Here is a list of all the tour destinations:
Belec is one of the smallest villages in Zagorje. Its population is cca 350 people. The village lies on the slope of Ivancica, the highest mountain in Zagorje region (30km long, 1061m high). Since 1099 A.D. to 1312 A.D. the knights Templars had their land and towers at Ivancica. The church of St Mary of the Snow is the smallest and the most beautiful baroque church in the area.
The town of Cakovec was known in Roman times, but it started to develop as the center of Medimurje region in 1547, when the Subic-Zrinski family became the owner of town. The Zrinski castle (the fort) was built in the town center and today is the symbol of Cakovec, housing the Town Museum.
Did you know that flower Iris is the Croatian national flower? Did you know Donja Stubica has the most beautiful Iris garden in this area? If you visit the Zagorje region in April and May, you have to go to Donja Stubica to see the Croatian Iris garden.
A very special linden tree marks the village. Near that hundred-years-old linden tree, in 1573, started the biggest peasants’ rebellion in Croatia. On the opposite hill from the one with the famous linden tree, there is still the castle (museum today) - the symbol of power, tyranny and oppression.
Only 30 km away from Zagreb lies a little town of Klanjec, surrounded by forests and green hills. The area inspired a Croatian poet Antun Mihanovic to write many poems between 1835 and 1845 about this beautiful landscape, the people he met, the way he felt in his heart while taking walks in the area. One of his poems became the Croatian anthem. Klanjec is the home town of one of the greatest Croatian academic sculptors, August Augustincic.
The Krapina area is one of the most idyllic areas in Croatia: picturesque villages and towns on lovely green hills. Krapina is the County centre nowadays, but it is far better knows due to its old historic town and the prehistoric site of the Neanderthal man, 130.000 years old. The caves of the Neanderthal were found near the city centre, at Husnjakovo hill. The rich archaeological site is the place where some 850 human bones fossils have been found (belonging to 75 different individuals), together with different tools from the Palaeolithic era.
At the entrance to the ethno-village stands Tito’s birth-house. It is at this small estate that Tito was born at and spent his childhood years with his family. In front of the house stands the original statue of Tito, work of August Augustincic, a prominent Croatian academic sculptor and Tito’s personal friend. The rest of the Old village is an open-air museum (eco-ethno showroom).
Come and visit Lepoglava, the Paulines church, and enjoy the frescos painted by Ivan Ranger. The cradle of education and art; the first secular school and university in Croatia established in the 15th century.
The village of lace and its magic of yearn and thread will fascinate you.
The only place where the Princess Louise-Marie was happy. The oldest daughter of King Leopold of Belgium and a young Croatian Lieutenant, Geza Keglevic fell in, forbidden, love. Their only safe haven they found in Lobor.
Lobor is an early baroque house with a chapel of St. Ana attached. The Keglevic family owned the manor until 1910 A.D.
In vicinity of Lobor stays the church of St Mary of the Mountain. A very special church which must be visited because of:
- the oldest baptistery
- the rich mixture of the architectural styles
- the rich history
The Croatian Wattle, typical Croatian decoration, was found in the church.
The poet A.G. Matos (1873 – 1914), a famous Croatian poet, was intoxicated by the beauty of the church and hills around.
The pseudo-Gothic and Baroque style is the most recognizable style of the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the attached Carmelite Convent in Marija Bistrica. The last touch to its style was given by Hermann Bolle (architect of the Zagreb cathedral and Mirogoj) in Neo- Renaissance style. The shrine of the Black Madonna is a famous place to pilgrims. The most famous and the dearest symbol to the people here is the Licitar Heart from Zagorje, which become one of the recognized symbols of Croatia.
Martin na Muri & Terbotz
Spa centre, good food, better wine
If there is a castle in Zagorje to be called "the pearl", Trakoscan is the one! Trakoscan, at the lakeshore, in the middle of forest, surrounded by meadows, on top of a hill; dominates the area as the most beautiful castle in the Northern Croatia, a truly romantic and magic place.
The Marian Mirror. From the church you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view down to the Krapina city in the valley. The church offers numerous baroque art details and its yard is full of messages of thanks to Mary the Virgin.
This spa resort has been known since the Roman times. In those ancient times it used to be known as “the poor spa” since the area was very poor, but it was not without any 'treasure' – its only wealth was the hot water spring with water and mud that have healing qualities.
A baroque town which must be visited, the former capital of Croatia (from 1756 to 1776). During 18th century several palaces were designed by the best architect of the period (e.g. Fellner and Helmer); today it is a modern town, one of the best developed cities in Croatia which attracts many people who move to live there in search of better quality of life.
A big fortified castle, the gem of the Zagorje region, dominates a lovely hill not so far from Tuheljske toplice. Veliki Tabor is a cultural and historical monument of a top category according to the UNESCO classification.
The birth place od Ksaver Sandor Gjalski (Ljubo Babic), Croatian writer, born on 26.10.1854. He lived all his life at mansion Gredice, fascinated by the beauty of Zagorje countryside. He died at Gredice in 1935 and buried in Zabok cemetery.
Every year, in October, Zabok is the host to the event of the "Ksaver Sandor Gjalski" prize. The annual prize is awarded to the best novelist in Croatia.
The Croatian capital was first mentioned in 1094 when King Ladislav founded a diocese called Kaptol. At the hill opposite to Kaptol grew the settlement of Gradec, today's Upper Town. After merging of Gradec and Kaptol, Zagreb was born.
EXCURSION TO ZAGREB INCLUDES:
- Transfer to Zagreb
- A tour of the city, accompanied by a local guide
- Visit to museum(s) or a theatre performance