In Regensburg, various steps have been taken to provide a sustainable development in the historic urban landscape. Abounding with cultural properties to testify to its history as a trading center and its influence on the region, this Bavarian city is now in the UNESCO World Heritage List and it hosted a european-scale city networking project as the coordinating partner.
More info: Stadt Regensburg official website
156 800 (2014, Bevölkerungsstatistik der Stadt Regensburg)
Core zone of Heritage Area: 182, 8 hectares; buffer zone: 775, 6 hectares
Tangible cultural heritage; culture and tourism; economic development; housing; mobility; urban planning and development; environmental issues and leisure; awareness raising and research
The protection of the World Heritage area is ensured by way of legal norms and conventions at international, national and local level. At the international level, this is implemented by way of conventions, charters and European treaties. At the national level, the building and environmental protection laws play a significant safeguarding role. At the state level, the Denkmalschutzgesetz,(Historical Buildings / Monuments Act), and the Building Regulations are important protective instruments worth mentioning.
Stakeholders at a local level
Departments of the City of Regensburg
Amt für Archiv und Denkmalpflege
Stadtplanungsamt (City Planning Office)
Bauordnungsamt (Building Regulation Dept.)
Institutions and agencies at local level
Design Advisory Committee of the City of Regensburg
Welterbe-Steuerungskomitee (World Heritage steering committee)
Associations and initiatives of citizens
Aktionsgemeinschaft Altstadt e. V.
Stakeholders at Land level
Bavarian State Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts
Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology
Bavarian State Department of Historical Monuments
Oberste Baubehörde im Bayerischen Staatsministerium des Innern (State Building Authority, Bavarian Ministry of the Interior)
State Monument and Historical Buildings Conservation Advisory Board
Stakeholders at federal level
 The first efforts are made to inscribe Regensburg as World Heritage Site.
[1990’s]The Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs at the state level confer with each other and decide that only World Heritage applications from the area encompassing the former GDR will be considered.
 The Cultural Advisor to the City of Regensburg prioritizes the World Heritage application process.
 The staff of the Department of Historic Buildings has grown to include an art historian and a restoration expert, so that work can now go ahead on the application process.
 UNESCO’s requirements continue to heighten the application process
 The application is initially submitted to the Bavarian Ministry for Science, Research and Art. Then it passed on via the Assembly for State Ministers of Culture and Education to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and then forwarded to UNESCO’s World Heritage Office.
 UNESCO specifies further requirements, which are immediately provided. UNESCO assigns an assessor to Regensburg and he spends several days inspecting the city on location in September.
 The ‘Old Town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof’ was designated a World Heritage Site at the 30th Session of the World Heritage Committee, in Vilnius, Lithuania.