This is a list of 10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Syrmia (Srijem). Today, the easternmost part of Croatia is much more than just the agricultural part of Croatia, as many see it. Although it’s not your first choice to spend your vacation in Croatia, the attractions of Syrmia (Srijem) are increasingly attracting tourists from all over the world. Here’s why.
First on the list of 10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Syrmia (Srijem) and with reason! During the 19th century, Principovac Castle was built as a summer residence of the Odelschi family. Today, there is a luxury restaurant, while on the top of the castle is a pavilion with a wonderful view of the Ilok, and the town in Serbia, Bačka. In the castle, there are additional contents such as a volleyball court, a tennis court, and for people of the deeper wallet, there is also a 3-field golf course. Ideal for long walks, drinking wine and relaxing.
Vučedol Culture Museum
At about 1,200 square meters, in 19 rooms, archeological finds are displayed at one of the most important archeological sites in Europe, Vučedol. The first investigations of the site date back to 1897. This attractive location was first inhabited in about 6,000 B.C. at the time of the first farmers, and more or less it was inhabited intensively through the whole of prehistory. The period between 3,350 – 2,300 B.C. was the most intensive period of its existence and in that period it was undoubtedly the most significant European center. Since this was also the time of the early settlements of Troy (Troy I and II) many analogies can also be found with the archaeological material from Vučedol.
MORE INFORMATION – Wikipedia
Odescalchi Castle was built during the 18th and 19th centuries and contains parts of the walls of a medieval castle that were already rebuilt by the Turks. The castle served as a summer residence for the princes. It was probably built at the beginning of the 18th century (1721?). During the Second World War, the castle was used mainly for military purposes. In 1948 it was already empty and destroyed. Since 1969, the castle has housed the Ilok City Museum and a picture gallery. Next to the castle in the 18th century, there was a garden, and from the end of the 19th century a park, which is not surprising because the tradition of gardens has existed here since the Turkish era.
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City Museum Vinkovci
Did you know that the oldest continuously inhabited town in Europe is in eastern Croatia? Vinkovci has been continuously inhabited for over 8000 years. Also, the only Roman emperors born in the area of today’s Croatia, brothers Valentinian and Valens were born in Vinkovci. The Vinkovci City Museum was founded on November 7, 1946, and the basis for its establishment was the collection of Mate Medvedović. Today, the system of the complex Museum includes: the Archaeological, Ethnological, Historical and Gallery Department with valuable and rich material from Vinkovci and other areas.
MORE INFORMATION – Vinkovci Tourist Board
Stjepan Gruber Native Museum
The museum is located in a registered cultural monument – Čardak. The building was a typical watchtower on the border with the Ottomans. Today, it is the only such preserved example of military defense architecture in Croatia. That is why it is protected and registered as an A-category cultural monument. It was built in the early 19th century. Next to it is the Agency building. which was built in the middle of the 19th century when the first river steamboat in Croatian history called “Sloga” sailed on the Sava, Danube, and Tisza.
MORE INFORMATION – Stjepan Gruber Museum Official website
The Vukovar Nocturne encompasses all memorial sites in Vukovar, the symbol of defense, and suffering in the Croatian War of Independence at the end of the 20th century. Start your visit with the Vukovar Hospital and see faithful reconstructions of the lives of the wounded and the hospital personnel during the several months of occupation. Vukovar is a special place in the hearts of all Croats, so I believe that you will want to visit at least some of these places on the list below. This is perhaps the best attractions on this list – “10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Syrmia (Srijem)”.
- Place of remembrance – the Vukovar hospital 1991
- Ovčara Memorial Hall
- Ovčara mass grave
- Memorial Cemetery of Homeland War Victims
- The Homeland War Memorial Centre
- Trpinjska Cesta Croatian Defenders Memorial Hall
- The central cross at the Vuka river’s confluence into the Danube
MORE INFORMATION – Croatian National Tourist Board
The construction of the castle was started in 1749 by the owner of the Vukovar feud, Count Anzelmo Kazimir Eltz. Initially, only the central part was built, and later the castle was extended several times. In 1781, the first extension of the castle was built. The castle got its final look at the beginning of the 20th century according to the designs of the Viennese architect Siedek. The palace was destroyed in 1991 in the Croatian War of Independence. However, after four years of restorations, it was completely restored to its pre-war appearance in October 2011.
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Ilok wine cellars
The old wine cellars date back to the 15th and 18th centuries. It is interesting that the famous Ilok Traminac was ordered by the English Court for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Also, one interesting story coming from one of the employees who save a place during the Homeland War, more precisely during the Serbian occupation of Ilok, when he decided to enclose the wall of one part of the Old Cellar and store it as many as 8,000 most valuable archival wines. Without him, today Ilok wine cellars couldn’t talk to the tourists about the story of archival wine collection from the Old Cellar.
Virovi is located near the youngest Croatian town of Otok. It is a unique natural resource located next to the most beautiful pedunculate oak forests in Europe. During most of the year, Virovi has the characteristics of a wetland, as evidenced by the wetland vegetation in the coastal zone. Today, Virovi is a favorite picnic spot for residents of Otok, Vinkovci, Bošnjaci, Županja, and a paradise for all lovers of lush and beautiful untouched nature.
Forest Museum Bošnjaci
Last on the list of 10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Syrmia (Srijem). The Forestry Museum is located in the center of the village Bošnjaci, in a building built in 1869. The Forestry Museum was opened in 2007 and presents a closer and further history of forestry in this area, especially the Spačva basin, known for its pedunculate oak forest and the well-known Slavonian oak. The museum collection is divided into parts starting from planting seeds, through felling and making wood assortments, exporting logs, forest protection, and plant and animal species that live in this area. The museum is open to preserve memories of a part of our national and forestry history for the future.
MORE INFORMATION – Hrvatske šume d.o.o. website
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