Wine Region: Baranja
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About Wine Region
Situated between the Danube and the Sava, with numerous channels and lazy waterways cutting across it, the Baranja lowland enjoys a moderate continental climate and boasts ideal vine growing terrains. Fields of wheat and rolling hills covered in vineyards, with charming cottages in between – that’s Baranja. Many of these cottages have wine cellars, some with 200-year-old barrels.
Osijek is located at only 20 km from the confluence of the Drava and the Danube, in the middle of its 2850 km long course from German Schwarzwald to the Black Sea. In this part of the European Podunavlje (Danube region) Croatian and old Austro-Hungarian heritage meet and you will first notice that in the architecture and rich traditions and gastronomy.
Tourist board of the city of Osijek (open: mon-fri 8-16) Trg Sv. Trojstva 5, 31000 Osijek, Hrvatska-Croatia, https://www.tzosijek.hr, email@example.com
For the first visit to Osijek, we recommend that you visit Tvrđa, a fortified part of the city from the 18th century where you will see some of the most valuable examples of Baroque architecture in Croatia, such as the statue of Holy Trinity and General’s-headquarters which you can find on 200 kuna bills.
Passing through the large parks and gardens (the city has 17 parks) you’ll come to Secession district with monumental public and private buildings such as palaces, galleries, court and post office.
The parallel road along the Drava river will take you to the main square and walking along the promenade will take you to the St. Peter and Paul Co-Cathedral. Completed in 1898 with its 90-meter high tower it is the tallest building in Osijek today and the second highest church in Croatia, central and southern Podunavlje (Danube region). If you continue your walk up the river promenade it will take you to the viewpoint above the Drava and towards the “Kompa”, ferry, that will transfer you to the left bank of the river to the zoo. Nice view of the entire city can be seen from the suspension pedestrian bridge on which you can leave a love padlock if you’re carried by the moment, make a memory and in love always return to Osijek…
The word “Baranja” in Hungarian language means “the Mother of Wine” and that is why we’ll have to show you the oldest one. The Belje Winery is the biggest in the region and its old cellar dates back to the 16th century. In the village of Popovac we’ll visit one of the traditional rural households.
How to reach
Airport Osijek (http://www.osijek-airport.hr ) is connected with Koeln,
Zagreb, Pula, Stuttgart, Basel, Rijeka, Split and Dubrovnik.
Osijek railway station Trg Lavoslava Ružičke 2
From Zagreb, bus station Ulica Bartola Kašića 70
From Zagreb (E70), or from Pecs (HUN) using (E73 and M60)