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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The EV15 route has a significant number of cultural or natural sites listed as World Heritage Sites by Unesco! Luxurious castles, internationally-renowned towns, the romantic Rhine valley, take a break and enjoy the marvels along the route!

  • Eurasian Lynx

    Together with its Bavarian twin, the Czech national park of Sumava is a haven of wildlife along EuroVelo 13. It is a place where human influence has been relatively limited and the protected area comprises of only 9% of agricultural land and 0.1% if urban area. The mountain range is covered by the most extensive forest in Central Europe and has been under UNESCO protection since 1990.

  • The Lorelei

    Located in the Upper Middle Rhine UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site, the 132-metre high Lorelei is a slate rock that rises up out of the river on its eastern bank. Legend has it that the Lorelei mermaid combed her long golden hair and lured boatmen with her song into the dangerous current of the Rhine and then onto the rock where they broke up.

  • Brühl: Schloss Augustusburg and Schloss Falkenlust

    The UNESCO World Heritage Schloss Augustusburg and Schloss Falkenlust palace complex is one of the first important Rococo masterpieces in Germany. Schloss Augustusburg, the favourite residency of the archbishop-elector of Cologne, Clemens August, is linked to the Falkenlust hunting lodge by a large park.

  • Cologne Cathedral

    Cologne Cathedral is the city's most famous landmark and main attraction. Towering over the Rhine, it lies close to the Hohenzollern Bridge, the city's biggest museums and the main shopping streets including the Hohen Straße and the Schildergasse. Dedicated to Saint Peter, the five-aisled Gothic cathedral was completed in 1880 after taking 632 years to build. The cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne and has space for approximately 4,000 worshippers. It has been listed as a World Heritage Site since 1996 due to its spiritual and cultural importance as one of the European masterpieces of Gothic architecture.

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