1.1 Promotion of local culture and history
NGO "Linia102.Ua" (Lviv Oblast, Ukraine)
The State Higher School of Eastern Europe in Przemyśl (Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Poland)
West Ukrainian Resource Center (Lviv Oblast, Ukraine)
The common problem of the HunGalRail project is the low level of tourism traffic in the Przemyski Poviat and Starosambirsky district. As a consequence - historical and cultural objects degraded and the inhabitants of the regions have little awareness of their own heritage. These areas are rich in common culture and history but are currently characterized by low economic growth. In the past, they were connected by the historically known First Hungarian-Galician Railway, which does not function today. The restoration of the railway connection between Przemyśl, Khyriv, and Sanok will foster the development of these regions. At the same time, there is no common promotional strategy and the historical and cultural sites in the vicinity of this railway are unknown to the public.
Therefore, the main goal of the HunGalRail project is the restore the heritage of the First Hungarian-Galician Railway, to strengthen cultural bonds between the inhabitants of the border regions of Ukraine and Poland, and finally to promote the region and boost its tourist potential. The project partners believe that visits of Ukrainian and Polish youth to historical objects near the First Hungarian-Galician Railway, a conference on historical and cultural aspects and training for local authorities may change the situation. Additionally, the concept of preserving heritage by creating new forms of tourist activity in the region (railway routes) will be developed along with the modernization of the First Hungarian-Galician Railway and historical objects located nearby.
The effects of the project implementation will improve the attractiveness of the region and generate tourist flow. As a result, the strategy of railway tourism and railway routes will be developed what will have a positive impact on economic and tourism. Those actions may attract investors to further improve these objects and infrastructure.
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