Zagorje is an oasis of preserved nature, greenery, clean air and mild, healing waters. A cultural heritage of feudalism in this area marks the architecture of many castles and manor houses set amid idyllic nature. Krapina Zagorje County is well-known for its castles, Krapina Neanderthal and thermal springs translated into modern baths with excellent hotels and a vast gastronomic offer.
Life is a journey, and the one who travels lives two lives. The lucky ones will, at least once on that journey, walk through the green hills of Zagorje, which offer peace, intimate contact with nature and open arms of hospitable and welcoming hosts.
Zagorje – the green front door of Croatia – is a great region for vacation.
It is an oasis of preserved nature, clean air, greenery and healthy thermal waters. In the archipelago of picturesque hills lie a whole range of spas, castles and manors, roman roads, agrotourism spots, museums, churches, and trails for hiking, riding and cycling.
The history of the planet is written here, and each visitor can experience it in the unique setting of the Museum of Krapina Neanderthals. And this is not the only ‘time machine’ – in the vicinity of Gornja Stubica, in the Oršić Castle, the Museum of Peasant Revolts takes visitors back to the time of the famous Matija Gubec. The most famous local love story, the legend of Zagorje’s “Juliet” (Veronika Desinićka) who was, because of the unhappy love with a noble man, locked up within the walls of the Castle Veliki Tabor.
The Big Five of the picturesque thermal riviera offer a lot of similarities, but also a lot of local specialities. Thermae Tuhelj are the biggest modern bathing resort. Only few kilometres further, the excellent and internationally acclaimed medical tourist offer has been complemented by the new indoor thermal complex, Aquae Vivae. Not far from Stubičke Toplice there is another little gem of Zagorje thermal Riviera – Thermae Jezerčica.
For the escape from daily routine and obligations we recommend a program, which will fll your batteries. The number of riding terrains in Croatian Zagorje is great, and if you ride into any corner, the experience of landscape beauty, finely ruffled hills with mosaic forests, vineyards, Zagorje villages and fields, partially separated by river valleys, is unspeakable.
Picturesque and hilly Croatian Zagorje is suitable for cycling. Zagorje abounds in tourist-recreational cycling routes that are adapted for the widest range of users, with a special accent on recreational cyclists, families with kids and juniors. If you are looking for something different, the greatest pleasure is to watch Zagorje from a balloon or just to come and enjoy a family picnic on a meadow and run barefoot over the mowed fragrant grass.
The Krapina Neanderthal Museum
The Krapina Neanderthal Museum is one of the most modern museums in Croatia and central Europe. Find out the interesting story about the life and culture of the Krapina Neanderthal, enjoy the many multimedia components and other contents, as well as very specifc architecture.
Castle Veliki Tabor
Veliki Tabor is one of the best preserved late medieval and Renaissance castles in the continental part of Croatia, built by the noble Rattkay family during the 16th century. The oldest part of the complex is the central fortified building – donjon – used for dwelling and defence.
This resort located at the very spring of thermal waters is one of the most well-rounded tourist recreational centres of continental tourism in Croatia. The swimming resort, a true water planet, with 4 outdoor pools and 4 indoor pools and a slow river with numerous water attractions, water massages, water slides and water toys offer relaxation and amusement for the entire family. The hotel offers the comfort of 138 Classic rooms and 126 Premium rooms.
The National Sanctuary of the Mother of God of Bistrica Shrine in Marija Bistrica became the national shrine in 1715 when the Croatian parliament built a big votive altar at the church in Marija Bistrica. As Marian devotions grew and many prayers got answered by seeking intercession of Saint Mary of Bistrica, the shrine’s church became tight and too small so Bistrica’s parish priest Juraj Žerjavić had the church and the parish house with arcades extended and reconstructed following the designs of architect Friedrich von Schmidt and his student Hermann Bollé. The new church was built in Neo-Renaissance style.