State of Conservation (SOC)
Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin (2003)
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
Total Amount Ap proved:0USD
1993: World Heritage Centre / ICOMOS joint mission
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
- Urban pressure (issue resolved)
- Current traffic planning (issue resolved)
- Need to review the legal protection of the site (issue resolved)
- Impact of the Havel waterway improvement project on the cultural landscape
Current conservation issues
By letter of 31 March 2003, the German Permanent Delegation reported that the "Havel Waterway Improvement Project " has been suspended. The resumption of the planning process cannot be predicted. Concerning the Glienicke Castle, on 31 March 2003 a fire at the "Jagdschloss Glienicke" burned down large parts of the roof and the building's top storey. ICOMOS informed the Centre that no historic interiors of particular importance were lost through the fire, as the interior structures were largely removed and altered after World War II. The gables in the Neo-Renaissance style were saved, and the burnt roof framework will be renewed - all reconstruction measures will be carried out under the supervision of the Berlin State Conservation Office. A report on the situation has been requested from the State Party.
ICOMOS believes that from the World Heritage point of view there will be no particular problem of conservation.
Link to the decision
1. Expressing its appreciation to the State Party for the information on the Havel Project,;
2. Expressing concern regarding the impact of the fire at Glienicke Castle,;
3. Requests the State Party to keep the Committee informed of any future development of the "Havel Waterway Improvement Project" and to provide up-dated information to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2004 in order that the World Heritage Committee can examine the state of conservation of the property at its 28th session in 2004.
 Decision adopted without discussion.
Draft Decision: 27 COM 7 (b) 65
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Thanking the German authorities for the information on the Havel Project,
2. Expressing concern regarding the impact of the fire at Glienicke Castle,
3. Requests the State Party of Germany to keep the Committee informed of any future development of the “Havel Waterway Improvement Project” and to provide up-dated information to the Centre as appropriate.
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The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).