Vianden UNESCO World Heritage bid shelved
A bid to have Vianden recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site has been shelved so that further improvements can be carried out in the town.
The picturesque community with its medieval castle and historic centre, nestled in the north east of Luxembourg, appeared to be a perfect candidate for the heritage title.
It was due to be presented at the 37th UNESCO World Heritage Committee Congress in Cambodia later this month.
However, the Luxembourg government has opted to postpone the bid to improve the application, following a report from the International Council of Sites and Monuments which identified several vacanct buildings and constructions in poor state of repair in the centre. Furthermore, it observed that the local population was not closely involved enough in the project.
Vianden mayor Marc Schaefer said that the postponement should be seen not as a disappointment but rather as an incentive to improve for the next time.
He hopes to work with the “Service des sites et monuments” to raise awareness during the coming autumn about the community's cultural and historical significance, to inspire people to take pride and carry out repairs to the more run-down buildings.
Currently, only the old quarters and fortifications of Luxembourg city feature on the UNESCO World Heritage list.