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Preserving and maintaining cultural heritage is a collaborative task and requires community involvement. The European Year of Cultural Heritage offered a great opportunity on various forms of cooperation – such as the following:

European Heritage Days / Open Monument Day Germany

The European Heritage Days draw attention to the diversity of European cultural heritage. The heritage links Europe across national borders and needs awareness and protection. Since 1999, the EHD's slogan has been "Europe, a common heritage". By now, heritage days with an annually changing motto take place in autumn in all 50 European countries.

In Germany, the Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz coordinates the nationwide Open Monument Day. On 9 September 2018 its motto was "Discover what connects us".

European Heritage Label

The European Heritage Label honours cultural monuments, landscapes and memorial sites symbolizing European unity, common values, as well as the history and culture of the EU.

In Germany, the European Heritage Label has been awarded to:

  • Münster and Osnabrück – sites of the Westphalian Peace
  • Hambach Castle
  • Leipzig’s musical heritage sites
  • Former concentration camp Natzweiler alsong with its external camps (a German-French effort)
  • Among our SHARING HERITAGE projects, the following are connected to the European Heritage Label:

  • “Peace. From antiquity to today “an exhibition in Münster
  • “Frieden.Europa” – the town hall of the Westphalian Peace as a place of remembrance
  • Labor Europe – European Youth Exchange
  • European Music Trail in Leipzig
  • European Cultural Routes

    To visualize the common cultural identity of European citizens and corresponding links is the aim of the various European cultural routes. Since 1985, several paths across Europe have been officially certified by the Council of Europe as "Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe". European cultural routes related to Germany include:

    European Heritage Awards
    Winner of a EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award 2017 Category Conservation Photo: Goran Tomljenovic 2016

    The European Heritage Award / European Nostra Award honors outstanding examples of cultural heritage preservation across Europe each year and recognizes outstanding initiatives to raise awareness of our cultural heritage.

    In 2018, the award ceremony was part of the European Cultural Heritage Summit “Sharing Heritage – Sharing Values” in Berlin, June 22nd. The ceremony was hosted by Maestro Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra, and Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. The Federal President of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier welcomed the guests as patron of the European Year of Cultural Heritage in Germany. Further high-profile representatives of other EU member states and EU institutions participated.