The House of Habsburg was one of the most influential royal houses of Europe. To a certain extent the history of the Habsburgs is also our history.
From 996 to 1815 the personalities of this major dynasty had a decisive influence on history, as they helped to form the geography and the fate of Europe. Ententes and disputes, power struggles and territorial conquests, times of war and of peace… all divided peoples but also reunited them and formed bonds, which endure over time.
Council of Europe values
From France to Austria, along some 1000 km, the Via Habsburg is a path of knowledge, sharing and friendship that builds relationships across borders and between nations. It pursues a civic and humanist objective by building links between different peoples of the continent and by promoting a shared history, of which the Habsburg legacy is an important part.
Via Habsburg is certified Cultural Route of the Council of Europe since 2014.