Built or owned by Germans

Sites outside the current borders of Germany that were built or owned by Germans

Connected Sites

  • Auschwitz Birkenau Former German extermination camps
  • Banc d'Arguin Arguin was owned by Brandenburg/Prussia from 1685-1721. They built a fort there.
  • Banska Stiavnica The Tajchy was planned by local German scientists and designed by Von Erlach
  • Bardejov Town German settlers
  • Bryggen "Kantor" used / built by Gerrman traders
  • Budapest House of Terror, former Gestapo headquarters
  • Centennial Hall Built by a German architect at the time in which Wroclaw was a German city
  • Christiansfeld Built by German settlers
  • Churches of Peace Built by German architects in an area formerly partially inhabited by Germans
  • Cocos Island August Gissler was allowed by the Costa Rican government to establish a colony there in 1897.
  • Cracow Oskar Schindler's Factory
  • Curonian Spit Teutonic Order castles and German farmers / settlers
  • Engelsberg Ironworks Mining here started by a German miner
  • Fray Bentos Originally founded and built by the German "Liebig Extract of Meat Company" in 1863.
  • Heritage of Mercury Idrija's Town Hall was built by German-born architects Clemens M. Kattner and Gustav Adolf König.
  • Holasovice Initially built for settlers from Bavaria and Austria
  • Istanbul German Fountain at the northern end of old hippodrome (Sultanahmet Square)
  • L'viv Boim Chapel was built by German architect Andreas Bemer
  • Lamu Old Town The old German Post Office in Lamu dates back to 1881 Link
  • Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape Owned by the House of Liechtenstein, then part of the German Confederation
  • Malbork Castle Built by members of the Teutonic Order, a German Roman Catholic religious order.
  • Mir Castle Once owned by Chlodwig Carl Viktor, Fürst zu Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst, Fürst von Ratibor und Corvey
  • Old City of Jerusalem Muristan: center of the German colony in Jerusalem in the 19th century, rebuilt the Crusader church of St. Mary Latina as the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer (Erl?serkirche)
  • Old Town Lunenburg Among the early settlers were many from various parts of Germany
  • Prague St Nicolas Church (expanded by Christoph Dientzenhofer), Saxonian House, Palais Wallenstein among others
  • Riga Fortress built by the German Knights of the Sword
  • Sighisoara Built by Saxonian settlers
  • Spissky Hrad & Levoca Samuel Breuer's printing house
  • Strasbourg Strasbourg was German until 1639 (and several times after)
  • Struve Geodetic Arc Von Struve was a Baltic German, born at Altona (Hamburg), Germany
  • Tallinn Temporarily owned by the Teutonic Order (14th century)
  • Telc Josef Lang's cloth factory [Im ehemaligen Hof Slavatas entsteht im 19. Jahrhundert Josef Langs Tuchfabrik, die fast 600 Mitarbeiter hatte.]
  • Torun Castle built by the Teutonic Order
  • Tugendhat Villa
  • Venice and its Lagoon The Fondaco dei Tedeschi ("The Germans' Inn") was the headquarters and restricted living quarters of the German merchant population in Venice
  • Verla Groundwood and Board Mill Verla was grounded by Wilhelm Dippel and Louis Haenelin, both Germans, and Gottlieb Kreidl, an Austrian
  • Vienna The Headquarters of the Gestapo in Vienna's Hotel Metropol Link
  • Villages with Fortified Churches
  • Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska Hacz?w. In the 14th century there was a German settlement there called Hanshof.
  • Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians Kezmarok used to be a German settlement
  • Zamosc Rosa Luxemburg's House in the Market Square


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