CERTESS project deals with the building-up of a methodological framework on how to develop and manage Cultural Routes (CRs) by making use of route development best practices and governance instruments targeted to foster sustainable cultural tourism. CRs are intended by the Council of Europe as “historical lines interconnecting one or more regions and organized around topics whose historical, artistic or social interest proves to be European, either because of the geographical layout of the route, or due to its contents and significance”.
Most ECRs lack comprehensive methodologies and governance instruments to implement effective strategies at regional level.
The draft methodology is intended to be tested by the project partners, while designing their CR Route Plans. They will: a) adopt customised Best Practices; b) develop and adopt well-suited governance tools; c) promote local enterprises and products along their routes by use of innovative immaterial services including ITC.
CERTESS partners intend to make their activities sustainable by integrating their Plans into a ECR overall strategy.


The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention.
EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.


The CERTESS project aims at sustainable development, management and enhancement of European Cultural Routes by
• identifying Best Practices to add value to local cultural and natural heritage,
• developing well-suited governance tools,
• promoting local enterprises and products by adopting innovative immaterial services (ITC).


European Institute of Cultural Routes

Abbaye de Neumünster

28, rue Münster

L-2160 Luxembourg

Tel: +352 24 12 50

Fax: +352 24 12 50 58

Email: contract@culture-routes.lu

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