Travel Destinations: Vukovar, Croatia

Lian Slayford By Lian Slayford, 8th Feb 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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This article explores the city of Vukovar in Croatia as a great tourist destination.

Travel Destinations: Vukovar, Croatia

Travel Destinations: Vukovar, Croatia

Located 35km (22 miles) southeast of Osijek in the beautiful country of Croatia, travellers often overlook this once-lovely baroque city which was utterly destroyed in 1991 during the Yugoslav war. On the 2nd of May 1991, two Croatian policemen were surprised and killed, by September Croatian refugees had fled to the city which then was laid siege to by the JNA (Yugoslav People’s Army). Vukovar finally fell on the 18th November; a huge amount of people wound up in a mass grave found 7km southeast.
Vukovar takes its name from the ancient Vucedol culture that once flourished less than 5km from the city around 5,000 years ago. Later on, the Romans founded their own town near present day Vukovar. A town was flourishing during the 11th century where the city stands today and later came under Ottoman rule between 1526 and 1687.

There are some interesting attractions here in Vukovar. The most famous sight to visit is the 18th century Franjevacki Samostan (Franciscan Monastry). The monastery had to be put back together again after it had been destroyed in the war. You can find in perched on a hill just southeast of the town.

After the Ottoman rule ended in the 17th century, much of the town was brought by the German family Eltz. They constructed a palace here in the 18th century which was substantially damaged when Vukovar was under siege in the war. Part of the palace became the Gradski Muzej Vukovar (the Vukovar Town Museum) and has been re=open to tourists. However, most of the exhibits are still stored away, even after the 2001 signing of an agreement for the collection’s return from the Serbs. A section of the palace was intended to be left as it was, to be a reminder of the devastation during the war.

There are some very nice hotels and restaurants here in Vukovar. Although it may be a little strange to have a luxury hotel in a war-scarred town such as Vukovar, the Hotel Lav is the most elite hotel in town. With its white-washed appearance and glass front, this wonderful hotel has spacious rooms, silky bedspreads the colour of sunshine and gives of a refreshing modern atmosphere. Although a little on the expensive side, the Hotel Lav is centrally located, great for exploring the town.

Why not finish the day at one of the wonderful restaurants Vukovar has to offer. Arka is a popular choice, especially with locals, and is located on a multipurpose boat docked on the Danube. When the weather is nice, you can relax on the terrace. On the lower decks you will find a dance club and a bar.

Vukovar may be scarred from her experiences with the war, but she offers much to the traveller who visits her. She will give you history, culture and a chance to really experience this wonderful country.


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