the nomination

Timeline of the World Heritage nomination


Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe is included on the German Tentative List.


Establishment of the citizens' association »Bürger für das Welterbe – Park Wilhelmshöhe, Karlsaue und Wilhelmsthal« (registration 2001).


The Kassel municipal authorities decide to support the World Heritage nomination, and to map out core and buffer zones.


Prof. Dr. Gerd Weiß, President of the State Office for the Preservation of Historical Monuments, is appointed World Heritage coordinator of the State of Hesse.


Setting up of the World Heritage Workshop by the Hesse Ministry of Science and Art, to serve as an advisory board supporting the overhaul of Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel and the World Heritage nomination. First board meeting takes place in January.


February: Third World Heritage Workshop meeting at Kassel. Presentation of the concept prepared for the ICOMOS convention.

August: Fourth World Heritage Workshop meeting at Kassel. The experts advise against nominating the Landgravial gardens of Kassel and its surroundings as a cultural landscape, and recommend putting the main focus on the water displays of Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe instead.

October: The newly established World Heritage working group representing the State of Hesse, the city of Kassel, and the citizenry compiles the management plan. The cultural institutions of Kassel support the nomination process.


February: Public information session for interested citizens and panel discussion. Guest speaker Dr. Karin Dengler-Schreiber of the »Dokumentationszentrum Welterbe« of the city of Bamberg reports on experiences gained at Bamberg.

May: About 180 experts, curators, architects and museum representatives attend the international ICOMOS convention »Hortus ex machina. Der Bergpark im Dreiklang von Kunst, Natur und Technik«.

August: Fifth World Heritage Workshop meeting.

September: Prof. Dr. Bernd Küster established as the new director of Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel. Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel and the State Office for the Preservation of Historical Monuments issue invitations to a nationwide press event to mark the occasion of the nomination of the Bergpark water features.

October: A student design competition is launched to find a logo for the World Heritage nomination. Maria Herzog's stylised Hercules Monument wins first prize.


February: During a public information session for interested citizens, some research findings are presented to the public.

March: Sixth World Heritage Workshop meeting. State Minister Eva Kühne-Hörmann pledges the editorial support of former Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung journalist and »Museumslandschaft Kassel« project coordinator Ernst Wegener.

May: MHK celebrates its first Bergpark festival, entitled »Auf dem Weg zum Welterbe« and featuring World Heritage-related information, games and events.


Spring: Finalisation of the nomination, i.e. translation into English and graphic preparation.

June: The 2011 Bergpark festival »Auf dem Weg zum Welterbe«.

August: As the representative of the State Party, Minister Eva Kühne-Hörmann signs the World Heritage nomination.

September: The World Heritage nomination is forwarded by the Hesse Ministry of Science and Art to the Foreign Office, via the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs.


February: The nomination documents are submitted to the World Heritage Centre at Paris, where UNESCO's advisory committee of experts, ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites), is due to conduct a careful evaluation.

On 15/16 March 2012, the World Heritage Advisory Board meets for the first time at Kassel. The committee has been set up to provide expert support for both the World Heritage nomination process and pending construction work in the nomination area.


May: The International Council on Monuments and Sites recommends the inscription of »Water Features and Hercules within the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe« at Kassel on UNESCO's World Heritage list.

23 June: We are World Heritage! During its session at Phnom Penh, Cambodia, UNESCO's World Heritage committee decides unanimously to add the Hercules and water displays to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.