Europejskie Szlaki Kulturowe Rady Europy w Polsce
European Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe in Poland
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Cultural and natural heritage is an unusually significant element in tourism development. The psychological (motive), spatial (landscape, but also its degradation), and cultural plane can be taken into account. Tourism popularizes cultural goods, allows people to find a new aim for pursuing their interests in the alternative and cultural tourist forms. One of the options is the cultural heritage tourist routes, emphasizing the historic material and immaterial output of humanity. The concept of discovering the European heritage through tourism is reflected by the Council of Europe project of European Cultural Routes, introduced in the 1980s. Its aim is a conscious development of tourism, raising the knowledge on the historic and cultural European heritage, promoting the European civilisation relics, as well as protecting the heritage through the specifically arranged tourist forms. On the European territory, there are now 39 European Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, 26 of which have received categorising certificates of the organisation. Only some of the Council of Europe routes have formally determined courses on the territory of Poland.
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