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World Heritage in Germany

Implementing the World Heritage Convention in Germany is a priority for the work of the German Commission for UNESCO. It works in close cooperation with the competent bodies:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the lead ministry for Germany’s cooperation with UNESCO. Within the framework of its foreign cultural and educational policies, it coordinates the German position on UNESCO issues and leads the German delegation on the World Heritage Committee. In Germany itself, preserving and maintaining monuments is a responsibility of the Federal States. The Standing Conference of Education Ministers (KMK) prepares applications for inclusion on the World Heritage List, compiles a so-called ‘tentative list’ of prospective nominations and selects an official delegate to represent the federal states on UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee. Other federal ministries and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media (BKM) promote Germany’s World Heritage Sites as part of a varied range of programmes and projects.

The German National Committee for the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) which advises UNESCO in all matters of the World Cultural Heritage. The UNESCO World Heritage Sites Germany Association – also a member of the National Commission for UNESCO – is a coalition of World Heritage Sites and tourist organisations. It coordinates the conservation of monuments and tourism and advises the World Heritage Sites on marketing to tourists. A wide range of further institutions, committees, foundations and university chairs deal with World Heritage in Germany.

World Heritage Sites in Germany

To date, 41 German sites have been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List:

Aachen Cathedral (World Heritage site since 1978)

Speyer Cathedral (1981)

Würzburg Residence with the Court Gardens and Residence Square (1981)

Pilgrimage Church of Wies (1983)

Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl (1984)

St Mary’s Cathedral and St Michael’s Church at Hildesheim (1985)

Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier (1986)

Hanseatic City of Lübeck (1987)

Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin (1990)

Abbey of Lorsch (1991)

Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System (1992)

Town of Bamberg (1993)

Maulbronn Monastery Complex (1993)

Collegiate Church, Castle, and Old Town of Quedlinburg (1994)

Völklingen Ironworks (1994)

Messel Pit Fossil Site (1995)

Cologne Cathedral (1996)

Bauhaus and its Sites in Weimar and Dessau (1996)

Luther Memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg (1996)

Classical Weimar (1998)

Wartburg Castle (1999)

Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin (1999)

Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz (2000)

Monastic Island of Reichenau (2000)

Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen (2001)

Historic Centres of Stralsund and Wismar (2002)

Upper Middle Rhine Valley (2002)

Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace of Bremen (2004)

Muskauer Park / Park Muzakowski (2004)

Frontiers of the Roman Empire: Upper German-Raetian Limes (2005)

Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof (2006)

Housing Estates in the Berlin Modern Style (2008)

The Wadden Sea (2009)

Ancient Beech Forests of Germany (2011)

Fagus Factory in Alfeld (2011)

Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps (2011)

Margravial Opera House Bayreuth (2012)

Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe (2013)

Carolingian Westwork and Civitas Corvey (2014)

Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus (2015)

The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (2016)



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