LP3LP (Cultural heritage and access strategy)

A „Cultural heritage and access strategy“ was drafted as part of the EU funded project „Landscape Policy for the Three Countries Park“ (LP3LP). Well-maintained and easily accessible cultural heritage doesn’t only constitute a valuable resource for the tourism sector but it also contributes to the demographic attractiveness of a region. The abundant cultural heritage is one of the core qualities of the Three Countries Park. For example Roman and other historical roads, various moated castles, monasteries and former mining areas are very popular in the area. Of course there is an abundance of cultural monuments in the cities that for example date back to the Empire of Charlemagne in Aachen. Furthermore at least 15 larger areas with a regional identity can be identified that each form their own cultural landscape in the Three Countries Park. For example the Belgian Herverland, the German Aachener Revier and the Dutch Heuvelland each have their own characteristics and visitor attractions.

Overall, the region has a dense network of interesting roads, cycling paths and hiking trails. In this regard the challenge would be to offer visitors a simple navigation through the sheer abundance of possibilities and to select the most worthwhile destinations for repair and maintenance.

In the draft „Cultural heritage and access strategy“ the LP3LP Project proposes the establishment of a network of access points for the Three Countries Park – in cooperation with landscape associations and municipalities, as well as the tourism and transport sectors. In several phases this network can offer three different types of access:

Phase 1: Informational access (webbased landscape information platform)
Phase 2: Emotional access (events, Land Art, etc.)
Phase 3: Physical access (network of access points at key intersections)

Key EU instruments/priorities:

  • INTERREG programs;
  • Regional development programs, especially when the cultural and creative sectors are involved;
  • If applicable, measures for village renewal within programs aimed at rural development;
  • As integrated part of EU funding of so-called „green infrastructure“.

Further information on the entire research project

Feb. 2012 – Dec. 2013

Research project

Department responsible:
Department of Landscape Planning
Prof. Frank Lohrberg
Dipl. Ing. MSc. Timo Matti Wirth
Dr. Anja Brüll

Blokland, A., Houwen, J., Wirth, T.M., (Eds.) 2014. Landscape Policy for the Three Countries Park – a summary. Province Limburg, Maastricht.

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360.000 EUR