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Krapina, town in the Hrvatsko Zagorje region, 57 km north of Zagreb. The first urban center when entering Croatia from the northeastern side and the center of Hrvatsko Zagorje. Placed near the river Krapinčica, it lies in an area of peculiar beauty, abundant in gentle hills and romantic castles. Krapina is known the world over as the most important site of remains of Neanderthal man. The site at Hušnjakovo is known for the large number of remains that were found there. Dragutin Gorjanović-Kramberger became famous for his research on the finds.
Excursions: Wine roads, forest and hunting areas, fishing on the rivers Krapina and Sutla.
We recommend: Numerous culture and art events take place throughout the entire year. In September – a week of Kajkavian culture with the festival Kajkavske popevke, as well as the children’s festival Kaj u riječi, pjesmi, slici i plesu (Kaj in words, songs, pictures and dances) in June.
Highlights of the Place: Museum of evolution and of prehistoric man, Town from the Middle Ages above the center of Krapina, Regional Museum Ljudevit Gaj, Gallery of the city of Krapina, collection from the Franciscan monastery.
If you feel like visiting preserved and untouched natural beauty, visit the Bednja region located in the north-western part of Hravtsko zagorje, at the foot of the mountains Ivanščica, Strahinščica, Maceljska and Ravna gora.
Vineyards, forests, meadows, orchards and green hills make the region picturesque. The region is also unique for the specific dialect which is spoken here. Another advantage is rich cultural tradition and hospitable hosts. If you come to Bednja, you certainly must visit the pearl of Hrvatsko zagorje- the Trakošćan castle.
In the early 1800s, Juraj Draπković restored the castle and turned it into a stately home which is now kept as an example of an unspoilt romantic park and aristocratic residence. Particularly worth seeing are the knights' and the hunt-rooms, the music-salon, the painter Julijana Erdoedy’s studio, the armoury collection with pieces from the 15th to the 19th Century, and—made especially for the restoration—the furnishings, now placed alongside examples from earlier centuries.
Trakošćan has much to offer the visitor. The wind at Ravna Gora attracts parachute gliders, while anyone who fancies something more demanding can try their hand at rock-climbing on Ravna Gora. There are 150 km. of way-marked tracks for rambling and almost 550 km of cycle-paths. The Diana Hunting Grounds and hunters' lodge should more than satisfy anyone keen to shoot wild boar, deer, pheasant and hare, while the lake below Trakošćan castle will delight any angler. The entire area is one of the least-spoilt habitats in Croatia where, to give just one example, some thirty species of orchid thrive. Trakošćan is near the main road connecting Zagreb, Maribor and Vienna, approximately 70 km. from Zagreb and about 40 km. from Varaždin, and one of the most popular tourist-spots in Croatia. source: Varazdin county Tourist board
The town of Čakovec is situated almost in the centre of Međimurje. The old Romans located their resting-place Aquama (wet town) in this area. The 13 th century cronicles have a record of the timber “Čakov tower”, as a precursor to today's town and its name. The Zrinski family, together with other rulers in the 16 th and the 17 th century turned the tower into an unconquerable and sumptuous wasserburg (a castle encircled by a moat) around which a free royal city was about to emerge. Surrounded by the park and its green leaves, the historical centre has been preserved until the present day. Around this core, a town made to human measure has emerged. Excellent communications, the most modern infrastructure, beautiful horticulture, economic progress, a dynamic cultural and sports life – all of these contribute to a cosy living of about twenty thousand inhabitants. Besides the historic core, the tourists are presented with an excellent gastronomic offer, swimming pools, various sports fields, rich night life and interesting occasions throughout the year.
A jewel of harmony and intimacy, the charm of “Croatia’s Vienna” lies not only in its architecture, but also in its atmospheric squares and lovely streets. The buildings, museums, music and flowers of Varaždin continue to offer a relaxing break from everyday life.
The city's rich history spans eight centuries. It was home to the region’s wealthiest nobles, landowners, artisans and artists, especially in the late 1700s, when the city flourished and became the capital of Croatia.
This seat of Varaždin province and bishopric, lies at the crossroads of Central Europe: to the south, Zagreb and the Adriatic; to the north, the Czech Republic and Poland; east, Hungary; west, Austria. The unique city-centre combines the breath of the Past with the throb of the new millennium. Small wonder it’s such a tourist attraction!
The city is alive throughout the year with street events. Watch the 'Špancirfest' (Street Walkers' Festival); enjoy the Evenings of Baroque Music; visit the fairs, theatres and exhibitions! Don’t miss the Old Castle, which also houses the City Museum. The City Hall, one of the oldest in Europe, contains offices for provincial administration almost 500 years old—among the earliest anywhere in Europe. The Varaždin cemetery is well worth seeing, for its wonderful horticulture, and because its ‘World of Insects' collection of strange species which have survived in many of the palaces around Varaždin, is unique.
On any week-day, between mid-April and October, the city scribe in the city-centre will provide your own personalised travel document, done in matchless calligraphy as a souvenir of Varaždin; the city smith will forge you a Varaždin medallion; and the city physician may dust you with 'good luck powder'! On Saturdays between 11 and noon, outside the City Hall you can watch the changing of the Civilian Guard, made up of the popular 'purgeri', and all to the music of the drums: a Varaždin tradition which has survived for over 250 years. Accounts of huge banquets, which local butchers used to organize, show that the people of Varaždin have always loved their food, which is why the city has so many fine restaurants, serving “home-made” recipes, and regional specialities—such as the delicious ‘klipić’ (or bread bun) which is still regularly on the menu of all Varaždin restaurants, as a starter.source. source: Varazdin county Tourist board
Koprivnica has the nicest main square in the continental part of Croatia; Koprivnica is the heart of Croatian gastronomy, where Podravka, the Museum of Food and top quality restaurants are to be found, its surroundings are a Godsend for hunting and angling, there is something happening in Koprivnica all year round – that’s why! source: Turistička zajednica grada Koprivnice- read more
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