World Heritage Day 2015 in Germany
The central event will be hosted by the World Heritage Site "Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps" in Unteruhldingen on Lake Constance. The patron of World Heritage Day is Winfried Kretschmann, Prime Minister of the German state of Baden-Württemberg.
"UNESCO's world heritage programme provides a unique foundation for intercultural dialogue worldwide. Cultural and natural heritage sites provide each and every one of us an opportunity to learn more about ourselves from the testaments of our own culture and those of other cultures. World heritage unites us all across national boundaries" said Dr Verena Metze-Mangold, President of the German Commission for UNESCO. Metze-Mangold also reminds us that we are responsible for the preservation of our common heritage around the world: "At a time when we are witnessing barbaric attacks on UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Syria and Iraq, we would like to use World Heritage Day to call to mind how our shared heritage unites the peoples of the world".
World Heritage Sites throughout Germany are inviting people to get involved in special guided tours and events on World Heritage Day. The day is being launched at 10:30 a.m. on 7 June 2015 in Uhldingen, Baden-Württemberg with the motto "UNESCO World Heritage unites". The programme for the central event includes guided tours of the World Heritage site "Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps" , presentations, exhibitions and boat trips to where the pile dwellings were discovered. The Unteruhldingen Pile Dwelling Museum is inviting people to take part in a science day, with various different hands-on experiments providing an insight into the scientific investigation of the prehistoric pile dwellings. For children there is a reading rally on the subject of world heritage, a quiz, and performances in the pile dwelling puppet theatre.
World Heritage Day has been launched in 2005 as an initiative of the German Commission for UNESCO and the German UNESCO World Heritage Sites Association (Verein UNESCO-Welterbestätten Deutschland e.V.).
Programme for the central World Heritage Day event (PDF, in German)
The World Heritage Site "Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps"
Website of the German Commission for UNESCO
Explore World Heritage in Germany – further information on selected events:
Alfeld, Fagus Factory
The Fagus Factory and the city of Alfeld celebrate World Heritage Day by organising a variety of events: In addition to the opening of the new visitors' centre, tours through the Fagus Factory, city tours as well as concerts are featured on the programme.
Further Information: Website of Fagus Factory and the town of Alfeld.
Bremen, Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace
The city of Bremen offers free guided tours through the town hall between 11:00 and 16:30 hours starting approximately every 30 minutes.
Further Information: Website of the City of Bremen
Town of Bamberg
This year, Bamberg will celebrate the national World Heritage Day for the 11th time. As the event coincides with the 1000th anniversary of the former Benedictine Monastery of St. Michael, the programme of the World Heritage Day will focus on and take place around the former monastery. Besides lectures and guided tours for adults, the programme will include workshops for children and young people. Young heritage fans can learn how to produce a video of their World Heritage and how to make natural remedies out of plants.
Further Information: Website of the Town of Bamberg and Facebook Page
Bayreuth, Margravial Opera House
On World Heritage Day 2015, visitors can trace the life of the Margravine Wilhelmine in Bayreuth on guided tours through the Margravial Opera House and the accompanying exhibition. Furthermore the Bavarian Palace Department offers a guided tour for children.
Further Information: Website of Bayreuth
Hanseatic City of Lübeck
Lübeck’s landmark, the Holsten Gate, will be open to visitors on 7 June 2015 for an entrance fee of 1 €. Furthermore, visitors are invited to discover the brand-new European Hansemuseum: A new museum building, the medieval Castle Friary and an integrated archaeological excavation site form the extraordinary and outstanding museum complex.
Further Information: Website of the Hansemuseum
Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin
2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the inscription of Palaces and Parks in Potsdam and Berlin as a UNESCO World Heritage site. On this occasion, a photography exhibition presents elements of garden art and design. The exhibition will run from 1 May to 31 October 2015.
Further Information: Website of the Foundation of Prussian Palaces and Gardens in Berlin, Potsdam and Brandenburg