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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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Abbey of St Gall

    Located a few kilometres to the south of the Rhine is the former Saint Gallen Monastery. After the city was founded in 612, the first Benedictine Monastery was founded on the site in about 719. Switzerland's second oldest monastery and one of the biggest Benedictine monasteries in Europe, it was highly influential cuturally for over 1200 years. Distinguishing features are the late Baroque collegiate church and the 160.000-book Baroque library with rococo furnishings. 2.200 codices of which 500 are over 1000 years old. The library therefore houses one of the richtest collections of medieval books belonging to the German-speaking part of Europe.

  • Cologne Cathedral

    Cologne Cathedral is the town of Cologne's landmark as well as the heart of the city. Situated directly beneath the bank of the Rhine in neighbourhood of the Hohenzollernbridge and the Central station, it is easy to reach all major points of interest of the city from here. Be it one of the many museums or the shopping district with Hohe Strasse and Schildergasse. The "High Cathedral of St. Peter" with its five naves has been completed in 1880 after 632 years of construction. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne and is able to bear about 4.000 believers during mass services. Due to its spiritual and cultural historic importance it has become UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

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