The UNESCO World Heritage Convention places outstanding, unique natural and cultural assets under worldwide protection. As a natural world heritage site, unique natural phenomena with exceptional significance for all of humanity are to be preserved for future generations.
Experience World Heritage
In 2011, the beech forests in the Müritz and Jasmund National Parks on the island of Rügen were declared a World Heritage Site. Some of the beech trees in the Serrahn beech forests in Müritz National Park are more than 200 years old. Due to the hunting passion of the Mecklenburg-Strelitz Grand Dukes, the forests remained almost untouched for a long time, as timber exploitation played a subordinate role. Together with the lakes, moors and meadows, the beech forests provide a valuable habitat for animals and plants, e.g. cranes , sea eagles and ospreys.
The beech forest in the Jasmund National Park on the island of Rügen is the largest contiguous beech forest on the Baltic Sea coast. Due to its inaccessible location on the steep slopes, it has never been used for forestry and is the habitat for e.g. the peregrine falcon and sea eagle, but also for rare wild plants such as the lady's slipper and the giant horsetail.