World Cultural Heritage
UNESCO World Heritage in Hildesheim
Hildesheim is particularly famous for its many churches, of which the Cathedral and St. Michael’s are extraordinary examples of the Romanesque religious art of the Holy Roman Empire. The UNESCO honoured this by adding St. Michael’s Church and St. Mary’s Cathedral both to the list of World Heritage sites in 1985. With its monumental ceiling painting dating from the 13th century, which illustrates the lineage of Jesus Christ, St. Michael’s is considered as one of the most beautiful early Romanesque churches in Germany.
Opening hours St. Michael's Church
01.11. - 31.03.: daily 9 am to 4 pm,
01.04.-31.10.: daily 8 am to 6 pm
No viewing permitted during church services, events in the church, concert rehearsals or any other church ceremony
Cathedral and Cathedral Museum
UNESCO World Heritage objects in the Cathedral include the Bernwardian bronze castings – Christ’s Pillar (1020) and the double-wing bronze door (1015). The wings of the door, which are 4-72 m tall, depict stories from a medieval Bible, a unique document in the form of a large-scale Romanesque sculpture.
Outstanding exhibits of treasury art belonging to the UNESCO World Heritage Site are showcased in the Cathedral Museum.
Opening hours: Daily 10 am to 6 pm (closed on 24 and 31 December)
One of Hildesheim’s most famous tourist attractions is the “one-thousand-year-old rosebush” at the apses of the Cathedral. The legendary rosebush – a dog rose (Rosa Canina) – is proven to be several hundred years old at least and even survived the fire that destroyed the Cathedral in the last days of WWII. The “Rose Route” is a walking tour of the city, which takes visitors past all the most notable sights in the city today.