If you want to experience pristine nature, nature in full beauty, but also nature ruthless and fierce, then visit Kopački rit. There you will face both the beauty of birth and the sadness of dying. Everything that nature can show in its endless diversity, you will find in the forests and waters of Kopački rit, which many call European Amazon.
Baranja is one of the most popular destinations in eastern Croatia, which is becoming an absolute hit. If you visit Baranja, the unmissable location must be i Kopački rit. This natural phenomenon is one of the most important, largest and most attractive preserved original wetlands in Europe.
The world-famous Kopački rit nature reserve is the largest natural fish hatchery, an ideal place for vacation and a favorite place for adventurers, especially for fishermen and hunters. It is home to thousands of roe deer, the famous Belje capital deer, wild boar and feathered game.
Around the year stays here 270 bird species and it is a real ornithological paradise, which can be reached quickly and easily by good roads and through direct observation, you can see the beauty and richness of the preserved nature from an attractive boat on the Kopačevsko lake.
The heart of the Danube
You can visit the Kopački rit nature park in several ways. With an earlier reservation at the Reception Center, you can get to know the park by tourist train, boat, boat, bicycle and on foot. Start your walk in the park on the educational trail along Mali Sakadaš lake to the pier for ships and boats on Veliki Sakadaš lake. Otherwise, it is interesting that the promenade that rises from the swamp on wooden logs was built on the model of the "Majestic Bridge" of Emperor Sulejman the Magnificent, which was set on fire in battle by the Croatian general, Prince Nikola Šubić Zrinski in 1663.
One of the most attractive ways to get to know the park is by boat through two canals, from Lake Veliki Sakadaš in the direction of the Danube and Drava rivers accompanied by a guide. This form of driving through the park will give you the opportunity to get to know the park's flora and fauna in more detail, as you will go deeper into the park. For example, the path along the Čonakut canal, which is the Hungarian name for "boat path", leads through floodplain meadows and forests (ritom) all the way to the magnificent Kopački lake.
The story surrounding Kopački jezera is also interesting because the lake is located on the same level as the geographical center of the European Danube region. It is exactly in the middle of the Danube, which runs from the Black Forest to the Black Sea for a length of 2860 kilometers. In certain weather conditions, with a favorable water level, the lake takes the shape of a heart. This is precisely why Kopački rit is called the "Heart of the Danube". By the way, it is also the slogan of the park the Heart of the Danube.
Kopački rit is internationally recorded and inscribed in the list of internationally important wetlands
Kopački rit is a natural wetland reserve that was created at the confluence of the Drava and Danube rivers with a flood area of about 17.000 hectares. Back in 1967, it was declared a protected area, and in 1976, a reserve. The reason for this is the fact that about 40 species of freshwater fish live in it. The most famous are, of course, carp, pike, catfish, perch, bream, tench, bream, bream. But on the other hand, this is one of the largest natural hatcheries in Central Europe.
The eye lives here 267 species of waterfowl among which the golden eagle, black stork, white heron, tern, gak-cuckoo, various types of wild ducks, wild geese, white swan are particularly valuable and interesting.
Vast reeds, swamps and ponds are the ideal habitat for the well-known Baranja deer, roe deer, wild boar, and wild cats. The usual inhabitants of this Baranja pearl of nature are the rabbit, fox, badger, pheasant and marten.
Source: Tourist Board of Osijek-Baranja County