Vukovar Travel Guide, Croatia
Vukovar Travel Guide – Geographic Position and Demography
Vukovar is the largest city in the country and the biggest river port on Danube in Croatia, being situated 13 miles from Osijek and 163 miles from Zagreb, between the Danube and the Sava rivers. Vukovar is also located in the fertile plains of the most eastern part of the country that belongs to Slavonia and Srijem regions.
It got its name from the Vuka River that crosses the town, and the Hungarian word for “castle” translated as “var”.
Vukovar is quite close to the towns Vinkovci and Osijek situated on a main road and railroad. Croats and Serbs are equal as number according to the population census from 2006. This is the main reason of the ethnic incidents that happen quite often in the city. There are even separate schools or public spaces for either Croats or Serbs. The two communities have separate cafes as well, which represents an example of mistrust if the word”stupidity” is too much to say about such behaviour.
Vukovar Travel Guide – Economy and Education
Thanks to the city’s geopolitical and economical advantages that also existed 2 thousand years ago, there are today many developped industries like those of wood processing, textile, footwear and tyres at Borovo and food-processing.
The inhabitants also deal with tourism thanks to the city’s baroque centre and riverfront location, trade, farming livestock breeding and viticulture as there are perfect conditions for such occupations.
Vukovar Travel Guide should specify the fact that the economy as well as the entire city suffered a lot of damage during the Croatian War of Independence in 1991, and Vukovar was entirely destroyed as no other town in Europe was after World War II. Thus, many buildings remained as they were, determining some people to say that the government wants Vukovar to remain a symbol of the devastation occurred in 1991.
Vukovar is proud of its schools, its Lavoslav Ruzicka Polytechnic, or of the information technology, economics and law branches that belong to the University of Split.
Vukovar Travel Guide – Festivals and Other Important Things to Do
Vukovar Travel Guide is meant to heelp you in deciding what to do if you are there. Besides the festivals enumerated above, there are some relaxing ways of spending your spare time. Such are the trips and walks that tourists can take on the banks of the rivers Vuka and Danube, the last one having a beautiful promenade and beaches that are mainly frequented in the summer months. Lovers of angling have the opportunity of practicing this sport on both Vuka and Danube rivers.
The people living in Vukovar are proud of themselves and especially of some personalities that brought a huge contribution to the city or simply made it famous across the borders. Such famous people are: Leopold Ruzicka, a winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Vlado Stefancic who worked in radio, television and theatre, the football players Dario Zahora, Tomislav Mikulic and Sinisa Mihajlovic, Jakob Eltz, a German nobleman and politician and many others.
Even if it was not completely restored, Vukovar started to look different in the last years, giving more importance to the historical side of the town that was and still is significant from the cultural and touristic point of view.