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Puskas, sokac cottage and the ban hill

Category: Nature | Date: 25.06.2014.

The Danube in Topolje or the Puskas is 10 kilometers long and covers an area of 247-280 acres, depending on how high the water level is. It was the former Danube branch approx. 150 years ago, when the Austro-Hungarian Empire decided that due to the frequent flooding the flow of the river should be regulated, which flooded the shore and took the fertile soil of the farmers. At Draz with the installation of the dam the Danube runs is towards Batina so the Danube of Topolje extends west and north of from Dráz up to Gajic and Topolje until the Hungarian border, where it enters Hungary. Its banks are covered with reed and sedge and it’s an ideal nesting place for waterfowl and spawning place for various fish species, which find the right conditions for reproduction and development here.

The sandy bottom, 10-15 meter deep river is a favorable place for perch fishing. The depth of the river is eight meters in the area.

Thanks to this large body of water farmers managed to establish six fishing businesses.

Puskas is a destination for many hikers and anglers. It abounds in white fish; carp, sander, pike but at the bottom of river giant catfish live as well. Therefore fishing tournaments are organized. I

f you want to try your luck at fishing, in Topolje you may purchase a daily permit. And there is no catch limit.

Soon in Puskas this part of Europe's largest fishing track will be finished, which will be 1300 km long. It will start at the fisherman's house in Dráz, along the coast the entire section will be paved, so the two villages can be connected with a trip. Stalls will be set up along the way.

Puskas is the ideal place for fishing for several days, because it is completely isolated from the hustle and bustle of civilization. Nonetheless, the connections of communication here work so well, that if urgent help is needed one can quickly return to civilization.

A modestly furnished beach has been developed here, which simply means an easier access to the water for swimmers. This is the Robinson Island of lovers. Those who wish to surround themselves with solitude and silence, well, for them it is the ideal place to re-energize.

And speaking of Topolje, the Sokac House is a must-see. Why? Because, at least for a moment you can return to your childhood, take a look at your grandmother's rich cabinets; soak up the atmosphere of the past. The Sokac cottage is a real time machine. There's a small folk, and traditional family inheritance collection. A look to the past and to the rural life, that existed one hundred years ago. On the ground floor there is a large barn with an exhibition from seeds and pieces of clothing. You can see the process of cloth making starting from the stages of cannabis and linen up to completed fabric and the traditional costume. An exhibition was set up in the attic from the late photographer's documents.

The richness of the Sokadija in Topolje has been recognized early by Osijek- Baranja County. The Local Tourism Association, together with the Hungarian one established a common cultural and tourism investment in the Sokac House.

In the warmth of the Sokac house, with the help of the exhibited folk costumes we can get an insight into the past. A number of domestic and foreign tourists have been here. The house has already been part of several television programs. Come and enjoy it with us!

Contact: Antiques Enthusiasts Association of Osijek-Baranja.

Address: Topolje; 31304 Duboševica, phone number: 031/737-213,,


Ban hair, or the Ban Hill is situated on the northern tip of the Baranja Ban triangle with Beli Manastir and Batina, between the gentle folds and flat land all around. Its southern neighbors are the Dalyan Hills. Ban hill lies there like a lonely stray rock, which has been left behind by the Pannonian Sea. With its more than 200-meter peak and on the other side of it with the Danube, near and far is a unique hill in Vojvodina. Once it provided shelter against their Turkish invaders, but today many people spend their vacation here. Holiday homes, cellars can be found on the mountain.

Even the ancient Romans appreciated the gentle hillside, especially the southern slopes. Probiusa created the first vineyard in Osijek-Baranja during his reign. The hill was named "Gold Hill", after the "golden" droplets of grapes grown here.

But this hill or mountain, however you call it, has already attracted the interest of people even prior to the Roman Empire. Near Batina graves have been excavated from around the Bronze and Iron Age. The discovery dates back to the 7th century BC, before this discovery of the Greek archeologists, the group of people living here had been known as the "Daly" people. On the north side of the Ban Hill there are vineyards on the south side there are Sokac villages, which have many memories linked to the mountain.

On the northern slopes at the foot of Popovac there is the Lurdi Mary's shrine, which once appeared for a married woman whose husband was at the First World War. This is actually the only Mary sanctuary in Osijek-Baranja, where the people of Baranja pay a visit on the day of Assumption of the Virgin Mary.

Lately, thanks to the EU pre-accession funds, in Osijek-Baranja county wine roads established on the Ban Hill, aimed at the development of tourism, has now reached higher levels. In the near future another major project is being planned, the Turkish route, which will connect to Beli Manastir and to Batina. Obviously, through the hill.

A few years back on the Ban Hill each summer trekking races have been held. You should be aware that there are mountains In Osijek-Baranja! All participants will receive a free T-shirt and tourist leaflets on wine and gastronomic options.