1.         Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin (Germany) (C 532ter)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1990

Criteria  (i)(ii)(iv)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/532/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/532/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions

1993: World Heritage Centre / ICOMOS joint mission

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/532/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1995

The Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1990. The site was extended to include the Saveur Church and the Sacrow Castle in 1992. A mission to the site was carried out by ICOMOS, the World Heritage Centre and German experts in 1993 and a seminar was held on the "Development of the Potsdam Manmade Landscape" with support from the World Heritage Fund in 1994. The full report of the Seminar was presented by the German Council for Land Stewardship (Deutscher Rat für Landespflege) to the World Heritage Centre. The report reveals the landscape history of the site, which is an exceptionally designed landscape and includes not only the Park itself, but also the Potsdam cultural landscape which is threatened by urban pressure. The Seminar recommended the following:

- to enlarge the site to include the "Neuer Garten", the Babelsberger Park, the Russian Colony/Kapellenberg/Pfingstberg and the Bornimer Feldflur;

- to acknowledge the ensemble character of the Park and its surrounding cultural landscape as a buffer zone;

- to review development projects of the city planners of Potsdam which may threaten the values of the site by current traffic planning (including international waterways) and construction projects. Characteristic sight connections would be affected;

- to review the legal protection situation of the site.

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

The Bureau may wish to recommend to the Committee that the German authorities be asked to provide a full state of conservation report of the site, including statements concerning, legal protection, current planning and development of Potsdam, review of possible extension of the site and the future development of guiding principles to protect the Potsdam World Heritage site and its surrounding cultural landscape.

Decision Adopted: 19 COM VII.C.2.37/33

VII.37 Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin (Germany)

The Committee took note of the report provided by the Secretariat and invited the German authorities to provide a full state of conservation report on the site, including statements concerning legal protection, current planning and development of Potsdam, as well as information on possible extensions of the site and/or buffer zones adjacent to the site.