Series of annual festivals with specific thematic scope
Problems before implementation:
The borders between Hungary and Slovakia were strictly closed during communism until 1989. The joining of Hungary & Slovakia to the Schengen area provided further stimulus to the development of cultural routes and festivals along the river Danube & Váh and the lakes around Tata in Hungary.

The series of festival was created with the cooperation of municipalities, regional self-governments and NGOs active in organising festivals and presenting the wine regions.

Project objectives & purposes:
- Using natural heritage for the development of cultural tourism
- Connecting human & financial resources of several municipalities in order to enhance the level of services at cultural events
- Connecting people, municipalities and NGOs acroos the border

Project beneficiaries:
- local inhabitants
- tourists visiting the region
- tourists using the Eurovelo 6 international bike path

Project activities:
- Tatai Patara, Turkish age historic festival
An exciting time travel to the 16th century is offered, which evokes the life & historical events of Tata in Turkish times.

- Wild Goose Festival
During the autumn-winter period, visitors of Lake Öreg in Tata can witness the fascinating phenomenon of the bird migration.

- Hídverő Napok, Cross-Border Festival
This tourism, cultural, wine & gastronomic event of the association of 18 municipalities along the Danube aims to strengthen the cooperation of the regions.

Resources needed

Total budget: entire budget of festivals: 300 000 EUR

Management: There are four local level and one regional level TDM organisations responsible for the organisation of events together with the Municipalities and NGOs.

Evidence of success

Monitoring and evaluation system: 4 local level & 1 regional level TDM organisations in Komárom-Esztergom County.

Evaluation results: Exponentially increasing number of visitors.

Success factors:
- Tourism information system developments;
- Audio guide on 19 routes in 4 languages;
- Thematic walking paths;
- Renovation of Gerecse hiking trail;
- 5 educational paths with interactive boards in Gerecse Nature Park;
- Duna-Gerecse tourist card system;
- Purchase of event infrastructure.

Potential for learning or transfer

Innovative elements and novel approaches :
- Innovative use of history, natural heritage and culture.

- The cooperation of municipalities and NGOs could be broadened to other regions in Europe.

It can be used as a good practice because:
- The exponential increase in the visitors numbers provides a solid foundation for the financial sustainability of the events;
- It creates green jobs in the region.

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Main institution
Municipality of Tata
Közép-Dunántúl, Hungary (Magyarország)
Start Date
January 2009
End Date


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Good Practices being followed by

Technical Coordinator

European Cultural Tourism Network AISBL

Nasos Hadjigeorgiou

Pafos Regional Board of Tourism