The Cultural Routes programme, launched by the Council of Europe in 1987, demonstrates in a visible way how the heritage of the different countries and cultures of Europe represent a share culture heritage.
The 'Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe' are an invitation to travel and to discover the rich and diverse heritage of Europe by bringing people and places together in networks of shared history and heritage. They put into practice the values of the Council of Europe: human rights, cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and mutual exchanges across borders.
The certification 'Cultural Route of the Council of Europe' is a guarantee of excellence of networks implementing innovative activities and projects pertaining to five main priority fields of action:
- co-operation in research and development
- enhancement of memory, history and European heritage
- cultural and educational exchanges for young Europeans; contemporary cultural and artistic practice
- cultural tourism and sustainable cultural development
ERIH was certified as a 'Cultural Route of the Council of Europe' in 2019; the certification was renewed in 2023.
Currently there are 47 certified 'Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe'.