Valpovo


Valpovo

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Valpovo
native_name =
website = [http://www.valpovo.hr Grad Valpovo]



image_caption = Valpovo Castle
location
label=Valpovo|position=left|lat=45.66|long=18.42


map_caption =
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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = Croatia
subdivision_type1 = County
subdivision_name1 = Osijek-Baranja
area_total_sq_mi =
area_total_km2 = 143
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Leon Žulj
population_as_of = 2001
population_total = 12,327
timezone = CET
utc_offset = +1
timezone_DST =
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elevation_m = 91
latitude = 45.66
longitude = 18.42

Valpovo (Hungarian "Valpó") is a town in Slavonia, Croatia. It is close to the Drava river in the region of Slavonia, 25 km northwest of Osijek, altitude 91 m, with a population of 7,904, and a total of 12,327 in the municipality, absolute majority who are Croats (census 2001).

Economy

Economy is based on farming, livestock breeding, forestry, wood and timber and foodstuffs industries; close to the town are oil and natural gas deposits. Valpovo lies on a regional road that connects it to Osijek and Donji Miholjac, as well a road to Belišće.

Attractions

Located close to the banks of the Drava river (5 km), Valpovo was an ancient dwelling of feudal families. Major tourist attraction include important cultural and historical heritage, (remains of a mediaeval fortification, the old brickwork bridge, churches) and a landscaped park, protected as a horticultural monument. Count Normann-Prandau had magificent palace in Valpovo. Palace was rebuilt seven times. Count has planted 121 herbal sorts on 250.000 square meters. Valpovo's park is one of the most beautiful in Europe.

The most important annual event is the Valpovo Summer, attended by a number of cultural clubs with folklore, music, theatrical and other performances.

Angling opportunities are provided on the nearby rivers Karašica, Vučica, Drava, as well as on lakes and fishponds; hunting grounds are offered nearby. Slavonian specialities, venison and freshwater fish, and quality wines add to the visitor opportunities of the Valpovo region.

External links

* [http://www.valpovo.hr/ Official site]


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