Project ArcheoDanube

Archaeological Park in urban areas as a tool for Local Sustainable Development – ArcheoDanube

Project acronym: ArcheoDanube

Project title: Archaeological Park in urban areas as a tool for Local Sustainable Development

Programme: Interreg Danube

Duration: 07/2020 - 12/2022

Partner countries: Slovenia, Hungary, Romania, Croatia, Germany, Bulgaria, Czech

Republic, Austria, Moldova, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Serbia, 

DANUBE cultural heritage in the cities is rich and diverse, but under pressure (due to the lack of common policies, know-how and resources). All the partners are confronted with the same challenges: how to incorporate and present the archaeological heritage into the contemporary social environment, how to incorporate in the urban parts of the cities, how to integrate preserved remains within buildings and areas of the towns for presentations (example: integration of sustainable mobility), how to provide the sustainable development and how to achieve the economic impact and visibility beyond the local level (cultural tourism).

The project will improve and intensify cooperation among relevant actors in DTP in order to preserve, support and valorize cultural heritage through archaeological parks as products in cities for development of archeotourism.The project paves way for preparation of concrete plans, trainings, tools for preservation and presentation and concreate small pilot actions, for improving effectiveness of heritage sites management in support implementation of new initiatives in tourism (archaeotourism). All results are representative for other Danube regions and relevant for the entire area.

Having said this, the consortium convenes in understanding archaeological parks as a tool by which the local communities can manage, control and protect their heritage resources. Moreover, they are a good to connect the local culture, which represents an important period of human history, with the global culture.

In order for our heritage values to remain preserved and make them accessible to contemporary and future generations, it is imperative to develop and advance an integrated planning concept. The project will provide an understanding of archaeological parks as an integrated concept between archaeological heritage/urban development of the city and cultural tourism.

Preserving archaeological sites with Archeo Plans

How to protect the archaeological heritage in the cities? How to preserve it and present in situ? How can we bring the history and the cultural heritage closer to the citizens? The ArcheoDanube project ­ co-financed by the EU­ will help us to answer these questions. The project aims to help us how to preserve the cultural heritage for the future generations in an innovative way with the help of archaeological parks and how to develop archeotourism.


"Europe has a cultural heritage of inestimable value. It is important to preserve it and make it accessible. One way to do that is through Archeo Parks, where people can experience archaeology in a tourist way. We are exploring how such parks can be realized in urban contexts in the ArcheoDanube project. We learn from each other and have a lively exchange about it …”- the lead partner of the project highlighted the significance of Archeo Parks.

The first personal transnational stakeholder meeting and project meeting of the ArcheoDanube project ­ implemented within the framework of the Danube Transnational Program ­ was held in Vienna 11-13 October 2021, where most of the partners and stakeholders also attended and participated in the interactive sessions and workshops. 22 participants from 9 countries took place at the meeting.

The meeting was a great opportunity for the partnership and the participants to learn from the history and from each other. Fantastic speakers with great professional experience were invited to give us examples how archeoturism and the protection of cultural heritage can work efficiently and successfully.

The learning process has not ended on a theoretical level. Participant of the meeting went on a sightseeing tour in the heart of Vienna to visit the traces of the ancient Roman city. Then participants had the opportunity to visit Carnuntum, the ancient Roman city. These guided tours helped participants and project partners to learn a lot about the presentation and preservation of the cultural heritage.

In the next phase of the project, project partners will work hard on preparing some interactive and innovative tools, which will help you learn about the history of your beloved city in an entertaining way. The yesterday-today-tomorrow tool, and the ArcheoTales app will help us to make the history alive!



The project has been funded under the Danube Transnational programme by the ERDF, IPA and ENI funds and the Bulgarian Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works.

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