Kick-off meeting of the Project Bicycle Oasis

On April 19 in the city hall was held strting conference for Project Bicycle Oasis, which is financed from the IPA Cross-border Co-operation Programme Hungary-Croatia. The total value of the project is 599,809 euros, for Koprivnica, as the lead beneficiary, 305 403 euros and for the project partner, the Hungarian City of Heviz 294,406 euros.

Heviz was presented by Jozsef Janos Kepli, Andrea Molnar, Otto Vasas, Gabor Sallai and Istvan Hegedus, and mayor Gabor Papp give welcoming speech. In front of City of Koprivnica present welcomed Helena Hećimović advisor of the deputy mayor and both Croatia and Hungary concluded that this project is only the beginning of a long-term cooperation.

Vedrana Knežević, project manager, gave a presentation that showed the goals of the project as well as plans and obligations of Koprivnica. The main idea of the project is to set up a high-tech bike sharing systems, digitize existing bicycle routes and motivate tourists to take advantage of this new service, while the main goal is development of the tourist offer through positioning the project partners as well as unique and active eco-tourism destination.

The project started on March 1st 2013 and will last until October 31st of 2014.


City of Koprivnica

Koprivnica is a city in northern Croatia. It is the capital of the Koprivnica-Križevci county. In 2011 the city administrative area had a total population of 30,854, with 23,955 in the city itself. Koprivnica is situated at a strategic location – on the slopes of Bilogora and Kalnik from the south and river Drava from the north. Koprivnica is the center of this part of Podravina region.

Rich cultural heritage and strong economy contribute to development of tourist and cultural offer. There are numerous possibilities for recreation in the city, especially on the nearby Drava river and lake Šoderica. Restaurants and hagouts offer excellent traditional dishes of Podravina and traditional cultural manifestations are Podravina motives Fair and Renaissance Festival.


City of Heviz

Hévíz is a spa town in Zala County, Hungary, about 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Keszthely. The town is located near Hévíz lake, the world’s second-largest thermal lake. It provides facilities for visitors seeking to use the medicinal waters of the lake, including hotels, parks, sports and entertainment. Official population in 2012 was 4,375. The Hévíz Thermal Lake, managed by Hévíz Thermal bath Ltd. is considered a national treasure.

The town’s guests and inhabitants can choose from a range of entertainment events all year round. Besides the different events, temporary and permanent exhibitions and the surrounding settlements’ sights and programs are also offered, such as Water lily and Lifestyle Festivals.