The ethno village Stara Lonja is situated in the village of Lonja at the heart of Lonjsko Polje Nature Park. The village is 120 kilometres away form Zagreb and 45 kilometres from Sisak. Stara Lonja is situated in the part of Lonja called Budžak . The name comes from Turkish and it means a nook or a hidden corner. Stara Lonja is 500 metres away from the main road and the village centre. A long time ago the river Lonja flew through Budžak and there were about thirty houses here, too. The houses disappeared along with the people who died or went away. The only houses left are these refurbished for tourism. The ethno village Stara Lonja is bordered on the old river bed of the river Lonja in the west, and the dirt road leading into the field called Poljice and the field itself in the east. The river Lonja was the boundary between Slavonia and Croatia in the past. In old times you could hear a song coming form Budžak, there was a sound of hammering a scythe, you could hear horses neighing and cows mooing, sounds of hammers and saws. Local people were building Budžak as if it would stay here forever. In some places only the old water wells bear witness to the life that began, went on and ended in its full swing. In 1900 Lonja had a population of 727. The greatest number of people lived in Budžak. A few surviving wooden houses have been refurbished in a traditional way and furnished with authentic furniture.