Of history and UNESCO World Heritage sites...

World heritage in Rhinland-Palatinate - monuments, buildings and landscapes that are sure to inspire you!


Itinerary

Trier - town of UNESCO world heritage sites
„UBI BENE-IBI PATRIA“ was a Roman maxim meaning "Where one feels good, there is one's country". And the Romans certainly were passionate about Trier, which they made an imperial seat and the capital of the western Roman Empire. More than any other town in Germany, Trier is characterised by its Roman culture. Not surprisingly, the majority of its splendid Roman remains are UNESCO world heritage sites. Come and experience a slice of living history.

Koblenz - Romanticism in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley (UNESCO world heritage site) "Romanticism on the Rhine" is the theme of the this two-day visit as you get to know Koblenz and the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, one of the oldest, most awe-inspiring landscapes with inextricable cultural links.

In the Romantic era, the Rhine was very closely associated with Germany's economic and cultural development. It conveyed not only goods and people from many different countries; the Rhine has also been a channel for a wealth of cultural influences and ideas. The sacred buildings along the river are especially eloquent examples of this. Let yourself be captivated by the magic of the Middle Rhine with its many sagas and legends.

TIP: Take a short detour to Lorsch on the way to Speyer. The Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch (including the King's Hall) was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1991.

Speyer Cathedral – creative zenith of the Romanesque era
By laying the cathedral's foundation stone in around 1030, the Salian Emperor Konrad II conferred everlasting glory on the town of Speyer and assigned it a special role in history as a focal point of the Holy Roman Empire.

Speyer's imperial cathedral, one of Germany's largest and most significant Romanesque buildings, can be seen for miles around. The crypt, where eight German emperors and kings and several bishops are buried, is especially worth seeing. In 1981, the cathedral was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, as a prime example of Germany's Romanesque architecture.

Today, Speyer's attractions include its enormously impressive ecclesiastical buildings, places of historical interest, romantic squares, twisting narrow streets and, above all, its legendary Palatinate hospitality. Its romantic streets and alleyways are perfect for a stroll, and there are any number of pavement cafés, quaint taverns and cozy bistros where you can take a break.

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