Lonetal Vogelherd ©Landratsämter Alb-Donau und Heidenheim
Sep 04, 2017

Prehistoric art and modern design – new UNESCO World Heritage sites in Germany

Germany's latest World Heritage sites, which feature pioneering architecture of the 20th century and caves containing Ice Age art, are well worth a visit.

If you like discovering places of international cultural and natural interest, then you won't go far wrong with Germany's UNESCO World Heritage sites. In 2017, two new landmarks were added to this illustrious list.

Caves and Ice Age art in the Swabian Jura

Around 40,000 years ago, people lived in the caves of the Ach and Lone valleys in the Swabian Alb. The art they created has been discovered in six of these caves. These incredible figurative works and musical instruments are among the oldest to have been found anywhere in the world. They are nothing short of archaeological sensations. The caves in the Swabian Jura where the art was found are partially accessible to the public. Some of the works and much more besides can be seen in select exhibition venues, such as the city museum in Ulm.

Bauhaus and its sites in Weimar, Dessau and Bernau

As a university of design, the Bauhaus School revolutionised 20th century art and architecture around the world. Today, the original buildings in Weimar, Dessau and Bernau provide an insight into a movement that helped usher in the Modernist era. In July 2017, the ADGB Trade Union School in Bernau near Berlin was added to the existing Bauhaus World Heritage collection along with five apartment buildings with balcony access in Dessau-Rosslau. These new additions have been incorporated into the various guided tours on offer.

Click here if you want to find out more about Germany's 41 other World Heritage sites.