unesco-bamberg-weiss.png

    Place of Learning

    The transmission of the World Heritage to future generations s one of the main tasks of a World Heritage site. For this purpose, the World Heritage Office has developed several educational resources.

    World Heritage Day

    World Heritage Day has been introduced in Germany in 2005. It is held annually on the first Sunday in June to raise awareness of the potential of cultural and natural heritage. Mobilizing local communities, especially young people, around the safeguarding of their heritage, involving them in projects that place value on their cultural identity and natural environment, is one of the best ways of opening up prospects for the future.

    World Heritage Day 2018

    In connection with Bamberg’s World Heritage anniversary celebrations lasted an entire weekend. They took place in collaboration with the Lions Clubs Bamberg, the Welcome Hotels and AGIL Tours.

    World Heritage Day 2017

    In 2017, a pop up visitor centre was installed in a vacant shop near Altes Rathaus. The pop up visitor centre informed about the upcoming World Heritage Visitor Centre.

    World Heritage Day 2016

    In connection with the new World Heritage Management the Bamberg World Heritage Office commissioned the creation of a visual space study, which was publicly presented during World Heritage Day.

    World Heritage Day 2015

    Due to the 1000th anniversary of the former Benedictine monastery St. Michael Monastery in 2015, World Heritage Day took place on Michael’s Hill.

    World Heritage Day 2014

    Dem bundesweiten Motto „UNESCO-Welterbe ohne Grenzen“ folgend lud das Zentrum Welterbe am Sonntag, 1. Juni 2014 zum 10. UNESCO-Welterbetag ein. Führungen und Vorträge zu historischen Grenzen im Welterbe lockten zahlreiche Besucher in die Altstadt.

    World Heritage Day 2013

    In 2013, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the World Heritage site “Town of Bamberg”, the city hosted the national celebrations under the theme of “Preserve and develop”.

    World Heritage Day 2012

    In 2012, World Heritage Day took guests on a journey back in time to a shared cultural history with free guided tours and lectures.

    Educational resources

    The transmission of the World Heritage to future generations s one of the main tasks of a World Heritage site. For this purpose, the World Heritage Office has developed several educational resources.

    welterbe.elementar

    Seven UNESCO World Heritage sites are located in the Free State of Bavaria. Among others they include the Town of Bamberg, the Pilgrimage Church of Wies and the Margravial Opera House Bayreuth. In collaboration with the Bavarian State Office for Political Education the Bamberg World Heritage Office developed an educational resource kit entitled “welterbe.elementar” based on Bavarian World Heritage sites, intangible cultural heritage and entries from the UNESCO Memory of the World. The educational resource kit can be obtained from the Bavarian State Office for Political Education.

    World Heritage Rally

    The World Heritage Rally leads families to Bamberg’s hidden alleys and corners and conveys interesting facts about the historic city. It starts at the Cathedral, passes through the Old Town Hall in the river and finishes in the Market Gardeners’ District. On the way there are quizzes to be solved. The rally is pram-friendly.

    Bamberger Methodenblätter

    Auch die Altstadt von Bamberg eignet sich auf einzigartige Weise als Lernort. Hier lässt sich ablesen, wie die Menschen des Mittelalters und des Barocks gelebt, gewohnt und gearbeitet haben. Die Bamberger Methodenblätter enthalten Vermittlungstechniken für Schülerinnen und Schüler aller Schularten rund um das Thema Welterbe Bamberg.

    World Heritage Quiz

    Bamberg as a UNESCO World Heritage site is well known. But what exactly does this status entail? With the World Heritage Quiz, locals and visitors can test their knowledge about the World Heritage site “Town of Bamberg”. The quiz is available at the Bamberg World Heritage Office.

    Children’s guide through the Market Gardeners’ District

    The Children’s guide through the Market Gardeners’ District targets children between the ages of 8 and 14. The fun-to-read guide gives an insight into the stories and background of the Market Gardeners’ District, and the Bamberg gardeners and vintners. The brochure authored by Claudia John was created in collaboration with the Bamberg World Heritage Office and the Gardeners’ and Vintners’ Museum. The guide includes puzzles, colouring pages, and research tasks. It is available at the Gardeners’ and Vintners’ Museum.

    FSJ Kultur

    FSJ is an abbreviation for Freiwilliges Soziales Jahr (Voluntary Social Year). Since 2017, the Bamberg World Heritage Office participates in the voluntary service and hosts volunteers for 12 months each. The volunteers become part of the World Heritage team. They familiarize themselves with the working routines of a municipal administration and contribute to work of the office. In extra courses, volunteers acquire new skills and knowledge for their work and future career.

    Historical monuments

    Bamberg features more than 1,300 protected historical monuments. To this day, many of the medieval and baroque buildings are exceptionally well preserved.

    Denkmal mobil

    The registered association Schutzgemeinschaft Alt Bamberg is committed to maintaining and protecting the townscape of Bamberg. It developed an interactive city map that provides information on protected historical buildings. The map is available at: www.denkmal-bamberg.de.

    Register of Bavarian historical monuments

    The Bavarian State Conservation Office maintains a GIS-based online register of all historical monuments in Bavaria. The register is available at: www.blfd.bayern.de/denkmalerfassung/denkmalliste/bayernviewer/index.php.

    Why has Bamberg been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site?

    The ”Town of Bamberg” was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1993 on the basis of the following criteria:

    Criterion ii: The layout and architecture of medieval and renaissance Bamberg exerted a strong influence on urban form and evolution in the lands of central Europe from the 11th century onwards.

    Criterion iv: Bamberg is an outstanding and representative example of an early medieval town in central Europe, both in its plan and its many surviving ecclesiastical and secular buildings.

    The World Heritage site includes the City on the Hills, the Island District as well as the Market Gardeners’ District with its urban fields.

    UNESCO World Heritage “Town of Bamberg”

    The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972.

    In 1993, the ”Town of Bamberg” was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The excellently preserved historic town includes the three urban districts City on the Hills, the Island and the Market Gardeners’ District. All three districts belong to the 142-hectare UNESCO World Heritage site and represent in a unique way the central European town with a basically early medieval plan and many surviving ecclesiastical and secular buildings of the medieval period.

    When Henry II, Duke of Bavaria, became King of Germany in 1007 he made Bamberg the seat of a bishopric, intended to become a 'second Rome'. Of particular interest is the way in which the present town illustrates the link between agriculture (market gardens and vineyards) and the urban distribution centre.

    From the 10th century onwards, Bamberg became an important link with the Slav peoples, especially those of Poland and Pomerania. During its period of greatest prosperity, from the 12th century onwards, the architecture of this town strongly influenced northern Germany and Hungary. In the late 18th century, Bamberg was the centre of the Enlightenment in southern Germany, with eminent philosophers and writers such as Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and E.T.A. Hoffmann living there.

    Bamberg's way to a World Heritage site

    A rigorous application phase for inscription into the UNESCO World Heritage List came to an end on 11 December 1993, when the UNESCO World Heritage Committee at its 17th meeting in Cartagena (Colombia) reached the decision to inscribe the Town of Bamberg into the World Heritage List.

    Already in 1991, the Federal Republic of Germany had submitted Bamberg’s application to UNESCO. However, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) recommended excluding post-war buildings from the respective area. Accordingly, the nomination file was revised and successfully resubmitted.

    World Heritage criteria

    To be included on the World Heritage List, sites must be of outstanding universal value and meet at least one out of ten selection criteria. These criteria are explained in the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention which, besides the text of the Convention, is the main working tool on World Heritage.

    The ”Town of Bamberg” was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1993 on the basis of the following criteria:

    Criterion ii: The layout and architecture of medieval and renaissance Bamberg exerted a strong influence on urban form and evolution in the lands of central Europe from the 11th century onwards.

    Criterion iv: Bamberg is an outstanding and representative example of an early medieval town in central Europe, both in its plan and its many surviving ecclesiastical and secular buildings.

    A multimedia storyboard on the World Heritage site “Town of Bamberg” is available at http://storyboard.infranken.de/welterbe-bamberg#87022.