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).



FORTE CULTURA Executive Board

The members of the Executive Board according to §9 paragraph 1 shall be elected from ordinary members of the Association by the General Assembly for a period of two years.



Dr. Frank Riesbeck

Humboldt-University at Berlin (DE)


The Vice Presidents

Vice President

Frauke Vos-Firnkes

Fortress Town
Germersheim (DE)



Dirk Röder

Berlin (DE)

Cultural Heritage

Filippo Cailotto,
Fortified City
Verona (IT)



Fortress Town
Kostrzyn n.O. (PL)

Extended Board

According to the statutes, up to eight additional members can expand the network board in order to manage specific areas of responsibility. Currently, the FORTE CULTURA Extended Board is composed as follows:


Scientific Committee

Nataša Urošević
Juraj Dobrila University of Pula (HR)


Tomáš Jirouch,
Hradec Králové (CZ)



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

Due to his many years of service, Hartmut Röder, ECCOFORT e.V., Berlin (DE) was appointed honorary member in 2021.


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



Scientific Committee

Ass. Prof. Dr. Nataša Urošević (HR)

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


Prof. Dr. Teresa Colletta (IT)

University Federico II Neapel,
Vice-President of the International Committee for Historic Towns and Villages,
World Monuments Fund,


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

Technical University Warsaw, Commission for "architectura militaris",


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

Austrian Society for fortress research (OeGF),
ICOMOS Austria


Dr. Alexander Jordan (DE)

Director of the Wehrgeschichtliches Museum Rastatt, Commission Internationale d'Histoire Militaire (CIHM), International Committee for Museums and Collections of Arms and Military History (ICOMAM)


Dr. Juan Antonio Mira rico (ES)

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya,