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World Heritage in Germany

Speicherstadt of Hamburg - World Heritage since 2015

Many of Germany's most impressive architectural monuments, historical towns, significant industrial sites and natural sites have been deemed to be of outstanding universal value by the World Heritage Committee. Germany is one of the first signatory States to have ratified the World Heritage Convention. Today, Germany counts 40 World Heritage sites – 3 natural and 29 cultural sites – many of which are shared with neighbouring countries. more...

World Documentary Heritage in Germany

© Staatsarchiv Hamburg

Since 1999, a National Nominations Committee has been in existence for the Memory of the World Programme. It prepares proposals for inclusion on the UNESCO World Register. Thus far, 17 nominations have been successful, including the literary estate of Goethe, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and the documents relating to the Construction and Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Two-Plus-Four-Treaty of 1990. more...

Biosphere reserves in Germany

© Flickr/Anja Andreas

The German biosphere reserves cover almost 3 % of the German land area. “Biosphere reserve” is a category in the German federal law for nature conservation. All 15 territories designated as UNESCO biosphere reserves are at the same time categorized under German law. The territories represent important German habitats, typical landscapes and the diversity of ecosystems, fauna and flora in this country. more...

The UNESCO Associated Schools


There are 200 UNESCO Associated Schools in Germany. Human rights, sustainable development and a fair distribution of wealth between rich and poor are on the curriculum of the UNESCO Associated Schools. "Learning to live together in a pluralistic world of cultural diversity" – this is the overarching learning objective of the UNESCO Associated Schools. more...

Intangible Cultural Heritage

In March 2015, Germany has filed its first nomination for the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity: "The idea and practice of organizing shared interests in cooperatives". The selection of this item was based on a recommendation of the above mentioned expert committee and confirmed by the State Party institutions. A decision of the Intergovernmental Commitee of the UNESCO Convention is expected for November 2016. more...


The UNESCO Chairs were conceived as a way to advance research and teaching in all of UNESCO’s fields of competence. International scientific cooperation and intercultural dialogue are their major principles. Currently, eight UNESCO Chairs in Germany contribute to the implementation of UNESCO’s programme based on specific guidelines. more...



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