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Vukovar – the cradle of European civilization


Located in the north-eastern part of the Republic of Croatia, at the confluence of the Vuka into the Danube, in the embrace of Slavonia and Srijem. Vukovar is a town of rich history, culture and tradition.


If you want to find out more about the history of this region, you should take a five thousand year step back into the past, because this is how long the inhabitation of this region has lasted, when the Vučedol culture was at the peak of its power.


The Vučedol Culture Museum opened in the middle of 2015, and has already become a real attraction, because in a single place it presents and brings our long history and longevity closer to us in an interesting way.


The museum display presents the cultural phenomenon of a civilization through its everyday life, as well as its spiritual, intellectual and revolutionary technological achievements.


So here you can see the first Indo-European calendar ‘Orion’ which was based on the observation of the winter’s sky, find out that the Vučedol people produced the first bronze in the world and the first saw in Europe, that they had a rich selection of food, made beer, but were also remembered as skilled makers of ceramics.


Vukovar is also a baroque town. Many beautiful and valuable buildings are featured in the traditional image of Vukovar: the Eltz castle, today the Vukovar Municipal Museum, the Diližansna post office, the magistrate building, the Grand Hotel, and on a high, picturesque position above the Danube the grammar school and Franciscan monastery, and the Church of Saints Philip and James, which is the most striking baroque building in Vukovar and the third longest church in Croatia dominate.


Vukovar is a metaphor of life


As in life nothing is straightforward - sadness and joy, tears and laughter, ups and downs are constantly intertwined – and so it is in Vukovar. It has passed its own calvary, but it did not break it, it has its own dark period which is both sad and proud, nevertheless it has the Danube and the Vuka, Vučedol and Adica, the people and buildings which it is famous for, its tourist facilities and hospitality offer. It also has the Vučedol dove as a synonym of peace and the continuation of life.