About the project

The project: DISCOVER PEACE IN EUROPE offers what you want to known about civil engagement, peace and democracy.

This website presents smart Peace Trails in seven European cities: Berlin, Budapest, Manchester, Paris, The Hague, Torino and Vienna. These Peace Trails offer discoveries: monuments, buildings and locations that you may have seen before, but now they disclose stories about people and activities with rich engagement for human rights, peace and democracy that took or take place, - unknown to most of us.

We want to draw awareness to peace matters. Since the 19th century peace movements have emerged throughout our cities, but seldom with public attention. In an outdoor learning process facts and stories on the peace trails present an important aspect of the history of our civil society and democracy. Most monuments in our cities display "heroes of wars", but peace and human rights are hardly ever subjects for a memorial culture. This discrepancy will become obvious, thus promoting personal reflections on one's own participation. - Only a change in thinking will bring about change in actions... .

Peace depends on the people. Participation is the indispensable condition for the development of democracy. The peace trails offer information, suggestions and opportunities for an active engagement in democracy building, social competences and peace matters.

Each trail counts 15 locations which allow you as well to personalize the experience according to your personal interests and needs, either changing the order proposed or shortening the number of sites to visit if you run out of time.

"In 1900 Budapest was the youngest of the great metropolis of Europe (perhaps, except for Chicago, of the world). In twenty-five years its population has trebled and its buildings have doubled, and the city was pulsing with physical and mental vigor. Among other things, this provides a certain contrast to its twin capital, Vienna." - John Lukacs – Budapest 1900: A Historical Portrait of a City and Its Culture.

Vitakultúra Association is a community-builder initiative focusing on dialogue. We express ourselves in unique ways: intercultural dialogue through arts, social dialogue theatre, consultancies and by respecting others.

"I would like to make more and more European citizens aware of the inclusive culture of our great-grandparents living in peace and building a flourishing city together one hundred year ago in Budapest. I can imagine that this can happen again. It is up to us." - Daniel Kovacs, Hungarian project coordinator (Vitakultúra Association)

Enjoy your walk!

Vitakultúra Egyesület, Budapest


This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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