The UNESCO World Heritage List

Places and objects that make a unique contribution to the history of humanity and nature can be named a World Heritage Site. The list includes cultural property such as historical buildings and urban ensembles, industrial monuments, cultural landscapes, as well as natural monuments such as sites of geological discoveries, natural landscapes and reserves.

World Heritage Sites that combine both human and natural factors have been integrated as a sub-category of cultural landscapes since 1992. To date, the World Heritage List contains 1031 cultural and natural heritage sites in 163 countries (July 2015). Of these 1031 sites, 802 are cultural and 197 are natural, with 32 listed as mixed properties.

In Germany, there are 40 World Heritage Sites, including 4 industrial World Heritage Sites. In 1992, the Mines of Rammelsberg and Historic Town of Goslar became Germany’s first industrial World Heritage Site. In 2010, the site was extended to include the Upper Harz Water Management System, the historical water system for the Upper Harz mining industry. In 1994, the Völklingen Ironworks in the Saarland was inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage List, and in 2001 the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen joined them. The latest industrial site in Germany to achieve World Heritage status was the Fagus Factory in Alfeld in 2011.



2nd International fabulix® Festival of Fairy Tales in Annaberg-Buchholz

The festival of fairy tales, which is a unique event in Europe, was first held in 2017. Ore mountains capital Annaberg-Buchholz will once again turn into a fairy-tale film town from 28 August until 1 September 2019. About…


We’ve done it! The Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří Mining Region has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status

Jubilation and relief filled the air today (6 July 2019), as the UNESCO World Heritage Committee announced its decision at 4.40 pm (local time Baku) at its 43rd session in Baku, Azerbaijan: the Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří Mining…

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