European Heritage Days for the year 2023 is celebrated/observed on Wednesday, September 13th. There are until the next observance.

European Heritage Days are observed across the continent to commemorate European unity, exchange tales of shared ideals, and guarantee that the past is not forgotten. These unique days are commemorated in Berlin every September, with the “Day of the Open Monument” starting on September 13. The purpose of this day is to inspire Europeans to care about their history and to take action to protect historical monuments. Use European Heritage Days to discover more about Europe’s fascinating nations and people.

📆 When is European Heritage Days?

This year, European Heritage Days is on September 13th. It is the 2nd Wednesday in September; in 2024, it is on Friday.

Countdown to European Heritage Days

Did you know: Every year, about 20 million people attend local events organized by the Council of Europe!

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📜 History of European Heritage Days

☑️ European Heritage Days facts

One of the first UNESCO world heritage sites was in Germany
The Aachen Cathedral in Germany was inscribed in 1978. The cathedral was built around 796 A.D.

One person – hundreds of sites
It’s a first! Bill Altafeffer asserts that he has visited 720 World Heritage Sites.

You get only one month in Germany
European Heritage Days and the Day of the Open Monument have been held exclusively in September for the past many years.

Things to do on European Heritage Days

Take a guided tour
During this period, conservators organize special guided tours of historic sites, while archaeologists and artisans display their work. During the remainder of the year, these rare areas are closed to the public.

Donate to preserve history
Historic building conservation and restoration is vital labor. The combination of thousands of tourists and disruptive climate change makes preservation efforts even more critical. It’s incredibly expensive, and your contribution may make a huge impact.

Organize a cultural event
Many Americans are captivated by Europe’s beauty, history, and culture. By organizing a special European Heritage Days event, you may both educate and entertain your guests. Plan a presentation or a luncheon with small flags from each featured nation as decorations. Keep it festive while also being instructive!

📅 European Heritage Days Observances

2023 September 13 Wednesday
2024 September 13 Friday
2025 September 13 Saturday
2026 September 13 Sunday
2027 September 13 Monday

Learn all September holidays, including Cultural and other German holidays.

We will continue to update this page with new information and fun facts about European Heritage Days. So be sure to check back soon.