Kopački Rit (Kopački Tršćak), is a nature park in eastern Croatia
in municipalities of
Bilje and Kneževi Vinogradi. It is located
northwest of the confluence of the
Drava and the Danube, situated at
the border with Serbia. It comprises many backwaters and ponds along
the Danube. It is one of the most important, largest and most
attractive preserved intact wetlands in Europe.
1 Fauna & Flora
3 See also
4 External links
Fauna & Flora
Kopački rit water lilies and reeds
A part of
Kopački Rit has been designated as a zoological reserve.
Around 260 various bird species nest here (wild geese and ducks, great
white egret, white stork, black stork, white-tailed eagle, crows,
coots, gulls, terns, kingfishers, European green woodpecker, etc.),
and there are many other species using this area as a temporary
shelter on migration from the northern, cooler regions to the
southern, warmer areas and vice versa.
There are 40-odd fish species (pike, ide, tench, bream, carp, catfish,
pike-perch, perch, etc.). Several various mammal species inhabit the
land (red deer, roe deer, wild boar, wild cat, pine marten, stone
marten, weasel, sable, otter, etc.). Daily passes can be purchased at
the visitors center.
Kopački Rit also has over 140 recorded species of plant—some of
which are very rare and only found in a few places in Croatia. Notable
species include white water lilies (lat. nyphaea alba), irises (lat.
iris variegata); azola, black sedge (lat. carex nigra), reeds (lat.
phragmites australis); siberian cattail; laxmannov cattail (lat. typha
laxmannii); and vodoljub (lat. Butomus umbellatus).
Kopački rit cafe and visitors center
The proximity of the big city of
Osijek and its surroundings, as well
as excellent communications (by road, railway, plane and ship) enable
a high visiting rate. The beauty of "intact" nature, the multitude of
waters, flora and fauna attract not only excursionists and visitors
but also many experts and scientists from the whole of Europe.
Guided tourist visits by panoramic ships, boats, team of horses or on
foot are available. Some packages offer the possibility of
photographing or video-recording animals, birds in particular.
Angling and hunting are allowed in certain parts of Kopački Rit,
which are put under less strict protection such as Vemeljski Dunavac,
Danube river, Podunavlje channels, and the area by the Zlatna greda
The international bicycle routes "Pannonian Peace Route" and "Danube
Route" lead through Kopački Rit, which has become the first centre
for cycle-tourists in Croatia. Bikes are also available for rent
through the visitors center.
Ekološko društvo Zeleni Osijek
Coordinates: 45°37′51″N 18°53′31″E / 45.63083°N
18.89194°E / 45.63083; 18.89194
Protected areas of Croatia
Hydrography of Croatia