City of Dubrovnik / Croatia
The main sightseeing highlight in Osijek is Tvrda, the oldest part of town. In the Middle Ages it was an autonomous town but later on the Austrians built walls and barracks and transformed it into a fortress which lasted until 1923. In addition to admiring the squares, churches and buildings, there's an interesting Museum of Slavonia, a Franciscan Monastery and the beloved Church of St Anthony erected on the remains of a Turkish minaret. Also worth visiting is Gornji Grad, the Upper Town, which is notable for the Parish Church of St Peter and Paul. It doesn't look like a simple parish church! Its 90m-high bell tower looms over the town centre and is the second highest in Croatia.
The greenest waters and forests in the whole of Slavonia are to be found in Kopački rit Nature Park. The park covers the wetland area around the confluence of Drava and Danube rivers, near Osijek, covering a total of 238 hectares, and which, due to its inaccessibility, has remained in the intact state since the olden times. Kopački rit is one of the largest natural wetlands in Europe and as such has been recommended for inclusion in the UNESCO List of Natural Heritage. Large herds of deer are practically a trade mark of Kopački rit, despite the fact that herds of wild boar are just as large. There are other mammals in the park but far more numerous are birds, a total of 300 different species. The most important among them are the very rare and protected species: white tailed eagle and black stork.
Varaždin is the centre and the headquarters of the County of Varaždin. It is most proud of the historic Old Town, where there are palaces, churches and monasteries dating back to the Baroque, Art Nouveau, and Rococo periods and has one of the oldest town halls in Europe. The famous theatre and cemetery is a monument of landscape architecture, which has encircled the entire city. During the year there is a lively scene of cultural, sporting and other events that make it a pleasant place to live in. Baroque music echoes in the nights every autumn in the beautiful Baroque atmosphere of religious and secular buildings, and the festival of street performers Špancir fest shows how relaxed life is in Varaždin!
Marija Bistrica is the largest Marian shrine in Croatia, located in the Croatian Zagorje only 30 kilometres from Zagreb. The Miraculous statue of the black Virgin Mary, which was originally located above the chapel of Marija Bistrica, was inserted into the walls of the parish church because of the danger of Turkish invasion. It was re-discovered in 1684. In addition to the beautiful church - basilica, there is Stations of the Cross to the Calvary, which are works of art in their own right and created by famous Croatian sculptors.
Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, ranks among the oldest cities in Central Europe, as is evident from the documents dating back to 1094, when a diocese was established in this area. The city developed between the mountain of Medvednica and the river Sava. Its old center consists of the medieval Gradec – today the home of the Croatian Government and Parliament - and Kaptol, the seat of the Archbishop. Following the administrative unification of the two entities and the surrounding villages in the 19th century, the city experienced a surge in the construction of prestigious buildings, squares and fountains, as well as the establishment of beautiful park-woods and parks which today make it one of the greenest cities in Europe. Visit Lotrščak Tower- Once the main city fort, it is now one of Zagreb’s trademarks.
Narona Archeological museum
Narona Archeological museum - Vid. The region’s historical heritage is best represented by the ancient town of Narona, the village of Vid near Metković, the small Church of St. Vitus, the early Christian church of Bare, the complex of early Christian basilicas, town walls and the forum with the Temple of Augustus.