A visit to the Hildesheim Cathedral means stepping into the origin of Hildesheim and the diocese. You’ll discover traces of 1,200 years of history here as well as legends that are literally interwoven around the site on which the cathedral was built.
Since 1972, UNESCO has been promoting special testimonies to the history of mankind. At that time, the UNESCO-World-Heritage list was established to refer to extraordinary sites of humanity around the world. The preamble of the World Heritage Convention of 1972 states as an objective that "parts of the cultural and natural heritage are of exceptional importance and must therefore be preserved as part of the world heritage for humanity as a whole."
To date, Germany has recorded 46 natural and cultural sites. Four of these one-of-a-kind World Heritage Sites are located in Lower Saxony: the Wadden Sea World Natural Heritage Site in the north by the sea, and the Fagus Factory World Heritage Cultural Site in Alfeld in the southern part of Lower Saxony, which is the only living World Heritage Site in Germany. Also included in UNESCO-World-Heritage of Humanity are the Hildesheim Cathedral with its cathedral treasury and St. Michael’s in Hildesheim as well as the old town of Goslar, the Rammelsberg mine and the Upper Harz water management system.