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6 Best Things to do in Osijek, Croatia [with Suggested Tours]

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor June 27th, 2021 Posted in Destination, Europe Travel Blog, Travel Blog, Travel Guides No comments

Are you planning to travel to Osijek, Croatia soon? Read our tips below on the things to do in Osijek with suggested tours!

6 Best Things to do in Osijek, Croatia
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The 4th largest city in Croatia, Osijek offers a unique cultural experience that makes it an excellent place to learn Croatian. The city feels like a different country, especially if you’ve been to other Croatian cities. This distinctive atmosphere is largely due to its history as part of the Hungarian division of the Austro-Hungarian empire. The Hungarian influence is palpable, from the city’s stunning baroque architecture to its spicy cuisine. As you navigate the streets and interact with locals, you’ll find learning Croatian here to be enriched by the unique blend of influences that the city embodies.

Osijek was also the center of the Homeland War in Croatia in the early 1990s. When you visit, you’ll notice buildings that still bear the marks of the brutal past the city endured. This not only serves as a reminder of Croatia’s complex history but also adds depth to your experience as you learn Croatian. Understanding the language in the context of Osijek’s historical and cultural background will give you a more nuanced appreciation of Croatian as a whole.

List of Best Things to do in Osijek, Croatia

1. Red Fico


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A funny idea with a serious background, as the memorial is reminiscent of the days of the war in the 1990s. Nevertheless, it is a successful symbolization of the resistance against seemingly overpowering opponents and is therefore worth a visit.

2. SS Peter and Paul

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A very nice church in the middle of the city. This Roman Catholic Church is the highest building in Croatia that’s outside Zagreb. The building of the church, which was made of red bricks, around 3.5 million stones, in 1898, was severely damaged in 1991 during the war. Today, however, it has largely been built up. On the inner walls, there are frescoes on motifs from the Old and New Testament.

3. Osijek Zoo


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A good zoo with a lot of animals as well as a lot of vegetation and a large territory. The animals live in a good large and well-kept area, with many shady trees. The aquarium part is also very nice. Both kids and adults would enjoy going here.

4. Portanova


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Portanova Shopping Mall has something for everyone. In addition to the many different shops, there is a go-kart track in the underground car park. The building itself is relatively modern and clean. The quantity of shops is sufficient and contains some world popular brands. There is also a large grocery store. The mall is easily accessible by car and offers plenty of free parking spaces.

5. Ante Starčević Square

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A modern designed place with many shops and cafes in the adjacent pedestrian zone, whether during the day or in the evening there is always something going on. Traces of the war can still be seen on some buildings. St. Peter and Paul Church can be visited just within the area.

6. Arheoloski Muzej

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The Archeology Museum is located on the territory of the castle in the old part of the city, you can go here if you want to learn a little more than guidebooks about the city.

Where to stay in Osijek, Croatia

Budget Hotel

Rooms Metalac

6 Best Things to do in Osijek, Croatia

Rooms Metalac offers accommodation with a garden. The units in the guest house are equipped with a flat-screen TV. All guest rooms at Rooms Metalac are equipped with a seating area.

Price: Starts at $41 per night for Twin Room with Private Bathroom, includes taxes and charges, and it offers a free cancellation.

Luxury Hotel

Hotel Osijek

6 Best Things to do in Osijek, Croatia

Hotel Osijek is situated in the pedestrianized center next to the bank of the Drava River. It provides panoramic views of the surroundings, fine cuisine, and free WiFi access. All of the spacious rooms here are air-conditioned and feature a cable TV with international channels. A rich buffet breakfast is served in the “Zimska Luka” restaurant overlooking the river promenade. A la carte dishes are available for lunch and dinner.

Price: Starts at $125 per night for Classic Twin Room, add $4 for taxes and charges, free breakfast, and it offers a free cancellation.

These are the possible things you can do in Osijek, Croatia. So if you are ready to have a fun and exciting trip, you know what to do and where to go! So pack your things now and prepare yourself for a wonderful adventure in Osijek.

How to go to Osijek, Croatia from London

Via Croatia Airlines: (one way with one-stop)

*From London Heathrow – Zagreb – Osijek

Ticket Price: £238.41

*Prices are subject to change. You can visit Skyscanner for more details about the ticket prices.

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Fatima Turla2Hi there! I’m Fatima. My first major travel was in 2016 in the beautiful city of Cebu. After that, I got interested in traveling. Now I enjoy learning languages and other country’s cultures. My goal is to visit at least one country each year and to share my experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness my journey by following me on Instagram.​​​​​​​​​​​​



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