46 natural and cultural sites in Germany are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
They include architectural and artistic masterpieces, a variety of different cultural landscapes and parks, unique nature reserves and sites that evidence social and technological developments. Taken as a whole, they bear witness to the wide variety of Germany’s natural and cultural heritage. And four sites along the Romantic Road are to be found on the UNESCO list.
Würzburg Residence with the Court Gardens and Residence Square (1981)
The Würzburg Residence is considered the most exceptional and most harmonious baroque palace of its kind. It is the joint masterpiece of a number of major artists of the time, and an expression of the importance of the Würzburg Court in the 18th century. It is the outward expression of one of the most resplendent royal courts in Europe and is unique in its originality, ambitious construction and the international nature of the team involved in the building work.
The Frontier of the Roman Empire (2005; extended 2008) near Dinkelsbühl
The Roman Empire is one of the largest empires ever to have existed. The Upper Germanic-Rhaetian Limes is part of the fortified Roman frontier, with its forts, watchtowers, walls and palisades, which the sometime world-power built to separate itself from ‘Free Germania’. It is here that the highly developed culture of Roman Antiquity met the cultural Third World of the Germanic ‘barbarians’.
Augsburg Water Management System (2019)
Augsburg’s water management system is unique in the world and an iconic example of progress, aesthetics and sustainability. As a result of its continued use and constant extension, it was a crucial influence on Renaissance waterworks, as well as on the technological developments of the industrial revolution.
The pilgrimage church of the ‘Wies’ (1983) near Steingaden
This unusually well-preserved pilgrimage church of the ‘Wies’ in Bavaria, is a stunning creation of Bavarian rococo and testament to lively religious traditions.