Project Title

Let’s connect with heritage

Project Goal

The construction of new and revitalisation of existing cultural and historical heritage sites with the aim of creating a new offer for visitors. The project brings together 13 physical cultural heritage sites specific to each local area. The constructed or revitalised buildings will provide a possibility for stronger tourism, economic and regional development based on the cultural identity of the Rijeka Urban Agglomeration territory.


1 December 2018 – 31 December 2022

Competent authority

Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds, a call for direct allocation of funds KK.


The project contains coordinated activities aimed at a common vision of the development of recognizable and unique cultural heritage of the urban area while encouraging tourism development based on the principles of sustainability.

According to the Development Strategy of the Urban Agglomeration of Rijeka for the period 2016-2020, the necessity to invest in cultural infrastructure is the same as the necessity to create new forms of cultural offer. Although the buildings are of significant cultural value, investment in maintenance of single cultural goods has been insufficient.

The transformation of underutilised cultural heritage sites into spaces with new purposes will make the entire area of the Rijeka Urban Agglomeration more attractive for citizens, visitors and entrepreneurs, thus, contributing to increase employment and income, along with the planned improvement of cultural heritage and its infrastructural parts.

The project includes 13 physical locations of cultural and historical heritage in the area of the Rijeka Urban Agglomeration, characteristic of each local area, which together form an integral product of the cultural offer.

The project envisages an integrated approach to the mentioned sites, but also to the entire heritage of the Rijeka Urban Agglomeration through its mapping, composing the narrative, the development of interpretation plans, joint presentation infrastructure, a brand, a promotion plan and strategic management. The infrastructure that will be renewed or built will be, primarily, intended to revive interests of local and wider population, while enhancing the attractiveness of these sites for tourism, especially for people interested in historical and cultural tourism. Also, the project has a significant educational character for children in primary and secondary schools with regard to history and literature school curricula.

The implementation of these components will result in the creation of new cultural and tourist products based on physical infrastructure of cultural and historical heritage and other contents that will connect physical contents established owing to the project, and also other points within the Rijeka Urban Agglomeration based on cultural heritage.

In the future, it is predicted that other contents of cultural and historical heritage will be included, since the basic interpretive project message “Let’s connect with heritage” presents a rich diversity of heritage, lifestyles and cultural identities of the Rijeka Urban Agglomeration.

Main activities

The planned project activities with the ultimate goal of establishing 13 new or improved physical cultural and tourist site in the area of the Rijeka Urban Agglomeration include:

  • City of Rijeka: Launching a cultural and tourist visitor centre in Rijeka;

A unique place for presenting cultural and historical heritage will be opened on the ground floor of the Filodrammatica building. The centre will serve as a place where one can get more information about the cultural heritage of all partners involved in the project.

  • Municipality of Kostrena: Opening of the Kostrena Seamen’s House;

In Kostrena, the building of the former St. Barbara school which will become a place of interpretation of the history of preservation and nurturing of cultural and traditional heritage. The Kostrena Seamen’s House will present the life and role of seamen in society in a modern manner. It will also make actial all topics related to maritime affairs.

  • Municipality of Moscenicka Draga:

Reconstruction of the castle in Brseč and refurbishment of the birth house of the writer Eugen Kumičić;

Eugen Kumičić’s birth house will be reconstructed and will host a permanent exhibition, which will tell the story of Kumičić, Brseč and its surroundings through a multimedia and interdisciplinary exhibition. Kumičić is the main focus of interpretation, and his birth house is a central place from which to explore the city and its surroundings and other components of the eco-museum.

Ethno village Trebišće – opening of the mythical historical trail Trebišće – Perun; An interpretation centre will be opened in a rural stone house in Trebišće, with Old Slavonic mythology as its central theme.

Revitalization of the castle in Mošćenice – Mošćenice, a living historical town; The Mošćenice Castle will be renewed and an interpretation centre will be put in place – an ethnographic collection that includes the prominent tangible and intangible heritage of the historic town of Mošćenice and its surroundings.

  • Municipality of Lovran: Adaptation of the House of the Lovran Guc (unique boat from Lovran known as “guc.”

The house of the Lovran guc will be widened and the existing exhibition space of the Lovran guc will be connected with the City Tower in order to create functional and attractive premises from the point of view of tourism.

  • City of Kraljevica: Renovation of Zrinski Square;

The project includes the reconstruction and equipping of the inner courtyard (atrium) of the Zrinski castle in the centre of Kraljevica in order to join the tourist offer through the protection and restoration of cultural heritage and enhance the tourist offer of Kraljevica and the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County.

  • City of Kastav:

Conservation and equipping of Crekvina in the function of a summer stage and an open space for presentation and interpretation of heritage in situ, Crekvina Square will be refurbished and will become a place for modern presentation.

Rehabilitation of Lokvina Square;

Lokvina Square will be renewed and presented to the public as a place for the presentation of cultural heritage.

  • Municipality of Viškovo: Construction and equipping of the House of the Halubje Bell Ringer;

The House of the Halubje Bell Ringer will be built, which will have multiple purposes: an exhibition / presentation space with a permanent exhibition of the ethnographic collection of bell ringers, educational workshops, an entertainment programme and events, a souvenir shop and a tasting space.

  • City of Opatija: Revitalisation of Villa Angiolina;

The project envisages the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Villa Angiolina, which houses the Croatian Museum of Tourism, in order to prevent degradation and deterioration of a protected cultural good. The aim is to restore it to its original condition and by equipping the museum space enable a more modern presentation of Croatian tourist heritage and putting in a new museum exhibition in order to attract visitors.

  • Municipality of Klana: Revitalisation of the Gradina castle in Klana;

Project implementation includes the revitalisation and equipping of the archaeological site Gradina just above the centre of Klana village, and it will enable the maintenance of cultural programmes and will serve for other tourist purposes as well.

  • Municipality of Čavle: Revitalisation of Grobnik Castle;

Within the project, a multimedia guide will be prepared for the renewed castle, which includes a walk through the castle, a presentation of the history and interesting life facts about the castle and its immediate surroundings. Also, the multimedia guide will include a description of people and events interpreted through audio themes illustrated with a picture, video or augmented reality (AR) display, 3D mapping on the walls and ceiling, and an interactive info kiosk will be set up in the gallery.


The project partners include the cities and municipalities that present the Rijeka Urban Agglomeration:

  • City of Rijeka, project promotor
  • City of Kastav
  • City of Kraljevica
  • City of Opatija
  • Municipality of Cavle
  • Municipality of Klana
  • Municipality of Kostrena
  • Municipality of Lovran
  • Municipality of Mošćenička Draga
  • Municipality of Viškovo
  • Tourist Board of the City of Rijeka, obligatory partner


  • Total project value: HRK 76,328,201.95
  • EU funding: HRK 36,369,926.74

Co-financed under:

Structural Funds – European Regional Development Fund – Operational Program “Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020”, through the Integrated Territorial Investment Mechanism (ITU mechanism)

Contact for more information about the project

Department of Culture
Korzo 16, Rijeka
Telephone: 051 209 555

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