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World Heritage Day in the World Heritage in the Harz Mountains

World Heritage Day in the World Heritage in the Harz Mountains on June 4th 2023

"Our world. Our heritage. Our responsibility.” is the motto of this year's World Heritage Day, on June 4, 2023.
Together with the old town of Goslar, the Rammelsberg was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1992. In 2010, the World Heritage was expanded by the Upper Harz Water Management.
As a joint world heritage site, the Rammelsberg World Heritage Site, GOSLAR marketing gmbh and the World Heritage Foundation in the Harz Mountains are organizing a festival on two event areas.
Among other things, the topic "How can we sustainably preserve and preserve our world heritage?" plays a central role.
Theme-oriented hands-on activities and information stands for the whole family as well as suppliers of regional products can be found at the "Marktkirche" and at the "Rammelsberg World Heritage Site".

Programm World Heritage Day in Goslar

Time: 11 am to 4 pm

Traveling with the miner in the shuttle!

The World Heritage shuttle runs between the event locations every 30 minutes and takes you free of charge from the old town to Rammelsberg and back again. Accompanied by a world heritage guide, you will learn a lot to marvel at the world heritage along the way. The World Heritage shuttle starts at the Imperial Palace. Colorful graffiti on the way lead you from the market church to the bus stop.


Collect stamps and win!

At the hands-on sales stands you can diligently collect stamps and win great prizes. If you collect at least four stamps, you can put your ticket number into the lottery drum at the information stands on Marktkirchenplatz or at the Rammelsberg World Heritage Site and, with a little luck, win great prizes.

Marktkirchenplatz Goslar

Challenge  „Hand in Hand“

Be there when it says, according to the motto "Our world. Our heritage. Our responsibility.” Immortalize yourself (until the next rain) with your handprint on the court of the market church. It takes around 600 hands around the Marktkirche to send a signal that Goslar is committed to a future of the world's heritage.


Rallye  „From Goslar into the World“

Have you ever visited the Pyramids of Giza? No? never mind Because today you are visiting the "whole world" in the World Heritage Information Center in Goslar. During the rally you will learn how to become a world heritage site or why a world heritage site is unique and worthy of protection. There are questions for young and old, so it's best to answer them together and collect stamps afterwards. The rally sheets are available at the information stand of the World Heritage Foundation in the Harz Mountains.


World heritage in art

How does an artist look at a world heritage site that is as large and diverse as the world heritage site in the Harz Mountains? How does she see the future of a world heritage site marked by climate change and war? You will find out bit by bit when Melina Berg lets her work of art grow at the foot of the venerable town hall over the course of the day.


World heritage from above

The Market church has been in continuous use for more than 850 years. The equipment dates from different centuries and mostly still fulfills a function today. Free guided tours are offered at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Change your perspective of the world heritage site and climb up to the top of the market church tower. How many half-timbered houses can you count from up here and can you still see the medieval layout of the city? Admission is available on World Heritage Day at a special price of €2.


World heritage in the museums

You can also visit the Imperial Palace and the museums on the museum riverbank. Admission is free on this special day. The tin figure museum is organizing a painting event at the town hall.


Future protectors

Local actors such as NABU, BUND, MachMit!Haus, Goslarer Stadtforst, Natur- und Umwelthilfe Goslar, Jägerschaft and DM present themselves with a wide range of offers and provide active insights and opportunities for a sustainable approach to the environment and the world cultural heritage.



Workshops for the whole family

From 11 a.m., the Rammelsberg invites all visitors to the colorful treasure chamber.

Immerse yourself in the work of the scientist and examine special objects from the museum collection. In a small workshop, you identify objects, place them in the correct century and make an inventory of the object using a typewriter.

Your knowledge and creativity will be asked for in a quiz on the subject of "Miners' lamps and clothing". How do miners' clothing from crew chews differ from clothing from earlier centuries? Which lamp did the miners use underground before the "frog"?

Fun and games on the factory road from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m

From 11 a.m. wheelbarrow race

12:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Guided tour of the Preussag camp

All day:
Loader Parade: presentation of vehicles from the former mining operation;
We receive support on World Heritage Day from the “Pro Dampf” association. The steam locomotive from the Ottliae shaft will be presented, where you can collect a stamp on a trip.
Craft workshop: Build your own lamp
The Restoration Workers' Group will present their work and projects.
At a handicraft workshop you can assemble your own "frogs" out of wood.

"Worlds of things: touch - try - be amazed"

The “Worlds of Things” exhibition opens on World Heritage Day.

Discover special exhibits from the Rammelsberg collection and learn more about their history and uses.


The museum restaurant Casino provides for the physical well-being of warm and cold dishes and drinks. At the Rammelsberg information stand you can find out more about the Rammelsberg World Heritage Site and there are small prizes to be won in a quiz for young and old on the wheel of fortune.


Admission to the museum on World Heritage Day is free. Guided tours through the Roeder tunnel, the ore processing, "Shift at the shaft" and the ride on the mine train are subject to a fee.

[Translate to english:] Goslar Marktplatz © Goslar Marketing GmbH Foto Schiefer
[Translate to english:] Weltkulturerbe Rammelsberg © Weltkulturerbe Rammelsberg / Sobotta
[Translate to english:] Welterbe-Shuttle © Weltkulturerbe Rammelsberg
[Translate to english:] Welterbe-Infozentrum @ SWiH Sobotta

World Heritage Day in Walkenried

Beginning of the special exhibition "Touched Nature" by the artist Schirin Fatemi

The exhibition by the artist Schirin Fatemi shows a selection of paintings and prints that illuminate the relationship between humans and the natural and cultural landscape. A basis for her compositions is the direct experience on site. The Harz Mountains also inspired the artist for the works shown: forests in the process of transformation, clearings, ditches and water landscapes as well as motifs relating to the Walkenried Monastery. Schirin Fatemi, born in Würzburg, studied at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna and Rome. Since 2008 her work has been represented in numerous exhibitions in Germany and abroad as well as in public and private collections. She lives and works as a freelance artist near Hanover and in Rome. Her artistic focus today is on painting and printmaking.

Date: Sunday 4 June 2023
Time: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m

Cistercian Museum Walkenried Monastery
Steinweg 4a
37445 Walkenried
Telephone: 05525 - 95 99 064

Portrait photo Schirin Fatemi © Ulf Jasmer

Guided tour "How sustainable were the Walkenried monks?"

04 June at 3-4 p.m

Guided tour on the subject of sustainability in the Cistercian Museum in Walkenried Abbey. Walkenried Monastery is part of the UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz Mountains.

Churches and monasteries were once built to last. That was the lofty goal that should also apply to the Gothic monastery complex of Walkenried.

As the impressive ruins of the monastery church show, this request was only partially successful. The completely preserved cloister has at least survived the centuries. Regional building materials and innovative building techniques were also en vogue in the Middle Ages – but did people therefore build “sustainably”? Can our sustainability goals even be compared with the values ​​of a medieval man? Go on a search for clues with us!

Register for the tour at least one day in advance at or 05525 95 99 064.

Admission to the museum is free on the day of the event. The price for the guided tour is €3.

More information at
05525 95 99 064


Visitors in front of the entrance to the Walkenried Monastery Cistercian Museum © Brigitte Moritz

Programm World Heritage Day Upper Harz Water Management

Special tour in the mine museum on the subject of "Sustainable technology in the Upper Harz water management systemt“

Ponds, ditches and watercourses run through the picturesque landscape of the Upper Harz. They are the visible components of the Upper Harz water management system, which developed between the 16th and 19th centuries. The ponds were once used to store energy and supplied the drive water for ore mining, for the mine pumps and later for the underground transport of people. In this new special tour, the focus is on technology: driving skills, field objects, Kehrrad and many more.

The tour takes place in the Upper Harz Mining Museum, Bornhardtstr. 16, 38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld. Admission is free, donations are welcome.

Times: 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m

Field rods at the Upper Harz Mining Museum © Upper Harz Mining Museum


Lectures at World Heritage Day

Lecture National Park Harz by Thomas Beck "National Park and Forest in Transition" at 1:30 p.m

How can nature conservation and responsible use of resources have a positive impact? In addition to basic information on the tasks of a national park, the discussion of currently changing forest patterns and their causes is to be discussed, but also ways in which each individual can make a positive contribution to protecting the climate and nature, so to speak, our living space.

The lecture will take place in the meeting room of the Upper Harz Mining Museum. Admission is via the main entrance to the museum at Bornhardtstraße 16. Admission is free, donations are welcome.

lecture dr Friedhart Knolle "From overexploitation to sustainability - 6,000 years of mining in and around the Harz Mountains" at 4 p.m

The Harz region is one of the oldest mining and industrial areas in Central Europe. There were flint mines here as early as 6,000 years ago and the mining of copper minerals began in the Bronze Age over 3,500 years ago.

But mining had a downside - the soil, ground and surface water, as well as the air and flora, fauna and humans were heavily contaminated with metals for a long time, especially in the vicinity of Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Goslar and Langelsheim and in the Mansfeld- Eisleben-Sangerhausen. Animals and plants were wiped out and the species-rich beech and mixed forests of the Harz gave way to species-poor spruce monocultures. This fact represents the downside of the UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz Mountains.

Overexploitation and natural landscape - and still a promising future - how do these conflicts of use fit together? Follow the speaker Dr. Friedhart Knolle, on a journey through 6,000 years of mining history in the Harz Mountains. Numerous guests are welcome.

The lecture will take place in the meeting room of the Upper Harz Mining Museum. Admission is via the main entrance to the museum at Bornhardtstraße 16. Admission is free, donations are welcome.

Image: Dam at the Oderteich © Foundation World Heritage in the Harz Mountains

Excursion on the topic: "500 years of regenerative energy from hydropower in the Clausthal district".

Hydroelectric power plants still play a role in the UNESCO World Heritage area west of Clausthal.
Water wheels and turbines and the associated ditches, watercourses and special structures can be found everywhere in the large Clausthal and in the Zellerfeld valley - some of them are still in operation today.


Start and finish: Ottiliaeschacht between the train arrivals
Start: 11:30 a.m., after the arrival of the day conveyor.
Duration: approx. 2h.

Image: Historical photo from around 1930 of the Einersberg power station that burned down in 1980 © Collection Upper Harz Mining Museum

World Heritage Hike "Oderteich & Sustainability"

Already on June 3rd!

With a dam height of 21 meters and a dam made of huge granite blocks, the Oderteich was Germany's largest and highest dam for almost 170 years. Idyllically located in the Harz National Park, it still supplies water via the Rehberger Graben to generate electricity: a unique example of the use of renewable energies in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this adventure hike with a ranger and world heritage guide, you will get to know nature and history around the Oderteich.

Start: 10.00 a.m. | Duration: 3-4 hrs | Participation fee: free of charge, donations welcome | Meeting point: Altenau-Torfhaus, hiking meeting point behind the Torfhaus National Park Visitor Center

This tour takes place in cooperation with the Harz National Park. Registration on Tel. 05320 / 269. Weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes required.

Guided tour in Hahnenklee-Bockswiese

On World Heritage Day in Hahnenklee, the certified World Heritage guide Mr. Pfannkuche goes on a guided hike through the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Upper Harz Water Management" in Hahnenklee-Bockswiese. On the way, the hikers learn interesting and exciting things about this special cultural monument, which is considered to be the most important pre-industrial energy generation and energy supply system in the world. In addition, the hiking guide addresses the current forest change. The route leads along several ditches of the "Upper Harz Water Management", such as the Kuttelbacher Graben or the Schalker Graben, and the Grumbacher ponds, with a wide variety of functionalities being explained. Another highlight of the hike is the "Avenue of the Future" on the Liebesbankweg. The "Avenue of the Future" is part of the "Climate Action Forest" of the Lower Saxony State Forests.

Length: 7-8 km
Start and finish: Cure house in Hahnenklee
Start: 10 a.m
Duration: approx. 4 hours
Price: Participants with a guest card free of charge, without a guest card €2.00 per person.

Picture: Auerhahn cascade of ponds © Oberharzer Bergwerksmuseum. 

About additional points we will inform you as soon as possible.

Note: All events will be held in german language.

World Heritage Day programm 4th June

On this page we summarize for you the program on World Heritage Day in the World Heritage in the Harz Mountains.

Here you can find the german info flyer.

Program of Partners

You can access the program on World Heritage Day from partners and associated institutions using the following links:

Hildesheim - Tourismus

Fagus - Werk

Königstage Quedlinburg



(Kopie 5)


Starting point for the original locations

The Information Centres of the World Heritage Site Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System inform you in fascinating exhibitions about the UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz and what it offers for tourists.


Architecture & settlements, mining, changing landscapes, energy production

The interactions between people and ore have left many traces in the cultural landscape of the Harz. These can be divided among the four main themes that characterize the UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz.

On the Move

Your personal tour through the World Heritage

Hiking or cycling, motorized or guided tours – there are many ways to explore the UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz. Be inspired by the wide range of offers.

World Heritage in the Harz

Cultural diversity amid breathtaking landscapes: the UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz

At the World Heritage Site Mines of Rammelsberg, Historic Town of Goslar and Upper Harz Water Management System a wide range of museums and monuments await your visit. Discover this treasure of human history.


Go on a journey of discovery by reading your way through the UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz

On 64 pages, the brochure will give you an overview of everything the UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz has to offer. Enjoy browsing through it!