Today (09 September 2021) our secretary Marta Rakvin will be talking about the Iron Age Danube Route on HRT Radio Sljeme radio at 6.30pm. She will present the first certified route whose headquarters is in Croatia, how it came to be and what does it involve: iron age landscapes with monumental structures such as cemeteries under tumulus, fortified settlements, oppidum and numerous archaeological artefacts. These can be found in museums and sites across the Danube region, i.e. in partner institutions from six countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Germany and Slovenia.


6. Situl Festival - a festival of Iron Age life and cuisine was held in June 2021. This year it was organized as a walk among archaeological sites. Visitors were able to see the work of various craftsmen and their products at four venues. Children were able to bake their own bread, paint their skin, make a leather bracelet and a miniature situla and compete in archery. Every hour the Kolenc family theatre prepared a play on the Main Square and on Marof, everyday life scenes of the princely couple were shown by the actors of DKD Senovo. At Kandija and Kapiteljska njiva sites, visitors were able to listen to a guided tour prepared by a curator of the Dolenjski Museum. At this year's Situla Festival, we also had guests from the Polish Diocese, who contributed to the various events. Those gathered at Marof were greeted by Kamilla Duda Kawecka, Deputy Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the Republic of Slovenia, Jasna Dokl Osolnik, Director of the Dolenjski Museum and the Mayor of the Municipality of Novo mesto, Gregor Macedoni. The holiday ended at the Dolenjski Museum with a lecture “The flourishing Hallstatt of Novo mesto” by the curator archaeologist dr. Borut Križ and a visit to the permanent archaeological exhibition “Archaeological Image of Dolenjska”.
Video Situlae Festival:


As a newly certified cultural route of the Council of Europe, The Iron Age Danube Route Association will be presented on Wednesday 14th July 2021 at 11am. The mission and goals of the Association will be presented by the president Sanjin Mihelić (director of the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb) and founding representatives from Slovenia, Petra Stipančić (Dolenjski Museum Novo mesto) and Matija Črešnar (Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia).


„The Iron Age Danube Route“ – a new Council of Europe cultural route passes through numerous archaeological sites of the Iron Age and was presented to as many as 14 tourist boards across northern Croatia.
Being involved with a cultural route in Europe rural areas are given an outstanding opportunity and an incentive for development. On that occasion, a presentation of the route was held in the archaeological park Necropolis under the tumuli in Goričan, which was attended by Tatjana Horvatić, Head of Services for Movable, Ethnographic and Intangible Cultural Heritage (Ministry of Culture and Media) and member of the Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (EPA). The route continues to grow with the support of Sandra Herman, Tourism Ministry state secretary.


The 6th Holiday of Situl - the festival of iron-age life and culinary arts is behind us. This year it was organized as a walk between archaeological sites. Visitors were able to see the work of different craftsmen and their products at four different venues. Kids could bake their own bread, paint their skin, make a leather bracelet and a miniature situla or compete in archery. At every hour, the Kolenc family theatre staged a play on the Main Square, while scenes from daily life were shown in Marof by DKD Senovo players. Visitors were able to listen to a guided tour at the archaeological site Kandija and the Captain's fields, prepared by the curator from the Dolenjski Museum. At this year's Feast of Situl we also enjoyed guests from Polish Diocese, who contributed to the event. Visitors at Marof were greeted by Kamilla Dud Kawecka, Deputy Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in the Republic of Slovenia, Jasna Dokl Osolnik, Director of the Dolenjski Museum and Mayor of the City Municipality of Novo mesto, Gregor Macedoni. The festival ended in the Dolenjski Museum, with a lecture “The flourishing Hallstatt of Novo mesto”, given by the curator and archaeologist dr. Borut Križ and visiting the permanent exhibition “The Archaeological Image of Dolenjska”.


The “Hallstatt days – an Iron age festival in the Golden Valley”, held on June 19th and 20th, were opened with an exhibition “The Archaeology of Kaptol”. The aim of the exhibition was to present the community of Kaptol, which has inhabited the area for the past seven millennia. You can visit it until June 30th, 10AM-5PM in the Kaptol Municipality Hall (Vijećnica Općine Kaptol)
But, being a part of the European Archaeology Days, the Hallstatt days also held a lecture by prof. Hrvoje Potrebica (Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb and Centre for Prehistoric Research) and Borut Križ (Dolenjska Museum, Novo Mesto) - The Significance of the Iron Age Kaptol in the European Context.
On the second day we had loads of fun on the guided tour, weaving, cooking, or learning about archaeology and the Iron Age. Check out the photos!
Many thanks to the wonderful organizers and hope to see you next year!
Halštatski dani -Kaptol
Dolenjski muzej Novo mesto
Thrillseeker Croatia
Stari Fenjeri
Arheološki muzej u Zagrebu - AMZ
Vinarija Kaptol
EAA European Association of Archaeologists
TZ Zlatni Papuk


The Early Iron Age complex of Cvinger near Dolenjske Toplice is one of the most important sites of its kind in the south-eastern Alpine region. Located at its centre is the fortified hilltop settlement surrounded by three burial mound cemeteries. The iron-smelting area, however, represents the most important part of the complex, given that it extends over 0.6 ha and is the largest and best researched in the region.
Cvinger has witnessed a long history of archaeological research: while the earliest campaigns date back into the late 19th century, the site has been a subject of several recent research projects. Significantly, Cvinger was the first Iron Age site in Slovenia to be equipped with an archaeological trail. The latter runs across all the site’s main sections and includes a number of information boards, which describe the whole site in great detail. As part of the Iron Age Danube project (Interreg DTP), the archaeological trail was renewed and further extended in 2019. In addition, it was also made accessible via a mobile phone guide (search: guide@hand, Cvinger). Due to a strong local initiative, Cvinger became even more easily accessible – namely as one of the first Early Iron Age sites in Slovenia with its own website since 2020. The website contains a wide range of information on the Cvinger complex and a number of accompanying figures and illustrations, as well as the entire bibliography on the site which is available for a download ( Whilst currently available in Slovenian only, the website will be translated to English in the near future.

Visit Cvinger website:


It gives us great pleasure to announce the EPA Governing Board unanimously decided to award to “Iron Age Danube Route” the certification “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” for a term of three years. The decision was confirmed on 19 May 2021. Following the decision of the Governing Board, the EPA Secretariat shall organize an award ceremony at the occasion of the Annual Advisory Forum in Kutaisi, Georgia on 29 September – 1 October 2021 for the transmission of the diploma.The certification “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” is a quality label, recognized across Europe by visitors, tourism operators and public authorities alike. The certification and rigorous evaluation process lead to greater recognition and opportunities to develop membership, secure project funding and increase visitor numbers throughout network member countries. To obtain certification, Iron Age Danube Route was required to establish a scientific committee active in academic research on the Iron Age topic, thus giving scientific validity to its network membership and to its activities programme.
Being a certified Cultural Route of the Council of Europe brings more visibility, both nationally and internationally, through the website of the Cultural Routes programme and thanks to a networking effect, which makes it easier for visitors to find relevant information on the routes and their European sites. Certification gives access to a wide pool of international partners and experts in heritage management, research, cultural tourism development and promotion.
Furthermore, the programme provides a unique opportunity for our members, operators of heritage sites, researchers, creative entrepreneurs, tourist operators and public authorities to network with partners across the continent, share good practices, learn from global trends and developments and access world-class knowledge on cultural heritage and tourism management tools and methods.
Cultural Routes diversify the tourism offer by proposing new destinations with wider geographical reach; they implement new tourist products and services, create additional visibility for cultural heritage sites away from the most visited tourist centres and prolong the tourist season.
Cultural Routes network operators enjoy greater access to European regional and local policy makers and thus are able to better convey to institutional stakeholders the need for sustainable protection and promotion of our shared European, as well as Iron Age heritage.
By becoming a certified “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe”, many new and exciting opportunities are being opened up to the Iron Age Danube Route, its members and partners. On the other hand, the certification also holds a great responsibility to utilize to the best of our abilities the numerous benefits this status entitles us to and to further develop our network in order to better promote, protect and research our common Iron Age heritage.


Join us at the ArhKonTur Final Conference on January 20th 2021 at 14:00 CET where Prof. Hrvoje Potrebica will present the Iron Age Danube Route!
About the event:
The conference will present results of the project for educating new tourist guides specialized for archaeological sites in Croatia, and host experts in the fields of tourism, cultural management and heritage interpretation, thus providing space for discussion on cultural and archaeological tourism in our changing times.
The event is divided into two main themes, archaeological tourism and interpretation of archaeological sites as part of Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe.
We are pleased to welcome distinguished international speakers from diverse areas of expertise, Alessandra Priante, Regional Director for Europe at UNWTO, Greg Richards, professor at Tilburg University, the leading expert in the fields of cultural and creative tourism, award-winning historian, author and broadcaster Bettany Hughes and Stefano Dominioni, Director at the European Institute of Cultural Routes for the Council of Europe.
The ArhKonTur project is concerned with a very specific issue of specialized guiding principles in presenting archaeological sites, special interest guiding and heritage interpretation organized as an education programme for vulnerable groups.
It is closely linked to archaeological tourism, cultural tourism, creative tourism and especially applicable for archaeological Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, in line with the UNWTO Kyoto Declaration, the CoE Santiago de Compostela Declaration, principles of the ICOMOS Interpretation Charter as well as other relevant documents supporting sustainable cultural tourism and responsible and inclusive interpretation of heritage sites.
The target group consists of unemployed people over the age of 54 and under the age of 25, who owing to the specialized training provided by experts from both the archaeological and tourism sector gained competences for organizing specialized tours on archaeological sites in seven different counties of Croatia.
This contributes to the promotion of cultural heritage often overlooked by tourists and provides the basis for further specialized trainings on innovative practices in cultural tourism and heritage interpretation.


Cultural routes are a relatively new and, above all, fast-growing form of valorisation of cultural heritage achieved through the networking of large number of stakeholders in a wider area. Their range can vary from local and regional frameworks, through national to international routes, like the most famous ones that are certified by the Council of Europe. This international round table addressed issues of stakeholder networking on topics related to prehistoric heritage in the wider European area.
Moderator: Sanjin Mihelić (Iron Age Danube Route, Archaeological Museum in Zagreb)

Rüdiger Kelm (Archeological Museum Albersdorf Steinzeitpark Dithmarschen
Marko Mele (Universalmuseum Joanneum, Iron Age Danube Route)
Ramón Montes Barquín (European Rock Art Trails)
Organized in partnership with Archaeological Museum in Zagreb (Interreg project Prehistory Adventure), Archeological Museum Albersdorf, Steinzeitpark Dithmarschen, Universalmuseum Joanneum and European Rock Art Trails.


IADR Association was a part of this year's Festival of Situlae, organized by Dolenjska Museum in Novo mesto, one of the sites on our route. Through the workshops and the exhibition of photographs and costumes, the visitors could experience part of Iron Age life and cuisine.

EXHIBITION OPENING "The Romans on Schöckl Mountain"

On June 23 2020, in Universalmuseum Joanneum in Graz Exibition "The Romans on Schöckl Mountain" was opened. On the opening ceremony IADR was presented and the visitors could inform themselves about the IADR's mission and products.