Osijek, Croatia


OSIJEK, a city and port on the right bank of the Drava river, 25 km upstream of its confluence into the Danube in eastern Slavonia. It is the largest city in eastern Croatia.

The most important sights in the city include the main square, Trg Ante Starcevica, Trg sv. Roka, the promenade along the Drava (“promenada”), the hanging pedestrian bridge toward Baranja; the Municipal Park of King Petar Kresimir IV and Tomislav Park both from the beginning of the 20th century, are protected as horticultural monuments.

One of the few Croatian zoological gardens is located in Osijek, along the Drava river.
Numerous events take place in the city throughout the year. The most important of them are the Croatian Tambura Music Festival (in May), attended by tambura orchestras from entire Croatia, the Osijek Summer Nights (during June, July and August) a series of cultural and entertainment programs in the open, accompanied by excellent food and fairs. The Day of the City of Osijek is celebrated with a cultural and artistic program and thematic exhibitions.

The recreational and sports centre Copacabana, located on the left bank of the Drava river, provides opportunities for various water sports (outdoor swimming pools, a sand beach with various facilities) during the summer months. The city offers various playgrounds: football, handball, basketball, tennis courts, etc.
The surroundings of Osijek provide excellent opportunities for hunting and angling on the Drava river and its backwaters. Hunting in the area known as Kopacki Rit (in Baranja) is famous beyond the Croatian borders.

The exquisite gastronomic offer, includes traditional Slavonia-style specialities (kulen, paprika-flavored sausage, other kinds of sausages, ham, bacon, dairy products, etc.), venison and fish dishes (the famous fish paprika stew), making Osijek a kind of gastronomic metropolis of Croatia. The Osijek beer (Eseker) and Baranja wines are offered in restaurants in the town and its surroundings.