Vinkovci - intersectionof cultures

8,000 years of history from Croatia

04/22/16 - 09/18/16

Vinkovci (Eng. Winkowzi), a city in eastern Croatia with around 35,000 inhabitants, does not reveal its treasures at first glance. A typical Pannonian city nestling on the banks of the leisurely flowing Bosut. Boring? Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that! The special thing about the city lies in its soil. Archaeologists are hiding evidence of bygone cultures here, with names as strange as the Sopot, Vučedol orbeliš cultures. People have been settling in and around Vinkovci for 8,000 years – not many cities in Europe can claim that.

The Danube Swabian Central Museum made its rooms available for the guest exhibition of a partner museum for the first time. The Vinkovci City Museum presented itself in Ulm with around 50 original exhibits and numerous replicas from its collection. Below is a vessel from the Copper Age, decorated with mysterious symbols. Maybe an early calendar? The exhibits told of the first farmers in south-eastern Europe, of everyday life in the Roman Colonia Aurelia Cibalae and of settlement by Slavs in the early Middle Ages. In Vinkovci there are also traces of the time of the Turkish wars and evidence of the German population who lived here from the 18th century until the end of the Second World War.