About us

FORTE CULTURA e.V.¬†is the network of the FORTE CULTURA¬ģ fortress monuments cultural route of the same name. The members consist of the cities, institutions and associations along the cultural route, supported by experts and scientists from many disciplines.

All FORTE CULTURA members pursue the goal of supporting the diverse architectural and cultural heritage of the fortress monuments, promoting their transformation into sites of culture and tourism and sensitising a broad public to them.

FORTE CULTURA e.V.¬†was founded on 24 November 2014 in Kostrzyn nad OdrńÖ (PL) under the name "European Fortress Tourism and Fortress Marketing Network e.V.". The network and the cultural route are the result of a European Union funding project of the same name in the CENTRAL EUROPE programme, in which 13 partners from 8 countries were involved.

Find out more about our numerous activities, projects, conferences and workshops on our network website.

Albertinenstrasse 1
13086 Berlin


Our team

The FORTE CULTURA network is managed by our Board of Directors.

Dr Frank Riesbeck
Berlin (DE)


Dirk Röder
Berlin (DE)

Vice President, Director of the Cultural Route, Head of the Network Office

Frauke Vos-Firnkes
Germersheim (DE)

Vice President, Head of FORTE CULTURA Cluster Upper Rhine

Filippo Cailotto
Verona (IT)

Vice President

Agnieszka Zurawska-Tatala
Kostrzyn nad Odra (PL)
Vice President

Assistant Prof. NataŇ°a UroŇ°evińá
Pula (HR)

Head of the Scientific Advisory Board

Tom√°Ň° Jirouch
Hradec Králové (CZ)


Jelena Kölble
Berlin (DE)

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FORTE CULTURA e.V. is a member of EFFORTS Europe

EFFORTS (European Federation of Fortified Sites) is a European network for fortresses and fortress organisations based in Brussels. It supports and promotes the cultural heritage of fortified monuments and carries out EU lobbying work for the European fortified heritage.