Properties inscribed on the World Heritage List

  • Aachen Cathedral(1978)
  • Abbey and Altenmuller of Marsh (1991)
  • Bauhaus and its Sites in Weimar and Dessau (1996)
  • Berlin Modernism Housing Estates (2008)
  • Castles of Augustburg and Flakenlust at Bruh (1984)
  • Classical Weimar (1998)
  • Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg (1994)
  • Cologne Cathedral (1996)
  • Fagus Factory in Alfred (2011)
  • Frontiers of the Roman Empire (1987)
  • Garden Kingdom of Dessau- Worlitz (2000)
  • Hanseatic City of Lubeck (1987)
  • Historic Centres of Stralsund and Wismar (2002)
  • Luther Memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg (1996)
  • Margravial Opera House Bayreuth (2012)
  • Maulbronn Monastery Complex (1993)
  • Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water (1992)
  • Monastic Island of Reichenau (2000)
  • Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin (1999)
  • Muskauer Park/Park Muzakowski (2004)
  • Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof (2006)
  • Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin (1990)
  • Pilgrimage Church of Wies (1983)
  • Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps (2011)
  • Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier (1986)
  • Speyer Cathedral (1981)
  • St Mary’s Cathedral and St. Michael’s Church at Hildesheim (1985)
  • Town Hall and the Marketplace at Bremen (2004)
  • Town of Bamberg (1993)
  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley (2002)
  • Voklingen Ironworks (1994)
  • Wartburg Castle (1999)
  • Wurzburg Residence with the Court Gardens and Residence Square (1981)
  • Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen (2001)
  • Messel Pit Fossil Site (1995)
  • Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany (2007)
  • The Wadden Sea (2009)


As well as the Ecounesco sites, Touropia lists the top 10 places to see in Germany as follows:


Neuschwanstein is the ultimate fairytale castle. Situated on a rugged hill near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, it was the inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty castles in the Disneyland parks. The castle was commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria who was declared insane when the castle was almost completed in 1886 and found dead a few days later. Neuschwanstein is the most photographed building in the country and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Germany.

Brandenburg Gate- The Brandenburg Gate is the only surviving city gate of Berlin and symbolizes the reunification of East and West Berlin. The Brandenburg Gate was built in the 18th century and is the entry to Unter den Linden, the prominent boulevard of linden trees which once led directly to the palace of the Prussian monarchs. It is regarded as one of the most famous landmarks in Europe.

Prussian parades and German armies marched through its threshold. Napoleon marched his troops through its columns before his defeat in Russia. Barricades were erected around the gates when the Berlin Wall was constructed., but in 1989 the Brandenburg Gate was reopened and traffic now passes through it every day. Over the years, it has become a proud monument to German history.

Heidelberg Old City – Located in the Neckar river valley, Heidelberg is one Germany’s most popular tourist destinations. During WWII, the city was almost completely spared by allied bombings which destroyed most of Germany’s larger inner cities. As a result, Heidelberg has retained its baroque charm of narrow streets, picturesque houses and the famous Heidelberg Castle.

Holstentor - The Holstentor is one of the two remaining city gates of the city of Lübeck. Built in 1464, the gate now serves as a museum. Because of its two captivating round towers and arched entrance it is regarded as a symbol of Lübeck. Together with the old city center (Altstadt) of Lübeck it is one of the top tourist attractions in Germany.

Cologne Cathedral - Easily the greatest Gothic cathedral in Germany, Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) has been Cologne’s’s most famous landmark for centuries. Construction of the Cologne Cathedral began in 1248 and took, with interruptions, more than 600 years to complete. It is dedicated to the saints Peter and Mary and is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Cologne.

Oktoberfest – The Oktoberfest in Munich is the largest Volksfest in the world with over 6 million visitors annually. Despite the name, the Oktoberfest starts at the end of September until the first weekend in October. An important part of Bavarian culture, the festival has been held since 1810. Visitors enjoy a wide variety of traditional fare such as Hendl, Schweinebraten, Würstl, Knödel and large quantities of German beer.

Lindau – The historic city Lindau is located near the meeting point of the Austrian, German and Swiss borders in the eastern part of Lake Constance (Bodensee). The city is connected with the mainland by bridge and railway and has about 3,000 inhabitants. Full of medieval and half-timbered buildings, Lindau is quite a popular tourist attraction.

Frauenkirche – Located in Dresden, the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) is a Lutheran church that was completely destroyed during WWII. The church reconstructed using original plans from the 1720s and reopened in 2005. The city of Coventry, which was raided by the Luftwaffe donated the golden cross for the dome of the church. Since its reopening, the Frauenkirche has been a hugely popular tourist attraction in Dresden. In 2009 the church was visited by President Barack Obama.

The Rhine – The ‘Romantic Rhine’  is the most famous section of the          Rhine, running between from Koblenz to Bingen. The river Rhine carves            its way here through steep vineyard-covered hills topped with countless          castles and ruins. The river has been an important trade route into    central Europe since ancient times and a string of small towns has grown     up along the banks. Constrained in size, many of these old towns retain a      historic feel today. You can take cruises along the river, with one of about          three or four boat companies. The cruises are either for two hours, for the    whole day, or evening dinner cruises.

Rügen Cliffs - The Rügen Cliffs are located in the Jasmund National Park            in the northeast of Rügen Island . Facing constant erosion the chalk cliffs         tower high above the Baltic Sea. The 118 meter (387 feet) high            Königsstuhl (king’s chair) is the most majestic part of the cliffs. The             undisturbed forests behind the cliffs are also part of the national park.

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