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DARUVAR

Over the centuries, the Daruvar area has been inhabited by people from various areas, so even today, members of about 20 nations live in the area, mostly Croats, Czechs, and Serbs. Don't be surprised if while walking through town you often hear the local people speaking Czech.

A holiday at the hot springs Perhaps Daruvar hasn't been on your top ten list of destinations to spend your vacation in. But how well do you truly know what is hidden in that city, whose name in Hungarian translates to "the Crane's city" or the "Castle of the Crane"?

Photos: The Central Mud Bath in Julijev Park (top left); the "Bather", a symbol of Daruvar and the Daruvar Spa (top right).

Written by: Željka Kunštek Photos: archive of Daruvar - Papuk Tourist Board and archive of Daruvar Spa

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t was given the name by Count Antun Janković, who is responsible for the appearance of Daruvar, after he built a castle there. The people of Daruvar will gladly tell you how the count had the first trees planted in Julijev Park, today the central city oasis and one of the oldest healing garden parks in continental Croatia. It contains around 60 different plant species, amongst which you can find a plane tree, wild chestnut, and hornbeam from 1762. A walk through this Baroque park will reveal a lot about this primarily spa-oriented city located at therapeutic hot springs.

Baths and villas Although presently the baths in the park are unfortunately closed to the public, nothing can stop you from walking

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through them and 'listening' to their story. Start from Antun's baths, the first bathhouse in the park, which was once the bathing spot for regular folk. In front of it is the therapeutic hot spring (43°C), which can be drunk, and if you wish, you can also put a teabag in it. You will recognize Ivanovo vrelo, better known as the "Wishing Well", for its round pool, surrounded by a metal fence. Today, visitors toss coins for good luck and fulfilled wishes into the pool, where the water temperature also exceeds 40°C. In front of the restaurant in the park, in the deep shade of the trees, you will also come across Marija's bath. Although the spring has been sealed off, it is recognizable for its elliptical shape, and its protective iron fence. Still, the most recognizable building, and also the symbol of the city spa, is the Central Mud

tip Travel magazine Croatia 006 (English edition) 06-07/2014  

Labin | Rabac | Losinj | Sisak | Sveta Nedelja | Sveti Ivan Zelina | Opatija | Daruvar | Durdevac | Zagreb | Amsterdam |

tip Travel magazine Croatia 006 (English edition) 06-07/2014  

Labin | Rabac | Losinj | Sisak | Sveta Nedelja | Sveti Ivan Zelina | Opatija | Daruvar | Durdevac | Zagreb | Amsterdam |