Strasbourg’s Neustadt on UNESCO’s World Heritage List


The Palais du Rhin, former imperial palace and headquarters of the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine, is at the heart of Strasbourg’s Neustadt district, built at the close of the nineteenth century. It was an important element of the Strasbourg authorities’ submission to UNESCO applying for the Grande-Île’s World Heritage List status to be extended to include the Neustadt. The positive decision by the 41st session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee meeting in Krakow on 9 July 2017 to endorse the proposed extension is to be welcomed.

The “German quarter” of Neustadt, built during the reign of Emperor Wilhelm II, covers 90 hectares and includes an impressive collection of buildings such as the National Theatre of Strasbourg (former parliament), the National and University Library and the Palais du Rhin.