Croatian Region

Donji Miholjac - Osijek - Slavonia - Kopački rit

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Donji Miholjac

Two patrician castles form the town’s cultural interest. The bigger nobilitary building was built by countess Marija Ana von Pandau (born Pejačević). The other beauty of Miholjac was a newer castle of the count Mailath family built in Tudor-style with landscape garden. The most significant and biggest park is definetly the Big Park, belonging to the Prandau-Mailáth Castle. The beauty of the town is enhanced by the Matica hrvatske Park right in the centre and the smaller Steti Flrorijan Park. All these create a romantic outfit for the town which is quite rare in Slavonia. Not far from the town you can see the beloved outleap of the citizens: the old Drava. There is an opportunity to enjoy hunting – which has great traditions in the region – and go fishing on the river or the pond. Not far from Donji Miholjac is a bird reserve area called Podpanj: with 106 species (among which 20 is endangered in Europe).

OSIJEK (AN HOUR FROM HARKÁNY)

The city is the largest ecomonic and cultural centre in Eastern Croatia, the fourth biggest city of the country. The former Hungarian city – since it lies by the Drava riverbank – is a cozy waterfront settlement. The symbols of the city are the following: the historic “Tvrđa” the Old Town, the riverbank which attracts many walkers and the Saint Peter and Paul church in the centre of the town. The Castle of Osijek offers a nice view with is bastions and flags. Those who seek adventures may climb up to the bastions. At the south-western edge of the town you may find PORTANOVA shopping centre and on the other bank of the river you may visit the Osijek Zoo.

SLAVONIA

An important geographical and historical area situated in the Eastern part of Croatia. Three rivers mark its borders: the Drava from north, the Sava from south and the Danube from east. Slavonia is often mentioned with the attribute „golden” since it is a rich agricultural area with nice golden fields in the summertime.

KOPAČKI RIT NATURE PARK

The most splendid green spot of Slavonia’s rivers and forests and its most significant natural gem is the Kopački rit Nature Park. The park composes of a 238 acre wetland which was preserved in its original state since being inaccessible and because of frequent floods. It is Europe’s largest moorland. The deer herds and the numerous wild boars create its unique trademark. Although the area is home of other mammals, the bird population outnumbers them. To get the best view seek the area from tour-boats – floating to swampy backwaters.


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