FORTE CULTURA e.V. was founded under the name "European Fortress Tourism and Fortress Marketing Network e.V." in Kostrzyn nad Odra / PL on 24th November 2014. It is a result of the project “FORTE CULTURA”, which is supported by the European Union as part of the CENTRAL EUROPEAN PROGRAMME, that 13 organizations from 8 countries are part of.


You can find more information on that on:

- the project

- the webseite of the CENTRAL EUROPEAN Programme


The network is a registered association under the German law of associations. In July 2020, the association was renamed by the General Assembly in FORTE CULTURA e.V. - Network of the Culture Route Fortified Monuments. It is open to corporations (fortress organizations, communes and experts), which want to support the fortress tourism and fortress marketing.


Founding members are among others the Fortress City Kostrzyn nad Odra (PL), the European Cooperation Centre of Fortified Heritage e.V -ECCOFORT- Berlin (DE), the Fortress City Kronach (DE), the Fortress Region Lviv (UA), the Fortified Ideal City Josefov (CZ), the fortress organization Fort Monostor Komarom (HU), experts of the Humboldt-University Berlin (DE) and the Thuringian Institute for Advanced Studies and Education (DE).



Management board




Dr. Frank Riesbeck, Humboldt-University at Berlin (DE)


Hartmut Röder, ECCOFORT reg.ass, Berlin (DE)

Vice-President Cultural Heritage

Frauke Vos-Firnkes, Fortress city Germersheim (DE)

Vice-President Finances

Dirk Röder, ECCOFORT reg.ass, Berlin (DE)

Vice-President Communication

Agnieszka Zurawska-Tatala, Fortress city Kostrzyn n.O. (PL)


Honorary president of network is Dr. Andrzej Kunt., mayor of City Kostrzyn nad Odra (PL).


For goals and functions of the network please refer to the currently valid charter.



Scientific Committee

Prof. Dr. Teresa Colletta (IT)

University Federico II Neapel,
Vice president of International Committee on Historic Towns and Villages (CIVVIH),
World Monuments Fund,


Prof. Dr. Christian Antz (DE)

University of Applied Sciences West Coast, Institute for tourism management,
City marketing „Pro Magdeburg“ e.V.


Ass. Prof. Dr. Nataša Urošević (HR)

Juraj Dobrila University Pula, Study Program for Culture and Tourism, Information in Heritage Management, Guide and Cultural Routes


Ass. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Marcin Gorski (PL)

Technical University Warsaw, Commission for "architectura militaris",


Prof. Ing. Jana Kučerová (SK)

Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica, Department of Tourism, Faculty of Economics,
member International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism


Dipl.-Ing. Volker K. Pachauer (AT)

Austrian Society for fortress research (OeGF),
ICOMOS Austria