Memorable places in Osijek

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Osijek Zoo was established in 1955 and is located on the left bank of the Drava River. It is the largest zoo in the Republic of Croatia and covers 11 ha (11,000 m2). It is home to about 650 animals divided among about 80 animal species. In addition to them, about 20 additional animal species found their home in the local aquarium and terrarium.

The Art Nouveau style in the city of Osijek appeared almost at the same time as in the capital of the monarchy, Vienna, and significantly contributed to the appearance of Osijek. Today, numerous examples of construction at that time can be found, and one of them is the Art Nouveau row. The row consists of eight houses with front gardens created in the period from 1904 to 1906. The houses are recognizable by Art Nouveau decorations on the facades and various forms of wrought iron fences of the front gardens that form a harmonious Art Nouveau whole.

The Park of King Tomislav was created at the beginning of the 19th century and is the oldest and largest park in Osijek. Osijek is known as a city of greenery, and this park, which is located in the center of the city, significantly contributes to this. King Tomislav Park has been declared a protected natural monument and thus its preservation for future generations has been ensured.

Osijek Fortress is a baroque city-fortress of the 18th century. It is largely preserved today and is currently on the list of potential inscriptions on the UNESCO World Heritage List. There are many sights in the fortress and some of them are the Holy Trinity Square, the Water Gate and the Plague Pill.

The building of the Croatian National Theater in Osijek was built in 1866 and was then used by traveling theater groups. The building was renovated in detail in 1985, only to be destroyed in the Homeland War 6 years later. The building has since been renovated and various performances are regularly held in it.

The pedestrian bridge was built in 1981 and connects the center of Osijek with the left bank of the Drava River. It is one of the most famous symbols of the city, and because of its appearance it is unique in Croatia. In 2017, Coca-Cola organized an action to collect 108,048 bottle caps, the same number as the inhabitants Osijek. After the bottle caps were collected it financed the decorative lighting of the bridge.

Copacabana is the largest public beach in Osijek, and it is named after the beach of the same name in Brazil. It is located on the left bank of the river Drava near the pedestrian bridge, and thus the city center.

Cat mother is the name for the noblewoman and philanthropist Paulina Hermann. In addition to helping poor people, she also had a tremendous love for animals. She took care of many cats in her villa, which is why she got the name Cat mother. Today, her villa is known as the Castle of the Cat mother, and not far from it is a wooden statue of her surrounded by cats.