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Austro-Hungarian Stories in the Western Balkans

This project rediscovers the myths and legends from the past. It also presents wonderful cultural sights and local businesses that you can visit today. Have you ever been to Kotor, Subotica or Trebinje before?

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About this project

Why The Dream of Emperors, why Kotor, Subotica and Trebinje?

Western Balkans was a dream to conquer for many emperors. One of them was the Austro-Hungarian Empire and this website focuses on the time period of their presence in this region. In its expansion, the Hapsburg monarchy reached the shores of river Sava and Danube by the beginning of the 18th century. They considered it vital for further expansions to the East.

Western Balkans Crossroads of Civilisations tour aims to promote the diverse cultural heritage of the Western Balkans. It spearheads the repositioning of the region in the international travel market and supports the development of high quality services, products and essential tourism infrastructure at tourist destinations. It consists of 5 smaller routes, one of which is The Dream of Emperors.

The Dream of Emperors route depicts the Austro-Hungarian cultural heritage in the Western Balkans that goes through Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia.

Exploring The Dreams of Emperors Route project and this website virtually walk you through Trebinje, Kotor and Subotica, respectively. They showcases the magnificent architectures and share many intriguing stories, myths and legends from the Austro-Hungarian period in these 3 locations and their surroundings.

Given the historically rich influence Austro-Hungarian empire had over this region, we invite you to keep scrolling and learn more.

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Subotica's finest restaurants

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Kotor's best tour guides

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Trebinje’s outdoor activities

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