Marian CULTural heritage

  • Project idea information


    Environment and culture responsible Danube region - Foster sustainable use of natural and cultural heritage and resources

    Project Idea Promoter
    (name of the institution)

    Presov Self-Governing Region (Slovakia)

    Needs and challenges
    (Needs, main problems or challenges to be addressed)

    Nowadays the pilgrimage is experiencing its reneissance. People in this time of consumption, which brings many stress factors, are increasingly turning to individual tourism, seeking silence and peace. They search for such places and walk there on foot, on bikes, on horses, etc. The reason for completing the journey of each pilgrim /tourist may vary, whether knowing, exploring, searching, gratefulness, adventure, or just a leak from everyday life and a desire to experience change. Their goal is clear - to visit the pilgrimage site. However, it is not always easy to travel to these places, many times tourists/pilgrims have to improvise to reach their destination. These obstacles and bottlenecks will be analyzed along with designing of solutions, to offer our target groups more than just hiking and wandering - to provide an experience, new knowledge, opportunities that they do not know and which are in their vicinity while travelling in the Danube region.

    (main and specific objectives to be achieved)

    - sustainability.of the attractiveness of the Danube region as a tourist destination
    - transnational cooperation and promotion of the danube tourist destination
    - preparation of the common strategy/analyzes to secure the same approach and integrity of the idea
    - Exchange of know-how, learn from each other

    Main results and core outputs

    Data collection and development of common Danube region strategy to ensure sustainability

    Partial territorial analyzes (1 for each country)

    2 awareness events (beginning and the end of project) – general public, stakeholders

    Study visits and thematic workshops

    Regional working groups –local experts, stakeholders

    Dissemination activities

    Main foreseen activities

    Development of the new tourist destinations: Support of Marian pilgrimage sites within the Danube region and their joint promotion as a tourist destination - the aim is to find a connection between marian pilgrimage sites and cultural or natural monuments nearby or the the cultural routes in their vicinity and a proposal of joint promotion of this destination

    Collection of best practices examples of new innovative tourist products

    Improving and exchanging know-how between stakeholders and national, regional and local institutions in the region responsible for tourism and cultural heritage in the region

    Innovative character of the project idea

    Development of common tourist product of cultural and pilgrimage marian sites to ensure sustainable tourism in the region of the Danube is quite innovative approach of common propagation and synergy and Exchange of know-how. All of these activities will be in respect with the environment as the tourists and pilgrims by using mainly walking and cyclo-routes, sometimes horses, are kind of eco-tourists.

    Estimated Total Budget
    (in EUR)

    1,1 mil.

    Estimated duration
    (in months)


  • Partners involved at this stage

    ERDF Partners

    Slovenia, Slovakia

    IPA Partners


    Associated Strategic Partners


  • Partners requested

    ERDF Partners

    Czech Republic, Austria, Romania, Hungary

    IPA Partners


    Associated Strategic Partners


  • Contact Person


    Jana Szidorova


    Namestie mieru 2, Presov, SK-080 01, Slovakia



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Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)