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Why visit Slavonia and Baranja?

Slavonia and Baranja (www.tzosbarzup.hr), the plains of eastern Croatia, bordered by the rivers Drava, Danube, Sava and Ilova, even though it may look less attractive as a tourist destination than the Adriatic part of the country, it is a real oasis for tourists who would like to, for a short time, exchange the city hustle and bustle with quiet greenery and a relaxed stay in primeval nature.

Slavonia and Baranja natural beauties

Without a doubt, the most attractive tourist destination in Slavonia and Baranja is the well known Nature Park Kopački Rit (www.kopacki-rit.com). It is a vast flooded area on the right bank of the Danube in a huge corner created by the Drava and Danube. More than 2,000 biological species reside in it, of which many rare and endangered species at a world and European level. Among these are 291 bird species and 44 fish species. In 1993 Kopački rit was listed among the list of internationally significant wetlands. The employees of the Public institution Nature Park Kopački rit take tourists on tours of the wetlands in specially constructed tourist boats with professional guides.

Slavonia and Baranja cultural-historical heritage

Slavonia and Baranja abounds with especially rich architectural heritage – castles and fortresses. A special place belongs to a castle with a wine cellar in Kutjevo (www.tzzps.hr) which was part of the one time Jesuit estate. The castle in Donji Miholjac (www.tz-donjimiholjac.hr) was constructed at the beginning of the last century in hunter’s style and represents a unique facility of its kind in Croatia and this part of Europe. The castle in Bilje which was left by Eugen Savojski (www.tzo-bilje.hr) was constructed in Vienna style. The Counts of Pejačević left their castle in Virovitica, Našice (www.tzosbarzup.hr) and Osijek (www.tzosijek.hr) as inheritance for new generations. In the one in Našice, which is one of the most beautiful, the diva of Croatian music Dora Pejačević composed music and a memorial room for her is open for visitors. Here too is the baroque castle of the Counts Noraman-Prandau in Valpovo with it park (www.tzosbarzup.hr/gradovi/valpovo.htm).

Slavonia and Baranja cultural manifestations

Slavonia and Baranja abound with numerous cultural manifestations. At the end of July or at the beginning of August in Đakovo, the Archdiocesan centre of the Đakovo and Srijem archdiocese has traditionally for more than four decades organised the Đakovački vezovi (folklore festival), at which hundreds of cultural-artistic societies throughout Croatia and abroad portray their creativity.

Slavonia and Baranja thermal springs

Slavonia and Baranja are rich with medicinal thermal and mineral springs. These have been exploited in the best possible way in Bizovac (www.tzobizovac.hr), where at the beginning of the seventies of the last century hyperthermal springs with an unbelievable temperature of 96 ºC were discovered in oil wells.

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