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Germany adds Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe to its UNESCO World Heritage List

July 4, 2013 DESTINATION No Comments Email Email

Destination Germany has once again been recognised for its wealth of cultural treasures, with Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe chosen as its 38th UNESCO World Heritage site.

Europe’s largest hillside park, Bergpark Wilhelshöhe has been celebrated as a unique example of Baroque architecture, with its many landmarks including its famous water features and castle, serving as an emblem for the city of Kassel.

“With Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe comes another distinguished addition to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites for Germany. The historical and natural sites recognised by UNESCO make up an important component of tourism in Germany, and are a contributing factor of Germany’s excellent reputation as a destination for culture,” says Petra Hedorfer, Chief Executive Officer of the German National Tourist Board (GNTB).

In addition to destinations on the world heritage list, Germany has contributed several important documents and artefacts recognised by UNESCO since1992 in its preservation of documentary heritage for the ‘Memory of the World’. These include a medical book from the Lorsch Abbey and the Nebra Skydisk. Most recently, the Communist Manifesto and the first volume of Das Kapital by Karl Marx, as well as the legal document ‘The Golden Bull of1356’ have been added, making up 17 entries from Germany.

Destination Germany is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, and in 2012 was ranked in first place in a list of cultural destinations according to IPK International. It was also ranked fifth out of 50 nations worldwide as a cultural destination in the Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands Index.

Destination Germany 2014 – UNESCO World Heritage

Destination Germany will be putting a strong focus on the theme of ‘UNESCO World Heritage – Sustainable cultural and natural tourism’, in 2014. “The UNESCO status is important for Germany as a destination, as it is like having an international seal of quality,” continues Hedorfer.

“In partnership with the German Commission for UNESCO and German UNESCO World Heritage Sites Association, we will be pursuing intensive marketing activities in order to raise the international profile of Germany’s UNESCO World Heritage sites and to promote cultural tourism to Germany.”

Multimedia content on the UNESCO World Heritage sites is available in twelve languages at . 360-degree panoramas, photos and videos give visitors to the website a virtual experience of the different attractions, which include important churches, abbeys and palaces, parks, historic town centres, industrial and cultural monuments and entire natural landscapes. In preparation for the 2014 theme year, the GNTB Is also developing a new cultural travel magazine focusing on UNESCO. The GNTB generates additional content via social media activities: in March 2013 it sent leading blogger Gary Arndt, author of the ‘Everything Everywhere’ blog ( ), on a tour of UNESCO world heritage sites.

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