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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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  • Mohács, Hungary

    The main attraction of Mohács is the “Busójárás” (or “Poklade” in Croatian), a local festival which takes place every February. The local people - known as Busós - dress up in their traditional wooden masks and costumes. They cross the Danube to burn the coffin of Winter on a bonfire in the main square of Mohács. The festival has been included on UNESCO's list of Cultural and Spiritual Heritage. The Busó Court offers a year-round exhibition, local craftsmen’s workshops and tourist information centre.

  • Villány-Siklós Wine Route, Hungary

    Villány-Siklós is the southernmost wine region of Hungary, covering an area of about 2.000 hectares. It is one of the sunniest wine districts of the country, primarily known for its red wines. The treasures of the region include the protected streets of cellars in Palkonya, Villánykövesd, Villány, Nagyharsány and Kisharsány, as well as the cellars and press houses scattered around the vineyards of Siklós. There are several suggested cycling trips in the area with cycling friendly accommodation, services and bike-rental shops also available. This wonderful environment is a perfect place for those who like to combine cycling with sightseeing, culinary delights and traditional culture.

  • Regional Gastronomy, Koprivnica

    The fertile Drava valley has always been the home of good, locally produced food. Indeed, the food processing company of Podravka Inc. has long been using local produce as the basis of its internationally recognised brands. Traditional cuisine includes turkey with 'mlinci', which is a traditional pasta typically eaten during the holidays. Also worth looking for is Bregovska pita ( the 'Bregi village pie'), which unites many of the excellent ingredients to be found in the region - apples, walnuts, raisins, poppy seeds, honey and fresh cottage cheese - into a delicious dessert.

  • Mura-Drava Rivers, Hungary / Croatia

    The landscape along the rivers Mura and Drava has retained its abudant biological diversity owing to the limited human activity during the years when it formed part of the Iron Curtain. It is the basis of Regional park Mura-Drava (Croatia) and the Danube-Drava National Park (Hungary), which includes about 137 thousand hectares ha of varied riparian landscape: woods, meadows, river banks, sandbars, fields and sparsely populated villages. River branches, meanders and backwaters form the habitat of a rich population of fish (over 70 species) and birds. The highlight of this area is where the Mura-Drava Rivers meet, near the village of Legrad (Croatia) and Őrtilos (Hungary). The area is often referred as "Croatian Amazon".

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