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Vinkovci Things to Do

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    by vmarkovi Written Sep 2, 2003

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    City center still retains the charm it had in the Austro-Hungarian times. The city was center of a military district in those time. You can see some nice architecture here, like this park surrounded with Gymnasium and Trade High School building.

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    by vmarkovi Written Sep 2, 2003

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    Bosut is the river flowing through Vinkovci. It is very slow and often covered with river plants (i wouldn't know the english term). Scenery if very pleasant for the eye. I enjoy walking on the bank of Bosut. It is not for very dynamic people, though.

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Vinkovci Restaurants

  • by cibalia Written May 11, 2006

    One of the best restaurants in Vinkovci.
    What makes a good restaurant?
    For me, part of the fun in eating out is the fact that it’s an unhurried social experience, with plenty of time to interact with your dining companions. There’s something about the restaurant setting that encourages relaxed conversation and enjoyment of food and wine. For this to happen, though, a number of ingredients must be in place. Most of all, I want to go to the sort of restaurant where the proprietor is passionate about food and wine, and whose primary goal is excellence, not making a fortune. Decent restaurants should be cherished and valued, and we should reward them with our custom.

    Favorite Dish: Style of food is a largely matter of taste. But whatever the style, I tend to value simple cooking with good quality ingredients over fussy and over-elaborate food.

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Vinkovci Local Customs

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    by FRONA Updated Jun 2, 2006

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    Due to cold winters and harsh climate, national costumes consist, apart from linen and wool, of fur, and of thick vests, coats and cloaks. Feet are wrapped in linen instead of socks and "opanci" (strapped softsoled footwear) or boots in northern parts are worn. Women's costumes are decorated with floral and animal motifs, with silk or wool red, white or blue embroidery, decorative silk ribbons and bows, lacework, gold or silver jewelry, corals, amber necklaces and pearls. Hair is interwoven into one or two braids and decorated with red ribbons for women that are unmarried, while wedded women wear woven or silk kerchiefs on their heads. Costumes of brides consisted of a crown and a lot of jewelry.

    Besides everyday costumes, there are also the so-called golden costumes that are decorated with gold threads. An unusual part of the men's costume is a small apron that is worn over the trousers (in Baranja).

    Local KOZUSI Production - leather national costum jacket
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    Jun 10, 2013 at 2:31 AM

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    Jun 10, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    The town features extremely rich cultural and historical heritage, the most interesting attraction being the pre-Romanesque church on Meraja from 1100, with the coats of arms of the kings Koloman and Ladislas, as one of the most important medieval cultural monuments in Croatia. Unfortunately, this monument has recently had the ancient timber beams removed and a new, modern, brick upper section and roof added, totally destroying its appearance. Luckily, the building is hidden in summer by mature trees.
    The most famous annual event, one of the biggest in Slavonia, is the folk music festival "Vinkovci Autumns" (Vinkovačke Jeseni), which includes the folklore show and the presentation of folk customs of Slavonia. It is characterized by a number of original folk music performances, beautiful traditional costumes, a beauty contest, competitions of the manufacturers of kulen (smoked paprika-flavoured sausage), plum brandy and other traditional foodstuffs, and especially by the magnificent closing parade.
    Vinkovci's music school Josip Runjanin is named after the composer of the Croatian national anthem Lijepa naša domovino. The Vinkovci gymnasium is named after Matija Antun Reljković, a Slavonian writer who lived in the city in the 18th century.

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    Jun 10, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    The site of Vinkovci (German: Winkowitz, Hungarian: Vinkovce, Latin: Colonia Aurelia Cibalae) was inhabited well before the Roman period. The area of the town has been inhabited continually from the Neolithic period. Under the Romans the town was known as Colonia Aurelia Cibalae and was the birthplace of Roman emperors Valentinian I and Valens. The Roman thermal bath is still preserved underground as are several other Roman buildings located near the center of today's Vinkovci.
    The Battle of Cibalae, between the armies of Constantine I and Licinius, was nearby.
    It was part of Ottoman Empire between 1526 and 1687 and was managed in Sirem sanjak (Its center was Dimitrofça) in Budin Eyalet. It was captured by Habsburg Empire in 1687 and was left to her according to Treaty of Karlowitz in 1699. Habsburg rule lasted until 1918.
    From 1941 to 1945, Vinkovci was part of the Independent State of Croatia. From April 17, 1944 the city was heavily bombed by the Allies due to its important position in transportation.
    The city and its surroundings were gravely impacted by the Croatian War of Independence. The city was close to the front lines between the Republic of Croatia and the rebel Serbs, but it managed to avoid the fate of Vukovar (in the infamous Battle of Vukovar). The eastern sections of the town were substantially damaged by shelling, and the nearby village of Cerić was almost completely destroyed. The most significant destruction in the center of the city were the city library, which burned down to the ground, the law courts, the Catholic and Orthodox churches (the Church of Saints Eusebius and Polion and the Church of Pentecost, respectively), both hospitals, the theatre, two cinemas and a host of businesses and factories.

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