UNESCO World Heritage sites in Romantic Germany

Four World Heritage sites & the UNESCO Global Geopark

The regions around Rhine and Moselle in Romantic Germany are a treasure chest filled with historical places and UNESCO World Heritage sites whose status provides both international recognition and special protection.


Speyer Cathedral

One of the most impressive churches in the Western world is Speyer Cathedral, built as the burial place for the Salian Emperors. It is considered to be a major work of Roman architecture on German soil and never ceases to amaze visitors with its almost thousand-year-old, impressive grandeur. The crypt has remained unaltered to this day. It is the burial place of eight German emperors and kings, four queens and a number of bishops.

Roman buildings in Trier, Germany's oldest city

In Trier, the former Roman city of  "Augusta Treverorum" – also known as "the second Rome" – many buildings and monuments still provide evidence today of the former importance of the city on the Moselle. The Porta Nigra, the amphitheatre and the Imperial Baths are unique relics of the Roman Empire and form part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which also includes the cathedral and the Liebfrauenkirche or Church of Our Lady.

Upper Middle Rhine Valley

The entire Upper Middle Rhine Valley is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a captivating combination of beautiful natural countryside and important cultural landscape. The landscape with its cliffs, the River Rhine, steep vineyards, castles and historic towns and villages has a distinctly dramatic feel to it. The romantic Middle Rhine Valley between Bingen and Koblenz is steeped in myths and is a fabulously beautiful part of Rhineland-Palatinate!

Limes, Frontiers of the Roman Empire

The Upper Germanic-Raetian Limes is regarded as an exceptional monument, testimony to the Roman era and its culture. Built some 2000 years ago, the Limes separated the Roman Empire from the rest of the world along a length of 550 kilometres, between Regensburg and Koblenz. Today the German Limes Road runs where the Roman border wall once crossed the countryside, passing reconstructed towers and forts, museums and Roman monuments.

Global Geopark Vulkaneifel

In November 2015, UNESCO recognised Vulkaneifel nature park and geopark (Natur- und Geopark Vulkaneifel) as a UNESCO Global Geopark. UNESCO Geoparks place a special emphasis on the geological, natural and cultural heritage of a region. They offer opportunities for environmental education and contribute to sustainable regional development with the active involvement of many stakeholders. Vulkaneifel nature park and geopark offers active discovery tours, including guided tours, all year round.

UNESCO Global Geopark Vulkaneifel

The Vulkaneifel Nature Reserve and Geopark covers an area of about 1,230 square km. Volcanic cinder cones and maars are typical of this region, and have given rise to the diverse cultural landscape.

Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site

The whole region here is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a charming combination of stunning nature and important cultural heritage.


Speyer Cathedral - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Speyer The cathedral of the diocese of Speyer, a Romanesque basilica founded prior to 1030 by Conrad II and consecrated in 1061 is one of Germany's most…
Hohe Domkirche (Dom)

Cathedral (UNESCO World Heritage)

Trier, Stadt Trier Trier Cathedral, the oldest bishop’s church in Germany, stands today in Trier’s center above a former palace from the era of the Roman Emperor…
Porta Nigra (1)

Porta Nigra (UNESCO World Heritage)

Trier, Stadt Trier For the newly arrived guest, the Porta Nigra is the best place to begin a tour of Trier. The gate dates back to a time (about A.D. 180) when the…

Roman Imperial Throne Room (Konstantin-Basilika) (UNESCO World Heritage)

Trier, Stadt Trier The so-called Basilika, Constantine's throne room, is the largest surviving single-room structure from Roman times. The Romans wanted the architecture…

Imperial Baths (UNESCO World Heritage)

Trier, Stadt Trier Going to the baths was an important part of Roman life: Over 1600 years ago, the Romans built one of the grandest and most impressive baths in the…

Barbara Baths (UNESCO World Heritage)

Trier, Stadt Trier The baths were constructed in the 2nd century AD. The name of the facility derives from a no longer existing monastery on the site. The bath is…
Amphitheater in Trier

Amphitheater (UNESCO World Heritage)

Trier, Stadt Trier 20,000 spectators fit into the amphitheater at Petrisberg in the metropolis of Trier, which emerged in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD. To visit today:…
Liebfrauenkirche (Foto: Rita Heyen)

Church of Our Lady (Liebfrauenkirche) (UNESCO World Heritage)

Trier, Stadt Trier The Church of Our Lady is the oldest Gothic church in Germany, built in the 13th century. A special feature is the cruciform floor plan. The south…

Roman Bridge (UNESCO World Heritage)

Trier, Stadt Trier The Roman Bridge in Trier ist the oldest bridge in Germany. The stone pilings of the Roman Bridge date from A.D. 144-152. The pilings of the Roman…
UNESCO Weltkulturerbe Igeler Säule

Igel Column, Igel near Trier (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Igel UNESCO World Heritage Site Igeler Säule. The column was built in the first half of the 3rd century AD by a wealthy cloth merchant family. In November…