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Croatia

Sultans Trail passes the northern, continental part Croatia for seven days, where is partly follows the rivers Drava and Donau iin the Panonian plane. The path passes the following cities and villages: Udvar, Draz, Zmajevac, Dvorak Tikves, Zlatna Greda, Bilje, Osijek, Klisa, Bobota, Vukovar, Sotin, Opatovac, Mohovo, Ilok en Backa Palanka

The route follows both quite asphalt roads, dirt roads and riding tracks. The route is mostly on flat terrain and every night there is accommodation available so you don't need to carry a tent. Accommodation varies from farm accommodation to four star hotels and from private rooms to the old hunting castle of Tito.

Osijek is the main city in the region Slavonia, located at the river Drava and forth largest city in the country. This city was occupied by Celts and the Roman Empire. In 1526 the Ottoman Turks occupied Osijek. Sultan Suleiman ordered an eight kilometer long bridge over the Drava and nearby swamps to be build in eight days. At that time this was considered to be the eight world wonder. Also the Ottomans build other important buildings, like the old fortress and mosques and hamans.

Austrian troops forced the Turks out of the city in 1687 and it stayed almost deserted till 1712 when the Austrians started building a new military complex on the place of the old fortress. The pattern of Dutch lowland fortresses served as baseplan. Till 1945 the city was the cultural center of the German Donauschwaben, that were forced to leave the country after the Second World War. At the beginning of the '90 Osijek, as a border city, was under Serbian fire for months. But the new republic of Croatia managed to keep the city and deminish the damage done to its inner city..

 

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