POLISH GOTHIC CASTLES

The project entitled ‚On the trail of the castles in the Baltic Sea region – revitalization and promotion of the objects’

PROJECT is PART-financed BY THE EUROPEAN UNION

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The project is co-financed by the TACIS Fund, under the framework of the Lithuania, Poland and Kaliningrad Region of the Russian Federation Neighbourhood Programme INTERREG IIIA/TACIS.

Lead Partner: the Association of Communes ‚Polish Gothic Castles’

Partners of the projects: Administration of Polessk Municipality District, Ministry of Economy of the Kaliningrad region

Project realisation period: September 2007 – September 2009

The general aim of the project is to revitalize Gothic castles in the Kaliningrad Region and to promote them amongst the Russian and Polish tourism market through the Trail of the Gothic Castles.

The present castles in the Kaliningrad Region were built by the Order of Teutonic Knights, bishops or the episcopal chapter. Those castles are mainly associated with the presence of the Teutonic Order state in this land. Similar historical objects, raised at the same time and identified with the Teutonic state, exist in north-eastern part of Poland, which means that they lie near the Polish-Russian border. Although the historical and cultural relationships between those castles are quite strong, their present condition and use for cultural or tourist-related functions are different.

The project accomplishes: the principal aim of the programme by supporting transborder cooperation between countries and societies in borderland areas. The project stimulates economic development of the area which covers by undertaking activities the aim at revitalizing historical buildings as well as those whose purpose is to develop transborder tourist trails, created around historical and cultural values.

Activities taken in order to achieve objectives: elaboration of the documentation which will enable the revitalization of the castle in Labiau (Polessk), elaboration of the strategy for the development of tourism at nine castles in the Kaliningrad Region, production of promotional and information publications about the Gothic castles, promotion of the castles by the tourism fairs, extension of the Association’s webpage by the new objects from the Kaliningrad region.

This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of Stowarzyszenie Gmin „Polskie Zamki Gotyckie” and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.