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EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA

  • 76.

    World Heritage properties of Vienna

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      Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn (Austria) (C 786)

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      Historic Centre of Vienna (Austria) (C 1033)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List Vienna: 2001 Schönbrunn: 1996

Criteria Vienna:

(ii) (iv) (vi)

Schönbrunn: (i) (iv)

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

Previous Committee Decisions Vienna: 28 COM 15B.83; 32 COM 7B.82; 33 COM 7B.89 Schönbrunn: 32 COM 7B.83; 32 COM 8D; 33 COM 7B.90

International Assistance N/A

UNESCO Extra-budgetary funds N/A

Previous monitoring missions March 2006: Joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS mission to the “Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn”

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

  • a)

    High-rise construction project of Central Vienna;

  • b)

    High-rise construction project of Vienna Central Train Station.

Illustrative material Vienna: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1033 Schönbrunn: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/786

Current conservation issues

In response to the decisions by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session in 2009, the State Party provided the requested Visual Impact Study (VIS) for the UNESCO World Heritage Sites “Historic Centre of Vienna” and “Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn”, dated January 2010. This study offers an examination of the potential visual impact of the projects “Vienna Main Railway Station” and “Kometgründe” on the Outstanding Universal Value of the two World Heritage properties. It was carried out from July 2009 to January 2010.

The study and its methodology was founded on a wide range of surveying technologies that allowed accurate field-of-vision analysis. These include laser scans, façade point clouds, a 3D topographical terrain model, accurate city maps, a 3D building information model and a 3D “roof model”. Due to the emerging data, the State Party indicates that it was possible to

State of conservation of World Heritage properties inscribed on the World Heritage List

WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add, p. 130

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