In the framework of Routes4U, the co-ordinators of Priority Area 3 “Culture and tourism, people to people” of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) launched a consultation process to define the priorities for new Cultural Routes to be developed. They decided on the following two priorities: Iron Age Route and Cyril and Methodius Route.

Iron Age Danube

The theme of the Iron Age is not reflected among the certified Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, as it is also an underrepresented theme in other international instruments for the protection of heritage. It is, however, an important example of the archaeological sites in the Danube Region.

However, a 2017-19 Interreg project focuses on archaeological landscapes of the Early Iron Age. These very fragile, prehistoric landscapes in the Danube remain partly hidden and not well integrated into cultural tourism. The project partnership builds on joint approaches to researching and managing complex (pre)historic landscapes and their integration into sustainable tourism.

This project will lead to the launch of a new digital application with interactive visualisations and augmented reality features to enable visitors to experience the archaeological heritage of the Iron Age in an innovative way.


Routes4U Recommendations

The Roadmap for the Danube Region (April 2019) summarises the recommendations drawn during the consultation on the Danube Region:

  • So far, five countries of the Danube Region are involved in the network of the Iron Age Danube project. The theme of Iron Age offers opportunities for further extension at a later stage.
  • The preparation of a proposal for Cultural Route certification would ensure the continuation of the work and the long-term-sustainability of the Interreg project (2017-19).
  • Possibilities for the establishment of a legal network of the members, including a scientific committee and a work plan and budget for the five main fields of actions should be further discussed.
Routes4U feasibility study

In the framework of Routes4U, a feasibility study on an Iron Age Route in the Danube Region has been conducted, including experts recommendations on further steps to be taken with a view to applying for the "Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe" certification.

Available online

Cyril and Methodius Route

The European Cultural Route of Saints Cyril and Methodius is an association of legal entities established in 2013.

The Saints Cyril and Methodius influenced the local culture through dialogue, listening and observing relationships. They also organised local customs by contributing their knowledge and creating new cultural rules that respected the autonomy of the local people. The European Cultural Route of Saints Cyril and Methodius network’s activities support the living legacy of Cyril and Methodius and their followers, as well as values based on respect and dialogue between people of different cultures and faiths. The route connects significant places and institutions through cultural and pilgrimage trails and offers different cultural-educational events along them.


Routes4U Recommendations

The Roadmap for the Danube Region (April 2019) summarises the recommendations drawn during the consultation on the Danube Region:

  • There is strong potential for strengthening and further extending this network to other countries in the Danube Region.
  • Four hiking trails on the theme of the Saints Cyril and Methodius exist, providing an example of “sustainable tourism” as well as “slow tourism” in the Danube Region.
  • A proposal for certification as a Cultural Route is currently under evaluation. Its further development seems feasible.

Next steps

July 2019

  • Consultation in Luxembourg on the Routes4U-support to the projects
  • Launch of a study to identify heritage elements and potential partners for Iron Age Route
  • Inventory on tangible and intangible heritage of Iron Age and Cyril and Methodius Routes

October 2019

  • Stakeholders meeting for all macro regional priorities regarding to new Cultural Routes

June 2020

  • Preparation of certification of the Cyril and Methodius Route

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