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UNESCO World Heritage

Saxony’s world-class culture

Saxony is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: “Muskauer Park / Park Mużakowski” in Bad Muskau on the Polish border and the “Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří Mining Region” in the Ore Mountains. As different as the sites are with an elegantly landscaped park here and mining history there, both equally underpin Saxony's reputation as Germany's number one cultural destination. Also, both sites have one thing in common: They cross national borders and are thus wonderful symbols of the bond with the neighbouring countries of Poland and the Czech Republic. Now it's up to you to decide which one of the UNESCO awarded sites will be next on your travel list…

The world cultural heritage convention is based on the principle that

„Parts of the cultural or natural heritage are of outstanding interest and therefore need to be preserved as part of the world heritage of mankind as a whole.”
Preamble to the world cultural heritage convention,1972

What does world cultural heritage mean?

UNESCO’s World Heritage List comprises cultural and natural sites around the world that are protected and conserved collectively. It is intended to represent the most significant testimonies of all cultures in a balanced way and to reflect the diversity of cultural heritage and the richness of natural heritage everywhere in the world. The UNESCO World Heritage title is the highest distinction that any cultural site can attain.

Facts and figures about UNESCO World Heritage

51

number of world heritage sites in Germany

21

number of countries in the World Heritage Committee

2004

year when Muskau Park became a world cultural heritage site

2019

year when the Ore Mountains mining region became a world cultural heritage site

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