Routes of Reformation
“Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” certified in 2019
The Routes of Reformation are the reflections of centuries of histories, when movements of Christianity all around Europe shared the will to change the institutions and break the status quo.
As an open and tolerant network, diverse aspects of Reformation are combined across national boundaries: the differences and the plurality of Reformation histories, cultures and societies in the local regions are highly valued and at the same time, the members are united under the Routes of Reformation, which enhance a common heritage and values, standing out as a unique contribution to tourism and the development of the territories.
Reformation heritage is a set of tangible and intangible legacies from movements related to Christianity that took place across Europe mainly in the 16th century, but rooted in ideas from the 12th century onwards, which unfolded diverse regional and national characteristics. These movements led to cultural and religious pluralisation, a transformation of daily Christian practices and contributed to changes in social, cultural and political values and ideas. Their legacies are manifold and range from buildings, written documents, sites of historical events, travelling paths, works of art, museums and exhibitions, to culinary traditions, music, legends and celebrations.
Walk it. Trace it. Get it. Enjoy more than 80 Reformation related sites in 8 European countries within the Routes of Reformation network. You will find single points of interest, events, performing arts and traditions, pilgrimage routes and whole towns and cities that present their unique Reformation history. Explore the hidden gems of Reformation history and stroll through the museums and churches of famous reformers and important historic personalities!
Council of Europe values
The Routes of Reformation provides the outstanding opportunity to showcase the interlinkage and diverse values of the different national and international movements of Reformation and their evolution throughout past centuries. These movements’ heritage is an integral part of the European cultural environment. It offers the chance to affirm the values of solidarity, hospitality, intercultural dialogue, and cooperation by fostering learning, discourse, and shared projects among the members and the visitors along the Route.