Saturday, October 8, 2011

UNESCO World Heritage Sites To Visit in Bavaria, Germany

If I am not mistaken, there are about 36 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Germany. Five of which are located in the German state of Bavaria. Also called as Bayern in German, Bavaria is the largest federal state among the 16 states of Germany. If you look on the map, it is located on the south-east part of the country.

Depending on the time of the year you are visiting, you can always find cheap flights to Germany. Airlines such as Easyjet, Tuifly, Ryanair, Air Berlin are among the few that offer affordable fare to Germany. International travellers who wish to visit Bavaria should have no problems to book a flight in Munich, Nuremberg, Memmingen and even in Frankfurt airport.

Below are the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites you can visit in Bavaria.

The Town of Bamberg

I love this beautiful town of Bamberg. It is located in the Upper Franconian region in Bavaria. Due to its historical architecture and well-preserved heritage the whole town of Bamberg is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Among the intersting sites to see are; the Bamberg Cathedral, the Altes Rathaus or the Old Town Hall, the Klein-Venedig or the Little Venice, Alte Hofhaltung and the Michaelsberg Abbey.

The Little Venice (Klein Venedig) in Bamberg, Germany. I took this image during our visit last October 2010.

The Würzburg (Wuerzburg) Residence

This is considered to be the most beautiful compact example of South German Baroque palace architecture. It was the seat of the Würzburg prince-bishops, built between 1720 and 1744. The building was dubbed the "nicest parsonage in Europe" by Napoleon. A stroll through the palace ground is a must for art lovers and nature lovers alike.

I have been to this city for a lot of times already and I always love it.

The Würzburg Residence is a palace in Wuerzburg southern Germany. This was taken during my second visit last August 2011.

The Pilgrimage Church of Wies

This is regarded as one of the most perfect example of Bavarian rococo. The "pilgrims church of the Scourged Saviour" (Wieskirche) is located at the foot of the Alps in the municipality of Steingaden in the Weilheim-Schongau district, Bavaria, Germany.

The Wieskirche was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983.

Limes Germanicus

The Upper Germanic-Rhaetian boundary wall Limes is one of the most outstanding archaeological monuments in Central Europe as evidence of the Roman era and its culture about 2000 years ago.

The German "Limes" Road runs close to the Upper Germanic-Rhaenian Limes from the Rhine to the area of Regensburg in the Danube. Along the 550 km road, there are well-preserved Roma relics restorations, excavations, and reconstructions.

It is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2005.

The Regensburg Cathedral and the Danube river on the foreground with the Museum ship. This is one of my favorite cities in Bavaria. I was there a lot of times.

The Old Town of Regensburg and the Stadtamhof

This is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2006. The 2000 years old Roman city of Regensburg is located in the northern most point of the Danube. It bears many treasures of Roman and Gothic architecture since it was not destroyed during World War II. The Regensburg Cathedral, the town hall, the princely palace of Thurn and Taxis, the Romanesque sacral buildings, are among the most architectural monuments of the City. The centuries old stone bridge is to be counted among the masterpieces of European bridge architecture. With its colourful houses and the street cafes, this Danube metropolis is also known as "Italy's northern most city".

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