Five thematic trails
… lead
to nature
full of smells of
Mediterranean, magnificent
mountain and sea views and discover
interesting and forgotten pages of history
We invite you to the adventure of visiting the Austro-Hungarian fortresses, the remnants of the defense system of the southern border of the empire. At the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, this was one of the strongest and largest defense systems in Europe. It amazes many connoisseurs with its brilliant strategic and tactical set up. On five thematic routes, you will discover the secrets of this system and the magic of abandoned fortifications. 
  • 1. P1 - Thematic trail through Krivošije
  • 2. P2 - Thematic panoramic trail
  • 3. P3 - Thematic route in Crkvice
  • 4. P4 - Thematic route of the great fortresses
  • 5 . P5 - Thematic trail around Trebinje
Did you know that the iron curtain of the Austro-Hungarian defense from the beginning of the 20th century passed by and around Trebinje? Fifty years of great rivarly between the two empires for territory and influence in the Balkans – Austria-Hungary and Russia was the reason that one of the strongest and largest defense systems of that time was built in Herzegovina and the Bay of Kotor. Welcome to the roads of the Austro-Hungarian fortresses that will lead you to the defensive ring around Trebinje. One the left, there is a road „Andrić’s story about life under the empire” and on the right “Route of fortresses and arms”.
LEGEND: Andrić's story about life under the empire
Fortress Petrina
The story of construction and life in fortresses and Ivo Andrić’s story about the arrival of the Austro-Hungarians in Bosnia and Herzegovina
The story of Trebinje at the turn of the centuries and Ivo Andrić’s story about the enthusiasm of the young, pre-war generation
 Fortress and stronghold Golo brdo
The story of fortresses, about 1914 as Andrić saw it, about 1918
Stronghold Kučino brdo 
The story of the belt defense of Trebinje and the Austro-Hungarian alphabet of fortifications in Herzegovina
Fortress Strač
The story about one of the most powerful European fortresses of that time
The fifth thematic route (P5) takes you to the world of the army, at the turn of the century. If you have supplied yourself with appropriate footwear, water and a cane, the day ahead is full of impressions!

FORT-NET project has linked the heritage of Austro-Hungarian and medieval fortresses into a new tourist product, with the aim of valorizing the natural and cultural heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. The joint tourist offer has been developed according to the modern model of thematic trails, which has improved the quality and diversity of the overall tourist offer in the target area. The project was implemented by: the City of Ljubuški in partnership with the Development Agency ŽZH-HERAG from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Centre for Sustainable Tourism Initiatives – CSTI Montenegro and National Tourism Organization of Montenegro in the period from 2019 to 2021.

Important Note: Explore the fortresses and use the trails at your own risk.
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Improving the quality and diversity of the tourist offer based on natural and cultural heritage in the border rural areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.
This website is part of the FORT-NET project "From the Medieval Fortresses in Herzegovina to the Austro-Hungarian Fortresses in Montenegro" funded with the help of the European Union. The content of this website is the sole responsibility of the project partners and does not necessarily represent the views of the European Union.
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