The first Sunday in June is traditionally World Heritage Day. Celebrate all the places ennobled by Unesco. A spa town in Baden-Württemberg has a very special reason for this.
Baden-Baden (dpa/lsw) - The city of Baden-Baden is celebrating the UNESCO World Heritage title it received last year with a festival weekend. Ambassador Peter Reuss is to hand over the World Heritage certificate to the Minister responsible for regional development, Nicole Razavi, and the outgoing Mayor, Margret Mergen, in the Kurhaus today. Reuss is the permanent representative of the Federal Republic of Germany at the UN special organization Unesco.
On Pentecost Sunday, the two CDU politicians want to open a World Heritage Festival in front of the Kurhaus. A program is planned throughout the city center, including a panel discussion on the topic "World Heritage! And now?".
In July, Baden-Baden, along with ten other European cities, was awarded World Heritage status under the motto "Great Spas of Europe" - the most important spa towns in Europe. They see themselves as spa towns that gained international importance from the late 18th century to the early 20th century. Urban planning is geared towards medical, therapeutic and social functions around natural thermal water sources.
Bad Ems in Rhineland-Palatinate and Bad Kissingen in Bavaria were among the German cities that have now been awarded the prize. The World Heritage title is intended, among other things, to boost tourism.
The fact that Pentecost is celebrated is related to World Heritage Day, which is celebrated every year on the first Sunday in June. There are events in all 51 World Heritage Sites in Germany. The UNESCO World Heritage Convention is also celebrating its 50th birthday this year. The international convention aims to better protect the world's natural and cultural heritage.