Vukovar

Vukovar is a city in eastern Croatia, and the biggest river port in Croatia located at the confluence of the Vuka river into the Danube. Vukovar is the centre of the Vukovar-Srijem county. Vukovar’s economy is based on farming, viticulture, livestock breeding, textile and food-processing industry and tourism. The city has been gravely impacted by the Yugoslav wars when the Serbian troops laid siege to it for three months and the shelling destroyed the majority of buildings in the city.

Among a number of attractive buildings, severely damaged in the recent war, the most interesting are the castle of the Eltz family from the 18th century, baroque buildings in the centre of the town, the Franciscan monastery, the parish church of St. James, the orthodox church of St. Nicholas, the birth house of the Nobel Prize winner Ladoslav Ruzicka, etc.

Outside the town, on the banks of the Danube toward Ilok, lies a notable archaeological site, Vucedol. The ritual vessel called the Vucedol Dove is considered the symbol of Vukovar. Vucedol is also a well-known excursion destination, frequented by anglers and bathers, especially the beautiful sand beach on Orlov Otok (Eagle's Island).

Sports and recreational opportunities are provided at the attractive confluence of the Vuka river into the Danube, on the promenades along the Danube and maintained beaches. Bathing is possible in the summer months. Angling is very popular both on the Vuka and the Danube (catfish, European perch, carp, pike, sterlet).

For more information visit the website of the city.