A networked region and Central European hub
At a crossroads of important European transport corridors and boasting efficient international airports, CENTROPE offers an excellent position within the transport network as well as easy access to all key markets in Europe. Berlin, Frankfurt, Zurich, Milan, Belgrade and Warsaw are situated at roughly equal distances from CENTROPE and thus can be reached in just an hour by air, while a two-hour flight will take you to London, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona or Istanbul. With close to 20 million passengers per year, Vienna International Airport is a leading European hub that, with over 40 destinations, operates the most frequent and densest route network to Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Numerous scheduled and charter flights to the international airports Bratislava-Ivanka and Brno-Turany offer additional possibilities of reaching CENTROPE quickly and efficiently.
Situated at the historic intersection of Danube and Amber Road, the Central European Region today marks a meeting-point of road-, rail- and waterway-based Trans-European Transport Corridors. As one of Europe’s vital axes linking east and west, the Danube Corridor in CENTROPE stands for continuous motorways, an accelerated section of the railway route connecting Paris via Munich to Bratislava and Budapest as well as high-performance ports along the European waterway from North Sea to Black Sea. The development of CENTROPE into an intermodal hub with excellent links to the north and south, i.e. to the Baltic and Adriatic regions, harbours another seminal potential of the Central European Region.
In the foreseeable future, measures to close bottlenecks in the cross-border transport and traffic network and to further update the existing infrastructure will additionally improve accessibility both within and from outside the region. At present, primary attention is paid to eliminating gaps in the high-level road network, constructing major roads and building new main stations in Brno and Vienna. All partner regions have drawn up concrete implementation plans and timetables to complete their traffic and transport infrastructure.