The memory trail of Schumannseck

Experience the journey through the Schumannseck Trail, where history comes alive against the backdrop of the deadliest battle in the Battle of the Bulge. This immersive experience is unique and immerses visitors in history through a groundbreaking concept that engages all the senses.

Trilingual explanatory panels transport you back in time as you walk, providing crucial historical context to the battle. Alongside these informative panels, you will come across original remains of foxholes, trenches and bomb craters, as well as meticulously reconstructed military bunkers. QR Codes provide access to video and audio accounts, as well as a treasure trove of images and texts that reveal the harrowing stories of soldiers and civilians. The story therefore unfolds along the trail, in an impactful and meaningful experience for tourists and locals of all ages.

Why is it regenerative?

“Schumannseck trail” can be considered a good example of regenerative tourism. They use an interactive and sensory approach to immerse visitors in the history of the Battle of the Bulge and offer an educational and moving experience. In addition to educating tourists and locals about the experiences of soldiers and civilians during the battle, the project actively works to preserve the historical memory of this significant event.

Project partners met in Aveiro on the 14th and 15th of September 2023. It was the perfect opportunity to visit the destination with regenerative glasses on, to understand its many assets but also some of the challenges the destination is facing. Face to face project meetings always provide the partners with the unique opportunity to learn about the work of the hosting partner and get valuable insights about the destination. In this case partners were hosted by the dedicated team of management and tourism professionals of the University of Aveiro who shared a wealth of insights about a city that was new to many of the participants.

The Enforce project is well on track when it comes to the project work plan, which means that after having completed the Best Practice collection of innovative examples about storytelling for regeneration and also the Storyteller’s Guide, partners used the meeting to discuss the development of the Enforce Training Programme.

For the next few months partners will be working on developing the content in line with guidelines provided by the University of Usak, our project partner from Turkey.
The course should be available for piloting in January/February 2024 and will also be available in the partner languages once all translations are finalised.

The ENFORCE team met in the beautiful city of Luxembourg for its kick-off meeting. It took place at the premises of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg (also known as CCIL), which opened its doors to warmly welcome all partners.

The team was aware of the importance of this first meeting and approached it with the same enthusiasm, as it plays an important role in building strong bonds that will contribute to the success of the entire cooperation. With the common goal of building a solid foundation, the participants discussed in depth the first steps required for the project ENFORCE.

During this visit, the project objectives were discussed in depth to ensure that each partner has a comprehensive understanding of the overarching goals. The outcome of the kick-off meeting was extremely satisfying for all partners and generated enthusiasm among the team. It was a success and left everyone inspired and energised.

The journey of ENFORCE has officially begun and with the collective expertise of the committed partners, there is no doubt that it will thrive and achieve remarkable results.


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