Red Route

Do you want to know how wars can be ended? The Red Route takes you back to the 17th century and also through the frontlines of the two World Wars of the 20th century in Western Europe. You will discuss the importance of peace treaties and learn about different ways of commemorating the victims of conflict and tyranny. On this route you will also get an insight into the European Union, that wants to contribute to more peace in Europe.

This route takes place from: 15 – 29 August 2024

 

MÜNSTER

The Red Route starts in Münster, where participants get to know each other and exchange first insights in their perspective of European history in a preparatory workshop. Münster is one of the cities where the two treaties of the Peace of Westphalia were concluded in 1648, ending the Thirty Years’ War. You will learn about these peace negotiations that brought one of the most brutal wars in European history to an end.

YSSELSTEYN

In the Dutch village of Ysselsteyn you will visit an extensive German war gravesite, where more than 30,000 war dead from both world wars are buried. You will learn about individual biographies and gain a better understanding of the fate of the dead buried there and the consequences of war and violence. An overnight stay at the youth meeting and education centre there gives you the opportunity to process these impressions.

Creator: Stella von Saldern

Creator: PEACE LINE

AMSTERDAM

From Ysselsteyn, the route takes you to Amsterdam. There you will discover how the Netherlands deals with its past during the Second World War. The National Holocaust Names Memorial, which was only erected in 2021, commemorates the approximately 102,000 Jewish victims and the 220 victims from the Roma population who were murdered by the National Socialists. You will explore this form of remembrance and visit a former Gestapo camp on your way to Brussels: Fort Breendonk.

BRUSSELS

The capital of Belgium is one of the centres of the European Union and you will learn about the work of this association of states. The programme includes a visit to the European Parliament, where MEPs shape the affairs of the European Union in numerous committees.

Creator: PEACE LINE

Creator: PEACE LINE

COMPIÈGNE

A stop in Compiègne brings the topic of peace agreements back to the fore. You will visit the clearing where both the armistice of 1914 and the staged armistice of 1940 were signed in a train wagon. The original wagon and the clearing were destroyed by the Nazis later, but it was rebuilt after World War Two. Learning about the history and discuss different narratives will be part of the programme on this day.

VERDUN

In Verdun, you will come face to face with powerful reminders of trench warfare during World War I in the Lorraine region. Verdun became the symbol of the “Great War”, famous for the longest battle of this conflict. On the former battlefields, you will see the vast National Necropolis with its thousands of graves and visit the Douaumont Ossuary which contains the remains of more than 130,000 unidentified soldiers. You will also visit Fort Douaumont which was fiercely fought over during the Battle of Verdun and today shows the living conditions of its inhabitants.

Creator: PEACE LINE

Creator: Stella von Saldern

NIEDERBRONN-LES-BAINS

You’ll complete your journey with a concluding workshop at the International Youth Meeting and Education Centre in Niederbronn-les-Bains in the Alsace region of France. There, you’ll have plenty of time to reflect on everything you’ve experienced and to talk about it in the group.

The Red Route

The Red Route takes you on a journey through two centuries of European history. You will learn a lot about the difficult path to peace and the remembrance of the atrocities committed during the World Wars.

For 14 days, you will travel this route together with about 30 young people from all over Europe. Most of the route will be covered by a tour bus.

If you want to be part of the new Red Route and bring your own perspectives, come along on a journey through time.

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.