SLAVONSKI BROD (earlier name Brod na Savi), a town
and river port on the Sava river in the region of Slavonia, 197
km southeast of Zagreb; elevation 96 m; population 63,268. The town
developed at the strategically important crossing over the Sava
river toward Bosanski Brod, i.e. Bosnia and Herzegovina. Economy
is based on farming, viticulture, fruit growing, metal-processing
(locomotives, wagons, bridge structures), wood (furniture, parquet),
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.