Charming Osijek is a pearl of a travel destination in Eastern Croatia where you can immerse yourself in its warm-hearted people, delicious food, beautiful nature, rich cultural and historical heritage, thermal springs and health resorts and a wealth of outdoor activities.
Explore the city’s baroque fortress Tvrdja with all its beauty; by day as a cultural and historical site (galleries, museums, University), by night as a place for great entertainment (bars, clubs and pubs) with locally brewed Osjecko beer. Take a journey to the Kopacki rit Nature Park – bird-watch, fish, hunt, ride, sing and dance. If you want to go further, you can reach Hungary, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina within an hour’s drive from Osijek.
Osijek Airport is 20 km away from Osijek and within an hour you can reach Hungary, Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina.Osijek is the fourth largest city in Croatia with a population of 114,616 in 2001. It is the largest city and the economic and cultural centre of the eastern Croatian region of Slavonia, as well as the administrative centre of Osijek-Baranja county. Osijek is located on the right bank of the river Drava, 25 kilometres (16 mi) upstream of its confluence with the Danube, at an elevation of 94 metres (310 ft).
Croatia is more than just a coast! Don’t miss the opportunity to visit charming Osijek and its surrounding, and convince yourself in its warm-hearted people, delicious food, beautiful nature, rich heritage and a wealth of outdoor activities.
Osijek and region abounds with cultural and historical heritage, unique continental architecture, churches, fortresses, castles, thermal springs and health resorts based on thermal mineral waters.
All this are waiting to be explored and if you want to go further is good to know that within an hour from Osijek you can reach Hungary, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In forests and waters of Park of nature Kopacki rit you will find everything that nature has to show in its infinite diversity. This world-famous natural wetlands, as the largest natural fish nursery, is a great place for leisure and recreation for birdwatchers, fishermen and hunters. This is the habitat of many thousands of game animals such as roe deer, large red deer, wild boar and feathered game. You can find natural beauty in every spot of the Region that lies between the Rivers Sava, Drava and Danube.
Breathtaking greenery established Osijek as the greenest Croatian city. Osijek has 17 parks in total area of 394.000m². Two of them are protected national landmarks, The Municipal Park of King Petar Krešimir IV and the Tomislav Park.
Osijek and region abounds with cultural and historical heritage, unique architecture, churches, castles and fortresses (Osijek, Slavonski Brod).
Osijek's exceptionally worthy baroque fortresses Tvrdja represents a successful blend of military and civil administration and sacral architecture. Today is favorite tourist spot with galleries, museums, bars and restaurants. Other important sights: the main square, Co-cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, the promenade along the Drava, the suspension pedestrian bridge, Secession Boulevard in Osijek and Croatian National Theatre.
The history behind the castles is captivating: hunter's style castle in Donji Miholjac, the castles of Eugen Savojski in Bilje, the Counts of Pejacevic in Virovitica, Našice and Osijek, the baroque castle of the Counts Norman-Prandau in Valpovo, the castle of the family Odescalchi in Ilok.
Except of Cathedral of St Peter in Djakovo, one of Croatian cultural asset worth to see is Djakovo Studfarm, the oldest institution of Lipizzaner horse breeding and selection.
In the fertile plains where wine grape is cultivated for thousands of years, the Wine Roads exists and persists in Baranya district, Djakovo, Erdut, Fericanci and Kutjevo districts. Take your time to taste wines from some of the oldest European wine cellars.
Slavonians have always known how to turn the riches of fields, forests, rivers and pens into a delicious bite and take pride in abundance of good food. We recommend homemade kulen smoked pepper sausage, homemade smoked ham, smoked sausage cobanac stew, fish stew, carp on forked branch, lamb under baking lid, guzvara cake and others. Kind Slavonian soul, noble heart and well-known hospitality will make enjoyment in these meals an unforgettable experience.
Famous people: Nobel Prize winners Lavoslav Ružicka and Vladimir Prelog, Bishop Josip Juraj Strossmayer, artists Adolf Waldinger and Julije Knifer, golden football player Davor Šuker and Branko Lustig, Hollywood producer and winner of two Oscars.
Events throughout the year: Jazz Festival (Osijek, IV), Festival of Croatian tamburica music (Region, V), EPSO (Osijek, VI), Osijek Summer Nights (VI, VII, VIII), Osijek Summer of Culture (VI,VII), Urban Fest (Osijek, VI), Ethno-Eco Festival (Bilje, VI), Summer in Valpovo (VI), Ðakovaci vezovi – folklore show (Djakovo, VII), Encounters in Miholjac (VII), Pilgrimage for the Feast of the Assumption (Aljmaš, VIII), Olympiad of Old Sports (Brodanci, VIII), Pannonian Challenge (Osijek, VIII), Fashion Incubator (Osijek, IV,XI), Gymnastics World Cup (Osijek, XI) and more.
Activities: fishing, hunting, birdwatching, biking, canoeing, paintball, swimming, hiking and off road activities.
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