A town on the northern slopes of Bilogora Mountain
in the region of Podravina, 44 km southeast of Koprivnica; elevation
122 m; population 16,167. Economy is based on farming, livestock
breeding, forestry, foodstuffs (sugar refinery, production of vinegar,
ethyl alcohol, alcoholic drinks, animal fodder), wood and timber
(furniture, moulds), metal-processing (fittings, tools, casts),
leather (footwear), building material, tobacco processing and printing
industries. Cultural institutions: the theatre and the town museum.
Virovitica is located at the intersection of the main roads (M3)
Varazdin Koprivnica Osijek and (M16.01) Novska Virovitica state
border Barcs. It is also the railway junction of the routes Zagreb
Koprivnica Osijek and Banova Jaruga Daruvar Virovitica.
Virovitica is an important place in transit tourism
because of the intersection of several roads and the railway junction.
The town is dominated by the Pejacevic castle; the Baroque-style
park next to the castle, arranged at the end of the 18th and the
beginning of the 19th century, is a horticultural monument. There
are several attractive excursion destinations in the immediate vicinity
of Virovitica, the most interesting of them being large fishponds
in Razbojiste at the foot of Bilogora Mountain and Milanovac on
the wine-growing hills of Bilogora. This mountain also provides
excellent hunting grounds (high and small game), while small game
hunting and angling are possible along the Drava river.