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Hungary / Croatia

The border region between Hungary and Croatia is not a traditional centre for tourism and therefore is a great place to go to get a real feel for these two countries. As the border largely follows the course of the River Drava, much of this section of the EuroVelo 13 - Iron Curtain Trail is on the banks of this attractive river.

The section between Hungary and Croatia initially starts on the Hungarian side, passing through the towns of Letenye (the centre of the surrounding wine-growing region) and Nagykanizsa (an important cross roads since Roman times) before heading south into Croatia. 

On the Croatian side of the border the route largely follows the course of the River Drava.  There are several significant settlements along this section including Koprivnica, Donji Miholjac (which includes two striking but relatively modern castles), and Batina where a huge monument almost 30 m in height commemorates the battle of Batina in 1944 where Soviet and Yugoslava forces freed the area from German control.   EuroVelo 13 eventually passes into the Danube-Drau National Park, popular with naturalists and sportsmen, where the route leaves Croatia.

From here there is a worthwhile excursion possible to the town of Mohács.  This is the site of one of the greatest tragedies in the history of Hungary, the Battle of Mohács in 1526, which led to the occupation of the country by Turkish troops.

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