HeritageSites & LivingMuseums

"Living history is an alternative to the old dusty, dry, static, exhibiting methods of the past where individuals went out, and collected things, and assembled them into a museum setting... Living history museums should bring us closer to the human side of our collective history. By interacting with real people, we gain a better understanding of the lives led by our ancestors.”

Theodore R. Hazen
American master miller, craftsman, interpreter and mill restoration consultant


Welcome! Thank you for visiting this section of the HisTourism - Heritage Tourism portal on Historia Vivens Web devoted to Heritage and Folklore sites and Living Museums throughout Europe. Here you will find a wide selection of historic and archaeological sites, Open-air Living History and Archaeological Museums that provide, regularly or occasionally, Living History displays, Historical reenactments and Experimental Archaeology workshops to educate and entertain the visitors. Each heritage site is presented on a dedicated page rich in information and contact details, and featuring images and videos whenever possible. All the heritage sites are grouped geographically by European macro-regions and then divided by their countries of origin.

These pages are constantly evolving, so please check back regularly for the last updates. We wish you a pleasant surfing and hope you will like the contents. 

Categories of Heritage Sites...

The heritage places in this section are represented by:

  • Historic and Heritage Sites, locations of the certain historical significance, open to the public and hosting living history events or activities. Examples of Historic and Heritage Sites include: historic houses, estates, castles, battlefields, halls, courts, archaeological remains of ancient cities and villages.
  • Living History Open-air Museums, combining the features of the museum and archaeological place with historic and/or ethnographic aspects and activities, where costumed interpreters and reenactors portray the daily life of a certain period, including warfare, civil and religious aspects, handicraft, life-cycle rituals and ceremonies and historic events.
  • Archaeological Open-air Museums, with outdoor true to scale architectural reconstructions primarily based on archaeological sources, providing an interpretation of how people lived and acted in the past.

Geographical Areas

The division of the Heritage sites by geographical macro-areas of Europe we offer here does not pretend to be scientifically precise and is only aimed to ease the web surfing for the Users.

Nordic & Baltic Countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden.

North Atlantic Isles: England, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales.

Western Europe: Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands.

South-Western Europe: Andorra, Portugal, Spain.

Southern Europe: Italy, Malta archipelago, San Marino.

South-Eastern Europe: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia.

Central Europe: Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland.

Eastern Europe: Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Ukraine.

Please note that the heritage sites pages related to any separatist regions or militarily occupied territories by a State violating the sovereignty, territorial integrity and/or political independence of another State by force or in any other manner inconsistent with the Charter of the United Nations are temporarily disabled. 


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