Activities

Bicycling

Taking a bike ride through Lonjsko polje is a special experience, with four rivers flowing through the Nature Park – Sava, Trebež, Pakra and Ilova. The trails are mostly flat, and they include asphalt trails, gravel trails and forest paths. Given the floodplain character of the area, visitors should check whether the trails are passable prior to visit. Experience of the forest, so vividly described by the Croatian writer Josip Kozarac and representing a significant aspect of the unique atmosphere of Lonjsko polje, is certain to leave a lasting impression on cyclists.

Sava National Route (Posavina Route)

The Posavina Route is the most attractive cycling route in the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park, taking cyclists along the Ž-3209 county road and along the left bank of the Sava River for 77.8 kilometers. The trail begins below the walls of the Old Town of Sisak, and it enters the Nature Park in the European Stork Village of Čigoč. It then passes through typical Posavina villages, such as Mužilovčica, Suvoj, Lonja and the architectural heritage village of Krapje.

After Drenov Bok, the trail passes through the settlement of Jasenovac and continues towards Novska, where it connects with the trail SMŽ 1. Unspoiled nature, friendly people, wooden architecture of Posavina, ethnological collections and opportunities to get acquainted with numerous local sites of interest – these are some of the reasons why this cycling route is more than worth exploring.

Trail length: 77.8 km

Bicycle rental possibilities: At the Čigoč information center (Čigoč no. 26) and  Krapje visitor center (Krapje no. 18).

Trail type: Asphalt

Route SMŽ/SMC 1

This route is 114 kilometers long. It begins along the D-36 state road from Sisak, continuing along Ž-3249 county road via Popovača, Kutina and Lipovljani. In Novska, the trail then switches to D-47 state road in the direction of Jasenovac, Hrvatska Dubica and Hrvatska Kostajnica. This route connects the regions of Posavina and Pounje through the area of Moslavina.

In Popovača and Kutina, there is a possibility to explore the network of Moslavina cycling routes passing along attractive wine roads, where you can taste the renowned šklet, autochthonous white wine variety of Moslavina. From Jasenovac onwards, the route leads from the confluence of the rivers Una and Sava along the road that passes through settlements at the left bank of the unique and clear Una River, where you can stop and get refreshment at any point. However, cyclists need to exercise extra caution along this route, because the traffic gets very intense along the section from Popovača to Novska.

Trail length: 144 km

Bicycle rental possibilities: At the Čigoč information center (Čigoč no. 26) and  Krapje visitor center (Krapje no. 18).

Trail type: Asphalt

Route SMŽ/SMC 2

This route along the D-224 state road connects Sisak and Hrvatska Dubica via Sunja, and it is 49 kilometers long. If you find yourself along that route in mid-July, do not miss the horse-breeding exhibition in Sunja, where you can see the best selection of the original horse breeds of Croatian Posavina horse and Croatian cold-blooded horse.

Passing through the villages such as Staza, Papići, Šaš and Živaja, you can make a brief detour and enjoy the beauty of the area of Sunjsko polje.

Trail length: 49 km

Bicycle rental possibilities: At the Čigoč information center (Čigoč no. 26) and  Krapje visitor center (Krapje no. 18).

Trail type: Asphalt, gravel

Local route PPLP/LPNP 1

This route is 23.7 kilometers long. It begins at the village of Kratečko and passes across the Sava River towards Sunja, linking the areas of Lonjsko polje and Sunjsko polje (route SMŽ 2). In order to pass the river, you need to use the traditional river raft, which adds to the attractiveness of this route.

What is interesting is that this raft, which has 24 tons of carrying capacity, is powered by the river current as it transports goods and passengers to the other river bank, and the friendly ferryman will be happy to tell you the details about this unusual transfer. Upon crossing to the right bank of the Sava, the route takes cyclists to the hamlet of Sunjsko Selišće, continuing along the local road through the valley of the river of Sunja to the settlement of Sunja as the final destination.

Trail length: 23.7 km

 

Bicycle rental possibilities: At the Čigoč information center (Čigoč no. 26) and  Krapje visitor center (Krapje no. 18).

Trail type: Asphalt

Local route PPLP/LPNP 2

This route is only 12 kilometers long, linking the Sava National Route (Posavina Route) with the SMŽ 1 route. Beginning at Krapje, we pass the canal of Veliki Strug across a bridge. This canal is very important, as it is directly linked with the Sava River, allowing floodwater to naturally enter the plain of Lonjsko polje. This area is also important for the spawning of fish, making Strug a well-known destination for recreational fishing.

From the village of Plesmo onwards, the route passes through the floodplain forest of Rastina, continuing through the villages of Stara Subocka and Nova Subocka and connecting with the route SMŽ 1.

Trail length: 12 km

 

Bicycle rental possibilities: At the Čigoč information center (Čigoč no. 26) and  Krapje visitor center (Krapje no. 18).

Trail type: Asphalt

Local route PPLP/LPNP 3

This route is 29.1 kilometers long, linking the Sava National Route (Posavina Route) with the SMŽ 1 route (the Moslavina section) not far from the European Stork Village of Čigoč. The route starts at the village of Gušće and leads towards the village of Veliko Svinjičko. We then leave the village and enter a gravel forest path (5.5 kilometers long) taking us along the levee of the creek of Lonja to the D-36 state road. The route then continues along the local road through the village of Stružec, the site of what was once the most abundant oil field in Croatia. This is where we come across a mild climb for the first time – a sign that we are coming close to Osekovo and the foothills of Moslavačko gorje.

People with good knowledge of the Nature Park will tell you that it is precisely from Osekovo that one can enjoy the most beautiful view of the wide expanse of Lonjsko polje. The route continues through the villages of Donja Gračenica and Gornja Gračenica, finally connecting with the SMŽ 1 trail route. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the chapel of St. Fabian and St. Sebastian in Donja Gračenica – a rare example of preserved wooden sacral architecture of Moslavina.

Trail length: 29.1 km

 

Bicycle rental possibilities: At the Čigoč information center (Čigoč no. 26) and  Krapje visitor center (Krapje no. 18).

Trail type: Asphalt, gravel

Local route PPLP/LPNP 4

This route, 20 kilometers long, touches upon as many as four rivers (Sava, Trebež, Pakra and Ilova). It passes through the heart of Lonjsko polje, connecting the Sava National Route (Posavina Route) with the SMŽ 1 route. We start along a gravel path (7.5 kilometers long) from the village of Trebež to Kraljeva Velika.

As we cycle along that route, we can enjoy the mysterious ambiance of centuries-old floodplain forest, described in the works of the writer and forester Josip Kozarac who spent ten years here as manager of the Forest Administration of Lipovljani. The route continues through the village of Piljenice, a picturesque settlement spread along the natural course of the Pakra River and along the fish pond of Lipovljani. This is where we cross the A3 highway, proceeding through the village of Ilova before we connect with the SMŽ 1 route.

Trail length: 20 km

 

Bicycle rental possibilities: At the Čigoč information center (Čigoč no. 26) and  Krapje visitor center (Krapje no. 18).

Trail type: Gravel, asphalt

Cycling route Wetland Trail

This loop cycling trail begins at the visitor center in Repušnica, taking us through Repušničko polje to Čeperlin, and then along a forest road and next to a hunting lodge and phosphogypsum landfill to Radićeva Street in Kutina, before returning to the visitor center in Repušnica. The trail is predominantly flat and without climbs, and the route includes asphalt roads, hard forest roads and wetland terrain.

The trail is partly connected with the regional cycling route SMŽ 1. The route takes approximately 2 hours.

Trail length: 24 km

 

Bicycle rental possibilities: At the Čigoč information center (Čigoč no. 26) and  Krapje visitor center (Krapje no. 18).

Trail type: Forest path, asphalt

Note: Due to occasional unfavorable hydrological circumstances resulting in the impassable wetland terrain from Vrbak to Čeperlin, prior notice is required in order for Park Management to check whether the trail can be used.

Cycling route Cycling to Lonja

The trail begins at the visitor center in Repušnica, taking cyclists along the northern levee of the Lonjsko polje retention area, and then along a dirt road to the village of Osekovo. Proceeding further, the trail leads from Gornje Selo, through Osekovsko polje to the old course of the river Lonja at Kostrinja. The trail is mostly flat and without climbs, and the route includes asphalt roads and hard forest roads.

The trail is partly connected with the regional cycling route PPLP 3. The route takes 1.5 hours.

Trail length: 16.5 km

 

Bicycle rental possibilities: At the Čigoč information center (Čigoč no. 26) and  Krapje visitor center (Krapje no. 18).

Trail type: Forest path, asphalt

Hiking/walking

The Nature Park has four hiking trails offering distinct and unique experiences. The trails pass next to wooden houses in Krapje as wonderful examples of traditional architecture, and lead through floodplain pedunculate oak forests, floodplain meadows and pastures.

Borderers' Trail

This trail begins at Krapje and proceeds in the direction of the Orlinci pasture, with foundation stock of the critically endangered Slavonian-Podolian cattle in open range grazing. The trail then continues towards the ornithological reserve Krapje Đol as the largest nesting site of Eurasian spoonbill in Croatia. This area was once the area of the Croatian Military Border – a buffer between Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire.

Replicas of two historical wooden watchtowers have been built along this walking trail, reminding visitors of the turbulent history of the Croatian Military Border and the life of the borderers. A tour of this trail takes approximately two and a half to three hours of pleasant walking.

Trail length: 5 km

Trail difficulty: Medium difficulty

Recommended time of year for visit: April to September

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Suitable footwear / rubber boots in case of bad weather; mosquito repellent; sun protection

Availability of drinking water: Not available

Tena's Trail

This forest trail is a joint project of the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park and the Forest Administration of Lipovljani. The trail was built within the boundaries of the Park at the village of Piljenice (not far from the mill of Vaclavekov mlin and the fish pond of Lipovljani). Its name – Tenina staza or Tena's Trail – symbolically recalls the forester and writer Josip Kozarac, who spent ten years here (in the period 1885-1895) as the first manager of the Lipovljani Forest Administration.

In these forests he wrote his best works (such as Dead Capital, Slavonian Forest, Between Light and Dark, Tena and Mira Kodolićeva). Tena’s Trail is a gentle circular walking trail 2.5 kilometers long. It includes 16 educational panels (in Croatian and English) elaborating themes related to the typical lowland forest of pedunculate oak and European hornbeam. The path is located on a micro-elevation representing a ridge of sorts, and it is therefore outside of the area affected by flooding. The forest is a genuine treasure trove of biodiversity, and it is hard not to be moved when walking through it.

Trail length: 2.5 km

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Suitable footwear / rubber boots in case of bad weather; mosquito repellent; sun protection

Availability of drinking water: Not available

Posavac Trail

Posavac Trail provides visitors with a pleasant stroll that takes between two hours and two and a half hours. On the way, you can discover how the locals managed to use their arable land, meadows and pastures, while still leaving the door open to the wilderness. The trail tells of the characteristics of this floodplain area and the traditional livestock breeding on the pasture that also includes a tower for birdwatching and for observing the domestic animals in free grazing.

The tour of the trail ends with traditional farm products that represent a unique culinary offer for visitors of family farms of Posavina today. We would suggest that you start exploring this loop trail at the information center in Čigoč no. 25, where you will get all the advice you need about further directions. This loop trail is equipped with five information panels.

Trail length: 4.2 km

Trail difficulty: Medium difficulty

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Suitable footwear / rubber boots in case of bad weather; mosquito repellent; sun protection

Availability of drinking water: Not available

Haymaker Trail

This loop trail begins at the visitor center in Repušnica, taking us along the northern levee of the Lonjsko polje retention, next to floodplain hay meadows and pastures, across the Vrbačinec resting area, and ending at the visitor center.

Guided tour of this trail coupled with educational program is available as well, and visitors can also explore the trail on their own. Birdwatching is possible as well. The route leads along the existing forest roads and dirt roads. Visitors can see autochthonous cattle breeds in free grazing along the way.

Recommended equipment: Suitable footwear / rubber boots in case of bad weather; mosquito repellent; sun protection

Boat trips and rentals

Boat trips provide visitors with the opportunity to explore river landscapes that are not accessible from land. The most popular boat trip is the tour aboard the educational tourist raft Vodomar, taking visitors through a gallery of willow and poplar trees. Abundant bird world, meanders and sandbanks represent a special attraction for visitors. The riverboat captain is ready to answer questions of even the most curious visitors.

Educational and tourist raft Vodomar

Educational and tourist self-propelled raft Vodomar was designed and built by Zvonimir Marčec from Drenov Bok, and it connects the piers in Drenov Bok and Krapje. It is 15 meters long and has registered capacity of 25 persons, providing a delightful trip along the Sava River. The attractive river landscape with its rows of willows and poplars, traditional Posavina rural structures, abundant avian world, meanders and sandbanks will surely thrill visitors, offering an ideal opportunity for an exclusive Posavina photo-safari.

In addition, the experienced riverboat commander will reveal to you many interesting details about the Sava River.

Duration: 40 minutes

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Excursion to Lonjsko polje with the tourist boat Juran i Sofija

One special attraction in the Nature Park particularly worth pointing out is the possibility of a solar-powered boat tour. A tour in these silent boats that can carry 12 persons (two boats) gives visitors a unique experience of the Sava River. Thanks to the boats' technical characteristics, the experience of a tour of the Lonjsko polje retention during the flooding periods is unforgettable.
Floodplain forests, wide expanses of flooded terrain and rich bird world that you encounter on a solar boat tour will give you a true experience of this "European Amazon".

Crossing the Sava River with a traditional raft

Visitors can also cross the Sava River by taking a traditional raft in the area of the Park. Two traditional rafts are still operational - one in the village of Kratečko, and one in the village of Suvoj. These rafts are powered by river currents, and using them to cross the river is a special experience, especially when coupled with the tales of the experienced ferryman. Depending on the number of persons aboard, the price of raft transfer is arranged with the ferryman.

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Canoeing in Lonjsko polje

Canoe safari is yet another way in which visitors can enrich their stay in Lonjsko polje. You can rent a canoe at the Krapje information center, enjoying the amazing landscape of Posavina by exploring the small river (canal) of Veliki Strug, which has preserved its natural course. Canoe recreation in this oasis of dense vegetation is a true joy, and an opportunity for an unforgettable stay for the entire family and everyone wishing to experience active vacation.

Canoe safari is suitable for all age groups and various fitness levels. Since this is a lowland river, the danger of overturning is almost non-existent. The following equipment is recommended: waterproof clothes, light sport footwear, backpack or light bag, binoculars and photo camera. 

Recommended time of year for visit: From May 1 until October 31

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Canoeing in Lonjsko polje

You can rent a canoe at the information center in Čigoč, and then take the equipment to Mužilovčica 7 kilometers away, where you can enjoy the ride along a river side arm called Tišina (Silence) and the abundance of flora and fauna of Lonjsko polje.

Recommended time of year for visit: From May 1 until October 31

 

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Tour with the tourist boat Katarina

Tourist boat Katarina capable of carrying 70 persons is moored at the pier in Jasenovac (below the railway bridge). This boat is intended for round tours that have become one of the key attractions of the tourist offer in the Nature Park.

A cruise along the Sava River to the confluence with the Una River, navigation below the road bridge and the railway bridge, the unique river landscape – all of these attractions will make the excursion a truly memorable experience. When the hydrological conditions are favorable, navigation along the Una River is also possible. Very large deck of this tourist boat is an additional benefit, providing the opportunity to organize various educational, promotional and fun events, and culinary offer is available as well.

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

 

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Boat route Lonja by Boat (permanently available)

This route along the canal of Nova Lonja from Čeperlin to Kostrinja can be explored by various vessels (boats, canoes). In addition, birdwatching and presentation of traditional fishing are available as well.

Duration: 11 kilometers (22 kilometers including the return trip)

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Boat route Lonja by Boat (available during floods)

This route from Vrbak to Kostrinja can be explored during the flooding periods by various vessels (boats, canoes).

Duration: 15 kilometers (30 kilometers including the return trip)

Recommended time of year for visit: During the floods

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Wildlife viewing

Birdwatching enthusiasts know about the value of Lonjsko polje. The Park includes two special ornithological reserves – Krapje Đol and Rakita. Birds are the most endangered species on the planet, and the Nature Park is home to 250 bird species. That is what makes this area a very appealing destination for even the most passionate birdwatchers.

Ornithological Reserve Krapje Đol

The area of Krapje Đol became officially declared as ornithological reserve in 1963, and it is located at the village of Drenov Bok. Protected as special ornithological reserve, it covers approximately 25 hectares. The area of Krapje Đol is a wetland area covered in dense and diverse wetland vegetation.

Until recently, Krapje Đol was the nesting area of the only colony of Eurasian spoonbill in Croatia. In recent years, approximately 90 to 140 pairs of the species are nesting here – a phenomenon relevant at the international level, since approximately 10 percent of the overall Eurasian spoonbill population in Europe nests in this area. In the past, this reserve was almost completely destroyed due to carelessness and negligence. For agricultural purposes, areas around the ornithological reserve were subjected to water management, with drainage pipes used to drain the entire surrounding area, and the species stopped nesting there as a consequence. With financial assistance of the Frankfurt-based Zoological Association, steps were taken to save the reserve. A canal was dug through from the Sava River to the site, releasing water to Krapje Đol. In 1991, the birds started nesting there again. Birdwatching enthusiasts can reach Krapje Đol by taking the Borderers' Trail.

Wildlife species that can be seen: Squacco heron (Ardeola ralloides), little egret (Egretta garzetta), great white egret (Egretta alba), black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), purple heron (Ardea purpurea), Eurasian spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia).

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Ornithological Reserve Rakita

Rakita was declared a special ornithological reserve in 1969. It is located in the Lonjsko polje retention area at the village of Mužilovčica. This wetland area is significant due to the presence and nesting of a large number of birds. During the winter bird migrations, sizeable wild duck populations can be seen in the area. In the surrounding pedunculate oak forests, the concentration of nesting birds is above average compared to the average in Lonjsko polje.

Rakita ornithological reserve is also an important feeding area for egrets, herons and storks, as well as for many other wading birds and birds of prey, especially in the periods of drought when the retention area of Lonjsko polje is dry.

This reserve also ended up almost completely destroyed by human activity at one point, when it lost water due to increasing drainage. However, thanks to the financial assistance of the Zoological Association from Frankfurt, a levee was built, helping to retain water most of the year.

Wildlife species that can be seen: 

Great reed warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus),
Eurasian reed warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus),
marsh warbler (Acrocephalus palustris),
sedge warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobeanus),
Eurasian river warbler (Locustella fluviatilis),
common reed bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus),
wild duck (Aras platyrhynchos),
ferruginous duck (Nyroca nyroca),
Eurasian coot (Falica atra),
common moorhen (Gallinula chloropus),
white stork (Ciconia ciconia),
black stork (Ciconia nigra),
grey heron (Ardea cinerea),
purple heron (Ardea purpurea),
little egret (Egretta garzetta),
black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax),
Eurasian spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia).

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Note: Visitors who wish to enter the ornithological reserve and other birdwatching sites must report to the staff on duty at Park Information Centers (in Krapje or Čigoč), where they will receive instructions on how these sites should be visited.

Retention at Mužilovčica

As we enter the retention area at Mužilovčica, we enter the core of Lonjsko polje with abundant animal world. In addition to a large number of birds using this site as feeding area, and many reptiles and amphibian species hiding in ponds, we also have the opportunity to see the autochthonous domestic animal species of the region.

Turopolje pig is the first species we are likely to notice, as it digs the ground in search of food and thus survives in nature throughout the year. In the distance, we can notice herds of the impressive Posavina horses. In the past, this species was the main working animal, and today it rests in the shade of oak forests. This area changes in appearance from one month to the next, and every new visit is a special experience. 

Wildlife species that can be seen: White stork (Ciconia ciconia), black stork (Ciconia nigra), grey heron (Ardea cinerea), purple heron (Ardea purpurea), little egret (Egretta garzetta), black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), swan (Cygnus); tree frog, European fire-bellied toad, yellow-bellied toad, sand lizard, European pond turtle, grass snake; Posavina horse, Turopolje pig.

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Note: Visitors who wish to enter this area must report to the staff on duty at Park Information Centers (in Krapje or Čigoč), where they will receive instructions on how the site should be visited.

Educational trails

Three educational trails focus on intriguing topics. Borderers' Trail allows visitors to see the rare Podolian cattle species, and to explore the largest nesting area of Eurasian spoonbill in Krapje Đol. Tena's Trail teaches visitors about forests, and a walk along the Haymaker Trail provides an opportunity to see autochthonous breeds in natural grazing.

Posavac Trail

The trail provides visitors with a pleasant stroll that takes between two and two and a half hours. On the way, you can discover how the locals managed to use their arable land, meadows and pastures, while still leaving the door open to the wilderness. The trail tells of the characteristics of this floodplain area and the traditional livestock breeding on the pasture which also includes a tower for birdwatching and for observing the domestic animals in free grazing.

The tour of the trail ends with traditional farm products that represent a unique culinary offer for visitors of family farms of Posavina today. We would suggest that you start exploring this loop trail at the information center in Čigoč (address: Čigoč no. 25), where you will get all the advice you need about further directions. The loop trail is equipped with five information panels, and it is 4.2 kilometers long.

Trail length: 4.2 km

Duration: 2.5 hours

Number of interpretation panels: 5

Borderers' Trail

This trail begins in Krapje and proceeds in the direction of the Orlinci pasture, with foundation stock of the critically endangered Slavonian-Podolian cattle in open range grazing. The trail then continues towards the ornithological reserve Krapje Đol as the largest nesting site of Eurasian spoonbill in Croatia. This area was once the area of the Croatian Military Border – a buffer zone between Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire.

Replicas of two historical wooden watchtowers have been built along this walking trail, reminding visitors of the turbulent history of the Croatian Military Border and the life of the borderers. A tour of this trail takes approximately two and a half to three hours of pleasant walking.

Duration: 3 hours

 

Note: Caution! Do not approach the fenced herd.

 

Tena's Trail

This forest trail is a joint project of the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park and the Forest Administration of Lipovljani. The trail was built within the boundaries of the Park at the village of Piljenice (not far from the mill of Vaclavekov mlin and the fish pond of Lipovljani). Its name – Tenina staza or Tena's Trail – symbolically recalls the forester and writer Josip Kozarac, who spent ten years here (in the period 1885-1895) as the first manager of the Lipovljani Forest Administration.

In these forests he wrote his best works (such as Dead Capital, Slavonian Forest, Between Light and Dark, Tena and Mira Kodolićeva). Tena’s Trail is a gentle circular walking trail 2.5 kilometers long. It includes 16 educational panels (in Croatian and English) elaborating on themes related to the typical lowland forest of pedunculate oak and European hornbeam. The path is located on a micro-elevation, and it is therefore outside of the area affected by flooding. The forest is a genuine treasure trove of biodiversity, and it is hard not to be moved when walking through it. 

Trail length: 2.5 km

Number of interpretation panels: 16

Note: The trail may be used only in the company of professional Nature Park guides. Visitors must notify the Park Information Center prior to visiting the trail.

Haymaker Trail

This loop trail begins at the visitor center in Repušnica, taking us along the northern levee of the Lonjsko polje retention, next to floodplain hay meadows and pastures, across the Vrbačinec resting area, and ending at the visitor center.

Guided tour of this trail coupled with educational program is available as well, and visitors can also explore the trail on their own. Birdwatching is possible as well. Educational programs on offer include the following: Corncrake – Tireless Meadow Singer; Posavina Horse; Amphibians. The route leads along the existing forest roads and dirt roads. Visitors can see autochthonous cattle breeds in free grazing along the way.

Trail length: 5 km

Schools in nature

Educational programs teach about floodplain forests and the importance of retention areas. After this school, no participant will fail to recognize the decisive benefits stemming from Lonjsko polje when the rains start threatening with floods. Knowledge about the effects of floodplain areas makes one realize what sort of benefits they can bring through nature-based flood regulation, guarding even Zagreb as the biggest city in Croatia.

Educational program White Stork in Čigoč

The program includes the following: arrival to the information center in Čigoč; a short lecture about storks; stork-spotting with binoculars; walk around the village and counting the nests; exploration of the courtyards led by an educational expert; return to the playroom of the Educational Center; filling out worksheets; visit to a traditional carpenter shop and souvenir stand. In the courtyard of the visitor center, young participants can engage in an interesting and educational game called Stork Adventure. Worksheets are adapted to age groups of participants – young children, senior school children and adults. The program has also been adapted to preschool (kindergarten) age group.

Having in mind the age of the visitors, special worksheets have been prepared for younger and for senior schoolchildren, and also for adults. When it comes to preschool children, there is a specially adapted program for that age group.

After the visitors get acquainted with the European Stork Village, what follows is a trip to the floodwater retention zone of Lonjsko Polje at the village of Mužilovčica, taking approximately 10 minutes by bus. Visitors then proceed to the plain in a brief 20-minute walk. In the plain, the expert guide will acquaint the visitors with some of the richness of the flora and fauna of the Nature Park. Visitors can observe and photograph the pastures with herds of horses, cattle and pigs.

Target age group: Programs are suitable for all age groups.

Duration: 2 – 2.5 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: This program is on offer from April 1 until August 10, during the stay of storks in Lonjsko polje. However, the program can also be held after the migration of storks to warmer areas, on visitor demand.

Educational program Krapje – Architectural Heritage Village

The program includes the following: arrival to the information center in Krapje; a short lecture about the village with exceptionally well preserved traditional architecture created in the 18th and the 19th century, with the houses made of famed Posavina oak. A walk around the village follows, together with photographing and sightseeing of houses and courtyards. Participants fill out worksheets, assemble models of the Posavina house in the playroom, and visit the gallery and the souvenir stand.

Based on the wishes of visitors, it is possible to arrange a visit to the church of St. Anthony in Krapje. This educational program is usually combined with a trip to the flood retention area of Lonjsko Polje at the village of Mužilovčica.

A visit to the ornithological reserve of Krapje đol can also be arranged on demand. 

Target age group: Programs are suitable for all age groups.

Duration: 2 – 2.5 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Educational program Posavina Horse

Upon arriving to the Park information center in Čigoč or Krapje, visitors proceed to the Lonjsko Polje retention area at Mužilovčica in the company of a guide/educator. That is the site where numerous herds of Posavina horses are kept on pasture.

The Posavina horse, sometimes also referred to as the Croatian Posavac, is an autochthonous Croatian horse species. Because of its physiological characteristics, this horse species spends a good part of the year in nature, starting from early April, and frequently even before that, until the end of October. It is adapted to wetland habitats and resistant to heat and cold, drought and mud, snow and flood, as well as the onslaught of mosquitoes, flies and gadflies. Harsh habitat conditions have made the Posavina horse undemanding, resistant and robust, while at the same time shaping its docile, affectionate and sociable character.

Participants of this education program come in direct contact with this noble horse breed, filling out the worksheets afterwards.

Duration: 2 – 2.5 hours

Educational program Amphibians in Lonjsko Polje

Upon arriving to the information center in Čigoč or Krapje, visitors proceed to the wetland habitats of Lonjsko Polje in the company of a guide/educator.

Croatia is home to twenty amphibian species, and as many as 16 of them can be found in the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park. Amphibians depend on water in their life cycle, and the Nature Park is a genuine paradise for them. The abundance of pools, small and large marshes, old side arms of the Sava River and canals enable the survival of many amphibian species. The most interesting and the loudest amphibian species are the frogs. In spring, after spending winter safely buried in the mud or under a tree, the frogs set out for the water to mate.

Visitors who take part in this program get to learn about the life cycle, food and calls of this species, and about the threats that it faces. There is a lot of fun in observing the amphibians and in solving practical assignments. Towards the end of the program, participants fill out worksheets and compete in the composing of a "frog rap" song.

Duration: 3 hours

 

Note: Rubber boots are compulsory.

 

Educational program Spoonbill – Bird with a Spoon

Upon arriving to the information center in Krapje, participants listen to a brief lecture on Eurasian spoonbills, and proceed towards the Krapje Đol ornithological reserve in the company of a guide/educator.

Spoonbills are some of the most unusual inhabitants of the Nature Park. After winter, these migrating birds return to Lonjsko polje as early as February, when they start preparing for nesting. Krapje Đol is the oldest ornithological reserve in Croatia, and the largest spoonbill nesting area in the country.

Taking into account the age group of visitors, participants in this educational program fill out worksheets and birdwatching diaries, and participate in the prize game Đolingo as well. Passionate birdwatchers can also learn how to use binoculars and telescope.
This educational program is usually combined with a visit to the architectural heritage village of Krapje.

Duration: 2 – 2.5 hours

Educational program Corncrake – Tireless Meadow Singer

The focus of this educational program is corncrake (Crex crex) - an endangered and protected bird species. The program is intended for senior elementary school grades, nature protection groups and high schools. The program begins at the Nature Park information center, with the introductory presentation of key information about the Park and a brief lecture on grasslands, corncrake biology, threats that the species is facing and methods of protection.

After that, field training in the company of a guide/educator takes place in the form of a workshop in nature, held on the grasslands of Lonjsko polje in the vicinity of the village of Repušnica, where natural corncrake habitats are located. This is where participants fill out worksheets and cover various topics (how to recognize the most frequent plant and animal species in Lonjsko polje; invasive plant species; traditional cattle breeding; mowing techniques aimed at the protection of corncrakes; etc.). 

Tools: binoculars; worksheets; pencils; rulers for measuring tree height; measuring stick for determining plant height.

Target age group: Senior elementary school grades; ecological groups; high school.

Duration: 3 – 3.5 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: From mid-April until mid-September

Suitable for individual / group visits: Recommended group size: not more than 30 children

Educational program Lowland Riparian Forests in Lonjsko Polje

The main topic of this program is getting acquainted with the phenomenon of riparian forests in the Nature Park, with a particular emphasis of key tree species: pedunculate oak, narrow-leaved ash, European hornbeam, poplar and willow. The program is intended for senior elementary school grades, nature protection groups and high schools.

The program begins at the Nature Park information center with the introductory presentation of key information about the Park. After that, field training in the company of a guide/educator takes place in the form of a workshop in nature, held at the experimental and educational forest complex of Opeka at Lipovljani, owned by the Faculty of Forestry in Zagreb. This is where various topics connected with the management, cultivation and protection of lowland riparian forests are covered. While touring the forest, children prepare a small herbarium with the help of their guide/educator, and they also work on preparing a document entitled "Adopt-a-Tree".

Tools: binoculars; worksheets; pencils; rulers for measuring tree height; adhesive tape.

Duration: 3 – 3.5 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: From March until September

Suitable for individual / group visits: Recommended group size: not more than 30 children

Educational program Sava River

Upon arriving to the visitor center in Krapje, participants listen to a brief presentation of the Nature Park and get acquainted with the architectural heritage village. After that, visitors embark on the educational tourist raft Vodomar with a professional guide.

Enjoying the attractive river landscape of the natural course of the Sava River, visitors get acquainted with the key characteristics of Croatia's largest river: water level dynamics; geomorphological and tectonic processes; natural vegetation and animal world (fish, birds, etc.); use of the Sava River and its historical importance. Experienced river boat commander reveals many interesting facts about the river along the way. At the end, participants fill out worksheets specially prepared for this educational program.

Target age group: Final elementary school grades; high school; university students; adults.

Duration: 2 – 2.5 hours

Special programs

Special educational programs can be arranged on demand for all groups of visitors interested in specific natural science topics (high schools, faculties, ecological and other associations). One example of such programs is the educational program entitled Autochthonous Breeds in Lonjsko Polje Nature Park (covering Posavina horse, Turopolje pig and Slavonian-Syrmian-Podolian cattle).

Guided tours

These tours are available for group visits, and the itinerary is subject to arrangement between visitor groups and Park guides. Visiting times depend on the flood cycle.

White Stork in Čigoč

The program includes the following: arrival to the information center in Čigoč; a short lecture about storks; stork-spotting with binoculars; walk around the village and counting the nests; exploration of the courtyards led by an educational expert; filling out worksheets; visit to a traditional carpenter shop and souvenir stand.

After the visitors get acquainted with the European Stork Village, what follows is a trip to the floodwater retention zone of Lonjsko Polje at the village of Mužilovčica, taking approximately 10 minutes by bus. Visitors then go to the plain in a brief walk. In the plain, the expert guide will acquaint the visitors with the richness of the flora and fauna of the Nature Park. Visitors can observe and photograph the pastures with herds of horses, cattle and pigs.

Duration: 2 – 2.5 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: From April 1 until August 10

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Suitable footwear / rubber boots in case of bad weather; mosquito repellent; sun protection

Note: Adapted worksheets are available for the kindergarten age group, children not older than 12, and children not older than 18.

Krapje - Architectural Heritage Village

The program includes a short video material about the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park, a tour of the village of Krapje and wooden architecture of Posavina with a guide, and a 30-minute boat (raft) tour.

Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Suitable footwear / rubber boots in case of bad weather; mosquito repellent; sun protection

Note: Worksheets

Posavina Horse

Upon arriving to the Park information center in Čigoč or Krapje, visitors proceed to the Lonjsko Polje retention area at Mužilovčica or to Repušničko polje in the company of a guide/educator. That is the site where numerous herds of Posavina horses are kept on pasture. The Posavina horse, sometimes also referred to as the Croatian Posavac, is an autochthonous Croatian horse species.

Because of its physiological characteristics, this horse species spends a good part of the year in nature. It is adapted to wetland habitat conditions and challenging weather conditions. Harsh habitat conditions have made the Posavina horse undemanding, resistant and robust, while at the same time shaping its docile, affectionate and sociable character.

Duration: 2 – 2.5 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: From the beginning of April until the end of October

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Suitable footwear / rubber boots in case of bad weather; mosquito repellent; sun protection

Note: Worksheets

Amphibians

Upon arriving to the information center, visitors proceed to the wetland habitats of Lonjsko Polje in the company of a guide/educator. Croatia is home to twenty amphibian species, and as many as 16 of them can be found in the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park.

Amphibians depend on water in their life cycle, and the Nature Park is a genuine paradise for them. The abundance of pools, small and large marshes, old side arms of the Sava River and canals enable the survival of many amphibian species. Visitors who take part in this program get to learn about the life cycle, food and calls of species, and about the threats that they face. There is a lot of fun in observing the amphibians and solving practical assignments. 

Duration: 3 hours

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Suitable footwear / rubber boots in case of bad weather; mosquito repellent; sun protection

Note: Worksheets

Spoonbill – Bird with a Spoon

The program includes a tour of the Krapje Đol ornithological reserve with a professional guide, observation of birds and Podolian cattle from the old historical watchtower, and a 30-minute boat (raft) tour.

Duration: 2 – 2.5 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: From the beginning of April until the end of August

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Suitable footwear / rubber boots in case of bad weather; mosquito repellent; sun protection

Note: Worksheets

Lowland Riparian Forests

The main topic of this program is getting acquainted with the phenomenon of riparian forests in the Nature Park, with a particular emphasis of key tree species: pedunculate oak, narrow-leaved ash, European hornbeam, poplar and willow. The program is intended for senior elementary school grades, nature protection groups and high schools.

Duration: 3 – 3.5 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: From March to September

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Suitable footwear / rubber boots in case of bad weather; mosquito repellent; sun protection

Corncrake – Bird of Wet Meadows

The program is intended for senior elementary school grades, nature protection groups and high schools. Following a brief introductory presentation at the Nature Park information center, visitors proceed to field training in the company of a guide/educator. The training is performed in the grasslands of Lonjsko polje in the vicinity of the village of Repušnica, where natural corncrake habitats are located.

This is where participants fill out worksheets and cover various topics (how to recognize the most frequent plant and animal species in Lonjsko polje; invasive plant species; traditional cattle breeding; mowing techniques aimed at the protection of corncrakes; etc.).

Duration: 3 – 3.5 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: From mid-April to mid-September

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Suitable footwear / rubber boots in case of bad weather; mosquito repellent; sun protection

Note: Worksheets

Sava River

Upon arriving to the visitor center in Krapje, participants listen to a brief presentation of the Nature Park and get acquainted with the architectural heritage village. After that, visitors embark on the educational tourist raft Vodomar with a professional guide.

Enjoying the attractive river landscape of the natural course of the Sava River, visitors get acquainted with the key characteristics of Croatia's largest river: water level dynamics; geomorphological and tectonic processes; natural vegetation and animal world; use of the Sava River and its historical importance.

Duration: 2 – 2.5 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: From March 1 until October 30

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Suitable footwear / rubber boots in case of bad weather; mosquito repellent; sun protection

Note: This program can be combined with other educational programs. Worksheets are included as well.

Accommodation and catering

Private accommodation providers offer accommodation and cuisine based on local ingredients. Some establishments sell homemade organic products, and rental of bicycles and birdwatching equipment is also available.

Tourist family farm - Tradicije Čigoč

The facility offers accommodation, traditional cuisine, camping. Bike rental and boat rental are available.

Important information:

Number of rooms: 3
Number of beds: 6

Contact:

Owners: Ružica i Marko Barić
Čigoč 7a, 44 213 Kratečko 
Phone: 00385 (0)44 715 124
Web: www.tradicije-cigoc.hr
E-mail: mladen.baric@sk.t-com.hr

Tourist family farm - Ethno village Stara Lonja

The facility offers accommodation, traditional cuisine and recreation possibilities. Canoe rental is also available for up to 15 persons.

Important information:

Number of rooms/suites: 3 rooms and 1 suite
Number of beds: 8 

Contact:

Owners: Igor i Mladen Bojanić
Lonja 50, 44 213 Kratečko 
Phone/fax: 00385 (0)44 710 619 
Cell:

  • 00385 (0)91 505 5543
  • 00385 (0)91 525 4540 

E-mail: info@etnoselo-staralonja.com
Web: www.etnoselo-staralonja.com

Catering and tourism craft - Kod ribača

The facility offers traditional cuisine, with an emphasis on fish dishes. Accommodation is also available.

Important information:

Number of rooms: 10
Number of beds: 23 + 7

Contact:

Owner: Marijan Jurić
V. Nazora 14, 44 324 Jasenovac
Phone:  00385 (0)44 672 066
E-mail: gostionica.kod.ribica@gmail.com
Web: www.kod-ribica.com

Eco-ethno village - Strug

The facility offers traditional cuisine (indoor section can seat 70 persons, and open-air section can seat 60 persons). Accommodation is also available.

Important information:

Number of rooms: 10 
Number of beds: 20

Contact:

Owner: Željko Mlinarević
Plesmo 26, 44 325 Krapje
Phone:

  • 00385 (0)44 611 212
  • 00385 (0)44 611 215

E-mail: info@ekoetno-selo-strug.hr
Web: www.ekoetno-selo-strug.hr

Summer house - Palaić

The facility offers accommodation in suites. Visitors can use the kitchen. Various attractions are offered: ethnological collection; sport fishing; photo safari; boat tours; various sports opportunities.

Important information:

Number of rooms: 2
Number of beds: 4 + 2 additional beds

Contact:

Owners: Ljiljana i Marijan Palaić
Krapje 167, 44 324 Jasenovac
Phone: 00385 (0)44 540 921
Cell:

  • 00385 (0)91 566 4921 (Marijan)
  • 00385 (0)92 261 8010
  • 00385 (0)99 404 2099 (Ljiljana)

E-mail: info@sg-palaic.eu
Web: www.sg-palaic.eu

Rooms to let - Iža na trem

The facility offers accommodation. Visitors can use the kitchen.

Important information:

Number of beds: 8 (1/4 suite, 1/2 suite, 1/2 room)

Contact:

Owners: Snježana i Krunoslav Sever 
Čigoč 57, 44 213 Kratečko 
Phone: 00385 (0)44 715 167 
Web: www.iza-na-trem.hr 
E-mail: marko.sever@sk.t-com.hr 

Apartments - Kuvarna

The facility offers accommodation. Visitors can use the kitchen.

Important information:

Number of beds: 2

Contact:

Owner: Ivan Sever 
Čigoč 62, 44 213 Kratečko
Phone: 00385 (0)44 715 296

Eco-ethno tourism - Antolić

The facility offers accommodation. Visitors can use the kitchen. Bike rental is available, and visitors can engage in birdwatching and sport fishing.

Important information:

Number of beds: 4 + 2 additional beds, 2 suites

Contact:

Owner: Ankica Antolić
Drenov Bok 19, 44 325 Krapje
Phone: 00385 (0)1 386 1072 
Fax: 00385 (0)1 386 1072 
Cell:

  • 00385 (0)91 894 8588
  • 00385 (0)98 968 8810

E-mail: ankica.antolic@metromail.hr

Tourist family farm - Zvonimir

Number of beds: 5, suite

Contact:

Owner: Sonja Crnjak
Drenov Bok 74, 44 325 Krapje
Phone:

  • 00385 (0)44 611 016
  • 00385 (0)44 640 037

Cell: 00385 (0)91 788 5892

Tourist family farm - Veselić

The facility offers accommodation, traditional dishes, tasting and sale of homemade organic products.

Important information:

Number of rooms: 2 
Number of beds: 6 

Contact:

Owner: Ivan Veselić 
Mužilovčica 8, 44 213 Kratečko 
Phone: 00385 (0)44 776 228
Cell: 00385 (0)91 600 5439 
E-mail: opg.veselic@gmail.com

Apartments - Bojko

Number of beds: 5, suite

Contact: 

Owner: Damir Bojko
Puska 165, 44 325 Krapje
Phone: 00385 (0)44 601 302
Cell: 00385 (0)95 556 4347
E-mail: apartmani.bojko@gmail.com 
Web: www.apartmanibojko.com

Boarding house - Kod Nade

The facility offers accommodation and traditional cuisine.

Important information:

Number of beds: 14

Contact:

Mišićka 10, Potok, 44 317 Popovača
Phone: 00385 (0)44 652 288
Fax: 00385 (0)44 652 176
E-mail: pa-hermelin@sk.htnet.hr

Hotel - Panonija

Number of beds: 143

Contact:

I. Kukuljevića Sakcinskog 21, 44 000 Sisak
Phone: 00385 (0 44 515 600
Fax: 00385 (0)44 548 792
E-mail: hotel-panonija-recepcija@sk.hinet.hr
Web: www.hotel-panonija.hr 

Hotel - Kutina

Number of beds: 110

Contact:

Dubrovačka ulica bb, 44 320 Kutina
Phone: 00385 (0)44 692 400
Fax: 00385 (0)44 682 729
E-mail: danijela@hotel-kutina.hr
Web: www.hotel-kutina.hr 

Riding

Horse-riding route Horseback Ride through Wetland offers visitors a unique experience of Lonjsko polje, either by riding, or by taking a carriage tour when the hydrological conditions so permit. The route passes through dense forests, adding to the appeal of this activity.

Horseback route Horseback Ride through Wetland

The route begins at the visitor center in Repušnica, taking visitors to Vrbak and ending at the excursion site of Čeperlin. The first part of the route is a hard forest road leading along floodplain pastures. The second part is a dirt road leading taking visitors through the forest of narrow-leaved ash.
The horseback route takes approximately 5 hours (including the return). The route can also be used for carriage rides if the hydrological conditions so permit.

Attractions

Jasenovac Memorial Site /Memorial Museum

Jasenovac concentration camp was a systematically built concentration camp complex operational from 1941 until 1945. In order to ensure permanent memory of the victims of fascist terror in concentration camps Jasenovac and Stara Gradiška, the area of the former concentration camp was declared as the Jasenovac Memorial Site on July 1, 1968. The memorial site is dominated by a monument to the victims – a large stone flower designed by Bogdan Bogdanović.

The Memorial Museum keeps collections of items that belonged to the inmates and items that were used in the camp, together with original documents, photographs and memories. The newly opened educational center of the Jasenovac Memorial Site is intended for the education of youth.

Note:

Memorial Museum is open for visits from 7:00 till 17:00 on workdays and from 10:00 till 16:00 on weekends.

Sučić Family Ethnological Collection (Čigoč no. 34)

This collection grew out of the traditional items preserved by the family, coupled with gifts and purchases. Today, the collection contains approximately 400 various items connected with the life of the people of Posavina  and the ways in which they made their living at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.

The collection contains various traditional forms of ceramic and wooden vessels, woodworking and agricultural tools, items that were used for transport, fishing tools, etc. Examples of textile handicrafts are particularly valuable, including folk costumes, bed linen and towels decorated with the very elaborate Posavina embroidery. Visitors have the chance to purchase embroidered handicrafts, since the handloom is still in operation.

The collection is owned by Jagoda and Zlatko Sučić, and it is part of the Register of Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Croatia.

Ravlić Family Ethnological Collection (Mužilovčica no. 72)

This collection stands out for the degree of preservation of ethnographic items in the household inventory, folk apparel, tools and a number of other handicraft products of Posavina. There is also a separate collection of bells. Farm buildings are located next to the house: pigsty, henhouse, barn with hayloft, water well and outdoor kitchen. Picturesque oak buildings have decorated front facades. The house lot turns into an orchard with autochthonous apple, pear, plum and walnut varieties, and there is a playground for children too. There is also a vegetable garden, where plants are grown organically from home produced seed and with natural manure.

Visitors have the opportunity to taste traditional meals and drinks, and they can also take a boat tour of the Sava River meander at Mužilovčica.

The collection and house lot are owned by Zlata and Jakša Ravlić, and the site is part of the Register of Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Croatia.

Palaić Family Ethnological Collection (Krapje no. 48)

The architectural heritage village of Krapje is home to a rich ethnographic collection in the house and the accompanying property of the Palaić family. The collection includes over 170 items, mostly made from cloth, wood and ceramics. Ethnographic items are handicrafts made by self-taught members of various crafts and trades, typical for the way of life of the people of Lonjsko polje in the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century.

Particularly prominent items in the ethnographic collection are age-old forms of furniture, folk attire, accessories and tools for handloom weaving of textile. All of the items in the collection are highly valuable in terms of their ethnographic and educational value. In their entirety, they present the way of life, clothes, economy, knowledge and skills that characterized a typical family of the settlement of Krapje in the past. Most of the items are located in the traditional wooden two-storey house, a valuable example of the autochthonous traditional architecture of Posavina.

Information and Education Center Čigoč

The information center is located in a renovated wooden Posavina house, with a guide/educator at disposal to visitors, ready to provide a range of information about Čigoč and the Nature Park. There is a small traditional carpentry workshop on the ground floor, together with a souvenir shop and toilet facilities.

In addition to souvenirs, visitors can also purchase the tourist map of the area, as well as publications and various materials about the Park, expert literature, digital recordings, picture postcards, a guide for teachers, shirts, etc.

Educational program "White Stork in Čigoč" is held for announced visitor groups at the cart shed and in the courtyard.

Note:

The address of the center is Čigoč no. 26. Information is available at phone/fax 00385 (0)44 715 115.

Contact person is Mr. Davor Anzil; mobile: 00385 (0)98 222 085.

The center is open from March to October, from 9:00 till 16:00.

Visitor Center Krapje

The visitor center is located in the courtyard of a renovated single-storey wooden Posavina house, and it is open from April 1 until October 31. The visitor center has a multimedia room, and Nature Park tour guides / educators provide visitors with a range of information about the village of Krapje and the Nature Park. There is a small gallery space within the center, together with a souvenir shop, various interpretation facilities and educational games for the youngest visitors.

In addition to souvenirs, visitors can also purchase the tourist map of the area, as well as publications and various materials about the Park, including literature, digital recordings, picture postcards, teacher handbooks, shirts, etc.

The courtyard can be used for games and resting, and educational program "Krapje – Architectural Heritage Village" is held for announced visitor groups.

Note:

The address of the center is Krapje no. 18. Information is available by phone: 00385 (0)44 672 080.

The center is open throughout the year, from 9:00 till 16:00.

Village of Čigoč

The village of Čigoč is the best-known village in the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park. It is located next to what was once a meander of the Sava River, before it turned into a side arm called Tišina (Silence) after the river found a shorter route for its course. The map of Croatia from 1673 tells us that the original settlement of Čigoč (Tsigots) was located on an estate in Lonjsko polje, one kilometer away from its current location. Due to frequent flooding, wooden houses were built on pillars, and the roofs were covered in reed or wooden planks. For centuries, wide meadows and pastures have allowed the locals to keep autochthonous breeds of domestic animals, such as the Posavina horse and Turopolje pig, and water surfaces around Čigoč have always abounded with fish. Due to very many nests of white storks (Ciconia ciconia), the EuroNatur Foundation for nature protection declared the village of Čigoč as the first European stork village in 1994. On this occasion, every last Saturday in June, the Nature Park organizes a very popular traditional yearly event called Day of the European Stork Village Čigoč, together with the locals.

Čigoč has achieved a true symbiosis between man and nature. It is therefore no wonder that the European Association for Flowers and Landscape (AEFP) awarded Čigoč with the Entente Florale bronze plaque for its uniquely authentic cultural landscape in 2003.

Village of Mužilovčica

Mužilovčica is a typical village of the region of Posavina, built next to the former course of the Sava River that has turned into a pleasant side arm of the river, with centuries-old wooden houses reflecting in its green waters. The village was founded in the 18th century, during the times of the Croatian Military Border, following the expulsion of the Ottomans from the area. To a large extent, Mužilovčica has preserved its original village ambiance and traditional wooden architecture, and it is listed as site in the first category of protection by the Directorate of the Ministry of Culture for the Protection of Cultural Heritage.

Due to many swallows and house martins, Mužilovčica is also known as the village of swallows. Most of the population is engaged in traditional livestock breeding. Mužilovčica is also a village characterized by one of the most beautiful entrances to Lonjsko polje, with an impressive abundance of rare plant and animal species greeting visitors. The evening ritual of the return of herds of dairy cattle from pastures is truly a special experience. Today, Mužilovčica represents a vivid example of adaptation of man to hard living conditions in a type of floodplan area that has almost disappeared in Europe.

Village of Lonja

According to the oldest written records about the village, it was the nobleman Petar III Keglević who built the wooden fortress of Ustilonja on this spot in 1538, as the defense fortification guarding the citadel in Sisak. However, the Ottomans have soon conquered and destroyed the fortress. Lonja was the birthplace of the renowned Croatian priest and writer Blaž Modrošić Lonjanac in 1839. Today's parish church of the Holy Spirit was built in 1879.

The Lonja River reaches the area of the village and disappears in the surrounding wide wetland areas, without reaching the Sava River. There are very few places where one can enjoy this sort of landscape today, despite the fact that such landscape was typical of many Central European areas until the end of the 19th century. This landscape has been created by hardworking hands of the villagers of Posavina, coupled with traditional livestock breeding and floods. Since ancient times, the life of the locals has been marked by agriculture, cattle breeding and fishing.

Village of Krapje

The village of Krapje is located at the left bank of the Sava River. It is assumed that the settlement was founded following the retreat of the Ottomans from this area towards the end of the 17th century, when the Croatian population from the areas of the towns of Križevci and Sisak settled here. The name of the village of Krapje stems from the word krap – the local name for the carp species that was spawning in the Sava River and its side arms. The parish of the village of Krapje was founded in 1789, and today's parish church of St. Anthony of Padua was built in Classicist style in 1831. The village reached its peak in the second half of the 19th century, as can be seen from the demographic data. The example of Krapje shows how natural patinated wood has become the key recognizable element of the cultural landscape of Posavina, giving the settlement its unique colors.

Due to its very valuable core of old wooden houses, the village of Krapje became part of the Register of Cultural Heritage in 1990. It was also declared as architectural heritage village in 1995, on the occasion of the European Heritage Days. Tradition is still cherished and preserved in Krapje, as can be seen in the marking of the European Heritage Days every year in mid-September. The example of Krapje village renovation proves that the villages of Posavina can indeed be preserved, breeding new life into them instead of letting them face decline.

Chapel of St. Fabian and St. Sebastian

The chapel of St. Fabian and St. Sebastian is a religious, cultural and spiritual center of the village of Donja Gračenica. It is a symbol of the creative spirit of many anonymous carpenters from past generations still cherished in our memory. They built a wooden chapel that eventually turned into the core of the village in the middle of a vast oak forest. Built in 1718, the chapel represents a rare example of preserved wooden sacral architecture of the region of Moslavina. It was officially recognized as a monument of culture in 1964, and placed under the protection of the Conservation Institute in Zagreb. Since it was in poor condition at that time, the chapel was thoroughly renovated under the instructions of the Conservation Institute in the years that followed. The statue of Our Lady of Lourdes was also procured on the occasion of the renovation.
The small chapel is made of wood and covered in shingles. It has a valuable Baroque altar with the painting of the martyrdom of St. Sebastian. One hundred years after the construction of the chapel, sacristy was built next to it. In the chapel, there is a valuable painting depicting Jesus in the Garden of Bethlehem. When it comes to the story about the chapel of St. Fabian and St. Sebastian, oral tradition tells us the following: "It was in 1718 that a small chapel was built in Donja Gračenica marking the end of the plague and honoring St. Fabian and St. Sebastian, guardians against this disease. According to folk tales, the plague did not strike Donja Gračenica, although the neighboring villages were severely hit."

Osekovo – Roman complex Ciglenice

Classical antiquity sources provide almost no data about the area of today's Moslavina. However, it is assumed that this area already became incorporated into the Roman state system by the beginning of the 2nd century. Following the subjugation of the Pannonian tribes of Illyrians, a road network was organized with military camps built next to them, as well as villae rusticae and rural and urban settlements. The Roman site near the village of Osekovo covers over three hectares. Nowadays, there are no standing architectural remains on site, because the last such remains were removed when the wider area was turned into an arable land plot. After every ploughing, various items appear on the surface – stone fragments from the foundations; fragments of bricks; roof tiles; iron wedges, nails and keys...
Pottery is particularly prominent and diverse (in terms of shapes, colors and quality). It ranges from ordinary kitchen pottery made in domestic workshops to wonderful examples of luxurious terra sigillata imported into the area. Fragments of glass pots are also frequent, as well as exquisite jewelry items: rings, earrings, hairpins and fibulae (which had both utilitarian and decorative function). In the folk tradition, this site is also known as "the old brickyard". There is also a legend about the medieval church that the Ottomans destroyed, after which the construction material was transported by a "human chain", from hand to hand, to the place where it was used to build the present-day parish church of St. Anne in Osekovo.

Kutina – Church of Our Lady of Snow

After the Ottoman rule was overthrown in Moslavina in 1687, the Croatian population started resettling in the area. The construction of today's church began in 1729, and it took 20 years to build the church nave. The main altar is adorned with very elaborate ornaments and numerous sculptures. The stylistic and typological analysis of the altar points to the sculptor Josip Weinacht as its probable builder. As with most altars and statues in this part of Croatia, it was made of wood and later got a marble finish.
The church of Our Lady of Snow has two more valuable side altars: the altar of St. Peter and the altar of the Suffering Christ. There are also two stylistically autochthonous Baroque confessionals from 1761. The pulpit is a superb work by Franjo Anton Straub. It is not known who procured the pulpit and donated funds for it, but it could have been the counts of Erdödy. The pulpit was installed around the year 1761, and it was painted and gilded in 1765. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful pulpits of its time in the northwestern part of Croatia. Rich in sculptures, reliefs and ornaments, it is characterized by harmonious and proportional design.

Kutina – Museum of Moslavina, old manor of the Erdödy family

This former country manor of dukes Erdödy and Steiner was built in the mid-18th century, and it is one of the oldest buildings in Kutina. The rectangular Baroque manor has a small porch above the entrance on its eastern facade. Today, the manor houses the Museum of Moslavina, a complex museum establishment in charge of collecting, processing, presenting and publishing information of archaeological, cultural, historical and ethnographic heritage of the regions of Moslavina, Croatian Posavina and one part of western Slavonia.

The exhibition space of the Museum captures the attention of visitors with archaeological findings of various items from three historical eras: the prehistoric period, classical antiquity and the High Middle Ages. The oldest items found in the region date back to the 5th millennium B.C. Maps, photographs and original items presented in the culture and history section tell us about the economic, political, cultural and religious life of the inhabitants of Moslavina and Kutina in the course of the 19th and the 20th century. The ethnographic collection with exhibits from the same period is a testimony to the rich tangible and intangible cultural heritage, including traditional architecture, particularly valuable textile handicraft, economy, tools and various items used in rituals and dining.

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Open for visits from Tuesday to Friday, from 8:00 till 13:00.

Old Town of Sisak

Today's city of Sisak was known as Segestica in the pre-Roman period, and as Siscia during the times of the Roman Empire. It was a commercial and agricultural center of the area until the 16th century and the period of battles with the conquering Ottoman forces. It was then that the city of Sisak became the most important defense point of the northwestern part of Croatia. After many incursions, sieges and destruction, the Ottoman forces were stopped at the Old Town in Sisak, which prevented them from penetrating further towards other parts of Croatia, but also towards Central and Western Europe. The legendary Battle of Sisak took place on June 22, 1593, around the fortress of Sisak at the confluence of the rivers Kupa and Sava, today known as the Old Town. This site is an example of a Renaissance fortress, and it was built in 1544.

On June 14, 1593, the Ottomans encircled the fortress with approximately 12,000 warriors led by Hasan-paša Predojević. However, around 5,500 Croats led by viceroy Toma Bakač Erdödy managed to win against a much more numerous enemy after eight days of fighting. Today, the well-preserved fortress and its museum collection help us to search for the image of history as we ponder the origin and historical meaning of the site.

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The fortress is open for visits from May 15 until October 1: Tuesday to Friday from 12:00 till 18:00, and on weekends from 12:00 till 20:00.

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