Bjelovar is the headquarters and the centre of Bjelovar-Bilogora county. It originated in the 18th century after a decision by Empress Maria Theresa, and has been voted the third most beautiful city in continental Croatia.
Known as the city of cheese, it is a leading agricultural and livestock region in Croatia. The agricultural event of Bjelovar Fair brings together the largest producers of seeds, livestock breeders and producers of agricultural machinery in Europe. Throughout the year, the city holds a number of sporting and cultural events such as the Crni mačak, BOK-fest and Terezijana, a multi-day tourist event which consists of sporting events, unusual records, fashion shows, concerts and a theatrical event depicting the arrival of the Empress to Bjelovar.
Bjelovar and its surrounding areas offer numerous recreational facilities. There is walking or cycling, jogging on the fitness trail at Borik, swimming in the town pool, riding in one of the equestrian clubs and hunting in the forests that are rich with game. Kamenitovac, a mountain refuge on Bilogora at 242 m above sea level, offers a beautiful view of Bjelovar and the surrounding areas.