The River Drava
About Drava River
The Drava River, also know in German as Drau or in Hungarian as Dráva, is a river that flows through the southern parts of Central Europe. The Drava River links five countries on its 725 km course from the Italian Alps to its confluence with the Danube. The first short stretch lies in Italy, then the Drava flows across Austria and Slovenia into Croatia .
Further downstream it forms the basis of the border between Croatia and Hungary before meeting the Danube near Osijek. Sections of the Drava in Hungary and Croatia are some of the most natural and unspoiled waters in Europe , hosting many rare species. The Drava flows through Austrian towns of Lienz, Spittal an der Drau, Villach, and Ferlach.
In Slovenia, it flows through towns of Dravograd, Vuzenica, Muta, Ruše, Maribor, Ptuj, and Ormož. In Croatia Varaždin and Osijek. Barcs is the town that lies on Drava in Hungary. The Drava is navigable for about 100 kilometres from Čađavica in Croatia to Osijek, where is joins Dunav.. Drava's tributaries are: River Gail in Austria, River Mislinja and River Dravinja in Slovenia. In Croatia River Bednja and River Mur are it's tributaries too.
Valley of Drava River
The 720-kilometres-long River Drava connects the countries and cultures from the Italian Alps in South Tyrol, Austrian Pustertal valley and the Slovenian Alps all the way to the middle European Pannonian valley. After it passes through Croatia and the southern Hungarian border, and is strengthened by the waters of River Mura, it joins the great Danube near the town of Osijek. Along this route, the River Drava also passes through the area from Donji Miholjac to Belišce, which has encouraged the Donji Miholjac Tourist Board to put together a project called “Drava Valley Pearls”.
The project’s aim is to learn about the cultural and tourist heritage of the Drava valley, the protection of the coastline, the improvement of the conditions regarding the quality of tourist accommodation and the social community, the presentation of eno-gastronomy to tourists, as well as the promotion and presentation of local, indigenous products that can be found along the Drava valley. It is foreseen that the entire project will be carried out on the right bank of the River Drava, along the border with Hungary, Donji Miholjac and the towns of Sveti Ðurad, Podgajci Podravski, Rakitovica and Miholjacki Porec.
An adventurous trip for visitors along the River Drava is planned in the program, as well as scout excursions and camping. Local family households will offer the possibility to taste blackberry wine, to go on a tour of the hazelnut plantation, to taste goat cheese etc. In terms of cultural, sacral and natural heritage, the castles Prandau-Mailath will be made available to tourists, as well as the monument of Franz Joseph I, six churches, and a sheltered park etc. (Donji Miholjac Tourist Board www.tz-donjimiholjac.hr )