1.         Cologne Cathedral (Germany) (C 292bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1996

Criteria  (i)(ii)(iv)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger   2004-2006

Previous Committee Decisions  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/292/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/292/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions

November 2003: Workshop 

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

a) Urban development pressure through high-rise building project impacting on the visual integrity of the Cathedral as a landmark;

b) Lack of buffer zone.

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/292/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2008

Buffer zone:

The State Party of Germany, in its letter dated 30 January 2008 provided the World Heritage Centre with a map of a buffer zone, as requested by the World Heritage Committee. It covers the east bank of the Rhine with the size of 258 hectares. This buffer zone was already adopted by the City Council of Cologne on 14 December 2006, but was not officially submitted to the World Heritage Centre according to the procedures in place. In order to ensure the effectiveness of the buffer zone, the State Party stated in its report that ”any future planning decision and measures in the Cathedral buffer zone will take into account the outstanding universal value and the visual integrity of the World Heritage site”. The boundaries of the buffer zone were transmitted to ICOMOS for review, as a minor boundary modification (to be discussed under Item 8 of the Agenda – Document WHC-08/32.COM/8B.Add).


Urban renewal of Deutz:

As part of the consultation process, a workshop was held for the design of a planning framework for the site of Cologne/Deutz, the ICE railway terminal and its surroundings. Its results were presented in the State Party report of 2007 defining three World Heritage status compatible solutions for the area of the Kölnmesse/ Deutz train station. Based on the three proposals, framework requirements have been formulated for the planning decisions. No further decision regarding the implementation of a proposal has been taken at the time of the preparation of this document.  

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM


Decision Adopted: 32 COM 7B.92

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-08/32.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decisions 30 COM 7A.30 and 31 COM 7B.110, adopted at its 30th (Vilnius, 2006) and 31st (Christchurch, 2007) sessions respectively,

3. Notes the submission of a buffer zone including the east bank of the river and recalls the need to take into account the Outstanding Universal Value of the property and its integrity for any further development in the buffer zone;

4. Takes note that an urban planning consultation process for the development of the Deutz area took place in 2007, and urgesthe State Party to provide further information prior to taking a decision concerning the future development of this area;

5. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2009, a detailed report on the progress concerning the proposals of urban development in the Deutz area.

Decision Adopted: 32 COM 8B.60

The World Heritage Committee,

1.Having examined Documents WHC-08/32.COM/8B.Add and WHC-08/32.COM/INF.8B1.Add,

2. Approves the minor modification to the boundaries of Cologne Cathedral, Germany;

3. Requests that the protection measures which apply to the new buffer zone should be specified in more detail, thereby supplementing the management plan;

4. Recommends that reflection should continue concerning the limits of an extended buffer zone based on historic criteria.