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    World Heritage anniversary


    In 2018, Bamberg marked its 25th anniversary of inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List. On 11 December 1993, the “Town of Bamberg” was added to the list as the 624th World Heritage site, at the meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Cartagena (Colombia).


    To commemorate the anniversary year, the Bamberg World Heritage Office in conjunction with numerous local stakeholders had put together a diverse programme. 160 events that addressed the local population and guests alike aimed at raising awareness of the value of World Heritage. The range of activities included guided tours, talks, exhibitions, concerts as well as movie premieres. The World Heritage weekend in June and the ceremonial act in December were particular highlights.

    An interactive storyboard, which was developed in cooperation with Mediengruppe Oberfranken, provides a review of the anniversary year.

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    Museum tours and lectures

    In connection with the 25th World Heritage anniversary Bamberg’s museums and collections offered a special series of guided tours entitled “25x25 ins Museum”. The tours took place on the 25th of each month and were attended by a maximum of 25 people each.

    The Bamberg World Heritage Office in collaboration with the University of Bamberg as well as the Adult Education Centre (VHS Bamberg Stadt) organized a series of lectures on heritage-related themes.

    Reverse Graffiti

    In May 2018, the artist Klaus Dauven created a temporary piece of art called “Faces” in style of a reverse graffiti at Untere Brücke next to the Old Town Hall. For this, he partially cleaned the concrete balustrade by using a high-pressure washer. Portraits of 21 young people emphasize the bridge’s character as meeting point for people of all ages. The project was implemented in conjunction with Kärcher and the cultural association FRANZ KAfkA.

    Bamberg on Tour
    On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the World Heritage site “Town of Bamberg” Lord Mayor Andreas Starke and Patricia Alberth, Head of the Bamberg World Heritage Office, led an anniversary bicycle tour through on the World Heritage site.

    World Heritage weekend

    Every year World Heritage sites in Germany celebrate the UNESCO World Heritage day at the beginning of June. In 2018, Bamberg celebrated for an entire weekend.

    On Saturday, 2 June Bamberg’s Lions Clubs and the Bamberg World Heritage Office commemorated Bamberg’s World Heritage anniversary at Maxplatz. Concerts, information stands and entertaining family activities attracted many visitors.

    On Sunday, 3 June 25 experienced guides took guests on an exploration tour through the World Heritage city. After the tours the participants gathered and jointly enjoyed a Franconian buffet and a performance by the band Boxgalopp. The event was implemented in collaboration with AGIL Tours & Museum Educational Service and Welcome Hotels Bamberg.

    General Assembly of the German National Commission for UNESCO

    In 2018, the German National Commission for UNESCO held its General Assembly in Bamberg. Around 120 professionals from the fields of education, culture, and science gathered in the World Heritage city to discuss the contribution of the Federal Republic of Germany to the UNESCO programme.

    New forms which had been inscribed on the Nationwide Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Germany were honoured.


    Photo competition

    The Bamberg World Heritage Office, the Bamberg World Heritage Foundation, the local newspaper “Fränkischer Tag” and the University of Bamberg organized a photo competition on the theme of “Living World Heritage”. Ten out of 138 submissions were awarded. Silke Hollstein won the first price for her picture “On the heels of World Heritage”.

    Ceremonial act

    The highlight of the anniversary was the ceremony in the Concert and Congress Hall on 11 December, the day on which the City of Bamberg was officially awarded the World Heritage status in 1993. The City of Bamberg was proud to welcome Prof. Dr Maria Böhmer, President of the German National Commission for UNESCO, as keynote speaker and Nora Gomringer, Director of the International Artists’ Residency Villa Concordia, as special guest. Patricia Alberth, Head of the Bamberg World Heritage Office, guided through the programme. The Bamberger Symphony conducted by Jakub Hrůša accompanied the festive occasion.



    1. AGIL Bamberg – Stadtführungen und Museumspädagogik
    2. Alfred Kärcher Vertriebs-GmbH mit Klaus Dauven
    3. Ambräusianum GmbH
    4. Anton Fischer Fleischwaren AG
    5. Architektur Treff Bamberg
    6. Aufseßhöflein Bamberg
    7. Bäckerei & Café Stuber
    8. Bäckerei Seel
    9. Bäckerei, Konditorei, Café Nikolaus Loskarn
    10. Bamberg Tourismus & Kongress Service
    11. Bamberger Basketball GmbH
    12. Bamberger Sortengarten – Grünes Erbe Bamberg e.V.
    13. Bamberger Symphoniker – Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie
    14. Bayerische Landesanstalt für Weinbau und Gartenbau
    15. Bayerischer Rundfunk
    16. Berufsverband Bildender Künstler/innen Oberfranken e.V. (BBK)
    17. Big Sound Jack
    18. BI-LOG Service Group GmbH
    19. Blechstreet Boys
    20. Boxgalopp
    21. Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co
    22. Bürgerspitalstiftung Bamberg
    23. Bürgerverein Gaustadt e.V.
    24. Chapeau Claque – Verein für kreative Medien und Kulturpädagogik e.V.
    25. Confiserie Storath AG
    26. Denk-Mal-Stiftung Bischberg/Bamberg
    27. Deutsche UNESCO-Kommission e.V.
    28. Deutsch-Englischer Club Bamberg e.V.
    29. Diözesanmuseum Bamberg
    30. Domberg – Museen um den Bamberger Dom
    31. E.T.A. Hoffmann Theater
    32. E.T.A. Hoffmann-Gesellschaft e.V.
    33. E.T.A. Hoffmann-Gymnasium
    34. Eis Freaks des Don Bosco Jugendwerks Bamberg
    35. Elektro-Reinhardt
    36. Erlebnis Weltkulturerbe
    37. Erzbischöfliches Ordinariat Bamberg
    38. Evangelische Kirchengemeinde St. Stephan
    39. Evangelisches Bildungswerk Bamberg e.V.
    40. Familienbäckerei Fuchs
    41. Familienregion Bamberg
    42. Festzeltverleih R&K Zipfel GbR
    43. Feuerwehr-Museum im Fürstbischöflichen Jagdzeughaus
    44. Förderverein St. Martin Bamberg e.V.
    45. Fränkisches Brauereimuseum e.V.
    46. FRANZ KAfkA Künstlerischer Arbeitskreis für kulturellen Antrieb e.V.
    47. Gärtner- und Häckermuseum
    48. Geschichte für Alle e.V.
    49. Graupner - High Class Patisserie und Confiserie
    50. Heimatkreisgemeinschaft Troppau e.V.
    51. Heldsche Apotheken
    52. HENRII Gastronomie GmbH HKG Eventservice
    53. Hotel- und Gaststättenverband Bamberg
    54. Interessensgemeinschaft (IG) Bamberger Gärtner
    55. International Association of Falconry and Deutscher Falkenorden e.V.
    56. Internationales Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia
    57. iSo Innovative Sozialarbeit e.V.
    58. Jugendspielmannszug St. Otto Bamberg e.V.
    59. Kaiserdom Specialitäten Brauerei GmbH Bamberg
    60. Kaiser-Heinrich-Gymnasium Bamberg
    61. Krackhardt-Haus Bamberg
    62. Kreisjugendring Bamberg-Land
    63. Kultur.Service Bamberg für Schulen und Kitas (KS:BAM)
    64. Kulturamt der Stadt Bamberg
    65. Landkreis Bamberg
    66. Lions Clubs Bamberg, supported by fellow Lions from the World Heritage cities Verona (LC Re Teodorico) and Salzburg (LC Wals-Siezenheim)
    67. Mahrs Bräu Bamberg GmbH
    68. Malzfabrik Weyermann ®
    69. Mediengruppe Oberfranken GmbH & Co. KG
    70. Metzgerei Helmut Hornung GmbH & Co. KG
    71. Metzgerei Konrad Böhnlein GmbH & Co. KG
    72. Metzgerei Liebold
    73. Migranten- und Integrationsbeirat der Stadt Bamberg
    74. Museen der Stadt Bamberg
    75. Naturkunde-Museum Bamberg
    76. Oberfrankenstiftung
    77. OEKA TECH Automotive GmbH
    78. Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
    79. ProDenkmal GmbH
    80. Rauchbierbrauerei Schlenkerla „Heller-Bräu“ Trum GmbH
    81. RZB Rudolf Zimmermann, Bamberg GmbH
    82. Sanitär Schwarzmann
    83. Schutzgemeinschaft Alt Bamberg e.V.
    84. Verlag für Sehenswertes Gerhard Hagen, Arnd Rüttger, Alexandra Baier GbR
    85. Sparkasse Bamberg
    86. Sparkassenstiftung Bamberg
    87. Special Moments Verlag/ Bildagentur
    88. Staatsbibliothek Bamberg
    89. Stadtarchiv Bamberg
    90. Stadtheimatpflege Bamberg
    91. Städtische Musikschule Bamberg
    92. Stadtwerke Bamberg GmbH
    93. Steinrestaurierung Bauer-Bornemann GmbH
    94. Stiftung Weltkulturerbe Bamberg
    95. Stiftungsmanagement der Stadt Bamberg
    96. The Bumiller Collection – University Museum Islamic Art
    97. TiG Theater im Gärtnerviertel e.V.
    98. Transition Bamberg
    99. UniCredit Bank AG
    100. Volkshochschule Bamberg Stadt
    101. Welcome Hotels GmbH
    102. Wochenblatt Bamberg GmbH