UNESCO World Heritage Day
2 June 2019, Town Hall
Bremen's town hall and Roland statue on the market square, both symbols of civic liberty, are included on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites. Free guided tours on World Heritage Day are the ideal opportunity to see these historically significant sites.
Germany's first UNESCO World Heritage Day took place on 5 June 2005 and was initiated by the German Commission for UNESCO and the German UNESCO World Heritage Sites Association. Since then, World Heritage Day has taken place annually on the first Sunday in June, with the main event being organised by a different World Heritage site every year. Bremen's town hall also opens its doors to visitors on World Heritage Day.
The purpose of the day is not only to draw attention to Germany's World Heritage sites and their conservation work, but also to raise the sites' profile as bearers of UNESCO ideals. Central themes of World Heritage Day are cultural dialogue and awareness. The German Commission for UNESCO and the German UNESCO World Heritage Sites Association will also be presenting their aims and activities to the general public.
Above all, World Heritage Day is seen as a forum for communication with and between local people, for whom 'their World Heritage Site' is an important cultural and historical reference point. The fundamental aim is to bring the concept of World Heritage to life and to help people see their own culture as part of humanity's wider heritage. Every World Heritage Site is part of a fascinating landscape of cultural diversity and promotes intercultural understanding.