ENI Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020


Promoting cross-border historical and cultural tourism based on Pintea Viteazu's legacy

Hungary-Slovakia-Romania-Ukraine ENI Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020


The name of the project

Promotion of cross-border historical and cultural tourism based on the heritage of Pintea Viteazu

Funding program:

Cross-border cooperation program HUSKROUA ENI CBC 2014-2020


UAT Oras Ardud – Romania – project leader
The community of VELYATIN – Ukraine – partner

The total budget of the project is: 1,454,015 Euro

Purpose and objectives


Pintea Viteazu is a common symbol of Romanians and Ukrainians, and his fight, full of courage and selflessness, stands as an example for current generations. A Romanian outlaw, a hero of the fight for justice, enjoys such great appreciation in Ukraine and through this project we aim to celebrate together the legacy of the outlaw Pintea, but we still have to discover together, many identity landmarks that connect us.

The general objective of the project:

The main objective of the project is to increase the number of tourists in the area and promote cross-border history and cultural heritage as a common European value by increasing the tourism potential of communities by investing in the preservation of historical sites and building new recreational and tourism infrastructures, improving networks, unique interactions in activities cultural, innovations for the cross-border tourist offer, in order to attract more visitors.

The specific objectives of the project are:

1.To facilitate the development of tourism infrastructure by investing in tourism infrastructure within the medieval Ardud Citadel and in the center of Velyatin to attract more tourists to the two communities.

2.Creating a common tourist destination around Pintea Viteazul and other famous historical figures encompassing all cross-border regions by developing integrated tourist packages and cultural events and using more innovations in the display of cultural assets through digitization and smart applications of tourist routes.

3.To provide strong cooperation and knowledge sharing between relevant tourism stakeholders joint meetings, visits, festivals and exchanges of good practices.

Descriptions of the two objectives financed by HUSKROUA funds
Description of Pintea Viteazul Park – ARDUD

Ardud Fortress, a place full of history, was built in 1481 and was one of the strongest medieval fortifications in Northern Transylvania. It is located in the city of Ardud, Satu Mare county. In 2012, the municipality renovated and rehabilitated part of the fortress. Through this project, the revitalization of three areas of tourist importance is pursued: the Citadel area, the Cetatii Park with the related lake, and the park with the theme of the Little Knights’ Camp.

The works in the Citadel area will complete the rehabilitation carried out in 2012 and will add new facilities for the organization of public events. The area will be fenced and have an access gate. An outdoor festival space will be built next to the two towers and will include modular wooden stairs, modular stage, podium with spectator stairs that will be able to accommodate approximately 500 people.

The Citadel Park will include a park with paths and tables, the lake will be cleaned and landscaped. The area will be reconfigured for medieval and traditional activities as well as festivals – craft fair and traditional products. Wooden houses will be installed for craft activities and also tents where there will be various traditional activities or medieval exhibitions. A grass area will be dedicated for tournaments or other events. In total, 31 parking spaces will be arranged near the park.

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The Camp of the Little Knights will be an area dedicated to medieval educational events for children – history revealed through theatre, games and sports. A number of specific entertainment and adventure structures will be installed in the camp, i.e. two towers, tunnel between towers, lookout, stairs, climbing panels, palisades, archery, swings, wooden horses, slides, sand pits, platform rotary with small horses.

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Description PARK Pintea Viteazul- VELYATINO

After the border of Satu Mare county with Ukraine, in the districts of Vinogradiv and Hust, there are four villages whose inhabitants, although they still preserve the Romanian traditions, customs and port, due to the barrier of isolation for over 100 years, speak an archaic Romanian. The four communes make up the Romanian island on the Ukrainian border with Satu Mare county, or the Volochian island, as the locals call it.

The common interest of the two project partners is to revitalize their specific Romanian element. After discovering the story of Voloha Island in Ukraine a few years ago, the local authorities understood how important it is to revitalize the Romanian element in the four localities, and currently the first steps are about to materialize.

Veliatyno City Hall carried out works on the city’s central park. The park in the center of the city has been renovated with paving, benches, an artesian fountain, ornamental flowers, playgrounds for children and an ecological toilet. In the park there is a decorative fountain as the main element of the park.

The project provides for the revitalization and restoration of green spaces, the rehabilitation of alleys and fences, the rehabilitation of public and monumental lighting installations and networks, the restoration, reorganization and replacement of urban furniture and special purpose spaces.

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Available touristic routes:

Touristic route – ON PINTEA’S PATH: Velyatin – Novoselytsya – Hija – Diakove-Satu Mare- Ardud – Baia Mare- Gutin- Mara – Budești –Sighetul Marmației – Slatina- Teceu –Hust- Velyatino  

Expected results

Following the implementation of the project through investments in the tourist infrastructure, modern recreational locations are made available to the public in the Ardud Citadel area, in the Ardud Citadel and in the center of the Velyatino town to increase the number of tourists who will reach the two objectives, but also in the surroundings.

   To create a common tourist destination based on the legacy of Pintea Viteazul and other historical figures who marked the two regions we created connected tourist routes and integrated cultural events using technology and creativity developing the DISCOVER ARDUD application, but we also appealed to classic methods of promotion through flyers and thematic brochures.

   To substantiate the collaborative relations between the partners, we organized mutual visits, symposia and joint events that had beneficial effects on both communities.

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