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UNESCO: Central/Eastern Europe

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There are 97 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Eastern/Central Europe spread across 12 countries. Together with a handful of others, these countries make up the Eastern States of Europe, and by some definitions, the Balkans. We've not included some countries like Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia and Moldova as we don't offer campsites in these destinations.


Name of UNESCO site (type, year added to list)
Location(s) [link to image credit] [link to UNESCO page]

⭐️  Featured Site


Bosnia & Herzegovina


Czech Republic



North Macedonia



Serbia (and Kosovo)



There are 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites sites in Bulgaria. The first four sites to be inscribed at UNESCO's third session were the Boyana Church, the Madara Rider, the Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo, and the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak. The rest were added in the eighties, and the most recent in 2017. 

⭐️ Boyana Church (cultural, 1979)
Sofia [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Part of the Bulgarian Orthodox order, Boyana Church is located on the outskirts of Sofia. It was constructed in three stages; the eastern wing in the late 10th or early 11th century, the central part in the mid-13th century and an expansion to the west in the mid-19th century. The church contains many frescoes, some dating back to the 11th and 12th centuries and others from later years. There are a total of 89 scenes with 240 human images depicted.

Madara Rider (cultural, 1979)
Shumen Province [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak (cultural, 1979)
Ruse Province [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo (cultural, 1979)
Stevns [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

⭐️  Rila Monastery (cultural, 1983)
Kyustendil Province [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

The Rila Monastery is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria, and is situated in the southwestern Rila Mountains, south of the capital. It is often regarded as one of the country's most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments, regularly attracting over 900,000 visitors a year. It was founded in the 10th century and has undergone many rebuilding efforts due to raids and wars. It now houses about 60 monks and was visited by Pope John Paul ll in 2002.

Ancient City of Nessebar (cultural, 1983)
Burgas Province [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Srebarna Natural Reserve (natural, 1983)
Silistra Province [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Pirin National Park (natural, 1983)
Blagoevgrad Province [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari (cultural, 1985)
Razgrad Province [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Common Site(s) - sites in multiple locations and countries

Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe (natural, 2017)
Several sites [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Bosnia & Herzegovina

There are four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The first site added the the UNESCO register was the Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar, after its rebuilding having been completely destroyed during the Bosnian War of the nineties.

⭐️  Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar (cultural, 2005)
Mostar [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Stari Most (translating to 'Old Bridge'), more commonly known as Mostar Bridge, is a rebuilt 16th century pedestrian bridge that crosses the Neretva River. During the Bosnian War (1992-1995), the original bridge was destroyed by Croat Paramilitary Forces who barraged the bridge with shells until its eventual collapse. After the war, plans were raised to rebuild the structure. Funding was raised by many cultural organisations including UNESCO, and from countries including Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey and Croatia. The original stone was retrieved from the Neretva River and used in the rebuilding. It reopened in 2004 and was added to UNESCO in 2005.

Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge (cultural, 2007)
Višegrad [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Common Site(s) - sites in multiple locations and countries

Stećci Medieval Tombstones Graveyards (cultural, 2016)
Several sites [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe (natural, 2007)
Šipovo [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]


There are 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Croatia. The first three sites to be added were the Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian, Dubrovnik, and Plitvice Lakes National Park in 1979. Other sites were added in the late nineties, naughties and into the tens. Dubrovnik and Plitvice Lakes were placed on UNESCO's endangered list following extensive damage from attacks and landmines during the Croatian War of Independence but both were removed 1997 and 1998 respectively.

⭐️ Plitvice Lakes National Park (natural, 1979)
Plitvicka Jezera [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Added to UNESCO in 1979 for its "outstanding and picturesque series of tufa lakes and caves, connected by waterfalls", Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest and largest national parks in Croatia, having been established in 1949 and extending acorss more than 70,000 acres. It is known for its series of 16 cascading, emerald blue lakes and impressive waterfalls, and is home to many rare species such as the European brown bear, grey wolf, Eurasian lynx and European wildcat.

Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian (cultural, 1979)
Split [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

⭐️ Old City of Dubrovnik (cultural, 1979)
Dubrovnik [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Perhaps on of the most prominent and popular tourist destinations in the eastern Mediterranean, Dubrovnik was added to the UNESCO list due to its "outstanding medieval architecture and fortified old town". The old part of the city dates back to the 7th century when it would've been under Byzantine protections. The earthquake of 1667 destroyed most of the city, and during the Croatian War of Independence (1991-1995), many buildings were damaged. Extensive repair and restoration works took place in the late nineties and into the 2000s, and the city has re-emerged as one of the Mediterranean's top tourist destinations.

Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč (cultural, 1997)
Poreč [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Historic city of Trogir (cultural, 1997)
Trogir [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

⭐️  Šibenik Cathedral of St James (cultural, 2000)
Šibenik [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Šibenik Cathedral is considered the most important architectural monument of the Renaissance period in Croatia. Construction started in 1431 under local and Italian masters, before passing to Giorgio da Sebenico in 1441 and lastly to Niccolò di Giovanni Fiorentino in 1475. It was completed over 100 years later in 1535, in Italian Renaissance style.

Stari Grad Plain (cultural, 2008)
Hvar [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Venetian Works of defence between 15th and 17th centuries (cultural, 2017)
Zadar, Šibenik [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Common Site(s) - sites in multiple locations and countries

Stećci Medieval Tombstones Graveyards (cultural, 2016)
Dubravka, Cista Velika [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe (cultural, 2017)
Several sites [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Czech Republic

There are 15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Czech Republic. The first sites added to UNESCO were inscribed before Czechoslovakia's dissolution in 1993 but Czechia inherited the three sites. All but one of its sites are cultural, the exception being the shared site of Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe.

⭐️ Historic Centre of Prague (cultural, 1992)
Prague [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

The capital of the Republic, and ranked the 13th largest city in the European Union, Prague is considered the political, cultural and economic centre of Central Europe. During its long history, it has been the main residence of many Holy Roman Emperors, flourished in the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras, played its part in the Bohemian and Protestant Reformations, the Thirty Years' War and, in the 20th century, saw the collapse of the Soviet Union, fall of communism in neighbouring countries and the dissolution of Czechoslovakia in the nineties.

Historic Centre of Český Krumlov (cultural, 1992)
South Bohemian Region [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Historic Centre of Telč (cultural, 1992)
Vysočina Region [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Pilgrimage Church of St John of Nepomuk at Zelená Hora (cultural, 1994)
Vysočina Region [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Kutná Hora: Historical Town Centre with the Church of St Barbara and the Cathedral of Our Lady at Sedlec (cultural, 1995)
Central Bohemian Region [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

⭐️ Lednice–Valtice Cultural Landscape (cultural, 1996)
South Moravian Region [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Situated in the South Moravian Region of Czechia, it's perhaps easy to understand why this landscape has been inscribed into UNESCO. Among the leafy scenery are meticulously landscaped lawns and stunning structures of Baroque, Classical and Neo-gothic styles. The parkland was transformed into a private estate over the course of 300 years between the 17th and 20th centuries, by the Dukes of Liechtenstein, who had resided in the castle since 1249. They created a traditional English landscape garden, constructed Baroque and Gothic Revival style châteaux and built many follies, a greenhouse and other buildings.

Gardens and Castle at Kroměříž (cultural, 1998)
Zlín Region [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Holašovice Historical Village Reservation (cultural, 1998)
South Bohemian Region [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Litomyšl Castle (cultural, 1999)
Pardubice Region [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc (cultural, 2000)
Olomouc Region [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

⭐️  Tugendhat Villa in Brno (cultural, 2001)
South Moravian Region [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Built between 1928 and 1930, and designed by German architects Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich, Tugendhat Villa has become an icon of modernist architecture. It was designed for Fritz Tugendhat and his wife, Greta and is noted for its revolutionary use of space and industrial building materials including the main construction material; reinforced concrete. It is set out over three floors. The above-ground basement level houses a series of service and plant rooms including a mechanism to retract the windows and early air conditioning units, and a specifically designed moth-resistant room for keeping fur coats. The ground floor consists mainly of living areas with a conservatory, terrace, kitchen and servants' rooms, and the top floor houses the main entrance hall, family bedrooms and rooms for the nanny. The Tugendhat family lived in the house for just eight months before fleeing the country as its breakup was imminent - they never returned.

Jewish Quarter and St Procopius' Basilica in Třebíč (cultural, 2003)
Vysočina Region [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří Mining Region (cultural, 2019)
North Bohemia [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Landscape for Breeding and Training of Ceremonial Carriage Horses at Kladruby nad Labem (cultural, 2019)
Pardubice Region [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Common Site(s) - sites in multiple locations and countries

Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe (cultural, 2021)
Liberec Region [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

The Great Spa Towns of Europe (cultural, 2019)
Karlovy Vary Region [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]


There are eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Hungary. The country's first sites were added at the 11th session in 1987. All eight of the UNESCO sites were renamed in 2003 to better reflect their heritage.

⭐️ Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue (cultural, 1987)
Budapest [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Budapest, capital of Hungary and ninth-largest city in the EU by population. Founded as a Celtic settlement, it was transformed into the Roman town of Aquincum. It wasnt until the 9th century that the Hungarians arrived. By the 15th century, the city was known as Buda and was one of the centres of Renaissance culture. In 1873, the city was named Budapest, merging the two sides of the city separated by the Danube.

Old Village of Hollókő and its Surroundings (cultural, 1987)
Nógrád County [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst (natural, 1995)
Northern Hungary [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma and its Natural Environment (cultural, 1996)
Pannonhalma, Győr-Moson-Sopron County [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Hortobágy National Park – the Puszta (cultural, 1999)
Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén, Heves, Hajdú-Bihar and Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok counties [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs (Sopianae) (cultural, 2000)
Pécs [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Fertö / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape (cultural, 2001)
Győr-Moson-Sopron County [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

⭐️   Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape (cultural, 2002)
Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

The Tokaj Wine Region is located in the northeastern part of Hungary, straddling the border into Southeastern Slovakia. The vineyards stretch across 11,149 hectares of which, over half is planted. The area is the origin of Tokaji wine, a sweet wine made from grapes affected by noble rot. Noble rot or Botrytis cinerea is a beneficial type of fungus that can destroy crops, but if grapes are harvested at the correct time, the rot can help produce a distinctly sweet flavour.


There are four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Montenegro. The first site to be inscribed was the Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor which was immediately added to UNESCO's in danger list following damage sustained by the 6.9 magnitude earthquake that occurred that year. Using UNESCO funding, the region was restored and removed from the list in 2003.

⭐️   Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor (cultural, 1979)
Kotor, Herceg Novi, Tivat [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

This UNESCO site encompasses the old town of Kotor, the fortifications of Venetian Cattero, and the surrounding region of the inner Bay of Kotor. Kotor Old Town is contained within the well-preserved city walls, dating back to 1166. The military fortifications were constructed during the Venetian rule and added to the UNESCO register after the 1979 earthquake, which damaged much of the city and left the fortifications in danger.

Durmitor National Park (natural, 1980)
Žabljak [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Common Site(s) - sites in multiple locations and countries

Stećci Medieval Tombstones Graveyards (cultural, 2016)
Žabljak, Plužine [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th centuries: Stato da Terra – Western Stato da Mar (cultural, 2017)
Kotor [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

North Macedonia

There are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in North Macedonia. The Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid region was the first site in the country to be added to UNESCO's World Heritage list in 1979. It wasn't until 2021 that North Macedonia saw its second site added, a transitional (multi-country) site that protects the beech forests of the Carpathians and other regions of Europe.

⭐️   Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid region (mixed, 1979)
Ohrid [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

The region straddles the mountainous border between North Macedonia and Albania, and is noted for Lake Ohrid which is one of Europe's deepest and oldest lakes. UNESCO state that is has a "unique aquatic ecosystem of worldwide importance, with more than 200 endemic species". It is so important that NASA named one of Titan's (one of Saturn's moons) lakes after it. The area is also a designated RAMSAR Wetland Site, having met all nine of RAMSAR's strict criteria.

Common Site(s) - sites in multiple locations and countries

Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe (natural, 2021)
Mavrovo and Rostuša [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]


There are 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Poland, 15 of which are cultural and two are natural. The Wieliczka Salt Mine and the Historic Centre of Kraców were among the first sites to be added to the newly formed UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1978. 

⭐️ Historic Centre of Kraków (cultural, 1978)
Lesser Poland [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Kraków's historic centre was chosen for UNESCO's original World Heritage List and was inscribed at its second session in 1978. The medieval part of the city centre was surrounded by a defensive wall with 46 towers and seven main entrances, with construction taking around 200 years. In the 1800's most of the fortifications were demolished although much of the original character and buildings in the historic centre were retained. The original moat which would've encircled the city walls, was filled in and turned into a park, known as Planty Park.

Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines (cultural, 1978)
Lesser Poland [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

⭐️ Auschwitz Birkenau, German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940–1945) (cultural, 1979)
Lesser Poland [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Perhaps one of the best known historical sites in Poland, and arguably in Europe, Auschwitz is a complex of concentration camps operated by Nazi Germany during World War Two. The camps were a major site of the Nazis' Final Solution to the Jewish Question - a Nazi plan to murder all Jews and the complex was the site of upward of 1,100,000 deaths. Auschwitz closed in January 1945 with its liberation by the Soviet army, and became a memorial and museum in 1947.

Białowieza Forest (natural, 1979)
Podlaskie [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Historic Centre of Warsaw (cultural, 1980)
Masovia [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Old City of Zamość (cultural, 1992)
Lublin [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

⭐️ Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork (cultural, 1997)
Pomerania [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Malbork Castle, if measured by land area, is the largest castle in the world. It is a classic example of a medieval fortress and was constructed in the 13th century as a Teutonic castle. The Teutonic Order is a Catholic religious order founded in 1190 and formed to aid Christians on their pilgrimages to the Holy Land and to establish hospitals. Nowadays it is a purely religious and focuses mainly on charitable work. The castle served as a royal residence and the seat of many Polish offices and institutions before passing over to German rule in 1775 until the end of the Second World War.

Medieval Town of Toruń (cultural, 1997)
Kuyavia-Pomerania [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Kalwaria Zebrzydowska: the Mannerist Architectural and Park Landscape Complex and Pilgrimage Park (cultural, 1999)
Lesser Poland [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Churches of Peace in Jawor and Swidnica (cultural, 2001)
Lower Silesia [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Wooden Churches of Southern Lesser Poland (cultural, 2003)
Lesser Poland [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Muskauer Park / Park Mużakowski (cultural, 2004)
Lubusz [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

⭐️  Centennial Hall (cultural, 2006)
Lower Silesia [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Built to the plans of German architect Max Berg between 1911-1913, Centennial Hall was part of a series of works commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1813 War of Liberation against Napoleon Bonaparte. It is an early example of European reinforced concrete buildings and survived the destruction fo World War Two. 

Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine (cultural, 2013)
Lesser Poland, Subcarpathia [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver-Zinc Mine and its Underground Water Management System (cultural, 2017)
Silesia [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Krzemionki Prehistoric Striped Flint Mining Region (cultural, 2019)
Świętokrzyskie [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Common Site(s) - sites in multiple locations and countries

Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe (natural, 2021)
Subcarpathia [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]


There are nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Romania, seven are cultural and two are natural. The most recent site to be added is the Rosia Montană Mining Cultural Landscape, added in 2021. Upon its inscription, it was immediately listed as endangered due to threats posed by plans to resume mining. Prior to its closure in 2006, it was a state-run gold mine with a long and prosperous history dating back to the Stone Age.

Danube Delta (natural, 1991)
Tulcea County [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

⭐️ Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania (cultural, 1993)
Sibiu, Alba, Harghita, Brașov, and Mureș County [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

This UNESCO site consists of seven villages in southeastern Transylvania, each home to a fortified church. Although there are upwards of 150 fortified churches in the region, these seven sites are among the best preserved. They include;

  • Biertan fortified church (completed 1524)
  • Câlnic Fortress (completed c.13th century)
  • Dârjiu fortified church (completed 16th century)
  • Prejmer fortified church (completed 1240)
  • Saschiz fortified church (completed 1496)
  • Valea Viilor fortified church (completed 16th century)
  • Viscri fortified church (completed c.13th century)

Monastery of Horezu (cultural, 1993)
Vâlcea County [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

⭐️  Churches of Moldavia (cultural, 1993)
Suceava County [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

The eight Romanian Orthodox churches of Moldovia, located in the historical north of Romania, were built between the 1480s and the late 1500s, and since 1993 have been inscribed onto UNESCO's World Heritage list. Many of the structures feature colourful frescoes painted on their exterior with ornate architectural details and traditional eastern European roofing. The eight churches included in this listing are:

  • Beheading of St. John the Baptist Church (completed 1502)
  • Dormition of the Mother of God Church (completed 1530)
  • Annunciation Church (completed 1532). Also known as Moldovita Monastery, it was built as a protective barrier against the Muslim Ottoman conquerors from the East.
  • Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church (completed 1487)
  • St. Nicholas Church (completed 1530)
  • St. George Church (completed 1488)
  • Resurrection Church (completed 1581) (pictured above). Also known as Sucevita Monastery, it contains both Byzantine and Gothic elements and its frescoes depict biblical stories from the Old and New Testaments. 

Historic Centre of Sighișoara (cultural, 1999)
Mureș County [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Wooden Churches of Maramureş (cultural, 1999)
Maramureș County [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Dacian Fortresses of the Orăștie Mountains (cultural, 1999)
Hunedoara County and Alba County [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Roșia Montană Mining Cultural Landscape (cultural, 2021) IN DANGER
Alba County [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Common Site(s) - sites in multiple locations and countries

Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe (natural, 2017)
Several sites [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Serbia (and Kosovo)

There are four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Serbia, and one in the independent state of Kosovo. The first site added was Stari Ras in 1979, followed by others in 1896, 2004, 2007 and 2017. The Medieval Monuments in Kosovo site was placed on UNESCO's endangered list in 2006 due to the region's political instability. 

⭐️  Stari Ras and Sopoćani (cultural, 1979)
Novi Pazar [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Once an important capital, positioned in the centre of an early medieval state and close to vital trading routes, Stari Ras nowadays has little to show of its former magnificence. What is left of the former fortress are ruins and the surrounding lush hills of the region. The nearby Monastery of Sopoćani formed part of this UNESCO site and was established sometime around 1259-1270. The building was deconsecrated in 1689 but reestablished in the 20th century when a thriving brotherhood of monks settled in the monastery for the first time in 237 years.

Studenica Monastery (cultural, 1986)
Kraljevo [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Medieval Monuments in Kosovo (cultural, 2004)
Dečani, Gračanica, Peć, Prizren [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Gamzigrad-Romuliana, Palace of Galerius (cultural, 2007)
Zaječar [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Common Site(s) - sites in multiple locations and countries

Stećci Medieval Tombstones Graveyards (cultural, 2016)
Perućac, Rastište, Hrta [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]


There are eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Slovakia, evenly distributed across the country. The village of Vlkolínec in the industrial northern region of Žilina is one of Europe's best preserved rural mountain-side settlements. It was added in 1993.

Historic Town of Banská Štiavnica and the Technical Monuments in its Vicinity (cultural, 1993)
Banská Bystrica Region [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Levoča, Spišský Hrad and the Associated Cultural Monuments (cultural, 1993)
Prešov and Košice Regions [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

⭐️  Vlkolínec (cultural, 1993)
Žilina Region [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

The village of Vlkolínec in central Slovakia is unique because it is reltively untouched. It was added to the World Heritage list by UNESCO because it is "a remarkably intact settlement of 45 buildings with the traditional features of a central European village". It is the region’s most complete group of these kinds of traditional log houses, and is still a working village.

Bardejov Town Conservation Reserve (cultural, 2000)
Prešov Region [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Wooden Churches of the Slovak part of the Carpathian Mountain Area (cultural, 2008)
Košice, Banská Bystrica, Žilina and Prešov Regions [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Common Site(s) - sites in multiple locations and countries

Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst (natural, 1995)
Košice Region [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe (natural, 2007)
Prešov Region [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Frontiers of the Roman Empire – The Danube Limes (Western Segment) (cultural, 2021)
Bratislava and Nitra Regions [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]


There are five UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Slovenia, concentrated mostly in the central and eastern parts of the country. Many of the sites were inscribed within the last decade with the exception of the Škocjan Caves, which were inscribed at UNESCO's 10th session in 1986.

⭐️  Škocjan Caves (natural, 1986)
Škocjan (Municipality of Divača) [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

The Škocjan Caves are one of the most important natural formations in the world due to a series of different factors as listed by scientists and geologists. The complex is one of the largest known underground canyons in the world and has examples of natural beauty and great aesthetic value. The caves have their own microclimate and therefore a special ecosystem has developed within them. The area has great cultural and historical significance due to the inhabitation of humans on the site since prehistoric times. 

The works of Jože Plečnik in Ljubljana – Human Centred Urban Design (cultural, 2021)
Ljubljana and Črna Vas [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Common Site(s) - sites in multiple locations and countries

Heritage of Mercury. Almadén and Idrija (cultural, 2012)
Idrija [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps (cultural, 2011)
Municipality of Ig [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe (natural, 2017)
Municipalities of Kočevje, Ilirska Bistrica, Loška Dolina [Wikipedia] [UNESCO]

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