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.

Dom und Maximilianstraße

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)

St Peter's Cathedral (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Trier, Stadt Trier This is one of the cultural treasures of mankind that you should definitely have seen. Its timelessly topical message: unity in diversity.
Porta Nigra (1)

Porta Nigra (UNESCO World Heritage)

Trier, Stadt Trier This is the best-preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A truly impressive structure!

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

Trier, Stadt Trier This monumental building is the largest surviving pillarless room from the ancient world and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You just have to see it!

Imperial Baths (UNESCO World Heritage)

Trier, Stadt Trier Imperial Baths for the Roman people? Things turned out differently. Take a closer look at this UNESCO World Heritage Site with its mysterious…

Barbara Baths (UNESCO World Heritage)

Trier, Stadt Trier This was once a Roman wellness oasis, the size of almost six football fields. One of the top addresses in the Imperium Romanum – and today a UNESCO…
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 Immediately next to the Trier Cathedral is the earliest Gothic church in Germany, the Liebfrauenkirche, built in the 13th century...

Roman Bridge (UNESCO World Heritage)

Trier, Stadt Trier Would you like to walk across an original Roman bridge over the Mosel? In Trier you can. And this bridge is even a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
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…