Danube GeoTour Valorisation of geo-heritage for sustainable and innovative tourism development of Danube Geoparks


The 8 participating Geoparks are rich in geo-heritage and represent unique areas in the Danube region. Their sustainable tourism development however lags behind quality standards of top European Geoparks. This project faces a challenge recognized by all partners: the sustainable use of the exceptional wealth of Geopark natural resources and heritage through sustainable tourism development that avoids the negative environmental impacts. The main project result will be joint Danube GeoTour designed to strengthen cooperation between the regions’ Geoparks and act as an innovative tourism product to accelerate visibility and tourist visits in the geoparks. Common strategy for sustainable management of tourism pressures will form the basis for creating innovative geoproducts. Sharing experiences, testing pilot geotourism products and new interpretative approaches should increase local inhabitants’ engagement, Geopark management capacities and lower the quality gap between Danube and other European Geoparks.

Some impressions from the first year:

2nd Partner Meeting in Austria, PP2 Styrian Eisenwurzen

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2nd Partner Meeting in Austria, PP4 Geopark Karawanken-Karavanke

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Kick-Off Meeting in Slovenia, LP Geopark Idrija

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Valorisation of geo-heritage for sustainable and innovative tourism development of Danube Geoparks
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 1666362,5
ERDF Contribution: 1328063,36
IPA Contribution: 88344,75
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Foster sustainable use of natural and cultural heritage and resources

Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Idrija Heritage Centre Lead partner mojca.gorjup-kavcic@geopark-idrija.si Slovenia
Balaton-felvidéki National Park Directorate ERDF partner knauer@geopark.hu Hungary
Styrian Eisenwurzen ERDF partner oliver.gulas@eisenwurzen.com Austria
Public Institution "Nature Park Papuk" ERDF partner goran_pavic@yahoo.com Croatia
ARGE Geopark Karavanks ERDF partner gerald.hartmann@geopark-karawanken.at Austria
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Project News

  • Danube GeoTour - Part of the ITB Berlin 2018 – The World's Leading Travel Trade Show
    - 14-03-2018

    The ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin) is the world's largest tourism trade fair. The companies represented at the fair include hotels, tourist boards, tour operators, system providers, airlines and car rental companies. The...

  • Danube GeoTour - 3rd project meeting in Hateg UNESCO Global Geopark, Romania
    - 16-02-2018

    Successful meeting in Romania from 12th – 15th February 2018 The Hateg UNESCO Global Geoparks in Romania had the chance to welcome the Danube GeoTour project partners from 8 countries. The subtitle shows the goal and the challenge which...

  • Danube GeoTour - Social-, Service-, and Eco-innovations in Bio-Economy: Best Practice Workshop on Capacities and Opportunities
    - 09-02-2018

    Danube GeoTour team members from the University of Presov in Presov presented the project, its goals, past ongoing and future activities at the Social-, Service-, and Eco-innovations in Bio-Economy: Best Practice Workshop on Capacities and...

    - 08-02-2018

    The Danube GeoTour Project continues with the activities designed to establish the foundation for the development of the collective Idrija Geopark trademark, the main purpose of which is to enhance the recognisability of local products, to...

  • Danube GeoTour - 3rd partner Meeting in Hateg UNESCO Global Geopark, Romania
    - 07-02-2018

    The third project partner meeting of the Danube GeoTour is taking place form 12th - 15th February 2018 in Romania. The meeting is going to be in the Hateg UNESCO Global Geopark in Western Romania (1 hour West of the city Sibiu). The meeting is...

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