About Osijek

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Osijek by Dubravka Krmpota

Osijek is the 4th largest city in Croatia, with total population of ca 100,000 inhabitants. It is a city located inland in the eastern part of the country on the right bank of the river Drava. Osijek, as a city finds it’s foundations in the ancient times when Romans established colonies in these places. Various cultures have left their mark in this city, since Osijek is also strategically well-positioned, and you do not have a long drive to neighbouring countries like Hungary and Serbia. In its close vicinity there is a must-see Nature Park Kopački rit, also called the European Amazon which was declared a part of the Mura-Drava-Danube Biosphere Reserve under UNESCO. The city is affiliated with many notable persons such as two Nobel Prize winners (Lavoslav Ružička and Vladimir Prelog), Branko Lustig, a Hollywood producer and winner of two Oscars (for Schindler's List and Gladiator) and Julije Knifer, abstract painter. The city is increasingly attracting young populations thanks to its university and a growing software development scene. Osijek is also known as a gastronomical capital of Croatia, offering diverse specialties such as fresh fish, game, organic veggies, homemade pastry etc. The city has a growing craft beer scene, and its surrounding is traditionally well known as a wine making region. The city is considered as a local capital of bicycling and every June it hosts Pannonian Challenge, an extreme sport and music festival. More interesting and useful information about Osijek you can find at Tourist Board of the City of Osijek.

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