The definite guide to Germany's World Heritage Sites


With a rich cultural legacy, historic towns and enchanting landscapes, it's little wonder that Germany is home to a staggering 46 World Heritage sites. The cradle of Modernism, Lutherism, classical music and fine art has Bauhaus gems, handsome cathedrals and charming old towns to marvel at.

But this is also a country with strong industrial roots, where World Heritage sites come in the form of the Erzgebirge Mining Region and Völklingen Ironworks, and where cliff-top castles, manicured gardens and wild landscapes provide balance to Germany's cosmopolitan cities.

From Bamberg's charming old town to Berlin's Modernist housing estates, Zollverein coalmine to resplendent Aachen Cathedral, Margravial Opera House to the vast Wadden Sea and the impossibly sited Wartburg Castle, prepare to be amazed.

A collection of breathtaking spots, World Heritage Sites are those places afforded global protection and preservation due to their outstanding cultural and natural value. Germany has a rich offering, with no fewer than 46 Heritage sites tucked inside its borders, ranging from stunning religious architecture to wide-open spaces, opulent palaces to curious relics of past civilizations.

The Rough Guide to Germany’s World Heritage Sites charts all 46 places, with evocative images and a small locator map to pinpoint exactly where each is. Each of the seven main chapters is dedicated to a different theme: historic town centres; architecture and design; industrial heritage; churches and abbeys; cultural and intellectual history; nature, gardens and landscapes; and palaces and castles. The main chapters are followed by a selection of carefully crafted itineraries, intended to provide inspiration for how to combine several World Heritage Sites on a single trip to Germany. A comprehensive country map and introduction, found at the start of the book, complete the picture.

With so much natural beauty, cultural intrigue and captivating history, you’ll be spoilt for choice when exploring World Heritage gems in Germany.


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