The European Route of Megalithic Culture: Pathways to Europe’s Earliest Stone Architecture
The European Route of Megalithic Culture serves as a platform for museums, Geoparks, scientists and experts in tourism from Denmark, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden to underline the outstanding importance of the megalithic culture for European history, to rediscover and promote the tourism value of its monuments and, in this way, to improve their protection as part of the common cultural heritage.
The project was incorporated into the programme: “The Council of Europe Cultural Routes” in 2013.
The Cultural Routes programme was launched by the Council of Europe in 1987. Its objective was to demonstrate, by means of a journey through space and time, how the heritage of the different countries and cultures of Europe contributes to a shared cultural heritage.
In the European Route of Megalithic Culture, priority is given to the use of existing roads and nature routeways as well as to the promotion of mobility in harmony with nature and current social and recreational trends such as hiking and cycling. Moreover, museums and educational institutions such as schools, colleges, universities, charities and public bodies are being encouraged to develop new cross-border collaborations in the field of youth education and European exchange programmes for children and young people.