Unesco puts Vienna’s historic centre on ‘in danger’ list; The Local


Austria – Historic Centre of Vienna
The historic centre of Vienna has been added to Unesco’s list of sites in danger due to a high-rise project that the body says will undermine the area’s value.

The project, still in its developmental phase, is set to extend over an area of 6,500 square metres just south of the famous 19th century Stadtpark with bisects the Wien river.

The plans include a huge hotel, luxury apartments in a high-rise tower, fitness and sports facilities, a new conference venue and a 1,000 square-metre indoor skating rink.

Open-air areas accessible to the public are also planned, which the city said will represent an architectural “improvement” in the area, giving it an “attractive” and “modern” feel.

The project, set to break ground in 2019, will also “enhance Vienna as capital of music”, the city’s ruling Social Democratic and Green party coalition said.

 

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