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To be included on UNESCO's famous World Heritage List, a site has to be pretty impressive. They have to show significant cultural, historic or environmental importance, and each year the organization's members come together to add some new names to the list. This year, 19 sites were added, including some you can visit whether you're in the midst of traveling through Asia or taking a tour of Germany or are
Perhaps the most well-known destination added to UNESCO's list is Japan's Mount Fuji. The nearly 12,400-foot-tall mountain has long been seen as an icon of Japan, and its pristine, snow-capped peak is among the most recognizable features in the country. Aside from its place in Japanese history, Mount Fuji is a large tourist draw, with many visitors making the trip up one of its many compelling climbing routes each year.
Of course, Mount Fuji is not the only popular tourist destination to make the list. UNESCO also decided to include Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe in Kassel, Germany. This unique park has a number of compelling statues, buildings and natural formations that make it a one-of-a-kind addition to Germany tours. Its most iconic feature is the Hercules monument, which stands atop a pyramid inside the Octagon - a central building in the complex. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe also has numerous winding channels and waterways that lend a relaxing atmosphere to the unusual landmark.
The other 17 new members of the club are worth a visit as well. If you find yourself on a tour of Portugal, for instance, make a point to head to the University of Coimbra–Alta and Sofia. Opened in 1290, it is among the oldest continually operating colleges in the world, and its stunning architecture stands as a testament to its lengthy history.
Look down in wonder at Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral from your glass-walled pod on the London Eye, then gaze out over the Louvre and the Champs-Elysees from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The scent of rich pine forests lingers in the breeze as the 13th-century ruins of Turaida Castle are revealed before your eyes in the lush Gauja River valley in a medieval sanctuary untouched by the march of time.
The aroma of dark roasted Viennese coffee hangs thick in the air as you tread the cobblestone laneways and bask in the elegant architecture, atmospheric cafes and refined restaurants in one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.
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