ECF participates in Advisory Forum of European Cultural Routes in Vilnius


The ECF was invited to join the VI Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Advisory Forum, which was held in Vilnius, Lithuania from 26th to 27th October.

A European Cultural Route is a title awarded to cultural routes recognised as significant throughout Europe by the Council of Europe. The programme of the “cultural routes of the Council of Europe” was officially created in 1987 and is managed by an executive agency of the Council of Europe in Luxembourg since 1998: The European Institute of Cultural Routes.

The ECF were invited to give a presentation during a workshop entitled ‘Developing new themes and topics: Sustainable and cultural tourism’.  Ed Lancaster informed the participants about the growth in cycle tourism across Europe in recent years, introduced the EuroVelo network and in particular focused on EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail, which passes through Lithuania and is currently the basis of an ongoing EU project co-financed by COSME.  There was a lot of interest shown in potentially adding the Iron Curtain Trail to the Council of Europe’s Cultural Routes.


The Advisory Forum also provided a great opportunity to network with representatives of Cultural Routes from around Europe, including many related to EuroVelo routes, such as the Via Romea Francigena (EuroVelo 5), the Hansa Towns (EuroVelo 10) and the Camino de Santiago and St Olavs Way (both EuroVelo 3).