The Goethe Gartenhaus in autumn

Management plan for the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Classical Weimar”

In 1998, when UNESCO distinguished “Classical Weimar” as a World Heritage Site, candidates were not yet required to draft a management plan in accordance with the “Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention”.

Since 2007, however, the UNESCO management plan has become an integral part of the application process. All UNESCO World Heritage Sites, recognised prior to 2007, have been asked to draft corresponding plans in preparation for the periodical reporting to the World Heritage Committee.

The Klassik Stiftung Weimar submitted its “Classical Weimar” management plan to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Paris last year. The 174-page document presents strategies for managing the buildings and grounds of the World Heritage Site.

In view of the upcoming evaluation of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Classical Weimar”, the document represents a central planning instrument for the medium- and long-term preservation, use, maintenance and continued development of the ensemble.

The UNESCO management plan contains guidelines for the careful and sustainable handling of the world cultural site. It analyses calculated risks which enable the foundation to develop strategies for avoiding them.

An important result of the plan was the definition and identification of core zones, puffer zones and lines of sight, presented in a legally binding form for the town of Weimar and its neighbouring communities with the aim of protecting areas in the immediate vicinity of the world heritage sites.

Projects of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Free State of Thuringia, represented by the State Chancellery of Thuringia, Department of Culture and the Arts.

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