Abundance of hedonism

OSIJEK - BARANJA COUNTY

Marko Banić

Discover Slavonia and Baranja

With one of the most important European waterways on the Drava and Danube rivers, with a conserved environment and the unique Kopački rit area, in the Osijek-Baranja County, Slavonia and Baranja can be felt in their fullest form – through the abundance of everything. Enjoy the walks along the Drava, experience the calm and greatness of the Danube and visit the Osijek Tvrđa (fortress), the Đakovo Cathedral and castles, go back to some other time. Taste numerous wines and take a photo beside the biggest wooden barrel in Europe. Slavonia and Baranja are a destination that turns us into hedonists.

OSIJEK CITY BREAK
Filip Beusan

OSIJEK CITY BREAK

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This town in the midst of the flow of the Drava River got its name from the word ‘oseka’, which means an elevated part of the soil above the river. Osijek is a place of Croatian, Austro-Hungarian and even Ottoman heritage, which you will notice primarily through the rich customs and gastronomy.

Take a walk in the town or ride a bike in the length and in the breadth of it, which will most certainly take you to the very heart of this town – the Tvrđa, but also to the valuable samples of the Baroque architecture such as the sculpture of the Holy Trinity and the General Military Barracks, a well-known facility that can also be found on the reverse side of the 200 kuna banknote. Taking a stroll on the promenade, you will get to the Sts. Peter and Paul Co-Cathedral. You will have a most special view from the suspension bridge. For all the green surface lovers, Osijek is a town with as many as 17 parks, while the veduta is additionally adorned by the secession quarter with its monumental private and public palaces such as the gallery, court and post office buildings.

BARANJA
Nenad Milić

BARANJA

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„Bor“ which means „of wine“ and „anya“ which means „mother“ are Hungarian words that coin the name of the Baranja region – the mother of wine. The wine culture is a part of Baranja's identity, and it is apparent at almost every corner. Therefore, it is easily noticeable in some places. Discover the viewpoint on Bansko Hill, one of the most beautiful Croatian wine roads. Take a look at its center, a wine cellar in Kneževi Vinogradi also known as the biggest wine cellar in Croatia. Then take a break in Suza, a picturesque village whose beauty will bring tears to your eyes. Do not be afraid of emotions, they are a virtue of true hedonist! Besides this a visit to Zmajevac, a village on the Danube River in Baranja known for its wine will once more align your emotional compass. There you fill find „gators“, wine cellars located in small and narrow canyons created by water, also known as „surduk“. In these cellars the Mother of Wine will reveal all the secrets of its white and red charms.

There is not a lot of feelings that can be compared to enjoying the delicacies of Baranja in an authentic ambiance of today's rural households. Scholars might call this synesthesia, but we call it the taste of Kulen on your palate, the smell of an almost done beef stew (čobanac), neighing of horses in the background, the beauty of a blossomed garden in front of your eyes and a bit more of Kulen, cheese, wine and fresh salad in your hands! Rest assured that surrounded by this even Beckett would have met Godot, and Proust would not have needed seven volumes to find the lost time. Moreover, in Karanac, one of Baranja's most picturesque villages it would already have waited for him – at a full table in the Street of Lost Time.

KOPAČKI RIT
Goran Šafarek, HTZ galerija

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The most valuable zoological reserve in Croatia is the largest hatchery of the freshwater fish in the Danube region and a home of more than 2,300 biological species. Approximately 140 bird species nest there and their song makes the nature additionally magical that, depending on the flood intensity, changes and shapes its appearance. There are two larger lakes in the Park: the Kopačko Lake (Kopačko jezero) and Sakadaš. The entire area of the oldest nature park in Croatia is flooded approximately 99 days in a year.

The park area is inviting for relaxation, recreation, research, while bird watching attracts ornithologists and fauna lovers from around the world. The tourist ship, boat, canoe or bike are only some of the options in getting to know these wetlands of Baranja. It is particularly interesting to watch the birds - 295 bird species have been noticed so far, of which 144 are permanent or occasional nesting birds. Research has shown that during one visit, approximately 70% of the species residing in a certain area can be seen, which means that on any day you can see between 35 and 63 bird species.

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European Amazona

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On two wheels

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Slavonia and Baranja castles

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Hunting and fishing

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Kulen & seke

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VINEYARDS
Matija Šćulac

VINEYARDS

The area of the Erdut vineyards is situated on the mild slopes of the Dalj Hill along the Danube River around Erdut making it a peninsula. This plantation vineyard, which according to the number of sunshine days is similar to Dubrovnik, is the biggest in Croatia dominated by white grape varieties (75% of the area), Graševina being the most represented.

Apart from Erdut, the Croatian part of Baranja that is a distinctly flat area, there is the Bansko Brdo in the north, ideal for wine growing. Connected to such good conditions is probably also the name of ‘Baranja’ that translated from the Hungarian means the ‘wine mother’. These ideal conditions for wine growing and producing excellent wines were recognised long back by the Romans who 2,000 years ago named Bansko Brdo ‘Mons aureus’ or the Golden Hill. Beside the Erdut and Baranja vineyards, on the territory of this County there are also two other valuable vineyards – those in Đakovo and Feričanci. There are twelve wine roads with more than one hundred wine-makers!

ĐAKOVO
Matija Šćulac

ĐAKOVO

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A town in the heart of Slavonia is particularly recognisable for its St. Peter’s Cathedral for the construction of which as many as 7,000,000 bricks were used. Moreover, in Đakovo there is the State Stud Farm of the Lipizzan Horses (Državna ergela lipicanaca), one of the oldest stud farms in Europe. Đakovo is best visited on foot. The pride of the city are the visible towers of the magnificent Cathedral protectively overshadowing the city. There is almost no traveller passing who has not heard of the St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Lipizzan horses form Đakovo, the trademark of Đakovo.

Đakovo offers its tourists a multitude of historic, cultural and natural values in such a measure that in one day it is possible to only take a look at them, while if you want to get to know them better, you must stay longer in the town. Within the old kernel of the city, there are numerous sacral facilities merging into the space and making this city recognisable and unique together with numerous other cultural and historic monuments.

Find more information on the tourist offer of the County on the Tourist Board website.

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