Once the guardians of the border, today they are the guardians of taste, nature and heritage
In search of authentic, rural and undiscovered destinations, where wealth is still measured by the heart, then a visit to Brod-Posavina County, the southern Slavonian county in Croatia, is a must.
It is not far, less than two hours drive from Zagreb, and there are at least ten simple reasons why a spring visit is worthwhile.
Staying in a hotel in Stupnički dvori is the right choice for wine lovers. Walking or cycling surrounded by vineyards, enjoying a glass of Graševina, Rhine Riesling, Chardonnay, Gray Drink, Frankovka… will relax you. Visit some of the family wineries above Cernik, Oriovac, Sibinj or Brodski Stupnik.
Ranches and farms
Village life is back in fashion. Visit one of the Ethno-eco villages like Stara Kapela, Ramarin Ranch, Dida Tunje House, Savus Farm, Kereković Estate, Opođe Rural Household, Villa Čop, Paljevina… to find out why.
The handmade bed cover from 1928 is one of the most beautiful examples of Sikirevac sun lace. Sikirevac lace is an intangible cultural asset of Croatia, it is an integral part of luxurious Brod-Posavina costumes, and unique specimens can be seen in the exhibition space in the building of the Municipality of Sikirevci.
Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić promenade
The promenade named after the famous Croatian writer features a monument to her and the house where she lived she got married. On the promenade along the Sava, there are monuments to Relja in the fight with the dragon, Potjeha and the apprentice Hlapić, famous characters from Ivana’s stories, and on the slopes of Dilj-gora one of the forests is named after her fairy tale Šuma Striborova.
Fortress in Brod
It has been worked on day and night for 60 years. This exceptionally well-preserved and restored 18th-century fortress, built at the time at the border crossing between Turkey and Austria, is today one of the biggest attractions in Slavonia.
Slavonian musical fairy tale
Pearls, brač, bulgaria and berde – you don’t know the difference? Visit the Tamburitza Museum – Slavonian Music Fairy Tale in the Brod Fortress with more than 60 handmade instruments, old notes and the workshop of master Mladen Jurković. There is no such museum in the world.
There is freedom outside
Black Slavonian pigs, Posavina horses and Podolian cattle on the pastures of Gajna and Iva, ornithological reserves Bara Dvorina and Jelas fishponds, erosive canyon Pljuskare, special reserves of forest vegetation Muški bunar and Prašnik, artificial lake Petnja on the southern slopes of Dilja … There is freedom outside. By bike or on foot, you will enjoy.
Slavonian finger food, salty dough cookies filled with stuffing that normally goes into sausages, are a real discovery for gourmets. They are baked only in Cernik, a place near Nova Gradiška known for its Baroque Franciscan monastery and Kulmerov castle.
Craft gin from Sičice
It contains seven types of herbs and has two distillations. To obtain one litre of MB72 gin, ten to 15 liters of high-quality beer, rich in the aroma of quality hops, are needed. It is produced by the pioneers of Croatian craft brewing, the Bošnjak family in Sičice.
Delicatessen čvarci, top sausages and cured meat products, fine ajvars, great wines, the most beautiful handicrafts… – did you know that you can buy the finest Slavonian products and souvenirs in an authentic Slavonian shop in the heart of baroque Nova Gradiška? Great address for the end of your spring trip.