"Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe"


The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme was launched in 1987 to demonstrate, via journeys through space and time, how the heritage of the different countries in Europe contributes to a shared cultural heritage.

The programme acts as a channel for intercultural dialogue and promotes better knowledge and understanding of European cultural identity while preserving and enhancing natural and cultural heritage.

The Council of Europe is the continent’s leading human rights organisation. It comprises 46 member states, including all the members of the European Union. All Council of Europe member states have signed the European Convention on Human Rights, a treaty designed to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law.


In 2010, the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA) was established in order to strengthen the programme politically and financially.
The EPA, based on criteria established by the Committee of Ministers Resolution CM/Res(2023)2, awards the certification “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” during the meetings of its Governing Board.

Cultural Routes are evaluated regularly by the EPA and are certified by the Council of Europe based on several criteria:

involve a theme that is representative of European values and common to at least three countries in Europe;

be the subject of transnational, multidisciplinary scientific research;

enhance  European memory, history and heritage and contribute to interpretation of Europe’s present-day diversity;

support cultural and educational exchanges for young people;

develop exemplary and innovative projects in the field of cultural tourism and sustainable cultural development;

develop tourist products and services aimed at different groups.


The “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” certification provides unique benefits for Cultural Routes and their network members:  


New Branding Brochures
of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Programme