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Slavonski Brod

Slavonski Brod (earlier name Brod na Savi) is a town in Croatia. It is a river port on the Sava river in the region of Slavonia, 197 km southeast of Zagreb; elevation 96 m; population 55,594 (2001). The town developed at the strategically important crossing over the Sava river toward Bosanski Brod in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Economy is based on farming, viticulture, fruit growing, metal-processing (locomotives, wagons, bridge structures), wood (furniture, parquetry), textiles (ready-made), leather, foodstuffs (brewery), building material (lime) and printing industries. Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. Slavonski Brod is located on the highway (M1, E70) Zagreb Lipovac and the railroad Zagreb Vinkovci.

Slavonski Brod is an important intersection of the Posavina part of the highway and a railway junction. It lies on the bank of the Sava river and has important cultural heritage: a fortress, a military and spiritual centre (the Franciscan monastery with a rich library). The most important annual cultural event in the town is the children's festival "In the World of the Fairy Tales of Ivana Brlic Mazuranic" (in April and May). It consists of performances for children, theatre performances, etc. The Brod Round Dance, an annual show of original folklore, is held in mid-June, while the Festival of Patriotic Folk Songs takes place in May. The "Sava" colony cherishes the tradition of watercolour painting.

In the immediate surroundings of the town there are interesting hunting grounds (Migalovci), fishponds (Jelas Polje), a lake (Petnja), nice orchards and vineyards, Dilj Gora Mountain, swimming opportunities, etc. Visitors are offered a number of sports grounds in the town and its surroundings.