Outstanding Universal ValueA 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.
A 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.
In 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 UNESCO 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.