The Via Regia
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
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