Case Studies

Art Noveau (Modernisme) in Barcelona (Spain)

Art Noveau as an art style was mainly displayed in architecture and the visual arts at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth. A particular ideology accompanied this artistic movement, rooted in a complex historical pathways and traditions, strongly influenced by the romantic tradition where ancient cultures, idealism and exoticism played together the new cards of art...

Buzau Carpathians and Sub-Carpathians (Romania)

The architectural and landscape complex known as the Valley of Palaces and Gardens is located in the Western Sudetes. Its characteristic feature is the combination of a great cultural legacy with a diverse mountain landscape. We find here a variety of types of knightly and noble residences, from medieval residential towers, castles, Renaissance mansions, baroque palaces and nineteenth-century palace and park establishments. Here, the finest European families founded their residences: Habsburgs, Hohenzollerns, Schaffgotschs, Czartoryski, Radziwiłłów, Hessian and Oranean princes...

The Cyclades (Greece)

The southern Aegean region (Cyclades) is an island group of the Aegean archipelago comprising of 24 major islands: Amorgos, Anafi, Andros, Antiparos, Delos, Donousa, Ios, Irakleia, Kea, Kimolos, Koufonisia, Kythnos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Folegandros, Schoinousa, Serifos, Sifnos, Sikinos, Syros, Tinos, and Thira (Santorini). They comprise a former administrative prefecture of Greece (population: 120,000, area: 2,572 km2, capital: Hermoupolis, Syros) and feature spectacular natural landscapes...

Ida-Virumaa region of Estonia (Estonia)

Ida-Virumaa is located in the most North-Eastern part of Estonia. It is one of 15 counties in the country and home to approximately 136,000 people. Traditionally seen as an industrial region that supplies the country with its energy, Ida-Virumaa is not usually seen as the first choice cultural tourism destination. However, project stakeholders, the Ida-Viru Tourism Cluster are working to change this perception and the region’s largest town, Narva recently strove to become Europe’s Culture Capital 2024...

 Kinderdijk (The Netherlands)

The nineteen windmills of Kinderdijk are the best known windmills of The Netherlands. The windmills were built in the eighteenth century to pump surplus water from the polders to the river Lek. Today, the drainage is done electrically, but the mills still function in case of an emergency. Due to the unique character of the area, it was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. Subsequently, the number of tourists increased explosively, up to around 600,000 visiting Kinderdijk each year...

Komarom region (Hungary/Slovakia)

Komárom is regarded as one of the oldest inhabited settlements which has been populated since the Stone Age. First, Celts settled down there then the Romans, who strengthened the riverbank with forts and military camps. Brigetio, which was built on the right bank of the River Danube, was the legionary camp of the former Limes; and the civil settlement was the prosperous city of Pannonia. Goths, Avars and Slays lived there but this beautiful, fertile land could be preserved for the Hungarians who were coming from Asia...

Lausatia (Germany)

The study area is situated in the north of Cottbus in South Brandenburg (Germany) and a typical part of the north German glacial lowland. It contains first an almost dry woodland-dominated former military training area called “Lieberoser Heide”. Second, the study areas’ southwest part contains partly the well-known and touristic strongly used floodplain area “Spreewald”, which is also a UNESCO biosphere reserve...

Ljubljana city (Slovenia)

Ljubljana is the capital city of Slovenia with a population of almost 300,000 inhabitants (SURS, 2019) and one of the 26 municipalities in Ljubljana Urban Region. The city is the most visited city destination in Slovenia (1 mio arrivals per year, 6% domestic, 94% foreign) as it has a rich cultural and historical heritage and is hometown to many of the nationally important institutions, such as the Slovenian National Theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana, the National Gallery of Slovenia and the Slovenian National Theatre Drama Ljubljana...

Lower Silesia (Poland)

The architectural and landscape complex known as the Valley of Palaces and Gardens is located in the Western Sudetes. Its characteristic feature is the combination of a great cultural legacy with a diverse mountain landscape. We find here a variety of types of knightly and noble residences, from medieval residential towers, castles, Renaissance mansions, baroque palaces and nineteenth-century palace and park establishments. Here, the finest European families founded their residences: Habsburgs, Hohenzollerns, Schaffgotschs, Czartoryski, Radziwiłłów, Hessian and Oranean princes...

Media Tourism in Scotland (United Kingdom)

The Aberdeen case studies all involve particular media genres since our approach is to look at media tourism.  The various genres include historical fantasy, detective drama, action and superhero media and over the past 30 years of which have prominently feature in Scotland...

Nitra (Slovakia)

The acient Nitra, a town of 78 353 inhabitants (2.1.2020), is situated in the south-western part of Slovakia, at the bottom of the Zobor peak and on the banks of the river Nitra. The area of the city is 100,45 km² and is currently the fifth largest city in Slovakia.  It represents a natural center of the Ponitrie region as well as of the whole south-western Slovakia. It is center of of the Nitra county and seat of the Nitra bishopric and two universities. The farable location at the crossing of acient roads – the river Nitra and the bottom of Tribeč predestined this place for origination of a settlement. Nitra played a key role in the history of the Great Moravian Kingdom and of the young Hungarian kingdom...

Piedmont Landscape and Literary Park (Italy)

The Piedmont Landscape and Literary Park is situated in the Southern part of Piedmont in Northwestern Italy. It has been founded on the literary heritage of this territory also strongly characterized by important and well-known vineyards, the production of fine wines and other rare local products.

This land gave birth to a number of famous authors who lived, wrote and in such case also fought (during the Italian resistance movement) in this side of Piedmont. Several poets, writers, playwriters but also painters and journalists and later politicians were born in region between the eighteenth and the twentieth century...

Southern Moravia (Czech Republic)

The case study area is located in the South Moravian Region. The territory consists of three NUTS 4 districts Znojmo, Břeclav, Hodonín. The territory has 384,000 inhabitants and 3,700 km2. The settlement system consists of three medium-sized towns and 246 small towns and rural municipalities with the centre in Brno. The limestone cliff of the Pavlovské Hills dominates in the landscape. The eastern part is bordered by the White Carpathians...

Styrian Iron Route (Austria)

The Steirische Eisenstraße is a regional association and a LEADER region in the state of Styria. Both organisations cover parts of the former industrial and mining area in the northeast of Styria (MurMürz-Furche). The LEADER region includes 17 municipalities, the largest being the town of Leoben. It is the regions administrative, economic, urban and cultural centre with about 25.000 inhabitants. Furthermore, it is home to a university, specialising in mining, metallurgy and material sciences...

Beit Shean Valley (Israel)

The case study area is the Beit Shean Valley which is part of the Jordan River Valley in the north of Israel. The area consists of two municipalities: The town of Beit Shean and the regional council Emek HaMaayanot (The meaning is: The Valley of Springs). Beit-Shean town population was 18,227 (in 2018). Its socioeconomic ranking is 5 (on a scale of 1-10, where 10 is the highest level). The Emek HaMaayanot population was 13,100 (in 2017), spread among 24 rural settlements, most of which are kibbutz type settlement. Its socioeconomic ranking is 6...

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation under grant agreement no. 870644