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www.viaregiaplus.eu
Imprint
Editor:
Saxon State Ministry of the Interior,
Divison 45 European spatial planning, sectoral planning
responsible: Dr. Fritz Schnabel
Project duration:
10/2008 k 09/2011
Concept:
INFRASTRUKTUR & UMWELT Professor Böhm und Partner, Darmstadt/Potsdam,
www.iu-info.de,
mail@iu-info.de
Design:
MEDIENGESTALTUNG Dittmar Apel, Darmstadt,
www.apel-medien.de
Picture credits:
Title: DB AG / Weisflog; inside, from left to right: Tourismus Gesellschaft
Erfurt / Neumann; Stadt Leipzig; Berlin Partner / FTB-Werbefotografie; Region Dresden; Urząd
Miasta Wroc³awia; Urząd Miasta Opola; Archiwum Urzędu Miejskiego w Gliwicach / Witwicki;
Urząd Miasta Katowic; Archiwum Urzędu Miasta Krakowa; Mesto KoÛice; IU / Reents
This project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE
Programme co-financed by the ERDF
Contact
Municipality of Wroc³aw
Wroc³aw Development Office
ul. ×widnicka 53, PL 50-030 Wroc³aw
Jan Roga, £ukasz Górzyñski
Phone: +48 71 7778661
E-mail: jan.roga@um.wroc.pl
Saxon State Ministry of the Interior
Divison 45 European spatial planning, sectoral planning
Wilhelm-Buck-Straße 2, D-01097 Dresden
Dr. Fritz Schnabel, Andreas Kühl
Phone: +49 351 564-3456
E-mail: fachplanung-eu@smi.sachsen.de
A dynamic region of growth
in Europe
The Via Regia, the transport corridor along the histori-
cal trade route from Paris to Kiev, provides access to the
important European economic region between Erfurt,
Dresden, Berlin, Wroc³aw, Kraków and Lviv. To use the
high potential of growth efficient infrastructures are
needed as well as joint strategies.
This is the starting point of Via Regia Plus, a joint initia-
tive of fourteen cities and regions from Poland, Germany,
Slovakia and the Ukraine. By elaborating more than 40
local, regional and transnational studies the partners
look for options to strengthen the region through more
cooperation and sustainability.
Improve accessibility!
Strengthen cities and metropolitan
nodes as `motorsh of development!
Use potentials for tourism!
This project is implemented through
the
CENTRAL EUROPE
Programme
co-financed by the
ERDF
Sustainable Mobility and Regional
Cooperation along the Pan-European
Transport Corridor III
Gliwice

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Attractive destinations for tourism
Erfurt, Weimar, Potsdam, Berlin, Dresden, Wroc³aw,
Kraków and Lviv: The cities along the Via Regia are very
appealing for tourism. And there are far more destina-
tions than the well-known Spreewald, the Saxon Swit-
zerland and the Slovak Paradise, a national park with a
lot of caves and gorges.
It is the aim to promote the entire region as complex
destination for tourism, for cyclists and hikers as well
as for water sports enthusiasts and adventurous travel-
lers. To reach this goal marketing concepts for selected
target groups are elaborated. One of them is the Via
Mobil, the htravelling ambas-
sadori for the 3
rd
Saxon State
Exhibition 2011 in Görlitz. It will
as well inform about the ideas
and projects of Via Regia Plus,
and it will show how beautiful
and fascinating this region in the
heart of Europe is.
More information:
www.landesausstellung-viaregia.museum
IMPROVE ACCESSIBILITY! k STRENGTHEN METROPOLITAN NODES! k PROMOTE TOURISM!
Better connections
Due to the division of Europe for decades, especially
the railway connections along the Via Regia corridor
have deficits: Infrastructures are out of date, technical
systems are often incompatible. But better connections
of cities and regions are of vital relevance for the further
economic and touristic development.
The partners of Via Regia Plus support a continuous
electrified railway connection with a speed level of at
least 160 km/h. This would reduce the travel time e.g.
between Berlin and Wroc³aw from more than five to
just under three hours, improving the competitiveness
of the railways compared to
road transport. Important
steps are the introduction
of direct connections with
modern railcars and targeted
tariffs and the better coordi-
nation of offers particularly in
border areas.
Closer regional cooperation
Cities and surrounding mu-
nicipalities have to cooperate
closely to manage with joint
challenges. This is true for the
support of environmentally
friendly transport systems
as well as for the reduction
of land consumption for
housing and commerce. The
knowledge that all partners
tackle similar problems and
learning from each other support the cooperation of cit-
ies and regions along the Via Regia.
Another field of exchange about strategies and measures
is the management of demographic change and the
development of concepts influencing the trend of west-
ward migration of skilled workforce. Taking into account
the opening of the European labour markets innovative
approaches are needed to strengthen the competitive-
ness of cities and regions.
www.viaregiaplus.eu
A joint path
Via Regia Plus continues the cooperation of the project
European Development Corridor III Via Regia (2005-
2008). The result of this first phase was a joint Strategy
of spatial development, which summarises the main
priorities and poten-
tials of cross-border
development.
The partners of Via
Regia Plus strive for
implementation of
the strategy. The aim
is to strengthen terri-
torial cohesion in the enlarged European Union and to
contribute actively to the improvement of the relations
to neighbouring countries. Through closer cooperation
of cities and city regions, the further development of
trans-European transport networks and the better use
of the natural and cultural heritage a multitude of
activities is prepared.
Erfurt
Halle/Leipzig
Berlin
Dresden
Wroc³aw
Opole
Gliwice
Katowice
Kraków
KoÛice
Lviv