Germany World Heritage Sites

There are many different tourist spots in Germany, you should first check out the ones accorded with the world heritage site status. There are certain rules and parameters set in place for a site to be acknowledged as a world heritage site by the UNESCO.

Changes in these parameters can cause the affected site to be removed from this list. A simple example is the Dresden Elbe Valley that was deleted from the list due to the building of a 4-lane bridge in the center of the cultural landscape.

According to UNESCO, this structure tampered with the valley’s inscribed outstanding universal value. However, there is no need to panic, since there are many other world heritage sites in Germany.

Lubeck old town is on UNESCO World Heritage List

Lubeck old town is on UNESCO World Heritage List

Boasting of masterpieces from the Staufian, Ottonian, Carolingian, and late Classical period, the Aachen Cathedral is a prime example of one such site. While on the subject of cathedrals, it would be wise to add the Speyer Cathedral to your list too. Construction of this cathedral, dedicated to St. Mary, the patron saint of Speyer, begun in the year 1030.

It is regarded as one of the finest Romanesque monuments.

Then there is the Wurzburg Residenz, the construction of which lasted from 1720 to 1744. Do not miss the spectacular frescoes, painted by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo along with assistance from his son, Domenico. Though you might have viewed different churches in Germany, there is a huge difference with the Pilgrimage Church of Wies. Those who love the Bavarian Rococo style of architecture should not miss this masterpiece by Dominikus Zimmermann, constructed between the years 1745-1754.

When you visit Bruhl, you should spend some time checking out the Castles of Augustuburg and Falkenlust, which are arguably amongst the earliest examples of Rococo architecture in eighteenth century Germany. Lovers of the Romanesque style of architecture should pay a visit to the St. Mary’s Cathedral in Hildesheim and check out the works of art it features. While in Hildenshiem, you should also check out the Church of St. Michael, whose architecture is of the early Romanesque style.

Cologne Cathedral, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Cologne Cathedral, UNESCO World Heritage Site

There are many more sites in addition to the ones mentioned above and they are mentioned below:

  • Roman Monuments, Cathedral and Liebfrauen Church in Trier
  • Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  • Hanseatic City of Lubeck
  • Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin
  • Abbey and Altenmunster of Lorch
  • Mines of Rammelsberg
  • The historic towns of Golsar and Bamberg
  • The Maulbronn Monsatery complex
  • The Collegiate Church, castle and old town of Quedlinburg
  • Messel pit fossil site
  • Volklingen Ironworks
  • The Bauhaus & its sites in Dessau and Weimar
  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Martin Luther Memorials in Wittenburg and Eisleben
  • Classical Weimar
  • Museum Island
  • Wartburg Castle
  • Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Worlitz
  • Monastic Island of Reichenau
  • Zollverin Coal Mine Industrial Complex
  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  • Historic Centers of Straslund and Wismar
  • Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace of Bremen
  • Muskauer Park / Park Muzakowski
  • Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof
  • Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  • The Wadden Sea
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