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Vukovar revives amid record guest stays and rising real-estate prices

New businesses set up in this Danubian town scarred by the conflict of the early 1990s

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PJ Cresswell

Figures just published indicate that Vukovar-Srijem County led the way in Croatia in 2022 as far as the increase in overnight stays was concerned. Although the largest figure in terms of pure tourist numbers was in Istria, the biggest year-on-year rise was here in the far east of Croatia, close to the Serbian border.

A city that suffered terrible losses during the war in the early 1990s, Vukovar is now showing signs of a healthy revival. A new road leads into town, prices for apartments have soared significantly compared to five years ago and many cyclists on the EuroVelo 6 route make overnight stops here, between Budapest and Belgrade.

Vukovar has hosted a successful international film festival since 2007, Danubian directors from Germany, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania taking home the Golden Barge for best features, shorts and documentaries.

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