What to do in our county when it rains?

You are settled in one of our beautiful hotels or apartments and you are ready to go sightseeing, but it is raining outside. If you are not very interested in romantic walks under an umbrella (and for this type of excursion, a boat walk along the Sava River is an excellent choice) don’t worry… we have prepared some suggestions for you.

Slavonski Brod

If you are in Slavonski Brod, we suggest you use the afternoon to visit the excellent Museum of Modern Art, the “Ružić & Contemporaries” gallery within Brod’s Fortress Festung. The gallery was established at the beginning of this century with the donation of the famous sculptor Branko Ružić, born in Slavonski Brod. Space of 1800 m2 offers on display several hundred works of art. Various materials include bronze, copper sheet, terracotta, wood, paper, tapestries, prints, fabrics and testify to the exceptional interest in the medium with which the author sought to express his artistic poetics and which are by no means a curiosity since for Ružić – “everything was sculpture”. Along with Ružić’s works of art, works authored by numerous other contemporary Croatian artists are also on display, and the detailed layout of the original appearance of the baroque fortress in which the gallery is housed is particularly interesting..

galerija Ružić
gallery Ružić

After a visit to the gallery and the nearby tambourine museum, also located in the fortress, head to one of the great city restaurants included in the project “Flavours of Posavina Frontier “, the specificity of which is cultivation of traditional recipes. In the city, such restaurants are Uno, Oroz, Rodino gnijezdo, and Grozd, hotel Art and Savus.

You could spend the afternoon at one of the city’s two wellness centres: in the hotel Art, where you can enjoy a massage or swimming in its indoor pool, or a little further to the north, in the eco hotel Garten, where you can indulge in a variety of exotic treatments such as a chocolate or beer bath.

wellness hotela Art
wellness hotel Art

In the evening, we suggest a visit to the modern Ivana Brlić Mažuranić Concert and Theatre Hall, in whose rich program everyone can find something interesting to look at or listen to. After that you can party in one of the many cafes and nightclubs near the city’s main square, the popular Korzo.

Koncertno kazališna dvorana "Ivana Brlić Mažuranić"
Concert and theatre hall “Ivana Brlić Mažuranić”

If you are more into sports, the indoor sports pools Vijuš await you – or the modern bowling alley in the sports complex of the same name.

Nova Gradiška

What to do if the rain caught you in Nova Gradiška?

We suggest you spend the afternoon visiting the beautiful Franciscan monastery in Cernik. In addition to the beautifully decorated Baroque church and a rich library of over 4,000 volumes, including 2 incunabula (books printed in the period up to year 1500), you can see a biblical-archaeological museum exhibition whose significance extends beyond Croatia’s borders. The exhibition consists of archaeological exhibits from the Holy Land and a large number of Bible publications.

samostan u Cerniku - Arheološko-biblijska zbirka
Franciscan monastery in Cernik – archaeological and biblical exhibits

For lunch, it would be worthwhile to visit one of the three top restaurants in Nova Gradiška, which are also included in the project “Flavours of Posavina Frontier”. Whether you choose Slavonski biser, Dukat or the restaurant of Hotel Tomislav, you will find a large selection of traditional dishes in each of them.

In the afternoon you can visit the town museum of Nova Gradiška or head to Okučani and visit the memorial room and the monument to the military-police action Flash in which Western Slavonia was liberated in the Homeland War.

Spomenik VR "Bljesak"
monument VR “Bljesak”

Since you are in the area of Cernik vineyards, it is not a bad idea to use this opportunity and renew your home supplies by buying favourably priced local wines of excellent quality from the numerous small winemakers located along the local wine road.

The tour ends in Opođe, a wine-growing estate above Cernik, which also houses an excellent restaurant and hotel with a beautiful view of the whole area.



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