Watching the rain in Osijek

Osijek. One of the most “Green” (literally and metaphorically) cities in europe. Fourth largest city in Croatia. The city of 17 parks. One of the most culturally diverse cities in Croatia. The city with the oldest tram system in Croatia. One of the cities that were the most brutally hit during the Yugoslavian war of ’91… I could go on and on.
Osijek is a clean, beautiful small city, full of green parks. The river Drava flows through the city and creates the city’s pleasantly relaxing atmosphere. I could not have enough of walking on the riverfront on the side of the city or on the opposite bank, where there is a patch of forest where you can walk, relax, or even go to “Kopika” (Copacabana) for a swim. Another must for a visitor is the Tvrđa (the Citadel – pronounced “Tvrdja”) , which is the medieval part of Osijek. We really enjoyed relaxing on the Drava riverfront in the cafes and on the boat-restaurants, which are both very good and cheap – Croatia should really consider not switching currency to Euro later, after all , Croatia is a new member of the EU (since June)…
We had nice weather for a couple of days and heavy rain for the next two, so we didn’t get a chance to go to the Kopacki Rit Nature Park – next time maybe.

It is definately worth the trouble to get to Osijek Travelling to Osijek from Zagreb is 5 to 6 hours by bus or train,and there is no connection to Budapest. We went to Osijek from Budapest with a rental car, and it is a 3 hour drive. After we had come back home, I discovered there’s this group on Facebook, with people car-pooling to-and-fro. Apparently when the train service from Budabest to Sarajevo , which made a stop in Osijek, was discontinued, people had to find other ways to commute.

We’d like to thank the organiser of the meeting for the excellent hospitality and for giving us the chance to visit Osijek and Croatia for the first time. PUNO HVALA!

Tony

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