A hidden pearl of Croatian Danube area promenade! Located on the banks of the Danube, at the far eastern Croatian border the neighbouring locations Vukovar-Vučedol-Ilok joined forces in presenting their cultural, historical and touristic gems together in an attractive awarded destination that offers a unique and authentic tourist experience as one, common, sustainable EDEN winner destination spanning a distance of approximately 35km. Vukovar-Vučedol-Ilok is an extraordinary journey through time, culture and lifestyle, a hidden pearl that can surprise and inspire.
The destination is rich with cultural-historical heritage, events and experience of Danube river nature and landscape. It prides itself on its top quality wine, gastronomy and warm local hospitality. The beautiful Grand hotel, better known as Workers' House, is the most famous building of the monumental historicist architecture of the late 19th ct.
The Eltz Palace ranks among the most representative buildings of the Baroque period in Croatia Vukovar where Vukovar Municipal Museum is situated.
The Vučedol Culture Museum dedicated to a pre-historic cultural appearance of the Neolithic period 3000 – 2500 B. Vučedol can be characterised as the origin of European civilisation positioned on the second largest European river or as a European Troy, due to the continental significance of the site and its findings.
Since back in the 3rd century the Roman emperor Probus discovered the fertile slopes of the Fruška Gora Mountain and planted vines, wine has become an integral part of life of the people of Ilok. In 17th century, the Odescalchi noble family offered the first bottled wines in Europe in their cellars, while in the 19th century the English court got to love them. How much the British appreciate the wines of Ilok is revealed also by the fact that traminac from Ilok was drank at the coronation of Queen Elisabeth II some sixty years ago, and nowadays it is drank in the most festive of occasions, too.
Located between the powerful Danube and the hills of the Srijem vineyards, this eno-gastronomic destination is one of the most picturesque towns in this part of Europe. This flattering title was confirmed also by Michelin, recommending the Hotel Dunav Restaurant in Ilok.
A visit to the protected cultural and historic complex cannot be missed. Its centre preserves a fort from the 14th and 15th centuries – then the seat of Nikola of Ilok, governor of Croatia and King of Bosnia. There is also the church and sanctuary of Saint John of Capestrano, rare Ottoman monuments – ‘turbe’ and ‘hamam’ from the times of Suleiman the Magnificent, the Odescalchi castle, the old wine cellar, while on the Southern side of the fort there is a park simply inviting for a walk.
After that, take the Danube promenade and enjoy the beauty of the river. Coffee on the Danube – an invaluable experience!
1. The church, monastery and the sanctuary of Saint John of Capestrano are attractive monuments and testimonies of centuries of relations between the East and the West. Get to know the life of the saint and his contemporary, Nikola of Ilok, through a hologram presentation in the Brnjaković manor house.
2. In the Odescalchi castle, there is the Museum of the Town of Ilok with a modern exhibition on three floors.
3. The old wine cellar from the 15th century is one of the largest and oldest in this part of Europe, today owned by the Ilok cellars, the most awarded Croatian winery. With another fifteen top wineries, it makes the attractive Ilok wine road offering the best wines.
4. Ilok and the Danube! One cannot be without the other. A walk along the embankment or a boat ride are the best way to feel the river.
Principovac with its country estate is the most beautiful winegrowing position, which you can visit by a small tourist train. You will enjoy the beauty of the vineyard the best with a glass of the supreme Traminac, sparkling wine or Ilok brandy.
In the rich offer of the Ilok specialties, should you opt for fish stew without bones, you will not make a mistake. It is prepared there with a lot of love and lots of red peppers giving it its recognisable aroma due to which it has become one of the synonyms of the gastronomic offer of Srijem and Slavonia.
Greet the sun where it enters Croatia – by yourself or in company, but by no means without the best Croatian Traminac. A unique experience
• Vinkovo in Ilok in January
• Grape harvesting in Ilok in September
Top things to do
Vukovar Municipal Museum - Palace Eltz
After a lengthy reconstruction the Castle shines again in its full splendor. The museum is thematically divided into several units. Within a tour the visitors can get acquainted with the archeological past of the Vukovar region, the historical development of the town, the ethnographic heritage and traditional culture, and they can watch a multimedia presentation of the Homeland War and its chronology or gain new insights on the topic Vukovar Today – Life in a Multiethnic Community.
The Vučedol Culture Museum
The Vučedol Culture Museum is a first-rate project. Its newly opened exhibition presents the cultural phenomenon of one civilization through its everyday life, but also through its spiritual, intellectual and technological achievements, which were revolutionary at that time. Here you can see the first Indo-European calendar, the Orion. You will also find out that the people of the Vučedol culture were the first in the world to produce bronze and that they produced the first saw in Europe.
The baroque centre of Vukovar
The historical baroque centre of Vukovar is what provides the recognisable visual identity of the city. The centre of Old Vukovar is recognisable by houses with baroque arches built in the typical style of Maria Theresa period provincial baroque. Those used to be craftsmen shops and stores which were a clear representation of the economic power of the citizens of Vukovar.
The nocturne of Vukovar (Memorial places)
The nocturne of Vukovar is a mosaic of memories, weaved of threads, which together make a whole, make the touching, shattering, unforgettable true story about Vukovar. The nocturne of Vukovar is about love, sorrow and pride, and about the endeavor not to forget the past, but also never to repeat it. Some of places are The Vukovar Hospital, Ovčara, the Memorial Cemetery, the Memorial Center, the white Cross and the Trpinja road.
The Forest Park Adica
The Forest Park Adica is a favorite excursion spot near the center of Vukovar. It provides many opportunities for active enjoyment in nature. You can also refresh yourself in an authentic restaurant,and enjoy the peace of a century-old forest.