The Cultural Routes Program was launched in 1987 by the Council of Europe. It recognizes European networks that develop routes to make our shared cultural heritage a tourist experience.
The networks work together interdisciplinary in the fields of culture, tourism, education, heritage, economics, research and the arts. The Council of Europe’s Cultural Routes program is of great importance to the process of unifying Europe, with the aim of making the value of experience of the common “European cultural area” more visible, more valuable and more alive in daily life. The over 30 Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe are an invitation to travel and to discover the rich and diverse heritage of Europe by bringing people and places together in networks of shared history and heritage. They put into practice the values of the Council of Europe: human rights, cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and mutual exchanges across borders. The European Institute of Cultural Routes in Luxembourg supervises the program and the networks. Founded in 1949, the Council of Europe is the oldest international organization in Europe. It is the intention of the members to establish and safeguard the ideals and principles that are their common heritage, in accordance with the Statute of the Council of Europe. Today the Council of Europe is one of the most important human rights organizations in Europe.
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