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Seven Great Milestones

Alb-Donau-Kreis Eiszeitpfade
40,000 years of human history from the Stone Age to the modern age

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40,000 years of human history from the Stone Age to the modern age

From Ice Age art to Neues Wohnen: if you travel through SouthWest Germany to visit our UNESCO world heritage sites, you will experience 40,000 years of history.

Discoveries from the Ice Age

1. THE LONE AND ACH VALLEYS

Discoveries from the Ice Age

Schwäbische Alb, Vogelherdhöhle

© Schwäbische Alb Tourismus, Günther Bayerl

Schwäbische Alb, Vogelherdhöhle

© Christina Bleier für Archäopark Vogelherd

Schwäbische Alb, Nebelhöhle in Sonnenbühl

© TMBW

People make art, and this was already true 40,000 years ago, which is demonstrated by the approximately 50 mammoth-ivory sculptures and the eight flutes found in the Lone and Ach valleys – among the oldest works of art in the world. Six caves in the Swabian Alb and the exhibits found there have held World Heritage status since 2017. 

www.welt-kultursprung.de

The devout island

2. Reichenau

The devout island

UNESCO Welterbeinsel Reichenau von oben

© TMBW, Raatz

Klosteranlage Reichenau

© TMBW

Gärten im Kloster Reichenau

© TMBW

Christianity brought monastic culture to Europe, and to the island of Reichenau in Lake Constance. It’s been a World Heritage site since 2000. The Reichenau Museum provides an overview of the monastic island’s cultural history. 

welterbe-reichenau.de  | museumreichenau.de

Le Corbusier’s houses

3. THE WEISSENHOF ESTATE STUTTGART

Le Corbusier’s houses

© TMBW, Gregor Lengler

Weißenhofsiedlung Stuttgart Le Corbusier Doppel- und Einzelwohnhaus

© Weißenhofmuseum, Brigida Gonzalez

Who would have dreamed that the Werkbund Exhibition of 1927 in Stuttgart-Weissenhof would mark the beginning of a new epoch in architecture? Architects such as Mies van der Rohe, Gropius and Le Corbusier created an estate, the centre of Neues Bauen, which changed the way we live. Six of Le Corbusier’s houses in different places have held World Heritage status since 2016, including his family house in Stuttgart and his twin house at Weissenhof, which is a museum today. 

weissenhofmuseum.en

Entirely unchanged

4. MAULBRONN MONASTERY

Entirely unchanged

Kloster Maulbronn - Im Namen der Maultasche

© TMBW

Kloster Maulbronn

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Kloster Maulbronn an der Klosterroute Nordschwarzwald

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The former Cistercian monastery is one of the best-preserved monastery complexes north of the Alps. If you want to know how the monks lived in the Middle Ages, you can recreate their daily lives here. This is only one of the reasons why Maulbronn Monastery has been a World Heritage site since 1993. What’s more, the famous Maultaschen – Swabian meat-filled dumplings – are said to have been invented in the monastery.

kloster-maulbronn.en

The lives of our ancestors

5. THE LAKE CONSTANCE REGION

The lives of our ancestors

Pfahlbauten Unteruhldingen

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Pfahlbauten Unteruhldingen

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Pfahlbauten Unteruhldingen, Bodensee

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The first hunter-gatherers settled as early as the Neolithic period. You can see how the early housebuilders imagined Swabian comfort in the Lake Dwelling Museum on Lake Constance and in Upper Swabia. The lake dwellings – houses on stilts – have held World Heritage status since 2011.

pfahlbauten.de | federseemuseum.de

The sources of Wellbeing

6. Baden-Baden

The sources of Wellbeing

Kurhaus in Baden-Baden

© TMBW, Düpper

Baden-Baden_Friedrichsbad

© CARASANA Bäderbetriebe GmbH

If nothing else, the glamour of days gone by makes Baden-Baden special: the city at the edge of the Black Forest, with its healing springs, magnificent baths, hotels and casinos, became a significant health resort in the late 19th century. The wonderful Friedrichsbad was opened in 1877. At the turn of the 20th century, artists from all over the world recuperated here. Baden-Baden was added to the list of “Great Spa Towns in Europe” in 2021. 

baden-baden.com

The everyday lives of the Romans

7. The Limes

The everyday lives of the Romans

Limesmuseum Aalen

© Stadtverwaltung Aalen | Fotograf Ulrich Sauerborn

Limesmuseum Aalen

© Stadtverwaltung Aalen, Schwäbische Alb Tourismus, Thomas Rathay

The Limes, which once formed the border of the Roman Empire, is the largest archaeological monument in Europe, and was recognized as a World Heritage site in 2005. In the Limes Museum Aalen, interested visitors can get a fantastic insight into Roman everyday life with the aid of 1,500 original finds.

Limesmuseum Aalen.en

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