Pustara Višnjica: green peace

The reconstruction of Pustara Višnjica is based on the tradition of the former agricultural property and the implementation of ecology, organic agriculture, preservation of biodiversity and tourism in sustainable development. The renewal of the Višnjica pustara in the segment of the entire county and wide Croatian tourist offer is an important component of the economic, social, ecological development of the rural environment as a new tourist destination. In a qualitative sense, this means reviving the depopulation area, preserving tradition, increasing employment, faster development of housing culture, and involving the widest segment of the population in developing tourism flows. Return to nature and the original values of a healthy lifestyle, through etnoturism and the connection of the oldest economic branch – agriculture with a very promising activity – with tourism, is the basis for economically sustainable development and renewal of the Pustara Višnjica.

Pustara (Hun. Puzsta) means extensive land for livestock breeding, primarily horse breeding. The Pustare were forms of organized and planned urban collective housing specific for Slavonia and Baranja and Hungary during the 18th and 19th centuries. They were surrounded by endless Slavonian plains owned by noble families, and settled there with landless peasants who knew various crafts related to horses and cattle breeding and processing of land. In Slavonia and Baranja there were more than a hundred and today, as a unique entity, only the Pustara Višnjica. The first written record is related to the purchase of Višnjica.  Year 1841.  Schaumburg-Lippe’s Principality’s Family bought Pustara Višnjica from Pejačević’s family from Virovitica. Pejačević  German princes of Schaumburg-Lippe inherited Pejačević with which continued the development of the entire region. From the Schaumburg-Lippe family, the property was bought by the Drašković family, which made Višnjica one of the most advanced agricultural goods in Slavonia.

Horse farm Today, there are about seventy horses, mostly Quarter and Paint breeds. The core of the stud makes twenty genetically the most valuable mares and two stallions whose value is proven in winning in international competitions and winning the European title. Stud possession also has horses for riding and pony horses for children. On average, each year the number of horses increased by ten foals. Pustara Višnjica has a rich offer suitable for the season. To the guests and visitors are offered the following services: day trips in the Papuk Nature Park, trips to the Drava River, horseback riding, riding four wheelers, paintball, cycling, various workshops and other activities appropriate to the season (harvest festivities, outdoor games for children, etc.).

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