Other Cultural Routes

Explore Europe on a fascinating Journey through Space and Time

Europes rich Cultural Heritage could not be more diverse! Customs, Traditions and shared Memories connect people across the continent. Through travelling on the different routes and ways, a cultural identity developed over the thousands of years, making Europe the community we quite naturally live in today. Travelling on the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, these roots become clear and tangible. By following the thematic Routes across Europe, you will overcome borders and centuries, build bridges to our neighbors, recognize unity in diversity and experience understanding between different humans and nations. Again and again you will come across junctions of different cultural influences. Take a fascinating journey through Space and Time and discover Europe on the paths of the Cultural Routes!

Cluniac Sites in Europe

Cluny started out as a centre of monastic reform, but gradually its task turned to regenerating the world by consecrating churches and changing the social relations and structure of their surrounding areas. By the early 12th century, Cluny was at the head of some 1400 Cluniac establishments in Western Europe. Varied architecture, a distinctive musical form, sculptures and paintings all form part of the fabulous heritage handed down to us by the monks.

Destination Napoleon

Discover 60 cities in 13 countries whose history was influenced by Napoleon Bonaparte. The tracks range from Portugal to Russia and can be traced today in the form of exhibitions, art events and exploratory tours.

European Mozart Ways

Palaces and piazzas, pleasure gardens, inns and hotels, concert halls and opera houses, cities, churches and landscapes: is there a better way to learn about and experience Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life and music than by retracing his footsteps through Europe, visiting some of the most significant music, art and architectural venues of Europe’s cultural heritage?

European Mozart Ways

Palaces and piazzas, pleasure gardens, inns and hotels, concert halls and opera houses, cities, churches and landscapes: is there a better way to learn about and experience Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life and music than by retracing his footsteps through Europe, visiting some of the most significant music, art and architectural venues of Europe’s cultural heritage?

Fortified towns of the Grande Region

Located in the heart of Europe, the region between France, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg has long been the scene of bitter military conflicts. Proud citadels, spectacular bastions and impregnable fortresses were once guardians along the borders of territorially fragmented nation states. Today they are a common European heritage that spreads cultural and tourist exchanges across borders, which gradually fade away.

In the Footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson

As a writer, traveller, adventurer and idealist, Stevenson, author of world-wide bestsellers such as Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, left his mark on the places he visited, through his literary work and his profound compassion for humanity. Today, we can retrace his steps from the Lothian region in Scotland to the Fontainebleau Forest in France or the Antwerp region in Belgium. The traveller can also participate in exhibitions, talks, lectures and activities, some specially targeting children and young people, so as to celebrate the important legacy of Robert Louis Stevenson.

Santiago de Compostela Pilgrim Routes

Embark on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. You can literally start right at your doorstep. Traditionally, the journey begins on foot, on horseback or with the donkey. Today, cycling is also a popular means of transport on the Way of St. James. www.saintjamesway.eu

The ATRIUM Route

The ATRIUM cultural route (Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes in Europe’s Urban Memory) takes a new look at an “uncomfortable” urban and architectural heritage in Europe. The totalitarian regimes of mid-20th century Europe had a major impact on urban landscape. These regimes founded new cities and rebuilt parts of existing cities often using the most advanced projects in architectural and urban design available. While the route repudiates all totalitarian ideology, it promotes a new look at this architectural heritage.

The European Cemetery Route

Get to know selected cemeteries in Europe as places with special historical and artistic significance! You will learn a lot about the history and culture of the societies associated with these unique places.

The European Route of Ceramics

The success of Europe’s ceramics industry has not just defined the economic development of the regions in which it is based, but has also produced a heritage, a social history and has contributed to the creation of a strong identity. The European Route of Ceramics invites visitors and tourists to discover the common heritage, inseparable from the early European exchanges, but also deeply anchored in territories. It also reflects technical advances, artistic trends and ideological aspirations of each period of time.

The European Route of Cistercian Abbeys

The Cistercian Order contributed greatly to the development of the Roman Church and the European States. The “white monks” were exemplary builders who participated in the development of rural areas, masters of the most advanced agricultural techniques – as shown by their legacy of barns, cellars, mills and foundries – and who from the Middle Ages onwards contributed to the development of art, knowledge and understanding in Europe.

The European Route of Historic Thermal Towns

The spa culture has always been an important part of European culture. Find out more about the health, but also political and cultural importance of the most famous baths in Europe. You will be amazed how many travel destinations have established themselves due to the presence of a thermal center.

The European Route of Jewish Heritage

Jewish heritage is an integral part of European history and culture. Much of it is rooted in Europe, with a story of migrations, persecutions and precariousness; but also of exchanges, humanism and a profusion of mutual enrichment. Learn about the Jewish heritage in Europe. On this route you will discover synagogues, cemeteries, baths, Jewish neighborhoods, monuments and learn more about the role of the Jewish population in European history.

The European Route of Megalithic Culture

The use of large stones – literally Mega-liths – was widespread in prehistoric communities and served for the construction of large buildings, tombs and sanctuaries. Many of them survive to this day as visible and fascinating stone TIME witnesses of this epoch of European history. Go on an exploration tour!

The European Routes of Emperor Charles V

Historical performances, art festivals, traditional markets and parades draw attention to the cultural heritage of Emperor Charles V throughout Europe. Embark on the journey and learn more about the role of the Emperor for the development of the European cultural landscape!

The Hanse

What started as a network between German merchants developed into an impressive league of cities that for several centuries kept power and control over trade and markets related to the Baltic Sea. The HANSE is a unique medieval network of cities that revived in 1980. The Hanse could be seen as a medieval forerunner to the European Union. Today you can experience the spirit of the Hanse as a cultural and living community of numerous cities in the places of the “new Hanse”!

The Huguenot and Waldensian trail

The European Cultural Route “Huguenot and Waldensian trail”, also called “The Road to Freedom”, follows the escape routes of the Protestant Huguenots and Waldensians, who, at the end of the 17th century, had to leave their French and Italian homeland to escape from violence and persecution and records the traces of their arrival and their integration in the German lands. The marked trail is 2000 km long and leads through Italy, France, Switzerland and Germany.

The Iter Vitis Route

Travel the wine routes in Europe from the Caucasus to the Atlantic and from the Mediterranean to the Baltic Sea. You combine enjoyment with European culture and thousands of years old tradition.

The Phoenicians’ Routes

The Phoenicians’ Route is the network of the great nautical courses which Phoenicians used from the twelfth century B.C. as their main trade and cultural lines of communication in the Mediterranean Sea. These routes became an integral and basic part of Mediterranean culture. Nowadays, Phoenicians are the intercultural model on which a “Cultural route of the Council of Europe” is based. This route passes through the countries of 3 continents and through over 80 towns of Phoenician origin.

The Prehistoric Rock Art Trail

Prehistoric Rock Art is an important common historical and cultural reference for all European citizens, it highlights that the peoples of prehistoric times, at particular periods in their history, have formed a single cultural community. The Route includes more than 100 destinations of the greatest scientific, cultural, artistic and archaeological value, all open to the public. It also contains a wide variety of “Cultural Landscapes”, essential for understanding the first art of Europe, which help to demonstrate the dialectical relationship which existed between Culture and Nature.

The Pyrenean Iron Route

The Pyrenees region is rich in iron ore and has a centuries-old iron-making tradition. This activity has produced economic wealth and has left a great deal of evidence of its past glories. Forestry, mining and processing factories have left substantial traces in both the rural and urban fabric of the mountain range. You can see the mines, charcoal kilns and ironworks, as well as miners’ and ironworkers’ homes, some typical features of ironworks architecture and a series of contemporary sculptures.

The Réseau Art Nouveau network

Art Nouveau emerged in the late 19th century and has rapidly spread throughout Europe through international exhibitions, traveling artists, letters and articles. Experience the European dimensions of Art Nouveau and discover the rich cultural heritage in more than 20 cities.

The Roman Emperors and Danube Wine Route

The Danube Wine Route incorporates the same regions where wine was introduced in Roman times, along the Danube frontier of the Roman Empire, and which continue the tradition of wine production. Whether you are hiking, cycling, driving, travelling by boat or train, or combining the lot, the cross-border journey along the Roman Danube Frontier (Limes) will reveal the outstanding natural beauty of the river and its hidden historic and archaeological treasures, many of which are off the beaten track.

The Route of Saint Olav Ways

The pilgrim ways through the spectacular landscape of Scandinavia are a network of routes through Denmark, Sweden and Norway, many of them the remnants of historic routes leading to Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim where Saint Olav lies buried. The city of Trondheim – or Nidaros – in Norway was a popular destination for pilgrims not long after Norway’s King Olav Haraldsson (995-1030) fell in the battle of Stiklestad in 1030. From the 11th century, the Saint Olav cult spread throughout the Nordic countries, and to the British Isles and Hanseatic towns along the Baltic Sea.

The Routes of El Legado Andalusí

The Routes of El Legado Andalusi are historical and traditional roads travelled along by historical travellers in years gone by and take in more than two hundred towns throughout the Iberian Peninsula. The Legacy of Al-Andalus is a public foundation of the Andalusia regional government. Its aim is to promote and disseminate the cultural patrimony of Andalusia, paying particular attention to the artistic expression and monuments of the Hispano-Moslem period.

The Routes of the Olive Tree

The presence of the olive tree has marked not only the landscape but also the everyday lives of the Mediterranean peoples. A mythical and sacred tree, it is associated with their rites and customs and has influenced their ways of life, creating a specific ancient civilisation, the “olive tree civilisation”. The Routes of the Olive Tree are itineraries of intercultural discovery and dialogue based on the theme of the olive tree, a universal symbol of peace and dialogue. They also involve various cultural events and activities geared towards enhancing the history of this invaluable tree, for the benefit of the olive oil-producing regions.

The Saint Martin of Tours Route

The Saint Martin of Tours European Cultural Route links many European towns which were part of the life of Saint Martin, as well as those with a significant architectural heritage linked to his veneration. These sites also have an intangible heritage that is still very much alive. Learn more about the legends and traditions that are still alive today.

The Via Habsburg

Walk in the footsteps of the famous Habsburg dynasty! From 996 to 1815, members of this powerful family had a decisive influence on the historical development in Europe. It was they who helped shape the geography and fate of Europe.

The Viking Routes

Following in the footsteps of the Vikings, you immerse yourself in a fascinating culture that you can experience across numerous countries. The Viking Cultural Route is a far-reaching and significant cross border collection of sites, stories and heritage relating to the shared Viking legacy of Europe and beyond. In particular, a variety of events such as the popular Viking markets make your trip an experience.

Via Francigena

The route follows the path taken by Sigeric, Archbishop of Canterbury, who travelled to Rome in 990 to meet Pope John XV and receive the investiture pallium. The 79 stages recorded in the Archbishop’s succinct diary of his journey have made it possible to retrace the key stops on this, the shortest route between the North Sea and Rome, which first became known as the “Via Francigena” in 876. The Via Francigena honours the shared European cultural heritage both as an expression of cultural diversity and identity, by linking together into a single route of outstanding interest a network of routes along which European identity and unity has been created through the centuries.

VIA REGIA

Travel on the oldest and longest road link between Eastern and Western Europe, which today connects 4,500 km of 8 European countries! The VIA REGIA invites you to follow beyond the borders of your own region, discovering the richness of the cultural area of Europe. Where we leave the familiar, we learn to appreciate common ground, we overcome the divisive. Between Galicia in Spain and Kiev in Ukraine, VIA REGIA connects more than 50 regions, each with its own history.