wonderlist: World Heritage Sites in Northern Europe (As Seen By The Community)

After our previous jaunt in the Pacific, it's time for us to head up northwest to Europe! Let's see what wonders they have in store for us in this installment of the Wanderlust Wonderlist!

Skogskyrkogården

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Date of Inscription: 1994

“This Stockholm cemetery was created between 1917 and 1920 by two young architects, Asplund and Lewerentz, on the site of former gravel pits overgrown with pine trees. The design blends vegetation and architectural elements, taking advantage of irregularities in the site to create a landscape that is finely adapted to its function. It has had a profound influence in many countries of the world.”

West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord

Locations: Norway
Date of Inscription: 2005

“Situated in south-western Norway, north-east of Bergen, Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord, set 120 km from one another, are part of the west Norwegian fjord landscape, which stretches from Stavanger in the south to Andalsnes, 500 km to the north-east. The two fjords, among the world’s longest and deepest, are considered as archetypical fjord landscapes and among the most scenically outstanding anywhere.”

Rock Art of Alta

Location: Alta, Finnmark, Norway
Date of Inscription: 1985

“This group of petroglyphs in the Alta Fjord, near the Arctic Circle, bears the traces of a settlement dating from c. 4200 to 500 B.C. The thousands of paintings and engravings add to our understanding of the environment and human activities on the fringes of the Far North in prehistoric times.”

Kronborg Castle

Location: Helsingør, Capital Region, Denmark
Date of Inscription: 2000

“Located on a strategically important site commanding the Sund, the stretch of water between Denmark and Sweden, the Royal castle of Kronborg at Helsingør (Elsinore) is of immense symbolic value to the Danish people and played a key role in the history of northern Europe in the 16th-18th centuries. […] It has remained intact to the present day. It is world-renowned as Elsinore, the setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.”

Historic Centre (Old Town) of Tallinn

Location: Harju County, Estonia
Date of Inscription: 1997

“The origins of Tallinn date back to the 13th century, when a castle was built there by the crusading knights of the Teutonic Order. It developed as a major centre of the Hanseatic League, and its wealth is demonstrated by the opulence of the public buildings (the churches in particular) and the domestic architecture of the merchants’ houses, which have survived to a remarkable degree despite the ravages of fire and war in the intervening centuries.”

Stay tuned for more upcoming wonderlists about the World Heritage Sites! In the meantime, you can read more about them in the official UNESCO World Heritage Committee website.

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