Erzbergwerk Rammelsberg in Goslar, © GOSLAR marketing GmbH / Stefan Schiefer
© GOSLAR marketing GmbH / Stefan Schiefer

UNESCO World Heritage Sites


UNESCO designates mankind’s most valuable cultural and natural sites worldwide as “World Heritage Sites”. In the holiday destination Lower Saxony, several UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites can easily be reached for a day excursion or as a holiday destination, including the Fagus Factory in Alfeld, Mariendom (Hildesheim Cathedral) and St. Michaeliskirche (St. Michael’s Church) in Hildesheim.

Other UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be found amidst the beautiful natural countryside of Lower Saxony: Rammelsberg Mine in the Harz region and the Upper Harz Water Regale (water management system), which together with the Historic Town of Goslar are both further World Heritage Sites in the Harz region. As well as these designated sites, the region is also home to the tidal mudflats of the Wadden Sea, which was awarded UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site status and is unique worldwide due to the interplay of the ebb and flow.

Alongside the World Heritage Sites, Lower Saxony is also home to two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and two UNESCO Geoparks, which have also been designated by the organisation on account of their uniqueness. And you’re sure not to be disappointed in musical terms either: the state capital of Hannover justifiably carries the title of UNESCO City of Music.

Head off on the trail of globally important sites within Lower Saxony and write your own history there. A ‘must’ for anyone interested in Germany’s cultural or natural heritage!

UNESCO World Cultural Heritage

UNESCO World Natural Heritage