The Power of Nature

VIROVITICA - PODRAVINA COUNTY

Domagoj Sever, HTZ galerija

Hilly and Green Slavonia

The Virovitica-Podravina County is a county breathing with full lungs. The preserved natural values, the Drava River and the Geopark Papuk, the Slatina sequoia, but also the most beautiful castles of the Janković and Pejačević families that left traces of a rich tradition of the noblemen in space and the tradition of living, represent only a part of what this county offers. Nature lives here through the entire relief – plains, rivers and hills. The Virovitica-Podravina County is Slavonia that surprises – a hilly and green Slavonia, Slavonia made of volcanic rocks, forest waterfalls and plant and animal world residing there. Lovers of nature and peace will most certainly find their kingdom here. Noblemen, who built their castles and mansions here and left indelible traces in the lifestyle of the region, found their empire here as well.

COUNT’S EDUCATIONAL TRAIL ON JANKOVAC
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COUNT’S EDUCATIONAL TRAIL ON JANKOVAC

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The educational trail was built in the most beautiful part of the Jankovac forest park near the mountain lodge, Jankovac Lakes and the Skakavac waterfall. The trail got its name after the noble Count Josip pl. Janković, the first person who realised the aesthetic values of the landscape and the valley. Papuk is built mostly from eruptive rocks but some places of the mountain are covered by limestone layered sediments. Jankovac emerged precisely on such spots on the northern hills of Papuk, at an altitude of 475 metres. Jankovac is surrounded by beautiful forests, particularly beech, containing very valuable trees.

Stairs, wooden pedestrian bridges and handrails enable visitors to see the most beautiful views of Jankovac, while the educational trails along the path tell stories about the natural, cultural and historic sights.

PEJAČEVIĆ CASTLE
Saša Pjanić

PEJAČEVIĆ CASTLE

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The Town of Virovitica hides a tourist pearl of Slavonia – the Pejačević Castle, whose construction lasted for four years starting in 1800. It was built where there used to be a ruin of a mediaeval burg by Count Antun Pejačević. The castle is enclosed by a dry moat that on the northern side is bridged by a brick bridge. Surrounded by a park, the Pejačević Castle is the main sight of the Town of Virovitica today.

It has Baroque and Classicist features and is surrounded by a harmonious park, a protected park architecture monument. Within the castle, there is the Virovitica Municipal Museum where visitors can view the cultural, historic, ethnographic, archaeological collection, art and documents. The Museum has approximately 5,000 exhibits of which 880 are a part of the permanent exhibition presenting the life in the Virovitica area from the Early Stone Age until the first decades of the 20th century.

Curiosities

LAKE ORAHOVAC

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RUPNICA

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MAMUTOVAC IN SLATINA

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RUŽICA TOWN

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RESTAURANTS AND WINE TASTING

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KRIŽNICA

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HONEY

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MIKEŠI

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SLATINA PEARL
Saša Pjanić

SLATINA PEARL

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In Slatina, at the very transition from the 19th into the 20th century, there used to be the first sparkling wine factory whose founder and owner was duke Schaumburg-Lippe, a German landowner. He purchased the estate encompassing the land with large forest surfaces, vineyards, orchards and various farm facilities in 1841 from the Pejačević family. In the great cellar, from 1864 to 1912 there was a factory producing sparkling wine from the Kadarka grape variety.

Already in the first year, 2,000 bottles of sparkling wine were produced but because it could not be transported and because of the high price it sold poorly. When in 1866 Otto Rockhror from Germany became the manager, he organised the cellar, procured new equipment and started investing in marketing. Rockhror technologically separated the production of wine, beer and sparkling wine. This was a time when the factory was visited by eminent guests and students and the wine way exhibited in Zagreb and sent to Germany. Already in 1898, 15,860 bottles of sparkling wine and 697 hectolitres of wine were produced. Nowadays, that very cellar continues to produce sparkling wine entirely naturally and manually, according to the Dom Pérignon production method.

DRAVA STORY

DRAVA STORY

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The ‘Drava Story’ (Dravska priča) informative and educational centre and hostel, surrounded by a protected park, is a perfect place for all those who, beside relaxing in nature, want to learn. The Centre is abundant with various content for visitors, such as: the stork recovery centre, an educational trail on the species of trees and bushes in the park, the summer house, the Water and Green classroom for the implementation of educational programmes outdoors, a bug hotel, CITES educational corner, a souvenir shop, a bio research station, and apart from the above visitors have 34 beds and 76 bikes at their disposal for different ages.

The facility itself is on the territory of the UNESCO Cross-border Biosphere Reserve Mura-Drava-Danube and on the very trail of the EuroVelo 13/Iron Curtain Route biking route. The Informational and Educational Centre and Hostel are located in the facility built in the 19th century as a country home of the noble Drašković family. The educational 800 m long trail ‘Hugged by Drava’ (Dravi u zagrljaj) will take you to the Drava River.

FISHING
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FISHING

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The Drava River is the largest and richest fishing water on the territory of the Virovitica-Podravina County. It is abundant in all types of freshwater species. In one hundred kilometres of its flow on this territory, the Drava offers countless spots for successful fishing. Standing out as a special fishing area is the territory of Križnica, near Pitomača, where the old and the new flow of the Drava River meet.

Only 7 km to the south from Virovitica, there are the Virovitica ponds – a series of 9 fishponds representing the largest and richest fishing waters in the Virovitica area. The ponds are rich in many freshwater fish species such as the catfish, pike, perch, grass carp and tench and very large samples of certain fish species can often be caught. All lovers of nature and this sport are welcome throughout the year.

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

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