Dresden (dpa/sn) - Saxony proposes "Saxon mountaineering" for inclusion in the national register of intangible cultural heritage. The tradition was nominated in the fifth round of applications, the Ministry of Culture announced on Wednesday. The Free State is thus following a recommendation by the Saxon Senate for Culture, and at the same time Saxon mountaineering is included in the Saxon state list of intangible cultural heritage. "Saxon mountaineering is rightly considered the cradle of free climbing," said Culture Minister Barbara Klepsch (CDU). A very own climbing culture is lived in the Free State.
Mountaineering in Saxony has followed the principle of free climbing since 1910 - that is, without the use of artificial aids. The Saxon Mountaineering Association, founded in 1911, is one of the largest sports clubs in Saxony with more than 16,000 members.
The independent expert committee of the German Unesco Commission decides whether the application for the nationwide directory, which currently includes 131 entries, is recommended. The directory is intended to reflect the diversity of cultural forms of expression in Germany.