The European Cultural Route Routes of Reformation as an association currently has 40 members in 8 countries in Central Europe - museums, cities, ecclesiastical and educational institutions, foundations, tourist agencies and individuals.

We thus represent over 70 sites and museums significant to the process of the Reformation.
Our aim is to represent and make visible as many of the lines of development of the Reformation as possible along the European Cultural Route.

Of course, we would also like to attract individuals and supporters interested in these historically significant events in terms of church and socio-politics. For this purpose we provide you with further information below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us:



The association, Routes of Reformation, founded in Siovenia in October 2018, is rooted within the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Project “European Cultural Route of Reformation” (ECRR), running from 2016-2019.

The Reformation process – with its beginnings in the early 12th century and spreading transnationally in the 16th century – induced changes in clerical and religious order within European society that impacted social, cultural, and political spheres. Its cultural heritage is manifested in a wide variety of tangible and intangible legacies all across Europe and continues to be a lasting influence in today’s society.

The Routes of Reformation provides the outstanding opportunity to showcase the interlinkages and diverse values of the different national and international movements of Reformation and their evolution throughout past centuries.

The fundamental goals and values of the Routes of Reformation are:

  • To highlight and raise awareness of the unifying character of the Reformation and its heritage, as weil as the long-Iasting and far-reaching impacts of its legacy across Europe and around the world;
  • To promote and endorse the Reformation-themed cultural heritage in Europe;
  • To enhance and increase the knowledge of the general public in regard to the differing aspects and unique features of the numerous Reformation movements;
  • To support sustainable development ofthe communities, cities Reformation and regions and their reformation sites along the routes;
  • To affirm the values of solidarity, hospitality, interculturalism, and cooperation by fostering learning, discourse, and shared projects among the members along the route.
  • To support European integration.

Membership Fee Regulation

To enable Routes of Reformation to perform its tasks and to reach its goals, an annual membership fee is collected from all members. The fee amount relates to a member’s category, however, members are welcome to contribute with a higher amount on a voluntary basis, based on their strategic involvement in the route and their financial capacity. The membership fee is due latest on March 31 of each year.

cities, towns (A)
micro (≤ 300 inhabitants) 200 €
very small (˂ 5,000 inhabitants) 400 €
small (˃ 5,000 ˂ 25,000 inhabitants) 600 €
medium (˃25,000 ˂ 50,000 inhabitants) 800 €
large (˃ 50,000 inhabitants) 1.000 €
very large areas (˃ 250,000 inhabitants) 1.500 €
Sites, Universities, NGOs, institutes, association, museums, foundations, etc. (B)
without any full-time equivalent permanent employees 100 €
1 to 5 permanent employed employees 200 €
6 to 12 permanent employed employees 300 €
More than 12 permanent employed employees 400 €
Umbrella organisation of above mentioned (C) 600 €
Churches (D)
churches small (up to 2,000 members) 100 €
churches medium (up to 5,000 members) 300 €
churches large (more than 5,000 members) 500 €
individual members (E) 50 €
supporting members – no voting rights (F) min. 200 €

All member fees stated above in €uro per year.

* Small and medium-sized towns The municipalities’ density level criteria is based on the EU TOWNS-ESPON-Project and OECD-EC definition of cities.

Types of attractions to involve in the Route

As the Reformation Route is an archipelago route, it include different types of tangible and intangible heritage (sites, events, traditions) as well as cities and already existing Routes, which will promote their path within the umbrella Route of Reformation.


Already existing Routes: some of these Routes (such as the Trail of the Book in Austria or the Luther Path in Germany) are hiking paths with their own identity and brand. However, the Reformation Route brand will accompany the work of these Routes and be involved in co-marketing activities, while keeping a specific particular identity and narrative. In this particular case, there will be an “umbrella”, common narrative for the explanation of the overall Route and a local, more specific narrative that refers exclusively to the specific regional history and identity of that Route. The main goal of the Reformation Route is NOT to absorb already existing Routes, but to enhance their image and individual experiences.


The Route will also include single sites and points of interest, such as Churches, buildings, cloisters, Cultural Centres, and other relevant tangible heritage that match the essential criteria and are strictly related to the definition of Reformation-themed Cultural Heritage.


The Route can also include whole cities and towns as a major Reformation attraction, taking into account the essential criteria and the definition of Reformation-themed Cultural Heritage. For this particular case, the town/city’s history should be strictly linked to the history of Reformation as a whole territory and not specific sites within the area e.g. such as in the network of European Cities of Reformation.


According to the UNESCO definition, the Intangible Cultural Heritage means: “the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills – as well as the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated therewith – that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage” (…). The ‘intangible cultural heritage’, is manifested inter alia in the following domains:

  • oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage;
  • performing arts;
  • social practices, rituals and festive events;
  • knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe;
  • traditional craftsmanship.

The Reformation Route will also include these practices, traditions, events, arts and other intangible legacies that are closely related to the Reformation History and Heritage and are currently represented by Cultural associations and organisations that can become part of the Route.