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January 6, 2022

Slavonia and Baranja

Golden plains, colorful meadows dotted with flowers and spacious fields full of delicious fruits are probably the first images that come to mind when Slavonia and Baranja are mentioned. This area boasts well-known hospitable hosts who will greet you with cheerful smiles with their local delicacies. Beautiful nature, peace and relaxation away from the city bustle is what awaits you when you arrive in Slavonia and Baranja.

Vukovar

The city of Vukovar is an old baroque city located in Srijem and lying on the river Danube. It is the administrative, educational, economic and cultural seat of Vukovar-Srijem County and the largest Croatian river port on the Danube.

You will visit all the places that are a symbol of the defense and suffering of Croatia in the Homeland War. Place of remembrance – Vukovar Hospital 1991, Ovčara – Memorial Home and Mass Grave, Memorial Cemetery of Homeland War Victims, Central Cross at the confluence of the Vuka and the Danube, Homeland War Memorial Center in Vukovar Barracks and Vukovar Water Tower – a symbol of Croatian unity.

 

Eltz Castle on the banks of the Danube, which houses the Vukovar City Museum. The castle complex with a park overlooking the Danube was badly damaged in the Homeland War. It was restored ten years ago and its white-yellow façade now shines in full splendor. There is a special treasure inside: a valuable exhibition takes you through the long and turbulent history of this area.

Visit the Museum of Vučedol Culture, one of the most important archeological sites in Europe. Lovers of nature and active holidays should not miss Pak-forest Adica, which can be reached by bike or a short walk from the city center.

And what a visit it would be without enjoying wine, brandy and top quality food! The best winemakers from the area of the city of Vukovar and its surroundings have joined a cooperative called Vukovar Wines and do not forget that this city is home to Vukovar beer.

If you didn’t know, Vukovar is the Slavonian center of urban culture, a large open-air gallery, a favorite canvas of world-famous street art artists who gather at the VukovArt festival every year.

Osijek

Osijek is one of the greenest cities in Croatia full of parks, gardens and beautiful green alleys. This is a city with a rich history dating back to Roman times when the city of Mursa was in this area.

1. Osijek Fortress

At the beginning of the 18th century, the construction of the Osijek fortress in the shape of a large irregular star began. Upon completion of the works in 1722, the Fortress became one of the largest and most modern military fortifications in Central Europe. Its architecture and important symbolism are not fully preserved, but regardless of that, the Osijek Fortress is today one of the unavoidable sights of the city.

2. Osijek Cathedral

At the end of the 19th century, Bishop Josip Juraj Strossmayer initiated the construction of the church of Sv. Peter and Paul, con-cathedral of the Đakovo-Osijek Archdiocese. Despite its long name, the people of Osijek today simply call it a “cathedral”. After the demolition of the older baroque church that once stood in its place, the imposing building was completed in just four years and since 1898 the panorama of Osijek is unthinkable without its 90 meter high bell tower and today the second tallest in Croatia and Southeast Europe.

3. Kopački rit

Kopački rit is a nature park in Baranja, in the northeast of Croatia, between the rivers Danube in the east and Drava in the south. It was founded in 1976 and is one of the largest wetlands in Europe. The park itself has great tourist potential because more than a third of tourists in the area visit it annually. Apart from the preserved nature, rich flora and fauna, autochthonous species, the cultural and historical heritage in the area stands out, such as the Tikveš castle.

4. Slavonian cuisine for protection from winter

Svježi sir s kajmakom, kulen, prepržena slanina, faširanci, fiš paprikaš, riječni specijaliteti od šarana i soma, čobanac, sataraš, fleklice s kupusom, pečenja od divljači, knedle sa šljivama, taške s pekmezom.

Fresh cheese with kajmak, kulen, fried bacon, stuffed fish, fish stew, river specialties of carp and catfish, shepherd’s pie, sataraš, fleklice with cabbage, roast venison, dumplings with plums, bags of jam.

ĐAKOVO – LIPICAN STABLE

The stud farm in Đakovo was founded in 1506, which makes it one of the oldest in Europe and speaks of a long tradition of horse breeding in the area. Horses of the Lipizzaner breed on the Stable began to be bred in the early 19th century. Today, as the State Stud Farm Đakovo for horse breeding and selection uses two locations – Pastuharnu, located in the heart of Đakovo and Ivandvor, near the city. Apart from breeding and selection of horses, the stud farm is also engaged in dressage, the quality of which is confirmed by taking prominent places in equestrian competitions. Of course, when you are already in Đakovo, you will not miss a visit to the Đakovo Cathedral dedicated to St. Petra, which is the most monumental sacral building in Slavonia, and probably beyond.

 

 

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