The EPA contributes to strengthening the democratic dimension of cultural exchanges and tourism by involving basic networks and associations, local and regional authorities, universities and professional organisations. It contributes to the preservation of a diverse heritage through thematic and alternative tourist itineraries and cultural projects. The “Cultural Routes” programme was launched in 1987 by the Council of Europe. The aim was to show, through a journey through space and time, how the heritage of the different countries and cultures of Europe contributes to a common cultural heritage. The EPA contributes to the development of new orientations and standards for cultural routes and tourism in response to the challenges and concerns of modern societies. The expanded sub-agreement on cultural routes aims to strengthen the potential of cultural routes for cultural cooperation, sustainable territorial development and social cohesion, focusing on symbolic themes for European unity, history, culture and values, as well as on the discovery of lesser-known objectives. It contributes to strengthening the democratic dimension of cultural exchanges and tourism by involving basic networks and associations, local and regional authorities, universities and professional organisations. It contributes to the preservation of a diverse heritage through thematic and alternative tourist itineraries and cultural projects. The maritime heritage of the Baltic Sea offers the opportunity to explore submerged landscapes dating back to the Stone Age, a multitude of shipwrecks from centuries of intense commerce and conflict, as well as magnificent coastal landscapes that have marked the cultural identity of the region. The Council of Europe`s expanded sub-agreement on cultural routes (EPA), concluded in 2010, aims to strengthen the potential of cultural routes for cultural co-operation, sustainable territorial development and social cohesion, with particular emphasis on symbolic issues for European unity, history, culture and values and the discovery of lesser-known destinations.

The ERHG believes that recognition as a cultural route of the Council of Europe is the best way to recognise the historical, artistic and social value of historic gardens in member states, in particular in countries that are signatories to the extended partial agreement on cultural routes. This is why the ERHG invites all historic gardens in the Member States currently open for public visits, either for socio-cultural or sustainable tourism purposes, to join this network and its European Historic Gardens project. The central objective of this programme is to contribute to the promotion of European identity and citizenship through knowledge and awareness of Europe`s common heritage and the development of cultural links and dialogue within Europe, as well as with other countries and regions. A Council of Europe Cultural Route is a co-operation project in the field of European cultural heritage, education and tourism, which aims to develop and promote one or more itineraries based on a historical path, cultural concept, individual or phenomenon of international importance and importance and aimed at understanding and respecting common European values. It can be a physical route or a network of heritage sites. In a new video released today, Routes4U takes you on a mind-blowing adventure on new cultural routes that are developing across the European continent and beyond and cover 31 countries: 19 EU Member States and 12 third countries. . . .