Wine growing and production have had an uninterrupted tradition of almost 1,800 years in the region of Ilok. In the 3rd century, after the Roman Emperor Probus abolished prohibitions that had been in force on wine growing and production in the Pannonian regions and introduced new quality varieties, the wine-growing hills of Ilok received an impetus...more
The Odescalchi Castle is the central building situated in the medieval town of Ilok, housing the famous old Ilok cellars and the Museum of the Town of Ilok.The Odescalchi Castle is an impressive building built on the foundations of the castle of King Nikola Iločki from the 15th century. Nikola's medieval castle with the entire Ilok estate,...more
In 1697 the Austrian Emperor Leopold donated Ilok and the estates in Srijem to the Italian family Odescalchi, as a compensation for the aid given by the Pope Innocent XI Odescalchi for the war against the Ottoman rule. So Ilok became the centre of the large estate run by the counts of Odescalchi. They built a three-storey, U-shaped manor with...more
The Franciscan parish church of St.Ivan (John) Kapistran dates back to 18th century, but it owns today shape to early 20th century redesign by Herman Bollé (who also did works on Zagreb cathedral). The church features tombstones representing Nikola and Lovro Ilocki. The main altar is decorated with the painting featuring St. Ivan Kapistran, the...more
Ilok is surrounded by Fruska Gora hills, area known for producing wines since the Middle Ages, if not even earlier. As soon as the Odescalchi family arrived here they organized the production of wines. Under their manor there are large substructures hiding an old wine cellar. The wine cellar is now part of the "Ilocki podrumi" company, the largest...more
Strong protective walls were obviously not strong enough to stop the Ottomans on their conquest of the European territory in the 16th century. From 1566 to 1697 Ilok was under Ottoman rule and was the center of the Srijem Sanjak. Not much is left from the Ottoman times. A rare building that is still preserved is the Turkish mausoleum - Turbe -...more
This location was a very important strategic point from the very early ages. The most important family that ruled Ilok was the Kont family, whose member Nikola took the name Ilocki (of Ilok) in mid-15th century. He was also the King of Bosnia and coined his own money. At this time a castle and a fortress were built here, including the impressive...more
Old town of Ilok is located on top of a cliff over the Danube. The river is a border between Croatia and Serbia, and Ilok is the only bigger town in Croatia located directly on Danube. This easternmost point of Croatia offers the great view of the river, forests and plains of Vojvodina that stretch on the eastern side of the Danube. In my opinion...more
We started our Ilok tour with a tour of the old wine cellar. The cellar is over 100 m long. It was first built under the castle and enlarged with time. The present day entrance is at the oposite other end, not from the castle. The wooden barrels currently serve no purpose other than as attraction for visitors. Normally, they would contain wine, but...more
Located on the ground floor of the Odescalchi manor, restaurant Dvorac Odescalchi offers local dishes. I was visiting as part of the tour group consisting mostly of students - budget being one of the main issues I can't say I remember trying any specialties but I also remember noone was left hungry ;)
Favorite Dish: Under construction
Not so crowdy but nice atmosphere, juxebox music (various range..), playing machines, different crowd, you can taste local wine or enjoy ice cream on the terracce.
Dress Code: Casual, sport..
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One of the reasons many people visit Ilok are Ilok wines. There are several wine producers in this small town, and they produce some of the best wines of continental Croatia. Wine producers of Ilok have organized a "Wine Road" offering the visits to their cellars and wine degustation. I would lie if I would tell I am a big wine connoisseur, I can...more
In medieval town complex find out and turn towards the church, sanctuary and the friary, enter the holy shrine of John of Capistrano, explore it and contemplate the beauty and peace you are bound to find.If you want to experience Capistran and Ilok from another perspective, visit the tower within the friary and enjoy a small museum&gallery with...more
The wine road of Ilok is particularly interesting, and is definitely different from what typical wine roads have to offer because almost all the wineries are concentrated in the town. The wineries, cellars and family wine farms differ in production tradition, assortment and cellar type (old cellars in the hills or beneath houses versus new and...more
very interesting Danube cycle route in combination with local Ilok&Vukovar bike travel.
Equipment: Cllasic for few days tour, for help find or contact local info points or DMC.
Some people have already noted that it seems that even the smallest Croatian villages will have the tourist information centre. Well, since Ilok is considered a town and not a village it is not surprising that it also has its own Tourist centre.
I must be honest and say that I did not visit it myself, but in case anyone is planning a visit to Ilok a link to their webpage (info in Croatian, English and German) will, hopefully, be helpful.
It is also worth to note that there is a small souvenir shop inside the Odescalchi manor where you can buy brochures, maps and postcards (like I did).