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    World Heritage requires international understanding and cooperation


    The World Heritage Convention primarily is an instrument of international understanding and cooperation. Against this background, Bamberg is involved in numerous international networks and contributes to the worldwide body of World Heritage expertise.


    EXPO 2015

    In 2015, at the invitation of the UNESCO Venice office, Bamberg’s Market Gardeners’ District presented itself at an EXPO in Venice. The Market Gardeners’ District in the form of video footage was part of the exhibition on food sustainability. Branches of the exhibition could also be visited in the Botanical Garden of Padua, at the National Park of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, and in the Regional Park of the delta of the river Po.

    Young Heritage Experts

    The Young Heritage Experts Network emerged as a result of an intense and interactive work process during the World Heritage Young Experts Forum in 2015, which took place prior to the 39th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Bonn. As part of the forum, young professionals from 33 countries exchanged views on current issues of conservation and sustainable management of World Heritage sites. Germany was represented by a scientific volunteer from the Bamberg World Heritage Office. The aims of the Young Heritage Experts Network are to act as a think tank, and to offer a hitherto unique international networking platform for young experts and committed people on topics related to World Heritage.



    The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is headquartered in Paris, France, and performs advisory functions under the World Heritage Convention. There are National Committees in more than 120 countries including Germany, and 25 International Scientific Committees. ICOMOS is committed to protecting and preserving monuments and historic World Heritage sites worldwide.


    Founded in 1993, the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) represents a collective intelligence on all issues related to the urban management of World Heritage properties. The OWHC connects with more than 300 cities having on their territory a site inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. All of these cities have a total population of over 164 million people. They are represented in the Organization by their mayor, with the active participation of elected municipal officials and heritage managers.

    More information on the OWHC is available at www.ovpm.org.

    Photo competition

    Together with the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC), the Bamberg World Heritage Office annually supports and lauds a photo competition that invites people to take a closer look at the World Heritage site “Town of Bamberg”, and to observe the familiar surroundings with keen eyes. Children, teenagers as well as individuals or groups can participate.

    Video competition

    The Bamberg World Heritage Office and the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) organize a video competition every two years for young filmmakers aged between 14 and 21 years.


    Winner 2019: Lukas Hein
    Winner 2017: Dominik Helmich
    Winner 2015: Johannes and Sebastian Höfener




    On the initiative of the structural and investment policy of the European Union, Interreg projects have been serving the transnational cooperation of European regions and cities for more than 30 years. In terms of content, the focus is on the everyday life of residents: from energy and climate to transport and social issues. The World Heritage Office represents the City of Bamberg in the urbanistic-project "PopUpUrbanSpaces" in order to solve problems resulting from car-oriented mobility and in order to design liveable, green public spaces in the period from 2023 to 2026. In addition to the German Bamberg, partners from Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Slovenia are involved. They will generate an exchange of knowledge and experience. The project is supported by the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme with co-financing from the European Regional Development Fund.


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    Project title: Facilitating Shift Towards Active Forms of Mobility by Changing the Attitude and Travel Behaviour of Residents Through the Use of Green, Low-cost Tactical Urbanism and Placemaking Solutions