Major Cultural Route of the Council of Europe“ is a title awarded by the Council of Europe to European initiatives focussing on locations and routes of immense historical significance, standing for the protection of cultural values and the exchange of information and experience, stimulating new forms of cooperation between different science research fields, promoting new forms of meetings of young Europeans, developing cultural tourism and enhancing unknown sites of cultural heritage by the development of interdisciplinary networks.

The revision of the regulations of the Cultural Routes program in 2007 require the foundation of organised networks even for projects already having been awarded the title ‘Cultural Route of the Council of Europe’.

The network ‘VIA REGIA – Cultural Route of the Council of Europe’ was founded formally at the end of 2009. Thus it meets the requirements of the Council of Europe concerning the structure of all cultural route projects. The network was approved by the steering committee of the Council of Europe in April 2010 thus being the sole holder of the title “VIA REGIA – Cultural Route of the Council of Europe”. Every member of the network is entitled to use the title for marketing and image advertising purposes and to make it clearly visible in its townscape or at its facilities.

VIA REGIA is the name of the oldest and longest road link between the East and the West of Europe. The route exists since more than 2.000 years and connects 8 European countries through a length of 4.500 km.

Its modern form is the European Development Corridor III at present. An international network uses the potential of the VIA REGIA as symbol for European unification and has been awarded as “Major Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” in 2006.

For the promotion of the amateur radio activities along this historical road the Deutsche Amateur-Radio-Club e.V. Ortsverband Schöneck (F75) lends the Via Regia Award to all licensed radio amateurs and SWLs for proven contacts after January 1st 2006, the year of the approval as “Major Cultural Route of the Council of Europe”.

The certificate can be requested on short wave or VHF. For obtaining the certificate 100 points are required.

On short wave contacts with all of the following eight countries are necessary:
Spain (EA) France (F) Belgium (ON) Germany (DL) Poland (SP) Ukraine (UR) Belarus (EU) Lithuania (LY)

On VHF contacts with all of the following four federal states are necessary:
Hesse (DOK F) Saxony (DOK S) Saxony-Anhalt (DOK W) Thuringia (DOK X)

These federal states are situated along the „Hohe Straße“ (High Road) – an ancient route between Frankfurt and Leipzig as part of the VIA REGIA.

Every contact counts 5 points. A contact with a station within the regional association Schöneck (F75) or Nidderau (F31) counts 10 points, a contact with a club station of both local associations counts 20 points.

The award request with a logbook-extract can be sent by email to viaregiaaward@googlemail.com. There is no restriction of bands or mode of operation. Each station can be rated per volume only once. Relay or echolink contacts are valid.

The award is free of charge and will be send in PDF- and on request in JPEG-format. An issue only for one band or one mode is also possible. A printed DIN-A4-format version is available at the cost price of 5€ (please ask for banking informations via email) on the post office way.

Template of our Via Regia Award

Clubstation QSL Card with the Council of Europe and Via Regia Network Logo