The rooms of the Count Pejačević used to be reached through a secret passage. Allegedly, it was used by his female visitors in late night hours, while today you can reach this baroque castle housing the Virovitica City Museum by one of the attractive bridges: the Love Bridge, the Music Bridge, the Mirror Bridge, the Gymnasium Bridge and the Portal Bridge connecting the modern with the old part of the town, in the most beautiful way connecting the contemporary art atmosphere with the baroque and classicist architecture.
From whichever side you start, sooner or later the Noblemen Route of the Virovitica-Podravina County will take you to Virovitica, where the old baroque and the contemporary façades intertwine. Among the latter ones, there is the one in Schubert red and blue, nuances in which the first lady of the Croatian transavantgarde, Edita Schubert of Virovitica, made her creations. After sightseeing in Virovitica, you will enjoy some rest in the Janković Manor in Kapela Dvor, a former country estate of the noblemen from Suhopolje that today is a four star heritage hotel. All in the style of noblemen, from the breakfast to the most delicious delicacies perfectly matching with Slatinski biser (the Slatina pearl), the first Croatian sparkling wine dating back to 1864, at the estate of the German Count Georg Wilhelm Schaumburg-Lippe in Slatina.
Not far from Slatina, there is the Pustara Višnjica, an oasis of peace, a place where you return to nature, a good anti-stress therapy choice. Here you can do some horseback riding, ride in a carriage, groom horses, help in the stable, walk, feed the deer, ride a bicycle, take part in gastronomic or painting workshops, while all of which growing in the fertile land is prepared in the restaurant. You could lick your fingers.
The Informative and Educational Centre and Dravska priča hostel (Drava Story) in Noskovci used to be a summer cottage of Count Drašković. A world of owls, a world of fish, amphibians and reptiles, the song of birds, rich flora, a corner for butterflies, the Drava forests of fairies and elves, an educational trail on the embankment of the river, Dravi u zagrljaj (Hugged by the Drava) – are only a small portion of what awaits you there.
The story on the Noblemen Route in the Virovitica-Podravina County cannot end without the Visitors’ Centre – the Janković Castle in Suhopolje. This impressive renovated building from the mid-18th century with 15 modern rooms, a multimedia exhibition hall and a 5D cinema is an excellent starting point to research the beauties of the Virovitica-Podravina County, a place where Podravina and Slavonia meet.
Bike routes, the attractive Bilogora mountain, the picturesque Papuk mountain, the powerful Drava, the sacral heritage, birdwatching, hunting and fishing, a gourmet paradise, excellent wines and craft beer… In a few words – a nobleman’s vacation to be remembered!