Description of the Regional Secretariat:
Where we are:
The City´s unique character as "the only authentically preserved large medieval city in Germany" and its outstanding historic significance allowed "The Old Town Regensburg with Stadtamhof" to hold the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site since July 13th 2006.
Even before it was nominated as a World Heritage Site, Regensburg was a popular tourist destination for visitors who came to see the many medieval towers and narrow, crooked streets in its highly preserved old town where traffic is restricted to a minimum. But the city was far beyond being an inside tip. Constant and steady growth of tourist numbers proves this fact. And if you come once, you'll come again, because now you know that this amazing city in the Danube's northernmost bend is more than just a collection of historic treasures - it is also a lively location for shopping, eating out, leisure activities, culture and sport.
In May 2011 the World Heritage Visitor Centre Regensburg opened. It is an offer which provides information, education and interactive experience for guests, tourists, visitors and families .Modern technologies in addition to traditional presentation methods and unique exhibits implement the essence of Heritage Regensburg here.
Who we are:
The Regional Secretariat North West Europe is hosted by the World Heritage Management unit of the City of Regensburg. This administration unit is affiliated to the Planning and Building Division. The World Heritage Coordination covers different fields of work:
1. Main Contact for all issues that deal with the subject “World Heritage”.
2. Communication and mediation concerning monitoring.
3. Promotion of scientific exchange and international networking
4. Public relations, event management and publication activities to promote the idea and the value of “World Heritage”.
Head of the unit is World Heritage Coordinator Mr. Matthias Ripp.
What we plan:
To stimulate the development, a number of actions could be implemented. These actions should be carried out in combination with appropriate management activities and in co-operation with all member cities. Based on the extraordinary qualities of the World Heritage cities, improvement could be achieved fairly quickly.
To achieve the best results, collective efforts must be made to strengthen the work of the Regional Secretariat.
This website should provide interactive tools for the exchange of information between member cities within the OWHC network, as well as providing useful content for other organizations, networks and historic cities.
To communicate the activities of the region and its member cities, a small publication will be produced.
D. Exchange of Expertise
One of the most important benefits of the OWHC network is the exchange of expertise, especially in the fields of work on tourism, sustainability, the sustainable development of historic cities and the communication of heritage values.
E. Strong voice of the member cities
To vitalize the influence of the north-western region in the OWHC network, it would be useful to implement a bottom-up approach.
F. Enhance output of regional conferences
To guarantee the best results, member cities should be encouraged to put subjects on the agenda and propose topics and speakers.
Not only should the aspect of networking be emphasized, but also the incorporation of information and expertise from other organizations that are active in the field of urban heritage.
Bath, United Kingdom
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Liverpool, United Kingdom
For further information, please visit www.welterbe-regensburg.de
Or take a look at this brochure.Mr. Matthias Ripp
OWHC Regional Coordinator
Planning and Building Division
93047 Regensburg Tel: +49/941/507-4611
Mrs Stephanie Ruhfaß
OWHC Regional Secretariat /Project Manager
Planning and Building Division