"Almost a ghost town" Top 5 Page for this destination Vukovar by dabuwan

Vukovar Travel Guide: 58 reviews and 122 photos

Vukovar, located on the Danube croatian shore close to Yugoslavia, is much different from the pictoresque, nice, quiet seaside towns on the Dalmatian coast.
But this is also Croatia, and what happened less than 12 years ago should never be forgotten.
Until late 1991 Vukovar was a multiethnic town with about 50000 inhabitants; a few months later, after a three months siege, Yugoslavian army entered the town and most of the Croatian population still alive was deported. Only since 1998, after a long unquiet transition period under UN control, Vukovar is officially part of Croatia. Ethnic cleansing from both sides did happen and most of the population (serbs and Croats) who survived fled away and just few of them have returned home. Many mass graves have been discovered around town.
Today Vukovar tries to go back to normality, but it's hard: anywhere you look you see traces of the violent fights that took place. You can't find a building whose walls have a 10 cm square area without a bullet hole. Almost all residential houses have been burnt. The only two restored buiding are a Hotel (?!?) and the post office. Almost no people around and the silence is really impressive.

  • Last visit to Vukovar: May 2001
  • Intro Updated Feb 4, 2003
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2006 at 6:11 AM

    Very interesting little page ...Well done ... :o)

  • Karolina01's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2005 at 11:01 PM

    Very impressive.

  • nikola316's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2004 at 8:29 AM

    I have absolutely no ax to grind. I also agree that acts of war are deplorable. But to compare the Serbs to nazis? Strange that the only people I saw giving the nazi "zieg heil" salute during the war were Croats in front of the sahovnica. That is a fact.

  • SotinResearcher's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2004 at 12:24 AM

    Very interesting page, I was hoping you would have pictures of Sotin and Opatovak on it as well. I'm hoping Vukovar will come all the way back soon and be better than ever before. Time will tell. Thank You Kurt Sotin Reseacher

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2004 at 9:07 AM

    Strange and amazing page. Thank you.

  • croisbeauty's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2003 at 3:22 AM

    To PajaB: you're sick man - idi bre pa se leci - the war started in 1991and the Natzi Serbs did ethnic clansing, the same they did at Srebrenica etc. You're twisting the facts, BTW, Vukovar is in Croatia!

  • Nykaenen's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2003 at 7:25 AM

    You're right to say that Vukovar should never be forgotten. One thing you got wrong though: only Croats were slaughtered in Vukovar. That truth we owe to the dead ones. To PajaB: Slobodan Milosevic & Veselin Sljivancanin could hardly pass for Croats!

  • Dec 7, 2003 at 9:43 PM

    Ms. Nykaenen is doing good propaganda for Nazi Croats. It is ordinary lie that in Vukovar only Croats were victims of war. War stared after Croats tried capture army baracs in Vukovar in 1992 combined with killing of hundreds Serbs living in Vukovar.

  • Nov 13, 2003 at 8:55 PM

    "war tourist".....what a description....anyways, I know exactly what you mean about seeing a place like this...I feel a chill just from your pages....brrrr

  • Oct 9, 2003 at 8:42 AM

    vukovar is a very sad town. i always feel a little depressed when i drive through it on my way to the croatian coust...hopfully it will change and life will return to this place..

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