These seven places in the state of Hesse are World Heritage Sites |

There are places in the world so important that they must be preserved forever. UNESCO designates it as a World Heritage Site. They are celebrated on Sunday. These seven places that are especially worth protecting are in Hesse.

Limes, Mathildenhöhe and Wahn Kellerwald-Edersee National Park – There are several places in Hesse that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) classifies as particularly deserving of protection. There are now 51 World Heritage sites in Germany, seven of which are in the state of Hesse.

50 years ago, the international community passed the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, and since 2005, the annual World Heritage Day on the first Sunday in June has been intended to draw attention to it.

Reason enough to look at Hessian treasures. Because no matter if you are interested in culture or looking for physical activity: if you are looking for a great trekking destination in Hesse, you will find it among the World Heritage Sites.

Lorch monastery

Historic building surrounded by a garden and its visitors.

The oldest World Heritage site in the state of Hesse is Lorsch Abbey. The former Benedictine monastery with Altenmünster Abbey has been on the UNESCO list since 1991. The monastery is first mentioned in a document of 764. In 772 it was transferred to Charlemagne and became a royal monastery, and two years later the abbey church was consecrated.

It is one of the oldest and most important monuments from the pre-Romanesque period in Germany. It is considered a landmark of Carolingian architecture and monastic culture in Central Europe.

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Visit Lorsch Abbey

The grounds of the monastery with the King’s Hall, church part and herb garden as well as Altenmünster Abbey can be accessed free of charge every day of the year until nightfall. The Königshalle, Schaudepot, Museum Center and Open Air Laboratory have separate opening times. There is more information over here.

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Primordial horse Messel pit

Oil shale was mined from the Messel crater, but then amazing fossils were found at the site. Among them are the remains of more than seventy ancient horses and the complete skeleton of a primate. Ida is the oldest fully preserved specimen in the world and is a link in the evolution of apes and humans.

Today, the visitor center provides information on topics such as landscapes, volcanoes, or the forest. A virtual ‘Drive in Depth’ that simulates a borehole 433m underground via a 360-degree projection. Fossil finds are also displayed.

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Visit Mysl Hole

Mine Visitor Center mysl Open all year round from 10am to 5pm.

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Upper Middle Rhine Valley

Loreley Rock near St.  Goar (Rhineland-Palatinate) in the middle of the Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage

For two thousand years, the Rhine has been one of the most important transportation routes for cultural exchange between the Mediterranean region and Northern Europe. The Upper Middle Rhine Valley offers a particularly large number of well-preserved castles and palaces. The landscape between Koblenz in the north and Bingen and Rüdesheim (Rheingau Taunus) in the south has been classified by UNESCO as worthy of protection due to its high cultural and historical importance.

Anyone wishing to explore the region can choose from a variety of routes: for example the “William Turner Route”, named after the famous painter and looking for traces of the romance of the Rhine, or the “World Heritage Gardens Route”, which refers to 30 parks From medicinal herbs to rose gardens, they should show the relationship between man and nature.

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Explore the Upper Middle Rhine Valley

You can find more information about the methods here over here.

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Germanic lime – the upper seer

Roman castle of Salberg

The outer borders of the Roman Empire stretched from Scotland to North Africa. After all, the length of the Germanic-Rightian mountains is about 550 kilometers. This border wall covers an area of ​​approximately 220 square kilometres, and runs through four federal states. Therefore the corresponding UNESCO legacy is also a joint project of Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse, Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria.

The Hessen section is 153 kilometers long and stretches from Heidenrod-Grebenroth (Rheingau-Taunus) to Seligenstadt (Offenbach). In the second century AD there were 30 forts and about 300 watchtowers. In many places its remains can still be seen. In the reconstructed Roman fortress of Saalburg im Taunus, you can also experience the reconstructed rooms and examine the archaeological finds.

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In the footsteps of the Romans

roman castle Salberg Open daily March-October 9am-6pm, November-February every Tuesday-Sunday 9am-4pm.

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Ancient beech forests in Germany

Panoramic image of a landscape with wooded hills.

A hand-picked collection of beech forests in Germany is not a World Cultural Heritage, but a World Natural Heritage. The Kellerwald-Edersee National Park in the Waldeck-Frankenberg region is particularly natural. It is quiet with many hills and peaks. No roads or settlements penetrate its area.

The national park invites you to go hiking or cycling. Guided hikes are also possible after prior registration. At Edersee Wildlife Park, it is possible to view local wildlife and view the flight of birds of prey up close.

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Activities in Kellerwald-Edersee National Park

The Wildlife Park is open daily from 10am to 6pm. The air show takes place at Greifenwarte Edersee from Tuesday to Sunday at 11am and 3pm. There is more information over here.

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Bergberk Wilhelmchuhe

Waterfall embedded in a garden filmed from below.  In the upper part, at the beginning of the staircase from which the water flows, is a statue, a male body of large size.

750,000 liters of water are pumped through the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe in Kassel. It stretches from Hercules along a 350-meter waterfall to Wilhelmsköhe Castle and beyond. The water is collected in different pools and directed through underground pipes. Waterfalls, roaring waterfalls, gushing streams and lakes, and finally a fountain about 50 meters high – a height of more than 230 meters offers a lot.

The beginnings of mountain park design date back to the 1880s, and the palace served as a summer residence for land farmers and the Electorate of Hesse-Cassel until 1866, and later for the Prussian kings and German emperors. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013 – as the world’s first mountain park.

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mountain garden Wilhelmchuhei Open 24 hours.

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Matildenhau Darmstadt

Matildenhau Darmstadt

It must embody a comprehensive vision of modern life: Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt. In 1899, Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig of Hesse and near the Rhine established a colony of artists to promote arts and crafts in Hesse. By 1914, several buildings and a park with sculptures, fountains, and garden pavilions were built on a plateau above the old town. In 2021, Mathildenhöhe was recognized as the newest place in Hesse by UNESCO.

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A visit to Mathildenhöhe

who – which exhibition building Currently closed to the public due to renovations. The Artists’ Colony Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday 11am-6pm, the wedding tower can be visited between March and September Tuesday-Thursday 10am-7pm and Friday-Sunday 10am-8pm .

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