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15+ German sites for UNESCO World Heritage Day

Above: Cologne at dusk, 26 May 2016 (HL).

Every year UNESCO-Welterbetag (UNESCO World Heritage Day) in Germany is celebrated on the first Sunday in June. I highlight a number of places designated World Heritage Sites in Germany.

  • Aachen Cathedral (Aachener Dom)
  • Bamberg Old Town (Bamberger Altstadt)
  • Berlin Museum Island (Museumsinsel)
  • Bremen Roland (Bremer Roland)
  • Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom)
  • Dessau Bauhaus
  • Eisenach Wartburg
  • Eisleben Luther sites (Luthers Geburtshaus, Sterbehaus)
  • Essen Zollverein
  • Hamburg Commerical and Warehouse Districts (Kontorhausviertel, Speicherstadt)
  • Lübeck Old Town (Lübecker Altstadt)
  • Potsdam Palaces and Parks
  • Regensburg Old Town (Regensburger Altstadt)
  • Speyer Imperial Cathedral (Kaiserdom)
  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley (Oberes Mittelrheintal)
  • Wadden Sea (Wattenmeer)
  • Weimar Bauhaus
  • Weimar Classicism
  • Wittenberg Luther sites (Lutherhaus, Stadtkirche)

In 2018 World Heritage Day in Germany takes place on June 3.
In 2018 findet der deutsche UNESCO-Welterbetag am 3. Juni statt.


UNESCO DE, UNESCO, Germany

Aachen Cathedral (Aachener Dom)

Bamberg Old Town (Bamberger Altstadt)

Berlin Museum Island (Museumsinsel)

The Berlin Museumsinsel is an island consisting of five museums built between 1824 and 1930: Alte Nationalgalerie (left-centre), Altes Museum, Bode-Museum, Neues Museum, and Pergamonmuseum. These museums represent individual artistic and historical significance, the continuing development of what museums should mean to society, and the achievement of a grand central civic project. I made this picture of Museum Island near the Buchhandlung Walther König bookstore that I visit whenever I can for the location (duh) and their arts- and photography-books. Berlin's Museuminsel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. (In 2017 findet der deutsche UNESCO-Welterbetag am 4. Juni statt.) Berlin, BE, 🇩🇪 – 3 Dec 2015 (© HL).

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Bremen Roland (Bremer Roland)

Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom)

Dessau Bauhaus

"Clear economical lines, transparent glass corners." We take for granted how we see much of the basics of 21st-century design and architecture derived from the Bauhaus movement in early 20th-century Germany. Simpler and less-ornate meant cleaner lines, and the idea an entire building wall could consist of (supported and reinforced) glass, let alone having a building's corner be glass instead of solid wood, brick, or plaster were ideas big, revolutionary, and perhaps a little heretical against accepted architecture. Design and form, form and function, and functionally designed architecture were all to be created and stand independently of class or economic status. Bauhaus main building, Dessau, Germany – 28 Oct 2016 (SP, SaxonyAnhalt)

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Eisenach Wartburg

Eisleben Luther sites: Luther birth house

Eisleben Luther sites: Luther death house

Essen Zollverein

Hamburg Commercial District (Kontorhausviertel)

Hamburg Warehouse District (Speicherstadt)

Lübeck Old Town (Lübecker Altstadt)

Potsdam Palaces and Parks (Schlösser und Parks)

Regensburg Old Town (Regensburger Altstadt)

Speyer Imperial Cathedral (Kaiserdom)

Upper Middle Rhine Valley (Oberes Mittelrheintal)

Wadden Sea (Wattenmeer)

Weimar Bauhaus

Weimar Classicism

Wittenberg Luther sites: Luther House

Wittenberg Luther sites: Town Church

UNESCO DE, UNESCO, Germany, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_World_Heritage_Sites_in_Germany

Map of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Germany, by Joatan Preis Dutra


I made the photos on visits between 2009 and 2016. Images for the German UNESCO Commission and the map of World Heritage Sites in Germany are from Wikimedia. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-9TO.

2 Responses to “15+ German sites for UNESCO World Heritage Day”

    • fotoeins

      Thanks, Timo! Weimar serves “double duty” with 2 sets of World Heritage Sites: Weimar Classicism, and Bauhaus in Weimar. As you may recall and like most small German cities, Weimar is equally compact but their buses work well, too. Try and spend a little extra time exploring why Weimar is still a little bit of a “hidden secret” within Germany; I’d include Erfurt as well by proximity.

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