„Ave!“ , Vinkovci salutes you, the only city in Croatia where two Roman emperors were born!
Vinkovci is located on the bank of river Bosut, and owing to its favourable position, it is the area where cultures have been inheriting one another since Early Stone Age up to present.
And so in these modern times we are discovering numerous traces that the past civilizations had left to us. Among the most significant of those traces is the Orion - the oldest Indo-European calendar discovered in Vinkovci, and which is being kept at Vinkovci City Museum.
We strongly recommend a tour of the Museum, as well as the streets of Vinkovci: from the site of discovery of the Orion, through Roman baths and the medieval centre of the City, where the remains of the St. Elias church are located, to the Baroque centre which is crowned by the Gymnasium building, the St. Eusebius and Polion church, the City park, and the Brod Municipality building.
Vinkovci is the city best known for the "Vinkovačke jeseni" (Vinkovci Autumn): an event whose purpose is to show and preserve the richness of folklore, song, dance, as well as good rakija (plum brandy) and rich table, and which is held each year on the third weekend in September.
The event through which one strives to achieve the recognition of the Roman era, during which Vinkovci - Colonia Aurelia Cibalae - used to be quite a noteworthy settlement, is the "Rimski dani u Cibalama" (Roman Days in Cibalae). So for that purpose, half the May becomes the period of Roman rule, and the visitors are able to purchase Roman toys, attend some of the workshops at which they can learn to write on Roman tablets, watch some of the Roman games or even participate in them, and of course, experience the Roman cuisine, and have a photograph of them taken with the Roman Emperor.
Therefore - do come to Vinkovci, and take a walk through Europe's oldest city! We await you!