In the years 2000 and 2001, the European Ramblers’ Association organised a pan-European radial relay walk along 10 different footpaths leading from the outer edges of Europe to Strasbourg; ending there on 22–30 Sept. 2001.
A total of over 250,000 walkers took part in the walks in individual stages. More than 5,000 walkers arrived in Strasbourg for the closing week and some 13,000 took part in the final parade through Strasbourg.
In the course of the walks, more than 20 major meetings of walkers took place across Europe with the participation of prominent politicians from individual countries and members of the European Parliament. The event’s motto was "Walking towards the unification of Europe".
A conference devoted to walking was organised in Strasbourg in the Schumann Hall of the European Parliament, and it was there that the "Strasbourg Declaration" was adopted.
The final walk through Strasbourg took place under the auspices of the President of the French Republic, Jacques Chirac, the President of the European Parliament, Nicole Fontaine, and the General Secretary of the Council of Europe, Walter Schwimmer.