Title of the project: ‚Improvement of the attractiveness of north-eastern Poland and Kaliningrad Region by developing and promoting shared tourist trails’

Project is co-financed by the European Union, under the framework of Lithuania-Poland-Russia ENPI Cross-Border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013.

The total budget is 128 000 EUR (the Programme contribution is 115 200 EUR – 90 % of total eligible cost of action)
Lead Partner: Association of Communes ‚Polish Gothic Castles’

Partners: The Government of the Kaliningrad Region Agency for Tourism, The Government of the Province of Warmia and Mazury, The Commune of Olsztyn

The duration of the project: January 2013 – November 2014

The Partners’ financial contribution is: The Government of the Kaliningrad Region Agency for Tourism – 6 000 EUR, Association of Communes ‚Polish Gothic Castles’ – 3 000 EUR, The Government of the Province of Warmia and Mazury – 3 000 EUR, The Commune of Olsztyn – 800 EUR

The main objective of the project is to create and promote Polish-Russian tourist products based on the shared cultural and historical values of both countries, intended for both local residents and visitors as well as to improve the knowledge and historical identity of young people and students, i.e. residents of the area in which the project will be implemented, regarding the cultural heritage of their place of residence.

The main activities of the project: 1. creating cross-border tourist products connecting Poland and Kaliningrad Region (books, brochures, maps) entitled: ‚On the Trail of Historic Figures: Nicolas Copernicus and Immanuel Kant’, ‚The Gothic Castles on the Trail of the Napoleonic Army’, ‚Kaliningrad – the past and the present day’, ‚The Gothic castles – an offer for tourists’; 2. promotion of cross-border tourist products connecting Poland and Kaliningrad Region during Jantur tourism fairs in Kaliningrad (two events: in 2013 and in 2014) and at Polish and Russian tourist information centers; 3. a film in Polish and Russian version presenting the castles and towns connected with the lives of Nicolas Copernicus and Immanuel Kant; 4. history and landscape knowledge competitions for Polish and Russian pupils; 5. ‚live’ history lessons in castles in Poland for Russian schoolchildren and pupils and ‚live’ history lessons in Russian museums for Polish schoolchildren and pupils; 6. placing 30 road signs type E-22a „Gothic castles – the tourist route” across the Province of Warmia and Mazury and 9 tourist information signs modelled on the Polish ones (brown tourist information signs) as well as 9 information boards across the Kaliningrad Region to mark in a uniform way of the castles of the former Teutonic Order state, now situated in two different states (Poland and Russia).

This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union.
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