Kulturdenkmal

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Kulturdenkmal is the official term to describe National Heritage Site
National Heritage Site
A National Heritage Site is a location/site that regards a building, monument, archeological, geographical,natural or topological feature having a large value that has been registered by a governmental agency of a particular country...

s listed by law in German speaking areas of Europe, to protect and spread awareness of cultural heritage
Cultural heritage
Cultural heritage is the legacy of physical artifacts and intangible attributes of a group or society that are inherited from past generations, maintained in the present and bestowed for the benefit of future generations...

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Austria


In Austria, the Bundesdenkmalamt
Bundesdenkmalamt
The Bundesdenkmalamt is the name of the Austrian Federal Monuments Office, a department of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture that is responsible for cultural heritage in Austria.-History:...

 (BDA), the institute in charge of the National Heritage Sites, administers the list of kultuurdenkmal objects, which it formally refers to as Denkmalgeschütztes Objekt
Denkmalgeschütztes Objekt
Denkmalgeschütztes Objekt is the official term used to describe a protected object listed on the Austrian cultural property list as kept by the Federal Monuments Office known as the Bundesdenkmalamt ....

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Belgium


The Institut du Patrimoine
Institut du Patrimoine
The Institut du Patrimoine wallon is the official public Wallonian institute created by law to protect and spread awareness of Belgian cultural heritage, specifically in Wallonia....

 is the institute in charge of the National Heritage Sites of Wallonia, which includes the National Heritage Sites of the German-speaking Community of Belgium
German-speaking Community of Belgium
The German-speaking Community of Belgium is one of the three federal communities of Belgium. Covering an area of 854 km² within the province of Liège in Wallonia, it includes nine of the eleven municipalities of the so-called East Cantons...

. Various local websites with public information are maintained, and various initiatives are undertaken to assist protected property owners and to increase public awareness, most notably the European Heritage Days, which are called "Tage des offenen Denkmals" there.

Germany


The German National Committee for Monument Protection works together with the Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz
Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz
The Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz is a German private initiative founded in 1985 which works for the preservation of cultural heritage in Germany and to promote the idea of cultural heritage management....

 to list official monuments.

Switzerland


The Kulturgüterschutz is the institute in charge of the National Heritage Sites of the German-speaking areas of Switzerland. They maintain the inventory of protected objects
Swiss Inventory of Cultural Property of National and Regional Significance
The Swiss Inventory of Cultural Property of National and Regional Significance is a register of some 8,300 items of cultural property in Switzerland...

and also organize the European Heritage Days, which are called Europäischer Tag des Denkmals there.