UNESCO World Heritage in Saxony-Anhalt
Saxony-Anhalt is proud of its heritage, and with good reason:
our state has a unique concentration of significant landmarks in German and European history. This is where you will find fascinating sites in intellectual history. Our legacy is internationally renowned: UNESCO has awarded five cultural sites, a biosphere reserve and various precious documents World Heritage status. The Inspiring Six are testament to the proximity and interconnections between the cultural heritage in the area.
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The city of Dessau is where the Bauhaus thrived. During the seven years it was active, the School of Art and Design left behind a powerful architectural legacy. The Bauhaus building and the twelve Bauhaus structures open to the public still amaze culture lovers to this day. The new Bauhaus Museum is showcasing the entire Bauhaus Dessau Foundation collection for the first time.
The Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz is famed for its superb landscape design and is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll in tranquil surroundings. Prince Franz requested the Kingdom be built on the model of English landscape gardens. Enlightenment and Humanist ideas were quite literally woven into the landscape and can still be experienced today.
The Nebra Sky Disc is the world's oldest known physical representation of the cosmos. The bronze disc measures 32 cm in diameter and depicts the sun (or a full moon), a crescent moon and a total of 32 golden stars. It is kept in the Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte (State Museum of Prehistory) in Halle. In 2013, the Sky Disk was added to the Memory of the World Register.
Saxony-Anhalt is closely tied to the Reformation and the life and work of Martin Luther. Authentic historical locations in the state bring the history of the Reformation and the world of Luther to life: Lutherstadt Eisleben, where he was born and died; Mansfeld, where he grew up; and Lutherstadt Wittenberg, where he lived most of his life with his family.
The Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul in Naumburg is a masterpiece of human creation. It stands majestically amongst the hilly landscape between Saale and Unstrut and is one of most significant cultural monuments of the High Middle Ages. Particularly striking are the 800-year old figures of the founders, with the now internationally renowned Uta von Naumburg in the center.
Quedlinburg boasts winding alleyways, half-timbered houses dating from different eras, medieval squares, modern art housed behind centuries-old walls, and the Abbey with its castle and Romanesque Collegiate Church. This is where German history was made over 1,100 years ago. This historically significant place was made World Heritage Site in 1994.