June 2019 was the final month of the implementation of our Interreg DTP project called DANUrB - Danube Urban Brand; 20 partners from 7 countries worked for the past 30 months to fulfill a simple, yet not that obvious vision: to convey to the people living and working along the river the message that the Danube is not a chain of 8 countries, but one region, a region that shares a common culture, history,
gastronomy and heritage. In order to achieve our mission we connected various organisations and institutions with each other to create a living network and raise awareness among decision-makers that this region has strong values if its people cooperate. We have created a network based on collaboration of the locals and their common heritage, a network which fosters tourism development, economy, education and enriches the cultural life.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE RESULTS OF THE DANURB PROJECT
One of the main outputs of the DANUrB project represent the publication titled - Book on the Unexplored Cultural Heritage in Communities by the Danube. It deals with the Danube Landscape,
a new term used by the DANUrB project to speak about the relationship between the built and natural environment along the Danube, to define its unit as a landscape to analyze, understand and develop. It has evolved to be understood as an umbrella term which includes various natural and cultural landscapes, different research, education and activities carried out on a local level as well as a common and continuous territory for possible Danube Urban Brand policies. This Danube Landscape connects life along the space and time, along and across the river.
We collected more than 500 heritage assets related to the Danube and more than 300 stakeholders capable to work with the Danube in our DANUrB platform. Our goal was to create a network where all of our interested stakeholders can continue to cooperate, creating projects that valorize local heritage assets helped by transnational thematization. This online platform is unique in the sense that information on different stakeholders, and tangible and intangible heritage in the region has never been inventoried and mapped in an accessible network like this.
The most important document on the Platform is the DANUrB Strategy itself. We used the creativity and knowledge of the universities and experts, the experience from the field-works of DANUrB and the lessons gained during the many workshops our partnership have conducted, resulting in the integration of local stakeholders’ visions and needs.
Urban walks are an interesting mixture or culture and tourism. We created 12 PocketGuide tours along the Danube, in places where the local heritage was not connected in this way before. All the routes are based on our research and contribute to local tourism because they are integrated into a popular international platform accessible in English, so the interesting stories and sites won’t be hidden anymore.
Locations with DANUrB edition PocketGuide tours are: Melk-Krems, Devín-Bratislava, Komárom-Komárno, Esztergom-Štúrovo, Ráckeve, Baja, Dunaújváros, Bačka Palanka-Ilok, Vidin-Calafat, Ruse-Giurgiu, the Iron Gate (Golubac-Turnu Severin) and Tulcea. More info and the tours can be found in the PocketGuide Application free of charge.
In order to go even further in raising attention to the Danube region we created a fictional travel agency. Our mission was to bring the individual countries of the region together to offer touristic destinations on a common denominator - the river. Regarding this see: https://danurbtours.eu
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