An overview of the World Heritage Sites
UNESCO World Heritage Sites are outstanding testimonials to human history and to the history of the natural world. In 1978 the World Heritage organization began with a list of 12 sites. Over the years magnificent monuments such as Angkor Wat in Cambodia and the Great Wall of China were added to the list. In Germany, unique cities like the old town of Bamberg, the breathtaking cathedrals in Aachen and in Cologne as well as important industrial structures like the “Zollverein” coal mines in Essen belong to the exclusive family of World Heritage sites. The sites encompass 1,121 objects in 167 countries around the globe. Germany currently has 46 of these extraordinary places, 8 of those are in Bavaria.
The Path to World Heritage Status
The city of Augsburg has applied for World Heritage status with its water management system, which is unique worldwide. On the basis of the research in various scientific works, the city expressed interest in becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.
Until 2014 the process went quickly through the list of Bavarian candidates. In that year experts from the cultural affairs conference put Augsburg and its water management system in third place on the list of recommended German World Heritage site candidates.
The next important step was to attract UNESCO World Heritage site experts to draft the application. In addition, the city established an official office exclusively for the UNESCO candidature. In the beginning of 2018 the crucial phase of the application process began. This culminated in the timely submission of an over 800 page application with extensive maps and detailed data to the UNESCO World Heritage center in Paris on February 1, 2018. This docume was subsequently assessed and evaluated by World Heritage experts. On 06.07.2019 Augsburg was registered with its water management system in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.