Heart of Europa ... carries together and compiles interesting and worth knowing information about a major European region

The Heart of Europa is a large region in central Europe. It is situated roughly between 45°-50° north latitude and 10°-26° east longitude and is currently divided among several EU members and their neighbouring countries.

Map Modern Heart of Europa

Signpost in Satu Mare


It stretches from the CArPAthian mountain range to the Eastern ALPs, embracing the PANNonian Basin with the entire Danube (DUNa, Dunaj, Dunav, Dunărea) river system, reaching the northern AdrIAtic in the west. The region is extremely rich in culture and natural beauty, with dozens of languages spoken and a most diverse history reaching back to the Roman Empire.

Enjoy your tour through the Heart of Europa! If you would like to see some information about your region or town you are kindly invited to send your ideas to info@heartofeuropa.eu.

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Call for Donations - Earthquake Croatia

Voluntary Fire and Rescue Service Feldbach, Styria have launched a call for donations for victims of the earthquake in the Petrinja-Sisak region, Croatia. There is a year-long, close cooperation with Voluntary Fire Brigade DVD Mladost Sisak, all donations will go directly there.

You will find bank details here:

Freiwillige Feuerwehr Feldbach - Call for donations (german)

Did you know?


AEIOU (A.E.I.O.U.) is a historical motto of Frederick III (Holy Roman Emperor, 15th century)
Frederick started using his motto when he was Duke of Styria. It is not known what exactly was meant by it, most of the countless interpretations in Latin or German refer to "Austria". The five-letter abbreviation is still found today on various buildings (for example the Castle of Wiener Neustadt in the south of Vienna which houses the Military Academy)
Heart of Europa proposes a present-day interpretation:

All Europa Is One Unity

Rijeka 2020 European Capital of Culture

Nestled between the Mediterranean, Central European and Eastern European influences, Rijeka has been part of as many as seven different countries over the past century of its development. A small-scale Europe of sorts, Rijeka is part of the European Capital of Culture project in 2020,

In Croatian 'Rijeka' means 'river' (river in other languages spoken in the Heart of Europa - Slowenian: reka - Czech: řeka - Slovakian: rieka - Polish: rzeka - Ukranian: рі́чка), its historical name is/was 'Fiume' which is 'river' in Italian.

Josefstadt - Iosefin - Jószefváros

Josefstadt is a district in the city of Vienna, Austria (8. Bezirk). There is also a district Iosefin in the west-romanian town Timişoara, Romania and a district Jószefváros in Budapest, Hungary (VIII kerület). The names date back to emperor Joseph II. The three districts maintain a partnership.

In March 2019 Asociaţia Culturală Salvaţi Patrimoniul Timişoarei (Association for the Salvage of Cultural Heritage Temesvar) organised the photo exposition Iosefin - Die Josefstadt von Temesvar in cooperation with Österreichisch-Rumänische Gesellschaft (Austrian Romanian Society).

300 years brewing tradition in Temesvar, RO

In 2018, the local brewery in Temesvar, Romania (Fabrica de bere) celebrated its 300 years anniversary. In 1718, 2 years after Prince Eugene of Savoy, general of the Imperial Army, had conquered back the fortress of Timisoara from Ottoman occupation the brewery was established in connection with the improvment of infrastructure for water supply (hot water boilers). Today, the brewery is part of an international brewing empire.

Pannonia & Dacia

Pannonia and Dacia were provinces in the Roman Empire which existed from the 1st to 5th century and 2nd to 3rd century, respectively. Pannonia covered the western part of modern Hungary (west of river Danube), Dacia corresponds to the region of Transylvania, Romania, reaching southwards to the river Danube. The names of both provinces survived until today and are popular in tourism and they are also frequently used in other domains such as geography or transportation. There are the 'Pannonian basin' and 'Pannonian climate'. In general the name ist frequently used in tourism both in Hungary and in the Austrian province "Burgenland". Dacia is the name of an auto brand, the night train D347 from Vienna to Bucharest is called "Dacia Express" and in Romania it is a popular oppinion that the Romanian nation has its ancient roots in Dacia. The landmark Hotel Dacia in the town of Satu Mare, northwest Romania, was previously named Pannónia when the region belonged to Hungary.

Hotel Dacia, Satu Mare in 3/2019, desperately waiting for renovation



Satu MareSatu MareSathmar
Banská BystricaBanská BystricaBanská Bystrica
Celje Celje Cilli
Нови СадNovi SadNovi Sad

In the News

C5 Foreign Ministers agree upon coordination at regular intervals

15 September, 2020. Austria, Czechia, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia intend to coordinate their activities in the fight against Corona virus at regular intervals. This was agreed upon by the Foreign Ministers of these C5 countries at their meeting in Brdo near Kranj, Slovenia.
"The centraleuropean economic space can move forward and act as a model, independently from discussions going on in Brussels", said Austrian foreign minister Schallenberg at a joint press conference after the meeting. The ministers proposed unified criteria for travel restrictions at EU level.
"In Europa, we are facing a second wave. Therefore, tight cooperation is essential", said Schallenberg, referring to this informal initiative of the five countries. "The common goal is to avoid getting into a situation like in March and April". The foreign ministers agreed upon regular contacts at the level of secretaries general, in order to coordinate national Corona virus measures.

orf.at - C5-Außenminister vereinbaren regelmäßige Koordinierung (german)
sta.si - Zunanji ministri C5 za redno usklajevanje ukrepov za zajezitev koronavirusa (slovenian)

Railway tunnel between Slovenia and Austria

At the beginning of the 20th century a huge development project was started: the Karawanks railway tunnel between Carinthia and Slovenia (then Carniola). The eight kilometer tunnel was opened in 1906. In 2020 Slovenia and Austria will renovate the tunnel in a joint project.
kaernten.orf.at - Karawanken-Bahntunnel (german)
More information about History of Railway Network

Corridor night train arrives from Timisoara

On Monday, 5 May 2020 a first corridor night train with 80 care workers and nursing staff arrived at Vienna. The train had departed on Sunday evening from Timisoara, Romania and passed through Hungary. Austrian Minister for European Affairs Edtstadler stated that it had been difficult to organise and coordinate this connection. Some of the waggons were provided by CFR, Romanian State Railways.
Several more trains between Vienna and Timisoara and other destinations are planned.
noe.orf.at - Sonderzug mit Betreuerinnen eingetroffen (german)
www.opiniatimisoarei.ro - Masuri fara precedent la Gara de Nord din Timisoara (romanian)

30th Anniversary - Destruction of the Iron Curtain

On June 27, 1989 the so-called Iron Curtain which divided the Heart of Europa in two halves for several decades was opened by Hungarian and Austrian foreign ministers in a symbolic act (cutting of the fence) near the city of Sopron/Ödenburg. This historic event was commemorated by both foreign ministers of the two EU-memberstates and the Head of federal country Burgenland at the very same location which is marked today by a commemorative boundary stone.

Foreign ministers Schallenberg and Szijjártó and Governor Doskozil meeting at the "Grenzstein"
Source: Landesmedienservice Burgenland

Treffen am Grenzstein zum Fall des Eisernen Vorhangs, www.burgenland.at, 27.6.2019 (german)

Danube-Black Sea Gateway Region Cooperation Platform

In June 2019 the Danube-Black Sea Gateway Region Cooperation Platform was founded at the project's closing conference in Krems, Austria.

DBS Gateway Region project aims at supporting the Danube-Black Sea region to become an attractive gateway region for maritime and inland waterway transport between Central Europe and the Black Sea, the Caspian region and the Far East.

Founding members are: Regions of Lower Austria and Vienna (A), cities Varna, Burgas (BG) and Galati (RO), Bulgaria Ports Infrastructure Company (BG), Port of Budapest (H), Port Authority Vukovar (CRO), Slovak Public Ports (SK), Working Group Donauländer, Eurovienna, University Novi Sad (SRB).

Donau-Schwarzmeer-Region - Plattform für Kooperation in Krems gegründet, NÖN.at, 14.6.2019 (german)

Interreg Danube Transnational Programme - DBS Gateway Region

Lipizzan Horses - Common Cultural Heritage

In May 2019 the Slovenian and Austrian foreign ministers signed an agreement to submit the "Tradition of breeding Lipizzan horses" as an UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. This will be a multinational initiative involving 8 countries (stud farms in Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia) from the Heart of Europa.

Breeding of Lipizzan horses dates back to 1580 when the stud farm was established in Lipizza, today Lipica, Slovenia. The white horses are world-famous for their performances of Equestrian Art at the Spanish Riding School, Vienna .Today, only the best stallions from Piber, Austria present the exercises of the High School at the Spanish Riding School.

Young Lipizzaner foals with their mothers in Piber, Styria, Austria
© Spanische Hofreitschule – Lipizzanergestüt Piber GöR

Lipizzaner stud farm Piber

Lipizzaner stud farm Lipica

Heart of Europa on the map

Map Heart of Europa within United States of Europa
Heart of Europa within possible United States of Europa USEU

Partnership Towns

Diagram based on information from German Wikipedia 2/2019. Partnership relations between EU capitals are not included in the diagram.

Diagram Partnership Towns in the Heart of Europa

Institutions, Organisations, Projects

Central European Initiative
is a regional intergovernmental forum committed to supporting European integration and sustainable development.

was established in 2003 and comprises a total of 17 cities and regions in four countries: Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and Czech Republic (total area 54.500 km2, population ca. 7.000.000). This position at the interface of four EU Member States provides former border regions with the opportunity of intensive co-operation.

Centrope region Austria-Hungary-Slovakia-Czechia in the Heart of Europa

Österreichisch-Rumänische Gesellschaft
The Austrian-Romanian Society supports cooperation between the two countries in the cultural, scientific and economic areas.

Institut für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa
The Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe addresses current questions regarding the Danube region, Central, and Southeast Europe to enhance knowledge about this region and promote and develop good neighbourly relations.

Interreg Central Europe
is an EU cohesion policy programme that encourages cooperation beyond borders and supports public and private organisations to work together accross central Europe.

interreg.eu - www.interreg-central.eu

Danube Transnational
Programme is one of the programmes of the European Territorial Cooperation objective, better known by Interreg, funded by the European Union (one of the goals of European Union cohesion policy).

interreg.eu - www.interreg-danube.eu

is one of the key instruments of the European Union (EU) supporting cooperation across borders through project funding. Its aim is to jointly tackle common challenges and find shared solutions in fields such as health, environment, research, education, transport, sustainable energy and more.

Czechia - Austria - interreg.eu - www.at-cz.eu

Czechia - Slovakia - interreg.eu - www.sk-cz.eu

Czechia - Poland - interreg.eu - www.cz-pl.eu

Slovakia - Austria - interreg.eu - www.sk-at.eu

Slovakia - Poland - interreg.eu - pl.plsk.eu

Slovakia - Hungary - interreg.eu - www.skhu.eu

Romania - Hungary - interreg.eu - interreg-rohu.eu

Romania - Serbia - interreg.eu - www.romania-serbia.net

Serbia - Hungary - interreg.eu - www.interreg-ipa-husrb.com

Croatia - Serbia - interreg.eu - www.interreg-croatia-serbia2014-2020.eu

Croatia - Hungary - interreg.eu - www.huhr-cbc.com

Croatia - Slovenia - interreg.eu - www.si-hr.eu

Croatia - Italy - interreg.eu - www.italy-croatia.eu

Slovenia - Hungary - interreg.eu - www.si-hu.eu

Slovenia - Austria - interreg.eu - www.si-at.eu

Slovenia - Italy - interreg.eu - www.ita-slo.eu

Italy - Austria - interreg.eu - www.interreg.net

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Trans-European Transport Network - Core Network Corridors

The Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) is a European Commission policy directed towards the implementation and development of a Europe-wide network of roads, railway lines, inland waterways, maritime shipping routes, ports, airports and rail-road terminals. It consists of two planning layers:

The Comprehensive Network: Covering all European regions

The Core Network: Most important connections within the Comprehensive Network linking the most important nodes

About TEN-T ...

4 Core Network Corridors pass through the Heart of Europa:
Baltic Adriatic
Orient/East - Med
Rhine - Danube

Map TEN-T Core Network Corridors


Corridor Rhine Danube - Mediterranean Vienna/Bratislava - Budapest - Níregyháza - Ukrainian border/Romanian border Satu Mare

Map Motorway Wien - Satu Mare

road layout based on © OpenStreetMap contributors 2/2019

Corridor Rhine Danube Vienna/Bratislava - Budapest - Szeged - Timisoara - Sibiu - Bucharest

One section of motorway A1 in Romania between Ilia and Deva was opened to traffic in August 2019, the second section between Holdea and Ilia was opened on December 23, 2019 (speed and weight limitation).

Map Motorway Wien - Budapest - Bucharest

road layout based on © OpenStreetMap contributors 2/2019

Train Connections

The diagram presents a selection of direct end-to-end connections between major cities in the Heart of Europa (1/2019)

In October 2019 Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB announced new direct connections between Vienna and Satu Mare, RO, and Przemysl, PL, starting with winter timetable 2019.

Map Heart of Europa Train Connections

RegioJet Vienna - Prague

EC 143 Transilvania, Vienna - Cluj

IR 72 Traianus, Timisoara - Budapest

ÖBBÖsterreichische Bundesbahnen - Austrian Federal Railways
HŽPPHrvatske željeznice - Croatian Railways
ČDČeské dráhy - Czech Railways
GySEVGyőr-Sopron-Ebenfurti Vasút - Győr-Sopron-Ebenfurth Railways
MÀVMagyar Államvasutak - Hungarian State Railways
PKP ICPKP Intercity - Polskie Koleje Państwowe - Polish State Railways
CFRCăile Ferate Române - Romanian Railways
ZSSKŽelezničná spoločnosť Slovensko - Slovak Rail
Slovenske železnice - Slovenian Railways
provides information on European trains, their composition, coaches and locomotives

All trademarks, trade names, product names and logos appearing on the site are the property of their respective owners.

History of railway network

Station Satu Mare, built in 1899

History of railway network - Overview
The diagram presents the progressing construction of the railway network in the Heart of Europa which is almost entirely still in use today (1/2019).
Lines are labelled with the year of construction/opening and the respective railway company which built the line.

Map History of Railway Network

First Railway Lines until 1867
Geschichte der Eisenbahnen
der Oesterreichisch-Ungarischen Monarchie

Map History of Railway Network

Südbahn Gesellschaft
based on: Geschichte der Eisenbahnen
der Oesterreichisch-Ungarischen Monarchie
Prochaska, MDCCCXCVIII, Band 1-3
(History of Railways in the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy)

Map History of Railway Network

North - East
based on: Geschichte der Eisenbahnen
der Oesterreichisch-Ungarischen Monarchie

Map History of Railway Network

Železnica Moravskej doliny
Morvavölgyi vasút


History Marchthalbahn (PDF, german)

South - Central
based on: Geschichte der Eisenbahnen
der Oesterreichisch-Ungarischen Monarchie

Map History of Railway Network

based on: Enzyklopädie des Eisenbahnwesens, Röll, 1912

Map History of Railway Network

Lost Places

Franzdorfer Borovniski Viadukt

Borovniški / Franzdorfer Viadukt, SLO

Szegedi vasúti híd Theiss Eisenbahnbrücke

Szegedi vasúti híd
Theiss Eisenbahnbrücke, HU

Viaductul Caracău Karakó völgyhíd

Viaductul Caracău / Karakó völgyhíd, RO

Baja Bátaszéki Bridge

Baja Bátaszéki vasúti híd, HU

Temesvár station

Gara Timișoara-Iosefin
Temesvár Józsefváros indóház, RO

Harbour Station Bazias

Danube Port & Railway Station
Baziaș / Báziás, RO

Border Station Varciorova

Border Railway Station
Vârciorova / Verciorova, RO


Timetable train Bucharest - Vienna "Dacia" from Ilustratiunea Drumului de Fier, September 1933

European Capitals of Culture in the Heart of Europa

European Commission > Creative Europe > European Capitals of Culture

Нови СадNovi SadNovi Sad

Theatre in the Heart of Europa

Theatrescu encourages the information exchange between and offers visibility to artists from the Romanian, Moldavian and Italian theatre scenes. Theatrescu serves as polyglot networker and offers organizational support for cross-border, multi-language theatre projects.

Theatrescu projects in: Milano, Udine, Ingolstadt, Wien, Graz, Timisoara, Cluj, Bucuresti, Iasi

European Cultural News (german)

United States in the Heart of Europa, Aurel Popovici 1906

Aurel Popovici (1863 - 1917) was a Romanian intellectual and politician. In 1906 he published the concept of "United States" in the Heart of Europa, a federation of autonomous states based on national and ethnic principles, 101 years before the EU Treaty of Lisbon was signed in 2007.

Map Vereinigte Staaten Groß Österreich / United States in the Heart of Europa, Aurel Popovici 1906


"United States", Proposal by Aurel Popovici, Verlag B. Elischer Nachfolger, Leipzig, 1906, Austria Forum Web-Book

Popovici, Aurel C., 1863-1917 [Verfasser], Leipzig : Elischer Nachf. ; 1906, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek / Austrian National Library, onb.ac.at

Historical regions in the Heart of Europa

Map Historical regions in the Heart of Europa

1A, I TyrolTirol
2A, SLOLower StyriaUntersteiermark
3SLO CarniolaKrain
4I, SLO, HRAustrian LittoralKüstenland
5HR, SRB SlavoniaSlawonien
6HR, SRB SyrmiaSyrmien
7H, SRB BačkaBatschka
8H, RO, SRBBanatBanat
9RO TransylvaniaSiebenbürgen
10RO, UA BukovinaBukowina
11PL, UA GaliciaGalizien

Galicia is a historical and geographical region in central-eastern Europe, today divided between western Ukraine and eastern Poland. ForgottenGalicia.com is a place to collect, document, share and help preserve remnants of the past before they are forgotten or disappear forever.

12CZ, D, PL SilesiaSchlesien

Imperium Romanum in the Heart of Europa

Map Imperium Romanum in the Heart of Europa - Roman Empire Provinces - Pannonia - Noricum - Dacia - Dalmatia - Moesia - Histria

In the period of the Roman Empire 5 provinces existed in the Heart of Europa from 1st-5th century: Pannonia, Noricum, Dacia, Dalmatia, Moesia. Venetia & Histria were regions in Italia. Provinces were reorganized several times, the map shows approximate borders at the beginning of the 2nd century (in the time of Hadrian).

Museum, Archaeological SiteOpenStreetMap
AndautoniaAndautoniaArchaeological ParkŠčitarjevo, Zagreb, HR
Aquae IasaeTourist Information Varaždinske TopliceVaraždinske Toplice, HR
AquincumAquincumAquincum Museum and Archaeological ParkBudapest, HU
CarnuntumCarnuntumCarnuntum Archaeological ParkPetronell-Carnuntum, A
NeviodunumKrsko worth seeingDrnovo, Krsko, SLO
MursaMursaMuseum of Slavonia - Mursa CollectionOsijek, HR
SavariaSavaria Iseum Savariense
Imperium Romanum Savaria Iseum Szombathely

Temple of Isis, Reconstruction, May 2019

Szombathely, HU
ScarbantiaScarbantiaScarbantia Régészeti Park Fórum Múzeum
Scarbantia Society
Sopron, HU
SirmiumSirmiumSirmium Imperial PalaceSremska Mitrovica, SRB
SisciaSisciaSiscia in SituSisak, HR
VindobonaVindobonaRoman Museum ViennaVienna, A
AguntumAguntumArchaeological Park and Museum AguntumDölsach, Lienz, A
Flavia SolvaFlavia Solva Archaeological Site and Museum Joanneum
Imperium Romanum Flavia Solva

Flavia Solva, artist impression, Gert Christian

Wagna, Leibnitz, A
TeurniaTeurniaRömermuseum TeurniaLendorf, Spittal/Drau, A
VirunumVirunumMaria Saal, Klagenfurt, A
Archäologischer Park MagdalensbergMagdalensberg, A
BrigantiumBrigantiumVorarlberg Museum
Römisches Theater in Bregenz entdeckt, vorarlberg.orf.at
Bregenz, A
Castrum ApulumApulumRoman Castrum, Alba Iulia HeritageAlba Iulia, Alba, RO
Trajan's Bridge
Castrum Drobeta, Trajan's Bridge Pillar
Iron Gates Museum
Turnu-Severin, Mehedinți, RO
PorolissumPorolissumOpen Air Museum ZalauZalău, Sălaj, RO
SarmizegetusaSarmizegetusaSitul Arheologic
Muzeul de Archeologie Sarmizegetusa
Sarmizegetusa, Hunedoara, RO
TibiscumTibiscumArchaeological Site Tibiscum
Muzeul Național al Banatului Timișoara
Muzeul Judeţean Caransebeş
Jupa, Caraș-Severin, RO
TarsaticaTarsaticaRijeka, HRRijeka, HR
SingidunumSingidunum Archaeological Site Pionirski ParkBelgrade, SRB
ViminatiumViminatiumViminacium Archaeological ParkKostolac, SRB
Venetia et HistriaVenetia et Histria
AquileiaAquileiaRoman Forum, River Port
National Archaeological Museum & Sites, Aquileia
Aquileia, I
AemonaAemonaCity Museum Archaeological Park EmonaLjubljana, SLO
PulaPolaPula Arena, Augustus Temple, Triumphal Arch
Archaeological Museum Pula
Pula, HR