About Slavonski Brod

For the development of the city of Slavonski Brod, which includes the settlements of Slavonski Brod, Brodski Varoš and Podvinje, the strategic geographical position along the highway and railway – the connection of Europe with the East – has always been crucial.

The long history and rich tradition of the city is evidenced by the original Roman diploma from 71 with the first record of the ancient name Brod, and from the time of the Military Frontier on the border of the Austrian and Turkish empires – the medieval Fortress Brod built by Austria in 1715. With the abolition of the Military Border in 1871, Brod gained the status of a city of medieval architecture with palaces of rich merchants and industrialists in the style of historicism and secession and the Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić Square, which is the largest city square in Croatia.

Although primarily an industrial city, Slavonski Brod is also a business center and a venue for numerous business meetings. There are numerous service activities available to tourists, while, when it comes to the hospitality and tourism sector, three hotels and a large number of board and lodging establishments, hostels, hosterlies and other types of accommodation facilities, as well as a large number of restaurants, should be singled out. The trade activity is also extremely developed, so the city shopping centers are continuously visited by organized groups of so-called shopping tourists from near and far surroundings.

A large number of athletes and recreationists come to the city of Slavonski Brod, in the sports and recreational zone Vijuš, which houses the Sports Hall “Vijuš”, City swimming pools and bicycle and trim trails to the longest Croatian continental sandy beach – Poloj. In this part of the city is located the unique Splavarska Street, as well as a 3D painting with Sava motifs, which was painted on an area of 1,300 square meters by the famous street artist – Filip Mrvelj. It is a city where Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić wrote her most beautiful stories for children, where the great Croatian poet Dragutin Tadijanović was educated and where the famous football player Mario Mandžukić was born, a city that in 2009 in the action “Green Flower” of the Croatian Tourist Board was declared the most beautiful city in continental Croatia in the category of “big cities”.

Finally, it should be noted that Slavonski Brod is the seat of the tourist destination “My beautiful Slavonia by the river Sava” which includes 3 cities and 17 municipalities of Slavonian Posavina from the Brod-Posavina and Vukovar-Srijem counties, with culture and gastronomy as the key tourist products of the destination, and events that are often held along the banks of the Sava river.

It is a destination that is positioned in the tourist markets through the specific architecture and construction of houses whose roofs are inhabited by storks, so in that sense we gladly remember the planetarily popular Malena and Klepetan whose love developed in the Brod settlement Brodski Varoš.

Finally, we should not forget that historical sources say that the tie, as a universal, world-renowned symbol of men’s clothing, originates from our area, so on the map of a Dutch cartographer from the late 17th century the area of Slavonski Brod and surroundings is called “Cravaten Staat” and is mentioned in the context of the cavalry and infantry deployment of the Habsburg Monarchy.

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