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Nature Park – Papuk
The main feature of the eastern part of the Croatian – Slavonia – the lowland plains with large cultivated areas. From the plain was once the bottom of the Pannonian Sea mountains rise to almost a thousand meters above sea level. One of these mountains is Papuk – the most beautiful mountains in Slavonia.
Nature Park – Kopački Rit
Kopački rit Nature Park is situated in the northeastern part of the Republic of Croatia. Mainly lowland situated between the Drava and Danube rivers and the state border with the Republic of Hungary. It stretches from the northern part of the Drava and upstream on the left and right banks of the Danube towards the former Kazuk port. The state border towards the Republic of Serbia designated the Nature Park’s eastern border.
City of Osijek
Osijek is the fourth largest city in Croatia with a population of 114,616 in 2001. It is the largest city and the economic and cultural centre of the eastern Croatian region of Slavonia, as well as the administrative centre of Osijek– Baranja county. Osijek is located on the right bank of the river Drava, 25 kilometres upstream of its confluence with the Danube.
Bordered by the Drava and the Danube rivers and divided by Croatian-Hungarian state border, in the east charmed by a swamp, in the south and southeast sheltered by mouths of the river and in the north and northeast open for connection via wine roads and paths – Baranja is even today quite closed, almost secluded, more mystical than ever before. .
Hiking & Cycling
The best way to begin your journey in Kopački rit is to walk along the nature trails. Panels have been set up on the nature trail describing animals, plants and wetland habitats. The picturesque Kopačevo village stands behind the beautiful reeds, willow trees and aquatic plant communities. Telescopes have been set up on the dyke right in front of Sakadaš Lake where you can see colourful bird and plant species. The nature trail leads you on towards Podunavlje. From this perspective, you can see the spacious expanding floodplain. There are no marked cycling trails but most of the Park is fully accessible with bicycles. A network of local roads makes the flat area around the Park perfect for cycling. Park is offering bicycles to rent, booking in advance is recommended.
The Osijek area used to be much more industrialised and a broad range of goods and products were being manufactured there. One of the earliest factories was the Drava match factory‚ established in 1856‚ which no longer exists.Other industries included production of synthetic materials‚ agricultural machinery‚ metal furniture‚ wood and timber‚ textiles‚ footwear‚ and silk‚ as well as metal processing and printing. However‚ the 1990s saw most of these industries decline and in some cases close completely. However‚ the city remains at the centre of an important agricultural region.