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The Brod-Posavina County

The Brod-Posavina County
Brod-Posavina County is located in the southern part of the Slavonian plains, between the mountains Psunj, Požega and Dilj in the north and the Sava River in the south, which is the international border between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is one of the narrowest and longest counties that can be divided into three relief units: mountain, plain and lowland. The hilly area consists of slightly elevated highlands, mostly covered by forests with the highest altitude of 984 meters (Psunj). The plain area occupies the largest part of the county, and is made by a peripheral band of the fertile Slavonian plains. The lowland area along the Sava River is interlaced with streams, canals and swamps. This is an area of moderate continental climate with mild winters and warm summers.

The Brod-Posavina County is a year-round recreational excursion destination, rich in history, tradition, cultural and religious heritage, preserved nature and exceptional scenery. The county is especially attractive for lovers of hunting and fishing because this area is abundant in diverse fauna. Also here are the largest fish farms in this part of Europe located along the rivers Sava, Orljava, Mrsunja and other rivers and clear streams which are very suitable for hunting wild ducks and geese, as well as fishing. We should also mention a number of other locations (Strmac, Ljeskove vode, Migalovci, Petnja) and protected landscapes (Gajna, Prašnik, Muški bunar, Lonjsko polje). A significant importance in the development of tourism is given to archaeological sites, cultural and monumental heritage, galleries, museums and buildings of religious culture.

Throughout the year, there are numerous events held in the area of the Brod-Posavina County, such as ‘Brodsko Kolo’ ( Brod folk dance) - the oldest folklore festival in Croatia, then carnival celebrations, the meetings of old timers in Nova Gradiška, the Stupnik grape harvest, the tambura meeting in Slavonski Kobaš, the Aquarelle Colony of Sava , the equestrian events in Trnjanski Kuti – ‘The Playful Mane’ (‘Razigrane Grive’), the International Accordion Festival and Days of Mushrooms.

Slavonski Brod

Slavonski Brod, the center of the Brod-Posavina County, is an ancient settlement on whose territory the Roman Marsonia was located 2000 years ago. The city is geographically located on important roads, railway, highway, river Sava, contains a sports airport and apart from being a traffic and transit center, it is also a border town. When an original Roman Diploma with the first record of the ancient name of the town MARSVNNIA from the year 71 was found in 1997, this was yet another confirmation that the city has an extremely long history and rich tradition.

Brod, which was first mentioned in1244, has always had a special strategic significance - from a medieval fortress to the defensive role in Vojna Krajina, on the border between the Austrian and Turkish empires. In Brod, for this purpose, in 1715, Austria built a large frontier fort, the largest in this part of Europe.

With the abolition of the military border in 1871, Brod got the status of a city. The significant city sights are the Franciscan church and monastery and the Brod Fortress, which together with the fortified baroque cities of Osijek and Stara Gradiška belonged to the great defense system on the border towards the Turkish Empire. The fort was designed to accommodate 4000 soldiers and 150 cannons. Today the Brod Fortress is a monument of the highest category and a unique and monumental example of military fortification architecture.

Slavonski Brod has stretched up the slopes of Dilj Mountain on which there is a mountaineer’s lodge.

Since recently, Slavonski Brod has had a new slogan that attracts tourists. ‘Sail into the fairytale’ is the slogan that was mostly chosen by the citizens themselves.

Accommodation in the city and its surroundings can be found in numerous private room for rent, apartments, guest houses and hostels as well as the hotels Savus, Central, Zovko, Orljava and Zdjelarević.

Nova Gradiška

Nova Gradiška carries the title of the ‘youngest Croatian city’, which was established in 1748 as Friedrichsdorf or Újgradiska. It developed and grew under the aegis of the Vojna Krajina (Military Frontier). The construction of the first brick building - the church of St. Theresa, which by its architectural features belongs to major monuments of sacral architecture of late Baroque in Slavonia - began as early as 1754. The old urban core consists of the church of St. Teresa, the old court and jail from the 18th century and the parish church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary from the early 19th century.

The tourism in Nova Gradiška started to develop very early so the society for enhancing the city was founded in 1892 and has functioned under the name of Tourism Association from 1930. In the early 20th century Nova Gradiška was among the first in Croatia to feature paved sidewalks and electricity.

The most important city landmarks are the mentioned church of St. Theresa, the Church of the Immaculate Conception and the Jewish cemetery.

The city offers various sporting facilities, and refreshment in the summer at the city pools. In Nova Gradiška and its surroundings tourists can be accommodated in the hotels Kralj Tomislav and Slaven, hostels Slavonski Biser and Maximilian, and the boarding house As.

The Tourist Board of the Brod-Posavina County
www.tzbpz.hr

The Tourist Board of Slavonski Brod
www.tzgsb.hr

The Tourist Board of Nova Gradiška
www.tzgng.hr

 
 

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