CERTESS - Cultural European Routes Transferring Experiences, Sharing Solutions

Countries: Germany, Austria, Finland, Czech Republic, Romania, Poland, Malta, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg
European programme(s):
Interreg IVC
- Culture
- Tourism

Lead partner: European Institute of Cultural Routes

CERTESS is an interregional project prepared by 12 regional partners of 10 European countries, financed by the European Regional Development Fund and implemented under the INTERREG IVC Programme.
The project aims at establishing and sharing a common methodological framework on how to develop, manage and enhance European Cultural Routes.
Partners will combine use of good & best practices and governance instruments to formulate 10 Route Implementation Plans, all targeted to foster sustainable cultural tourism in their reference areas.


  • Institut Européen des Itinéraires Culturels (LU)
  • Lazio Region – Assessorato Cultura e Politiche Giovanili – Direzione Regionale Cultura e Politiche Giovanili (IT)
  • Department for Local Government (MT)
  • Salzburg Research (AT)
  • Agency for Tourism of the Balearic Islands (ES)
  • Regional Ministry of Tourism and Commerce - Junta de Andalucia (ES)
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (DE)
  • Zlin Region (CZ)
  • Ministry of Culture Luxembourg (LU)
  • Sibiu County Tourism Association (RO)
  • JAMK University of Applied Sciences (FI)
  • Lower Silesian Tourist Organization (PL)

Project goals

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)

Project activities

Project activities consist of share and transfer of experience among the participating regions and joint policy development. Partners intend to:

  • Earmark over 30 Good Practices to be combined into 4 to 5 topical Best Practices
  • Identify and re-engineer 80 to 100 governance instruments at regional level involving local stakeholders
  • Draw multi-sector sets of governance actions, in the form of local Route Plans. Each Plan will be officially adopted as a regional strategic program for promoting one or more specific European Cultural Routes in the area.

Project duration

12/2011 - 11/2014

Total cost

1 935 495€