Slavonia and Baranja – Traditions, Beauty of Nature and Turbulent History
On the east of Croatia between large rivers the Danube, Drava and Sava lie fertile Slavonia, Baranja and Danube region.
After Dalmatia, this is the largest historical region of Croatia,
famous for its wide plains, oak forests, picturesque vineyards and ancient cellars,
baroque palaces and churches.
There is well-preserved original Croatian folk heritage with ornate carriages, picturesque costumes, the sounds of the tamburitza and unique culinary specialties.
This region is visited by relatively few tourists because it is away from the main tourist routes, which usually lead to the sea. But to those who’ll want to discover this natural beauty, it will offer many pleasant surprises, especially for fans of hidden cultural and natural experiences.
From ports on the rivers goods were transported by horse-drawn carriages and even today Slavonia is known for its tradition of horse breeding.
The monumental city palaces adorn other Slavonian towns, such as Vinkovci, Vukovar, Virovitica, Slavonski Brod and especially Pozega.
Cultural walk through Slavonia cannot be imagined without contact
with its unique folk culture.
It emanates from the pastoral Slavonian villages, from the wealth of big yard with an old carriage, and about the spirit of Slavonia speaking mostly warm collared facade and simple interior of the house.
The costume is one of the most outstanding characteristics of a nation and its variety and it best reflects rich heritage. In Slavonia and Baranja comes to the fore a number of distinctive types of folk costumes. Each place has its own traditional clothing. Special ethnological heritage in this area is in Aljmas, while the costumes of Djakovo region known for most solemn attire embroidered with gold.
Near Vukovar is located one of the most important archaeological sites. According to that site is called Vucedol culture, whose greatest discovery is “Vucedol Dove” and boots.
Kopacki Rit Nature Park
The biggest and unique flooded area in the whole European continent is in Baranja, at the very edge of it, between the Danube and Drava. Kopacki Rit was created with the activity of these two rivers and it looks like delta today.
Nature Park Papuk
This pearl of nature offers great possibilities of recreation and is a perfect place for active recreation. First of all for hiking, because of the height of Papuk to 1000m anybody can hike. Nature Park boasts a wealth of flora and fauna, as well as numerous cultural and historical monuments, the most famous and most impressive is Ruzica city.
The best preserved and most beautiful old walled city not only in Slavonia but in the whole of Croatia is Ruzica town, located near the town of Orahovica.
Castle Tikves is a complex of buildings and facilities with smaller hunting house and the main castle. It was built in the 19th century, and till The First World War served as a summer residence and hunting lodge. The main castle was built in the 20th century. After The World War II in Tikves castle came then president of States (former SFRY), and hosted statesmen there, and leading them in the hunt.
Stud Farm Lipik
Lipik is certainly proud of the Lipik Stud Farm which was founded 1938, but its roots back to 1919. This stud farm is at one time was the only horse farm Lipizzaner in Europe.
This typical Slavonian village is located along the Sava River and has many interesting monuments, as well as the houses with the characteristic architecture where storks are gathering on the roofs. This phenomenon represents a big tourist attraction.
Prandau – Mailath
Old Castle, one of the first larger buildings in Donji Miholjac, built in 1818 for the nobleman’s family Prandau. The building was built in the late-Baroque style, has two lounges, fourteen rooms, and a few kitchen and pantry. The construction of the new castle started in 1903 after the visit of Emperor Franz Joseph to Donji Miholjac. Today the castle is the seat of city government.
Prandau – Normann
Extremely scenic and stylish layered complex Prandau-Normann in Valpovo make a medieval tower with part of the walls of the former fortress, chapel of the palace, sidebar of yard wings, inner courtyard and baroque-classicist front palace, and all that still surround the defensive moats and gardens.
Along the road Vocin – Kamenska, the southern entrance to Vocin, you will lose your breath watching the unique geological monument of nature. Rupnica, that wonderful display of columnar secretion of volcanic rocks, leaves no one indifferent. From 1948 Rupnica has the status of the first geological monument of nature, and in the world has only a few similar sites.