CultTour aims at implementing strategies to preserve/valorise cultural
garden and open space heritage sites by giving it a modern use in
tourism, conserving the “genius loci” of the site. The need for
professional tourism offer and well-educated staff according to
international standards is constantly growing in SEE. This need is
addressed by scenarios/strategies for well-adapted tourism development,
based on the principles of sustainability and regional economy.
Feasibility studies for the restoration and re-use of cultural heritage
with a special focus on sites including a garden/park will be done.
Financing of subsequent project chains will be prepared by working out
business plans and addressing potential investors. To identify regional
needs, pilot sites will analyse regional action, interfaces to
urban/infrastructure/environmental planning and will do public
participation. Common marketing/dissemination will support the economic
dimension of the project. CultTour covers a wide range of topics:
Cultural garden and open space heritage in the whole SEES will be
assessed. Common methodology/tools for future conservation strategies
will be defined, addressing the operative level of conservatory work,
cooperation with nature conservation and architecture, as well as
quality management in tourism. Feasibility studies and model
re-utilisation concepts for pilot sites will be a core activity, as a
basis for stable and long-term income from tourism. Sector-specific
modules for gardeners, constructors, handcraft and tourism staff will be
offered as post-graduate programme for professionals and an online
university course for landscape architecture. To root the project in the
regions, workshops on conservatory aspects and concrete regional
tourism aspects will be held, integrating the urban/regional/
environmental planning of the municipality. Dissemination of project
results in European expert networks will be organised for future
co-operation in SEE.

  • Title Original : CultTour
  • Website : http:///
  • Project start : 2011
  • Project end : 2014
  • Contact Person : Pixie Jacobs, Lilli Licka
  • Funding Agency : European Regional Development Funds (ERDF), European Union
  • Project Partners : County Council Sibiu, Romania. Foundation Samuel von Brukenthal, Romania. IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems, Austria. Municipality Avrig, Romania. Municipality of Alexandroupolis, Greece. Municipality of Veliko Trnovo, Bulgaria. Regional Department for Cultural Heritage-Apulia Region, Italy. Technical University Berlin, Germany.