CERTESS - Cultural European Routes: Transfer Experiences, Share Solutions

  • Project team:

    Paskaleva-Shapira, Krassimira (Project leader); Christina Merz, Anika Hügle

  • Funding: European Regional Development Fund
  • Start date: 2012
  • End date: 2014
  • Project partners: Administrative District of Gorlice (PL), Department of Local Government (MT), European Institute of Cultural Routes (LU), JAMK - University of Applied Sciences Jyväskylä (FI), Lazio Region Rome (IT), Ministry of Culture, Higher Education and Research Luxembourg (LU), Regional Ministry of Tourism Commerce and Sports Junta de Andalucia Sevilla (ES), Salzburg Research (AT), Sibiu County Tourism Association (RO), Tourism Agency of the Balearic Islands (ES), Zlin Region (CZ)
  • Research group: Innovation processes and impacts of technology

Project description

Cultural Routes, supported by the European Council, are being viewed as historical lines interconnecting two or more regions and are organized around a topic whose historical, artistic or social interest proves to be European, either because of the geographical layout of the route, or due to its contents and significance. The CERTESS project aims to address some of the key challenges of Cultural Routes in Europe by establishing a common European Reference Model that can help to achieve the EU 2020 targets in cultural tourism, aiming at sustainable and competitive sectors and territories.

Currently most of the European Cultural Routes lack comprehensive methodologies, adequate governance instruments and innovative approaches to implement effective strategies at regional and EU level. ICT solutions to make cultural heritage more tangible to the diverse users are also not evident. In fact, there are often a range of local initiatives that are casually scattered along the route and its territory, thus lacking the critical mass to valorise the value of cultural heritage and tourism performance remaining poor. CERTESS aims to fill up this gap and provide a coherent methodological framework about developing, managing, and enhancing European Cultural Routes by utilizing a common Reference Model and Governance instruments fostering sustainable and competitive cultural tourism. This involves the development of innovative management tools as well as research on successful, collaborative networking, and cooperation structures that can boost the process. Involving integrated ICT technologies to provide competitive services and products is another objective of the project.

CERTESS is carried out by the European Institute of Cultural Routes together with eleven other partners from Europe representing city and regional authorities, tourist agencies, and research institutions. The Institute of Technology Assessment and System Analysis (ITAS) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is one of the research institutions, acting as a scientific advisor to the consortium. ITAS’ role is to identify innovative and effective governance instruments and tools to improve the Cultural Routes management not only on the national but also on the EU level. ITAS also supports the development of governance strategies and policies to aid efforts on stakeholder engagement and support the project’s objective of establishing a consistent alignment of European Cultural Routes and sustainable cultural tourism. In this, the adoption of integrated ICT tools and services is of particular interest.

If you have queries about CERTESS or the work of the ITAS team, please let us know. We are particularly interested in issues related to regional innovation, cultural heritage as a driver of sustainable tourism, innovation governance, and the use of ICT to enhance heritage use and its safeguard.

Project website: http://certess.culture-routes.lu

Workshop on "Neue Impulse für den Kulturtourismus" at 30.10.2014

Information: PDF

Workshop on "Cultural Tourism" at 08.07.2013

Further informationen (PDF).

CERTESS Newsletter

Issue 1 (June 2012)
Issue 2 (December 2012)
Issue 3 (June 2013)
Issue 4 (December 2013)
Issue 5 (June 2014)
Issue 6 (November 2014)


Hügle, A.; Götz, C.
Progress on route implementation plan - A policy document
2014. 6th Steering Committee, Sevilla, E, June 11-12, 2014 
Hügle, A.; Götz, C.
Concept for route implementation plan - A policy document
2014. 5th Certess Workshop, Jyväskylä, SF, March 26-27, 2014 
Hügle, A.; Merz, C.
Analyse kulturtouristischer Netzwerke
2014. Vortrag im Rahmen der Veranstaltung ’Neue Impulse für den Kulturtourismus - Kulturtouristische Netzwerke nachhaltig und attraktiv gestalten’, Baden-Baden, 30. November 2014 
Hügle, A.; Merz, C.
Route implementation plan - Regional route methodology and networking
2014. CERTESS Final Conference, Luxembourg, L, October 22, 2014 
Merz, C.; Hügle, A.
CERTESS - Cultural European routes: transfer experience. Share solutions
2014. Vortrag im Rahmen der Veranstaltung ’Neue Impulse für den Kulturtourismus - Kulturtouristische Netzwerke nachhaltig und attraktiv gestalten’, Baden-Baden, 30. November 2014 
Merz, C.; Hügle, A.
Leitfaden zur Gestaltung, Planung und Implementierung einer Kulturstraße
2014. Vortrag im Rahmen der Veranstaltung ’Neue Impulse für den Kulturtourismus - Kulturtouristische Netzwerke nachhaltig und attraktiv gestalten’, Baden-Baden, 30. November 2014 
Götz, C.; Hügle, A.
CERTESS - European cultural routes: Transfer experiences, share solutions
2013. Workshop Kulturtourismus ’Netzwerken, Steuern, Kooperieren’, Karlsruhe, 8. Juli 2013 
Hügle, A.
Good practice research for cultural European routes. The example of the Black Forest Card
2012. 2nd CERTESS Workshop ’Innovations for European Cultural Routes’, Salzburg, A, December 3-4, 2012 


Christina Merz, M.A.
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
P.O. Box 3640
76021 Karlsruhe