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The Franjo Belar Dida bicycle is located at the intersection of Lj. Gaj and Slavca streets. The first bigger ascent starts at this part of the tour.

The map of the cycling tour. You can get it at the Tourist Bureau. Click on the map for the full size image.

Here are a few photographs of cycling tour. Click on the photograph for the full size image.

Bicycle tours of the Nova Gradiska area
(dedicated to Franjo Belar-Dida)

Historical Outline
In 1868, the terms vehicle and bicycle are mentioned for the first time. Dating from the year 1790, the oldest Sirac bicycle was made out of wood and built in shapes of animals (lion, horse and similar)
In the same year, cycling is recognized as a sport, when the Parisian Velo Club organized the first cycling race in the park St. Cloud. Croatian Cycling Club was found 1885 in the Zareb, and in the Nova Gradiska, cycling is mentioned in written records at the end of 19th century.
The first cycling club was found on March 28. 1897. At the beginning of the 20th century
cycling is the most popular kind of recreation. After the war, the first cycling club
was found on May 25. 1958. The Belar family takes the most credit for the foundation of
the cycling club, particularly Franjo Belar-Dida, who initiated and organized this
club. He was the founder and the first president, and later on as well honor lifelong
president of the cycling club.

Bicycle tour descriptions
We wish to continue with a hundred year old tradition of cycling by establishing the first bicycle tours in our area and to enrich our offers to the tourists as well. The beautiful hillsides of the Psunj mountain are just perfect for this kind of recreation. We created three separate tours, differing by length and level, as part of one main 24 km long tour, so
everyone can enjoy in cycling. Tour starts and all of the tour are visibly marked by signs.

Franjo Belar Dida cycling tour (total tour length 24km)
(Start) from Nova Gradiska, Slavca street (130m above sea level) - Slavca hill (210m height above sea level) - Jewish graveyard in the Cernik (170m above sea level) - Franciscan monastery and St. Peter and Paul's church (160m above sea level) - Kulmer Castle -SC Mladost Cernik stadium -St. Rok street (175m above sea level) - Giletinci village (241m above sea level) - Rikavica - the Kumic family homestead (286m above sea level) 'Mlincich' water mill (300m above sea level) - Cernicka Sagovina village (254m above sea level) - through fields and forests to St. Leonard's church (189m above sea level) -St. Rok street (178m above sea level) - back to Nova Gradiska near Kulmer Castle toward Frankopanska street and to St. Teresa's church (128m above sea level).


Tour I: (start) from Nova Gradiska, Slavca street - Slavca hill - Jewish graveyard in Cernik - Kulmer Castle -Frankopanska street toward downtown Nova
Gradiska (150 - 140m above sea level) - downtown Nova Gradiska St. Teresa's church.

The Slavca vineyard hill is an area next to a region beyond Nova Gradiska. It is also known as finding place of excavated objects, where besides other archeological finds, the female statue was found and later promoted as a souvenir under the name “Venus of
Slavca” (contact the Nova Gradiska City Museum for more detailed information).

One place worth seeing in Cernik is the Jewish graveyard, which dates from the second half of the 19th century. Jews are mentioned for the first time in Cernik in 1842, and in 1862, the school for Jewish children was found. The main building in the graveyard is the Schmidek-Shulzer family mausoleum.

The Franciscan monastery and St. Peter and Paul's church from the 18th century. Here you can see a unique exhibition about the Bible's history, an archeological museum with excavated objects from the holy land and a small zoo.

Many famous works by the academic painter Ferdinand Kulmer are kept in the Franciscan monastery in Cernik, Native Museum and the Kerdic gallery in Nova Gradiska.

If you wish to try delicious kulin (Slavonian paprika flavored salami), stop by
“Mesoprerada Sokic” on Frankopanska street.

St. Teresa's church is the oldest brick building in the Nova Gradiska, built in 1754.

Tour II: (start) from Nova Gradiska, Slavca street -Slavca hill -Jewish graveyard in Cernik - Franciscan monastery and St. Peter and Paul's church -Kulmer castle -SC Mladost stadium from Cernik -St. Rok street -Giletinci village - detour toward Cernicka Sagovina village- left before the village - St. Rok street - back toward Nova Gradiska and by Frankopanska street to the center of the city and St. Teresa's church.

The Church of St. Leonard (Linarta) is a very interesting sacral monument with a
miraculous water-well where you can drink fresh water and make a wish in the beautiful
shade of the Slavonian forest.

Tour III: (start) from Nova Gradiska, the Slavca street - the Slavca hill -Jewish
grave yard in Cernik -Franciscan monastery and St. Peter and Paul's church -

Kulmer castle - SC Mladost stadium from Cernik -St. Rok street - Giletinci village - Rikavica - the Kumic family homestead - the water mill “Mlincich” - Cernicka Sagovina village - by the road toward the village of Giletinci -St. Rok street - back toward Nova Gradiska via Frankopanska street to the center of the city and
St. Teresa's church.

At the Kumic family homestead, you can freshen up by drinking fresh water, watching domestic animals (goats, ducks, chickens, pigs and etc.), and rest in the shade of the Slavonian forest or in the shade of the beautiful bower. You should also visit the reconstructed water mill called “Mlinich” (besides the one in Velika), the only one in western Slavonia built on a stream. It is especially interesting because of the unique type of construction called “Croatian angle”. Friendly native living near by will gladly unlock the water mill, make it run and show you how it works.

In the end, we would like to point out that these are only our suggestions, feel free to explore by yourself, choose the tour you want and follow the marked signs on your way.

Have a nice ride and pleasant stay in the Nova Gradiska area! Good luck!

Town coat of arms.