Osijek is located in the eastern region of Croatia, two and a half hours drive from Zagreb. It is a beautiful old town with baroque buildings, the evidence of the former Austro-Hungarian rule, and a lovely promenade along the river Drava. As the largest town in the region, it is an important cultural, economic and transport hub, and nowadays a popular destination for day trippers.
The town endured heavy shelling during the war in the early 1990s, most evident on the pock-marked façades of the buildings in the old part of the town, Tvrdja. Tvrdja is the 18th century complex of open squares and cobbled streets flanked by baroque residences, churches and former military buildings. Main sightseeing points include the Museum of Slavonia, church of St. Michael with valuable inventory and Franciscan Monastery.
A short drive away from Osijek is world renown nature reserve Kopacki Rit, part of the Danube flood plain.It is a bird-watchers paradise and home to 295 species of birds including herons, white-tailed eagles, black storkers and cormorants.