Decision : CONF 203 VIII.B.1
Inscription: The Semmering Railway (Austria)
Property: The Semmering Railway
Id. N°: 785
State Party: Austria
The Committee inscribed this site on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (ii) and (iv):
Criterion (ii): The Semmering Railway represents an outstanding technological solution to a major physical problem in the construction of early railways.
Criterion (iv): With the construction of the Semmering Railway, areas of great natural beauty became more easily accessible and as a result these were developed for residential and recreational use, creating a new form of cultural landscape.
Several delegates supported this inscription as it reflected the inclusion on the World Heritage List of new categories of properties.