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A quick glance at the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Germany says a lot about the country's history. UNESCO proclaimed a large number of Historic Highlights of Germany´s monuments, parks and palaces to be a World Heritage Site. 2,000 years of European cultural history have certainly left their mark on our cities: You will find many unique sites of natural and cultural interest situated so closely together.

Trier: Porta Nigra ©HHoG/RudekA UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986, Trier unites Germany´s finest Roman monuments: the Porta Nigra, "Dom und Liebfrauenkirche" (Cathedral and Church of our Lady), "Konstantin Basilika" (Constantine Basilica), three Roman Baths, the Amphitheater and the "Römerbrücke" (Roman Bridge).

Aachen Cathedral was the very first site to be granted UNESCO World Heritage status in Germany. The construction of the first chapel between 793 and 813 symbolises the unification of the West and its spiritual and political revival under the aegis of Charlemagne. The Cathedral Treasury in Aachen is regarded as one of the most important ecclesiastical treasuries in northern Europe.

Lübeck: Market Square ©HHoG/MayererIn 1987 Lübeck's old town with its seven towers of its five principal churches has been protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its outstanding Brick Gothic architecture and reflects Lübeck's illustrious past as Hanseatic town an early center of international trade.

The "Mittelrheintal" (Middle Rhine Valley) stretches between Koblenz and Bingen. The rocky Rhine Valley was already a major traffic route in Roman times. UNESCO has acknowledged the great diversity and beauty of this valley as a "cultural landscape" full off medieval castles, historic tow and vineyards.

Potsdam, the former residence of the Prussian kings, takes you back to the days of baroque splendor with its magnificent 17 palaces and palatial buildings as well as parks and gardens which are part of UNESCO's World Heritage. Würzburg's Residenz (Residence), designed by Balthasar Neumann, is a Augsburg: Augustus Fountain ©Bjoern RudekUNESCO World Heritage Site and an immensely popular attraction. The Venetian painter Giovanni Battista Tiepolo frescoed the "Treppenhaus" (entrance staircase) with a massive ceiling fresco at 7287 square feet (677m2).

The Outstanding Universal Value of the "Old Town Regensburg with Stadtamhof" warranted inscription on the World Heritage List in 2006. It embraces almost 1,000 individual, historic buildings. They stand as testimony to the town`s development over many centuries.

Hydraulic Engineering and Hydroelectric Power, Drinking Water and Decorative Fountains in Augsburg combine to make up a complex system of water management from the 15th to the early 20th century. The esthetic and representative requirements of Augsburg were combined with water provision. The city of Augsburg explains how water management systems benefited the skills of local tradespeople, for instance carpenters, goldsmiths, foundrymen and builders.

An absolute “must” for your trip to Würzburg is a guided tour through the Residence. In this amazing Baroque palace you will walk up the probably most beautiful staircase of the world to the largest painting of the world, the famous Tiepolo Fresco. It is not surprising that the castle and the gardens were included in the UNESCO World Heritage in 1982.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Koblenz

The only city on Rhine and Moselle

Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz ©Gauls!

Where Rhine and Moselle join, lies a city that pays tribute to both famous rivers: Koblenz - the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage "Oberes Mittelrheintal" (Upper Middle Rhine Valley). In more than 2000 years of history Koblenz saw many armies come and go but the city kept the best of all conquests.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Trier

The oldest city in Germany

Trier Cathedral ©Bjoern Rudek

Trier's UNESCO World Heritage includes eight monuments. Six Roman monuments - including the famous Porta Nigra - , the "Trierer Dom" (Trier Cathedral) and the "Liebfrauenkirche" (Church of Our Beloved Lady) form the unique ensemble.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Potsdam

A diamond with many facets

Potsdam: Sanssouci Palace ©Bjoern Rudek

Take your time to discover the most beautiful sites of Potsdam: the city vis-à-vis to Berlin has much to offer! Huge parts of the artwork Potsdam were honored with the title UNESCO-World Heritage.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Würzburg

Franconian heart and cosmopolitan spirit

Würzburger Residenz (Würzburg Residence) ©Bjoern Rudek

A fascinating mix of contrasts is waiting for you. On one side, brilliant art historical highlights, museums and sites of the UNESCO World Heritage - on the other side, 30.000 students, future and vibrant internationality.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Regensburg

Marvel of the Middle Ages

RTG ©Regensburg Old Bridge

Imposing merchant houses, magnificent patrician palaces, high towers, narrow streets, open squares... medieval architecture from the 11th to the 13th century still characterises the city's appearance today. It is easy to see why Regensburg was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2006: As an ensemble, the Old Town is simply unique.

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UNESCO World Heritage Site: Lübeck

Gateway to the Baltic, Queen of the Hanse

Holstentor, Lübeck ©Museumsstiftung Lübeck

Since 1987 it has been official: Lübeck is unique! Back then, the UNESCO declared Lübeck's entire old town as an overall artwork worthy of protection, and awarded it World Heritage status. When you look at the distinctive skyline you are peering right back to the Middle Ages, because the panorama has remained practically unchanged since the 15th century.

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UNESCO Tentative List

Significant Interest: new possible nominations

States Parties are encouraged to submit their Tentative Lists, properties which they consider to be cultural and/or natural heritage of outstanding universal value and therefore suitable for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The city of Erfurt proposed the inclusion of its Old Synagogue (1094). The structure was only rediscovered in the Old Town in the 1990s and it is thought to be the oldest intact synagogue in Central Europe

Spa towns were meeting places of guests from different countries. Among the guests persons of political influence, intellectual or artistic eminence played an important role, their presence and activities imparting historical importance to the spa. The role of Wiesbaden as a stage for international communication is a phenomenon typical of the "long" 19th century. The city of Wiesbaden and other European Spa towns will submit the possible joint nomination: Great Spas of Europe. 

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