Culture, Heritage and Diversity

The Via Regia


The route Via Regia is the oldest and longest road link between Eastern and Western Europe. It goes through Spain, France resp. Belgium on to Germany and Poland to Belarus, Lithuania resp. the Ukraine.



Date and countries


Incorporated into the programme "The Council of Europe Cultural Routes": 2005

Countries: Belarus, Belgium, France, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, Ukraine





As far back as the Stone Age, proofs exist that the Via Regia corridor, which is situated south of the ice cap and north of the middle mountains zone, was the favourite passage region of the migrating tribes.


During the last 2000 years, on this way, merchants, soldiers, kings, pilgrims, migrants, and different kinds of travellers, have marked the character of the road and European history. Until now, the meaning of this traffic space, today known as A4 and E40, remains particular and international.


After more than 50 years of divided Europe, the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 and the East enlargement of the European Union in 2004 made it possible again to travel and to experience the European course of the road Via Regia.


From this moment on, several initiatives have been created. They have aimed at revitalizing the Via Regia as a symbol of common European work.


(Photo: The Lithuanian Grand Duke and Polish King Władysław II Jagiełło)



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