Osijek

With a population of more than 100,000, Osijek is the largest city in eastern Croatia.

The city’s most important sights include the main square, Trg Ante Starcevica, Trg sv. Roka, the promenade along the Drava River, the suspension pedestrian bridge toward Baranja, the Municipal Park of King Petar Kresimir IV and the King Tomislav Park.

Both parks were were built at the beginning of the 20th century and are protected as horticultural monuments. One of the few Croatian zoological gardens is located in Osijek and can be found on the shores of the Drava River.

Numerous events take place in the city throughout the year: The most important of them is the Croatian Tambura Music Festival in May which is attended by tambura orchestras from all over Croatia.

From June to August the Osijek Summer Nights feature a series of cultural and entertainment programs under the open sky, accompanied by excellent food and fairs.

Furthermore 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.

Osijek's exquisite gastronomic offers include traditional Slavonian specialities such as kulen, a paprika-flavoured sausage, venison and fish dishes, like the famous fish paprika stew - all of them making Osijek a kind of gastronomic metropolis of Croatia.

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