European Heritage Label
The label is given to sites selected for their symbolic value, the role they have played in the European history and activities they offer that bring the EU and its citizens closer together.
What is it?
European Heritage sites are milestones in the creation of today’s Europe. Spanning from the dawn of civilization to the Europe we see today, these sites celebrate and symbolise European ideals, values, history and integration.
Since 2013, these sites have been carefully selected for their symbolic value, the role they have played in the European history and activities they offer that bring the European Union and its citizens closer together.
What makes the European Heritage label unique and how is it different from the UNESCO World Heritage List? There are three key differences:
- European Heritage sites bring to life the European narrative and the history behind it. They are about much more than just aesthetics
- The focus is on the promotion of the European dimension of the sites and providing access to them. This includes organising a wide range of educational activities, especially for young people
- European Heritage sites can be enjoyed singly or as part of a network. Visitors can get a real feel for the breadth and scale of what Europe has to offer and what it has achieved
Which sites have been awarded the Label?
So far 38 sites have been designated:
- Krapina Neanderthal Site, Croatia
- The Heart of Ancient Athens, Greece
- Archaeological Park Carnuntum, Austria
- Leipzig’s Musical Heritage Sites, Germany
- Abbey of Cluny, France
- Olomouc Premyslid Castle and Archdiocesan Museum, Czech Republic
- Archive of the Crown of Aragon, Barcelona, Spain
- Great Guild Hall, Tallinn, Estonia
- Sagres Promontory, Portugal
- General Library of the University of Coimbra, Portugal
- The Imperial Palace, Vienna, Austria
- Union of Lublin, Poland
- Münster and Osnabrück – Sites of the Peace of Westphalia, Germany
- The May 3, 1791 Constitution, Warsaw, Poland
- Historic Ensemble of the University of Tartu, Estonia
- Hambach Castle, Germany
- Dohány Street Synagogue Complex, Budapest, Hungary
- Fort Cadine, Trento, Italy
- Charter of Law of Abolition of the Death Penalty, Lisbon, Portugal
- Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary
- Mundaneum, Mons, Belgium
- Peace Palace, The Hague, the Netherlands
- Javorca Memorial Church and its cultural landscape, Tolmin, Slovenia
- Residencia de Estudiantes, Madrid, Spain
- World War I Eastern Front Cemetery No. 123, Łużna – Pustki, Poland
- Kaunas of 1919-1940, Lithuania
- Camp Westerbork, the Netherlands
- Former Natzweiler concentration camp and its satellite camps, France - Germany
- Franja Partisan Hospital, Slovenia
- Sighet Memorial, Romania
- European District of Strasbourg, France
- Robert Schuman's House, Scy-Chazelles, France
- Bois du Cazier, Marcinelle, Belgium
- Museo Casa Alcide De Gasperi, Pieve Tesino, Italy
- The historic Gdańsk Shipyard, Poland
- Village of Schengen, Schengen, Luxembourg
- Pan-European Picnic Memorial Park, Sopron, Hungary
- Maastricht Treaty, Netherlands
How can sites apply?
More information on the application process is available in the How to apply section.