If you’re interested in the World War II and its consequences right up to the present day, and if you want to talk about it with a large group of other young people from all over Europe, debate the issues and get different perspectives on World War II, the subsequent time and what it means for your future, then apply for the this route.
This year’s dates :
27 May – 10 June 2023
In the capital of Latvia, you’ll visit several museums which tell the story of a country dominated by foreign rule in a constant state of division, and find out about people´s different lives in Latvia (and in the other Baltic states). Close to Riga, you will visit the forests of Bikernieki and Rumbula where you will learn about the atrocities committed there. Another stop will be Salaspils Memorial, where you will discover the history of this former camp built by the Nazis.
From Riga, the journey takes you to Lithuania. In Kaunas, you will then talk about the changing roles and meanings of places. You’ll visit the Ninth Fort, which was built as a fortress during World War I. During the Soviet era, it was used as a prison, where political prisoners suffered from repression. When the country was occupied by Germany during World War II, Jews from all over Europe were murdered here. Later, the site was again used as a prison. Today, the Ninth Fort, with its multi-faceted history, is a place of remembrance.
From Kaunas, you’ll continue to Warsaw in Poland. In Warsaw you will explore the turbulent history of the city in the 20th century. Different museums, like the Museum of the History of Polish Jews (POLIN) and the Warsaw Rising Museum as well as the reconstructed city center of Warsaw will be places visited with the group.
From Warsaw the journey takes you to the north of Poland to Gdańsk. There, you’ll visit the Westerplatte peninsula and the Polish Post. It is here that World War II began, with the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany. You will also visit the Stutthof Concentration Camp Memorial where the focus will be on the systematic destruction of human life.
The Blue Route
Along the Blue Route, you’ll gain an in-depth insight into the many facets of World War II and its impact on our present-day lives and our future. You’ll get to know different perspectives and narratives and share exciting experiences with your fellow travellers.
For 14 days, you will travel to these cities together with about 30 young people from all over Europe. Most of the journey will be done by a tour bus.
If you want to take part in the adventure, join us on the Blue Route that takes you through the history of the southern Baltic states!
Due to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic, changes to the route may be necessary at short notice to accommodate changing legal regulations.
Become a peace ambassador
Learn together about the historical events of these places and about the different existing perspectives that show how the same events are told in different stories.