In many European regions there are few industrial heritage sites with touristic potential. Each of this regions has its own specialisms. In this respect European industrial heritage is just like food. Its strength lies in the fact that it unites many different traditions within a single idea. The Regional Routes link landscapes and sites which have left their mark on European industrial history. Germany's Ruhrgebiet, for example. Or South Wales, a key region in the "world's first industrial nation". Both these areas comprise a number of less significant industrial monuments - the small cogs in the large machine.
ERIH animates and supports local actors to present the industrial history and sites of their region in the framework of networks or routes, to develop tourist offers and to promote them.
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