Zagorje meets Medimurje under the eye of the Neanderthals and the timeless beauty of lace
Destinations: VARAZDIN – TRAKOSCAN – LEPOGLAVA – KRAPINA (optional)
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.
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.
- TOWN OF KRAPINA
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 of the Neanderthal man 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.
- Ljudevit Gaj Museum in Krapina
Ljudevit Gaj, a man we can call "The Leader of Enlightment"; in the mid-19th century he was the leader of THE ILLIRYAN movement.
The cradle of education and art; the first secular school and university in Croatia established in the 15th century.
- Paulines Church
The Paulines were present in Croatia since 1244 A.D. and active in public life until 1768. They were supporters of the Croatian culture and true educators.
- LEPOGLAVA LACE - magic of white yarn and thread
The skill and the art making of lace was presented to Lepoglava by Paulines in the 15th century. One curiosity: in Lepoglava you can visit a furniture store and a souvenir shop and buy the products made by prisoners of the Lepoglava penitentiary.