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City/Town of Osijek

City/Town : Osijek
Region : Osijek & Baranja County
Country : Croatia
Continent : Europe
Population : 108,048
Area : 169.0 sq km
Latitude : 45°33′27.11″N
Longitude : 18°40′46.52″E
 
Visiting Osijek

 
Osijek is a city in Eastern Croatia. It is an important transport hub and the principal city of Slavonia.
 
Due to its important location near the junction of the Drava and Danube rivers, this large and prosperous town (the fourth largest city in Croatia with a population around 120,000) bore much of the brunt of the recent conflict in the 1990s. Many fine buildings have been restored to their former glory, though do not be surprised to see some scars still remaining. Some buildings still have bullet holes or shrapnel markings in them, though like the local economy, the town is mostly back to where it was in pre-war days. Osijek is the largest city and the economic and the cultural centre of the eastern Croatian region of Slavonia, as well as the administrative center of Osijek-Baranja county.
 
THINGS TO SEE
  • Kino Europa. - modernist architecture 
  • Kino Urania. - secessionist architecture 
  • Europska Avenija (Europe Avenue). magnificent secession style buildings
  • Tvrđa is the self-contained 18th-century Hapsburg defensive fortress just east of the city centre. This immaculately-preserved baroque military compound, designed by Maximillian de Gosseau in 1721, contains many fine buildings to view by day, and at night becomes the hotspot with bars and clubs. Luckily there was no damage during the recent conflict to the site, ensuring great viewing and photos. Tvrđa is based around the main square, Trg Svetog Trojstva, and the Museum of Slavonia is located here with artefacts throughout history as early as Roman times. There are also situated high schools, and university of Osijek. On the main square is also Archeological museum, and Music school. Fortress is also the place for a good night-life with numerous bars, discos and restaurants.
  • Co-Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul.This is the tallest church in Croatia and has a spire of 90m. The Co-Cathedral was planned by Josip Juraj Strossmayer, and the internal stonework is by renouned Austrian sculptor Hauser. The church contains many stunning stained glass windows and a large, fine-sounding pipe organ constructed by the Walcher firm of Linz, Austria. Co-Cathedral is often place for big concerts of classical and religious music.
  • Croatian National Theatre, Zupanijska Ul. A beautiful building designed in 1886 and severely damaged in the recent conflict. A painstaking restoration has restored it to its former glory, though shortly afterwards a McDonald's restaurant opened up on the ground floor. Shows, concerts and opera are performed weekly.
  • Promenada is located along the banks of the Drava River and is a pleasant walk past the marina, cafes, and parklands. In the Winter port are also many bars, and the second tallest building in the city, Hotel Osijek (4 star hotel)
  • Pejacevic Castle is located on the edge of the Upper Town and on the enterance to Retfala district. Part of the castle is owned by Little siters of St. Mary, and they will be delited to show you the whole castle and around it. Do not be afraid of the dog in the yard, which is a pet of the nuns. There are around 10 sisters in the convent, with few candidates.
  • The Municipal Park of King Petar Krešimir IV and the Tomislav Park date from the beginning of the 20th century, and are protected national landmarks. They are excellent place for a relaxing break after walking around the city.
  • Church of St. Roch is a little church in the Upper Town, and it is the first Catholic church built after Ottoman Empire ruled the city.
  • Church of St. Michael is the second biggest church in the city, built in high baroque and royal style, by models from Vienna and Budapest. Priest lives right next door, and he will proudly take you inside the church, and explain everything about the past, style, and some interesting facts about the church. On the square in the front of the church can be seen traces where was before over hundred years ago a Muslim mosque.
  • Water Gate, the only remained entrance to the Fortress from Habsburg Empire times. Near the Gate is a path to the Fortress walls which are surrounding 3/4 of the Fortress
  • City Area Administration Palace is situated just across the street from the Croatian National Theatre, quite near the main city square.
  • Zoo, Sjevernodravska obala 1, ☎ +385 31 285234 (info@zoo-osijek.hr, fax: +385 31 214784), [7]. 9AM-5PM, tickets stop being sold at 4PM. The largest zoo park in Croatia, with lots of species of animals.
 
THINGS TO DO
  • Visit the Franciscan monastery of St. Cross, situated in Tvrdja (Fortress). Franciscan monks will be delighted to show you the beautiful church, with interior decorated in high baroque style. They can also take you to see the rich monastery library. Franciscans are very, very polite and they will help you if you have any questions, not only about the monastery, also about the city.
  • There are numerous shops and mall centres across the city, such as Esseker Centre, Emezetta, Ipercoop, Kaufland, Interspar, Mercator etc. Company Konzum has shops and market centres all around the city, and it is really easy to notice them.
  • Go with a bicycle on a route from Osijek to village Bilje (cca 10km from Osijek), and explore the beauty of golden fields and green forests. NB! Pay attention on "Mine field" signs, and do not go in the forests on your own.
  • Visit numerous festivals in the city: Osijek Cultural Summer; Pannonian Challenge (Extreme sport & Music Festival), Autumn in Tvrdja; Osijek Beer Festival; UFO - Urban Fest Osijek; Kristfest; Festival of Tamburitza music
  • If you would like to see some excellent folk dance shows, there are two very good folk ensembles holding concerts around not only the city and country, also in the world. HKUD "Osijek 1862." and HKUD "Zeljeznicar" are one of the best folk ensembles in the country.
  • Visit the open market place, right in the centre of the city. Explore the thrilling feeling while walking through a mass of people, sounds of offers to buy something, two grandmas arguing whose stuff is better, sexier or with higher quality.
  • Visit the factory of chocolate "Kandit" which is one of the biggest in the country, and it is well known for the rich and full taste of candies and chocolate
  • In summer time, refreshment can be found in the open-air swimming pools on a river beach called Copacabana, or Kopika. And the best thing is, it is free. If you prefer closed swimming pools, there are also City pools, in the southern district of the city.
  • Osijek has one of the best night-life in the country. Discos and bars are open during the day and night.