the project in videos

In order to facilitate the spreading of the key findings in the project, four short promotional videos have been created. The target audience varies in relation to the content:

Development of EDEN55plusNW

EDEN developement 1
klick on the picture to start the video development of EDEN

The EDEN Story

EDEN Story
klick on the picture to start the video EDEN Story in Croatia, Slovenia and Austria.

The project results of EDEN55plusNW

EDEN results
klick on the picture to start the video EDEN results

my EDEN experience – the roadmovie

EDEN experience
klick on the picture to start the video EDEN Experience

A picture says more than 1000 words. In the run-up to the application, the project group has already agreed to draw up videos on the progress of the project. It is a cheerful approach. Especially the offer video is exactly tuned to the target group 55plus. The narrated story connects the EDEN regions and can be used internationally for the application of the target group.


final event in Feldbach

In Feldbach, on July 5, 2017 two COSME projects, where regional small and medium-sized enterprises were involved, met for exchange and a joint presentation. The first program was an impulse lecture by the Chairman of the Region “Steirisches Vulkanland” and mayor of the city of Feldbach Ing. Josef Ober.  Also the press-responsible lady of the tourism regional association Thermenland, Mrs. Belinda Schagerl and Mr. Christian Ortauf from the tourist office Feldbach followed the invitation. The project EDEN55plus-NW focused on working with the tourism companies in 3 workshops and networking, the companies have made a joint brochure for tourism agencies.
Pilot projects were conducted by senior citizens in both projects. With DiscOver55 + exactly these evaluations of the seniors were taken under the microscope and a handbook with recommendations for the tourism offer development developed. The expert information was followed by partner contributions, ethno-program from Solcavsko, Rezi-Cake and bobbins from Idrija and Velebit cheese at a special place, the Altstadtgasse in Feldbach.
At the Loambudl, a regionally typical bowling alley, the communication among the guests culminated. EDEN SMEs meet on DiscOver55 target group. This exchange fulfilled the most important point of the Pilottest experience: “Provides more opportunities for the 55+ target group in the tourist programs for direct contact with the regional population.”



3th workshop for local tourism providers from EDEN destinations: Idrija, Solčavsko and River Kolpa

In June 2017, Idrija Heritage Centre in cooperation with project partner ProVITAL d. o. o. organized the 3th workshop for local tourism providers from EDEN destinations: Idrija, Solčavsko and River Kolpa within the activities of the project EDEN55plusNW.

In January we have already carried out two workshops, which were aimed at establishing the connections between small and medium sized enterprises, which already build a tourism offer in participating EDEN destinations, at upgrading their offer for the target group and at creating international products (tourism packages for seniors) in all five participating EDEN destinations. In cooperation with providers, each EDEN destination, developed a model of integrated green economy, which will in the future serve as a guideline for the development of sustainable tourism in destination.

Last workshop for small and medium-sized enterprises was devoted to presentation of the results and the status of project activities related to the implementation of pilot testing, preparation of promotional materials and further cooperation between the four established networks (EDEN destinations, ITA / TIC, senior organizations, small and medium-sized enterprises).

Nina Erjavec, Idrija Heritage Centre


SME Network – Signing Letter of Intent

International SME Network – in five European regions, approximately 70 entrepreneurs agree to cooperate and offer quality services and products to the guests. The aim is to offer cross-border offers. With this form of (international) business cooperation, the companies support each other, create added value and use the contacts established in the project (network EDEN, network seniors, network travel agencies and incoming offices) for the marketing and distribution of their products. Information on the network, the companies and all other networks of the EDEN regions Tourism associations and senior citizen organizations at All present entrepreneurs sign the Letter of Intent and express their support to the network. Operational measures for internal and external marketing were introduced and discussed by the companies.

Coordinating meetings of tourist companies
Measures for the mutual application of the enterprises
Mutual meetings with company visits on foot or by bicycle
Organization of joint press travel
Excursions to the participating EDEN regions for exchange
Financial annual timetable in the EDEN network and in the tourism association

Preparation of the results presentation for the international partners in Feldbach on 5th of July. The morning will be devoted to the professional result, an informal exchange with the project EDEN and Discover55 + is planned. The afternoon will devote itself to the exchange of tourism providers and the target group of the elderly.
Two more fixed dates for the tourist SME network are: July 27 and September 26, 2017.


the voice of a pilot tester

Eden55+ Pilottest to the EDEN-destinations Northern Velebit in Croatia, Kolpa and Idrija in Slovenia, 25—29 May 2017. Six couples from Trieste and 6 evaluators from the destinations participating in the project (Tanja and Marko, coordination, Sebastiano und Francesca from Trieste, Nina from Idrija, Helga from Vulkanland) started their journey on 25 May 2017 at 8 o’clock in de morning. Our guide Luka picked us up in Trieste on a bus chauffeured by Igor. If necessary, Luka translates from Croatian and Slovenian to Italian or English.
Our first stop is the truly marvelous natural paradise National Park Northern Velebit with a wide a varied flora and fauna. Tatjana (responsible for the program), Dragic und Ivan drive us by mini-bus to this region. Nina serves as our guide in the region. Very open-hearted people welcome us. They live in a very simple style in harmony with nature. We taste the energy of wild herbs in delicious products such as cheese, meat, jam, vegetables and grappa. A lot of work in the gardens and fields is done manually – a very small-structured agriculture – and biological quality is produced almost exclusively.
The harsh climate – winter spreads over 7—8 months here – is compensated through a lot of high quality grappa, either clear or with herbs or fruits. This was served at every welcome and before and after every meal. The guided tour through the bear compound is awe-inspiring. Boris, founder and philosopher about nature, enthusiastically talks about his job. On the one hand he wants to offer a stress-free living space for those bears, which are no longer able to survive in the wild, and on the other hand he aims to showcase what is really important in life to young people: A simple life in unimpaired nature. Easy as well as more demanding hiking tours through the national park offer active rest and relaxation. The view from the tops of Velebit to the sea and the islands on the one side and the other peaks on the other side is stunning. Those who prefer to spend their time on a bike may rent ones from Dragic in Krasno and, if necessary, can arrange for a pick-up to return them.
Folklore, music and traditional dances with women from the village were mostly appealing to the female testers. Northern Velebit is a region for revitalization in untouched nature, a place that connects us to the primeval energy of the earth.
I personally would wish for a more comfortable accomodation. The music during the meal was perceived as disturbing. It became almost impossible to talk to each other.
Our 2nd stop is the EDEN-destination Kolpa in Bela Kraijna in Slovenia. Igor from now on is totally committed and brings us – a very open-minded, flexible and interested group of travelers – to Metlika, the capital of the region. Silvia serves as our regional guide here. Kolpa is the river forming the border between Slovenia and Croatia, the region is shaped by fertile rolling hills and sink holes. Here at almost every welcome we are served the traditional Bela Kraijan Pogaca – a white flatbread, seasoned with salt and caraway. This substitutes the Grappa-ritual we became used to in Velebit. The inhabitants proudly present their products and their culture to us. We experience touristic perfection, but most of all outstanding presentations, from which we can learn. Especially Majca, with her entertaining and informative presentation on how to bake a Bela Krajna Pogaca, and the wine tasting with superb snacks adjusted to the taste of the wines have impressed us. One of the highlights was the joint dance with a folk-music group after having dinner in a renovated house, where old and new were linked together very sensitively. The slogan “I feeld Slovenia” can be felt, but most of all one can taste the region. Here, tradition, music, dance, wine and culinary delights are at the centre. I found it quite a pity that the program was dominated by such a high number of tastings. We were too replete to show every producer the appropriate appreciation.
I also found it unfortunate that we didn’t have time to enjoy the wonderful nature.

handicraft – River Kolpa

The 3rd stop is Idrija. Here we are guided by Nina. Idrija is a city and EDEN-region near Lubljana, which became known world-wide in the past due to its quicksilver resources. During the monarchy and until the 90ies the men of Idrija were working under the hardest conditions in the mines. Joze, a former miner, tells us about it in very impressive words during a guided tour through a mine and the modern museum about history and processing of the mined resource. Not only quicksilver, but also the art of lace making employed by the women contributed to the degree of familiarity of the region. This handcrafted inheritance is explained to the youth in schools. About 100 girls and boys are learning the traditional craft that also inspires fashion designers to wonderful creations. This is presented in a very creative way on Castle Gewerkenegg, which was converted into a museum. We visit the sensitively revitalized mountain farm Stumajce, where we insert our breads into the stove of the smoke room and make small herb-bags. Here we get a first idea about the wonderful nature surrounding the city. We sleep in the modern Hotel Jozef in very nicely equipped rooms. The surprise was the lunch at the Relais Chateaux-Hotel Knedov dvorec, in a completely quiet location in the middle of nature. We enjoyed an excellent 4-stars-menu, after which the chef demonstrated the production of traditional Schlikrofi to us. Tradition and innovation are linked together in Idrija. A nicely compiled program, but for me once again the enjoyment of nature is underrepresented. All in all it is a very inspiring program, but too tight for five days. We had almost no time for ourselves. Sometimes there was also too little time for shopping at the producers – we were constantly too late. It was great, how nice everything was organized from the region guides. I’d like to especially emphasize the flexibility of the producers, restaurants and music groups, which often had to wait up to two hours for our arrival.        Helga, 29th May 2017

North Velebit National Park

The region blossoms – visiting Vulkanland

flowers - appeltrees_1000Twelve women from the senior organisation AUSSER in Triest were testing the tourstic offer of the EDEN-regions in Slovenia, Croatia and the Styrian Vulkanland. Under the guidance of Mrs. Francesca Borgna they laid a special focus on multi-day offers for the target group 55+.


Excerpt from the work notes from Spirit of Regions, April 24, 2017

Twelve Italian women find their way into the region Vulkanland. Alerted to the south-eastern corner of Styria through EDEN-european destinations of excellence. An interesting day awaits the cooperating SMEs. On our way to welcome the group we met Franz Niederl from the restaurant Pfeilers. He happily shows us the flower blossoms in his trunk: „Freshly picked to decorate the table for our Italian guests!“ We are awed by his dedication and move on to Straden, where we join the ladies on their bus. Joining us is Karola Sakotnik from „Creating culture“, she is fluent in Italian and runs a cultural thread through the days‘ programme.

With a small delay we pass by Straden with its three impressive church towers, the Gleichenberger Kogel and meadows with scattered fruit trees, a part of them still blossoming. Via the bridge crossing into town from the train station we arrive in Feldbach. Prosecco made from apples, refined with sweet-smelling Damaszener-rose buds from bio farmer Eisvogel Raabau, is served as a welcome drink. The colorful church tower attracts a lot of attention. The blooming decoration triggers the expected „wow“-effect.

Chef Lisi conjures wonderful dishes with fresh, local ingredients. The faces reflect contentment. Later on, Beatrice welcomes us at the Tabor Feldbach, purposefully marching up the steps leading to the former class room. Scarcely seated, the surrounding transports the guests back their our own schooldays, playfulness is spreading, writing is done by quill and ink. The heavenly hams from Vulcano draw us to the northern corner of Feldbach. The ham cinema makes the ladies break out into raptures, while later on, during their visit to the fruit farm Stangl, they unanimously agree on: „Now we’ve arrived in the region!“. Michi is taking them with her to visit the blossoming appletrees, a tasting in paradise underneath blooming treetops and wonderful singing by the landlord. Overnight stays at the B&B Raabtal. The language barrier is removed by warm cordiality.

On the second day our guests visit the south-eastern corner of Feldbach, following the fire-creature of our regional hiking map inside the former stone quarry Gossendorf. Attunement with the sun salutation, an exercise for the body. It’s nothing unusual to see an anthill, but stopping in front of it and listening to the bustling activity with closed eyes is exceptional. Thus, nature is conciously perceived during the morning and the volcanic fire in the hearts is kindling. At the Loambudl, an outdoor bowling alley made from clay, Karl Ladenhauf joins us as a rather charming director for our visit in Gossendorf.

On the following bus ride we discover a blossoming alley of appletrees and spontaneously stop for taking pictures. The owner of the trees produces excellent spirits, KRENAC. The planting of the young vines has to wait, the group is invited to a guided tour through the cellar and a tasting in his garden. While enjoying their spirits, the group is already scheduled to taste some wine at Sissis Weinbar. So in addition to the spirits wine tastings with the taste of the volcanic soil are served. Next up are a spontaneous brief talk with Austria’s best patissier and a short visit to the Bauernstadl. Now a break is definitely necessary. The group walks to dinner at the inn Gasthaus Schwarz, where the evening fades away comfortably with music.

press:     die Woche  and  Kleine Zeitung


letter of intent ITA/TIC

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On 4 April, tourist sales outlets from the Maribor partnerships with Agencija M met and discussed a common future approach. Thanks to Mrs. Spela Stuhec from the agency ProVital for the moderation and the prepared documents for a cooperation plan of the network. The interest in selling the cooperating regions with a joint offer is great. The spatial proximity is an advantage for this.
The purpose of establishing the network TIC / ITA of the project EDEN55plus NW is to organize a continuous collaboration between TIC and ITA in EDEN destinations. The goal is also to organize continuous cooperation between all other established networks (SME network and senior organization network). This will allow the planned tourist products to be continually developed, adapted and used with the changing target groups. The sensitization of the companies for the subject supports an authentic offer and guarantees with every conversation more quality in the sale.

letter of intent