Welcome to Osijek
The city suffered terribly in the 1990s from Serb shelling and pock-marks still scar some structures, but most of Osijek’s grand buildings have now been restored. A walk through town is an architectural feast, from the art nouveau frippery of secessionist mansions to fine baroque buildings squaring off across the plaza in the citadel area.
If buildings aren't enough, though, this regional capital also has the buzziest atmosphere you'll find east of Zagreb, boosted by a booming student population that pack out the cafes nightly. It makes for a enjoyable place to base yourself while exploring the wider region.