Five World Heritage Sites
The region between the Harz Mountains and the River Weser is characterized by a high density and variety of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Within a range of approximately 100 kilometers, five World Heritage Sites are waiting to be discovered: in Alfeld, the Harz Mountains, in Hildesheim, Höxter and Quedlinburg. Each World Heritage site is unique and represents its particular history. Still there are historical commonalities: while the Upper Harz Water Management System and the mines of Rammelsberg in Goslar reflect minings time of prosperity , the World Heritage churches in Hildesheim and the former imperial abbey Corvey are impressive testimonials of medieval church art. The historic districts of Goslar and Quedlinburg enchant the visitor with their well preserved half-timbered buildings from several centuries, whereas the Fagus Factory in Alfeld , the first industrial building of modern era, is still actively producing. The close distance between the World heritage sites allows you to visit several landmarks in only one day.
UNESCO World Heritage Hildesheim
Two outstanding examples of religious architecture number among the UNESCO World Heritage sites: St. Mary's Cathedral (Cathedral of the Assumption) and St. Michael's Church. In addition to St. Mary's Cathedral and the Cathedral treasury there is St. Michael's, one of the most stunning early Romanesque churches in Germany, which also preserves a unique ensemble of medieval interior art. Joined by a common history, the two neighbouring churches of Hildesheim present a wealth of Romanesque design and decoration that visitors are unlikely to find anywhere else. Visitors are shown the way to the sites by the Route of the Roses: way markers in the form of white rose petals painted onto the streets.
UNESCO World Heritage Goslar
The Rammelsberg mine and the old town of Goslar were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list as early as 1992. The Upper Harz Water Management System was added in 2010: it is considered to be one of the largest pre-industrial energy supply systems in the world. The first ponds and ditches date back to the thirteenth century, and miners added to the system successively over the centuries. Today, 107 historical ponds and over 300 kilometres of watercourses serve as stunning backdrops along some of the most beautiful walking and hiking trails in the Harz Mountains. A mother lode of mining history has shaped the town of Goslar in the Harz Mountains.
UNESCO World Heritage Corvey
The Westwork is the only standing structure that dates back to the Carolingian era, while the original imperial abbey complex is preserved as archaeological remains which are only partially excavated. The Westwork of Corvey uniquely illustrates one of the most important Carolingian architectural expressions.
It is a genuine creation of this period, and its architectural articulation and decoration clearly illustrate the role played within the Frankish empire by imperial monasteries in securing territorial control, administration, as well as the propagation of Christianity and of the Carolingian cultural and political order throughout Europe.
UNESCO World Heritage Quedlinburg
Picturesque half-timbered houses, modern art behind ancient walls, romantic alleys with small cafés and restaurants, dominated by the Romanesque collegiate church: Quedlinburg is the living UNESCO World Cultural Heritage town in the northern Harz foothills! The different districts (including Bad Suderode and Gernrode) combine World Cultural Heritage with a spa town and nature- based recreation. The most important feature is the Old town of Quedlinburg with its 2,069 half-timbered houses spanning eight centuries. Yet, the town is alive: you can visit artists´ workshops, and the threetiered theatre offers a versatile stage program. You are also invited to feel the homely atmosphere during Advent season.