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Old town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof

Germany
Factors affecting the property in 2007*
  • Housing
  • Management activities
  • Other Threats:

    a) Parts of the Thurn and Taxis Castle to be converted into a hoteb) Dachauplatz parking garage façade being redesigned

International Assistance: requests for the property until 2007
Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved : 0 USD
Missions to the property until 2007**
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2007

In a letter provided during the 30th session of the Committee (Vilnius, 2006), the Mayor of Regensburg declared that the city will continue to do everything to support the conservation of the property and will refrain from any activities that would not be in accordance with the World Heritage status. A significant number of letters have been received by the World Heritage Centre from citizens and community groups on new developments. These letters were transmitted to the State Party for comments and to ICOMOS for review. In a letter dated 30 January 2007, the responsible authorities informed the World Heritage Centre on planning and urban renewal projects at the property and its surroundings.

An international design competition was organised by the town council of Regensburg in July 2006, for the new culture and convention hall on the Danube Market (Donaumarkt), situated in the core zone of the property. This project has been dismissed following the result of the citizens’ vote on 17 December 2006 (following a citizens’ initiative deposited on 3 August 2006). The future use of this area is still under discussion.

Others projects include the restoration of the Stone Bridge as an alternative road for buses. Parts of the Thurn and Taxis Castle will be converted into a hotel, and the use of the Karmeliten Hotel is under discussion. The Dachauplatz parking garage façade is being redesigned.

The evaluation of the mentioned projects is underway, in collaboration with the Bavarian State Office for the Preservation of Monuments and Historic Buildings. In addition, the City of Regensburg has commissioned an accompanying study of the above measures by experts from ICOMOS. In February 2007, the City of Regensburg will submit a proposal for a Steering Committee to the Bavarian State Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2007
31 COM 7B.98
Old Town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof (Germany)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.       Having examined Document WHC-07/31.COM/7B,

2.       Recalling Decision 30 COM 8B.45, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006), and that the property was inscribed in 2006 for its outstanding universal value as a trading, institutional and religious historic centre of the Holy Roman Empire,

3.       Noting the Mayor of Regensburg’s formal statement of July 2006 to ensure that the values of the property will be preserved,

4.       Regrets that procedures in compliance with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines were not taken into account;

5.       Requests the State Party to provide details on the projects before any decisions have been taken;

6.       Recommends that the Outstanding Universal Value and important views to and from the property be taken into account for any further decisions and planning processes regarding urban development in Regensburg;

7.       Also requests the State Party to provide the World Heritage Centre with an updated report by 1 February 2009, on the state of conservation of the property for examination by the Committee at its 33rd session in 2009.

Draft Decision: 31 COM 7B.98

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-07/31.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decision 30 COM 8B.45, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),and that the property was inscribed in 2006 for its outstanding universal value as a trading, institutional and religious historic centre of the Holy Roman Empire,

3. Noting the Mayor of Regensburg’s formal statement of July 2006 to ensure that the values of the property will be preserved,

4. Regrets that procedures in compliance with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines were not taken into account;

5. Requests the State Party to provide details on the projects before any decisions have been taken;

6. Recommends that the Vienna Memorandum on “World Heritage and Contemporary Architecture, Managing the Historic Urban Landscape” (2005) be taken into account for any further decisions and planning processes regarding urban development in Regensburg;

7. Also requests the State Party to provide the World Heritage Centre with an updated report by 1 February 2009, on the state of conservation of the property for examination by the Committee at its 33rd session in 2009.

Report year: 2007
Germany
Date of Inscription: 2006
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (ii)(iii)(iv)
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 31COM (2007)
Exports

* : 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”).

** : All mission reports are not always available electronically.


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