Tapping into opportunities linked to anniversaries of Jan Hus (in 2015) and Martin Luther (in 2017), the project "European Cultural Route of Reformation" (ECRR) for the first time framed Reformation as a European process. In the implementation period, the project established a network of more than 35 stakeholders from more than eight countries. The transnational approach to the Reformation as a unifying European topic is supporting regional development by increasing visibility for and attracting more (international) tourists. The sustainable management of the reformation heritage is fostered by extensive capacity building that took place within the project: In eight project regions a total of 267 people has been trained on three topics focussing on reformation-themed cultural heritage, including ways to reduce CO2 emissions of tourism and digital promotion approaches. Project partners provided their individual expertise and together, the project collected a great amount of knowledge and experience related to the fields of culture, tourism, policy, and infrastructure, always concerning regional development for especially rural areas. A training curriculum summarizing the content and experiences is offering the chance for future knowledge transfer.
As durable transnational management structure, the association “Routes of Reformation” has been founded. It draws on ECRR's achievements and is further supported by a scientific committee of experts on Reformation, history, and culture. Guidance for the route’s development and related actions is also provided by the prepared transnational action plan that has been formally adopted by 25 organizations during project lifetime and lays ground also for the future route members.
The established cultural route is benefiting from the project's digital promotion campaign and publicity means specifically created in the project, namely the mobile app "Routes of Reformation" (available for free at app stores) and the route website (www.reformationroutes.eu). This is complemented by seven info points, equipped with digital touchscreen stations, created within the project. These long-lasting physical outputs make the route locally visible, tangible and provide easy access to the whole network for residents and visitors.
The application and successful recognition as certified “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” is a major result, substantially boosting the young route.
On May 17, ECRR hosted its final conference in Gosau, Austria. More than 100 participants from all project regions and beyond gathered to celebrate the achievements of the past three years and made plans for everything that is yet to come for the Routes of Reformation association.
The Routes of Reformation, product of ECRR, has officially been certified by the Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA) on April 10, 2019. This is a tremendous honor and opportunity. More can be found here.
Transnational Action Plan
The TAP is a comprehensive strategy defining actions to preserve, enhance, and promote Reformation-themed cultural heritage. It summarizes the steps made to establish the Route's management structure and actions to be implemented after the project's lifetime in order to sustain it.
Capacity Building Events
Training events on three main topics: preservation of cultural heritage, stakeholder alignment and promotion of cultural heritage to foster for the sustainable management and use of Reformation-themed cultural heritage.
Creation of the ECRR
Establishment of a durable transnational management structure to secure the preservation and promotion of the European Cultural Route of Reformation. Pilot Actions includ the Route's Website, a mobile App, and 80 information plates and 7 multimedia info-Points in ECRR regions.
The curricula produced to realize the transnational training sessions aim to achieve the preseravation and fostering of collected knowledge and training methodologies. This approach creates a transnational network supporting the sustainable use of cultural heritage.
Points of interest
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