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Bilje (Hungarian: Bellye) is a small place and the seat of the municipality located in Baranja, only 5 km from the city of Osijek. It is located in the historic region of Baranja, which is bordered by two rivers, the Danube and the Drava. There are a little bit more than 5,000 inhabitants in the whole municipality in 8 settlements: Bilje, Kopačevo, Kozjak, Lug, Podunavlje, Tikveš, Vardarac, and Zlatna Greda. Most of the population is engaged in agriculture, but thanks to natural and cultural attractions are increasingly turning to tourism and offer accommodation in their households where you can experience the rich culture of this area and try local specialties such as fish stew, kulen, and many others. The most interesting sights are certainly the Kopački rit nature park, the Eugene of Savoy castle, and the Tikveš castle complex. Kopački rit is the oldest nature park in Croatia, founded in 1976. It is one of the largest fluvial-wetland lowlands in Europe and the most important ornithological reserve in Croatia. It is formed by ...
...the flooding of the Drava and Danube rivers during the spring due to the melting of snow from the Alps. It is possible to visit the park in a small part on foot along an educational trail, but we recommend sightseeing by boat to experience the true wilderness and observe the many plant and animal species. The Hunting Castle of Eugene of Savoy was built in the 18th century by the Austrian military leader Karl Eugen of Croy, known as Prince Eugene of Savoy. The castle was built in the Baroque style, and although it is awaiting restoration and better days, it is still worth seeing because of its beauty. Tikveš castle was built in the spirit of Romantic historicism in the second half of the 19th century and was the hunting center of noble families, and later Josip Broz - Tito. Today, unfortunately, it is in poor condition and awaits restoration, but it is worth a visit because it is surrounded by a beautiful forest park right next to Kopački rit. This whole area has an extremely rich gastronomic and natural heritage and cultural and historical heritage. Numerous events are held here, such as the International Ethno Meetings in Bilje, Fishermen's Days in Kopačevo, Paprika Fest in Lug, and many others. Baranja and Bilje are worth visiting because here you can experience a unique combination of man and nature, tradition and modernity, and the increasingly sought-after rural and agritourism.