Zagorje – A fairy tale at hand.
Shopping at Roses Designer Outlet is an ideal way to combine a unique shopping experience with a short vacation. Hrvatsko Zagorje (Croatian hinterland) offers outstanding opportunities for vacationing after an exciting day of shopping. If you wish to experience the pleasure of thermal water, learn something about Croatian cultural tradition or enjoy fine wine and domestic cuisine, Hrvatsko Zagorje will enable you to experience all to its fullest.
The waterpark Aquae Vivae is the golden crown of the century’s long tradition of thermal, health and bathing tourism in the Spas of Krapinske Toplice.
On more than 1.000 m2 of the waterpark you can find among others a kids pool, a recreational pool with 70 underwater massages, massage deck-chairs and wild rafters, a diving pool, a rafter’s pool, an outdoor pool … All the pools are filled with natural therapeutic thermal water. For more details look at www.aquae-vivae.hr
Desinić municipality is located in the county of Krapina-Zagorje, which is popularly called the Croatian Zagorje. A must see destination for all tourists to this area is the beautiful Veliki Tabor castle, an architectural jewel from the second half of the 15th century. It has been listed as a monument of the first category by UNESCO, and has museums and galleries in it.
Similarly, in the main town square there is the parish church of Sv. Juraj [St. George], in which some of the members of the noble Rattkay family are buried. Rural tourism is very well developed and you can try some of the local cuisine with a glass of wine in some of the many homesteads and restaurants in the area.
Details at www.desinic.hr.
Donja Stubica is located in the heart of the Croatian Zagorje on the slopes of Medvednica Nature Park, where there are mountain sources of pure, fresh water. Terme Jezerčica, a thermal riviera with a modern wellness centre is located at a natural source of healing water and is in a tranquil setting that offers all that is needed to relax the body and mind.
An historic battle took place in the valley’s picturesque landscape in 1573 – a famous peasant revolt led by Matija Gubec. The cultural wealth of the area is visible in several archaeological sites, monuments and noble castles and manors where Stubički Golubovec stands out because of its beautiful horticultural park. The castle has a well preserved and valuable collection of materials in the Kajkavian language.
Details at www.stubica.com.
Gornja Stubica, the region of Croatian heroes, stretches from the valley of river Krapina to the peaks of Medvednica. The monument to Matija Gubac, the leader of bloody crushed peasant rebellion, is a work by the famous Croatian sculptor August Augustinčić and dominates the Stubica valley. There is also a monument here to the pilot Rudolf Perišin from the Croatian War of Independence. Every year, the event “Susret za Rudija” is held in his honour, which is a magnificent cultural and sporting occasion.
Right beside the parish church of sv. Juraj [St. George], with its beautifully landscaped environment and more than 50 different varieties of ornamental species, Gubec’s lime tree (a protected natural monument) has been growing for more than 400 years. The tree is famous for its legend about the peasant revolt and Gubec in 1573. The Peasants’ Revolt Museum is located in the castle of noble family Oršić, which has beautiful green surroundings, and in the rural household of Lojzekova hiža and other catering establishments, you can enjoy local Zagorje culinary specialties (turkey with pasta “mlinci”, Zagorje strudel, jaglena kaša s čvrčkima (home-grinded corn porridge with greaves)…).
Detail at www.gornjastubica.com.
Klanjec, a town with hundreds of years of history and culture, located in the Croatian Zagorje, on the border with Slovenia, is surrounded by the wonderful fertile wine hills and forests of Zagorje.
Klanjec is a town which produced many Croatian greats, who left the fruits of their work right here in recognition.In the gallery of the famous Croatian sculptor August Augustinčić, you can see his artistic legacy, which he left to his birth town. On the main town square proudly stands the work of another great, Antun Mihanović, a poet and Illyrian who created the Croatian national anthem. The Franciscan monastery with the church hides rich artistic treasures, like the sarcophagus of the Erdody family, which is of extreme artistic value. All this, the proximity of the Tuhelj spa, the eco-villages of Kumrovec and Zelenjak, and the monuments of nature, offer each visitor a wealth of possibilities for relaxing and enjoying the peaceful Zagorje countryside, far from the stress and bustle of the city!
Details at www.klanjec.hr.
The Krapina prehistoric man is the first to come to mind when thinking about Krapina, a village in the heart of the Croatian Zagorje. Neanderthal prehistoric man in the world. In addition to the site there is a museum with a display of the evolution of man from prehistoric times until today.
The old town, the Church of Sv. Katarina (St. Catherine), the Franciscan monastery with its rare collection of sacral arts and a rich library of rare books, as well as the birth house of Ljudevit Gaj, the Croatian forefather, are evidence of the rich cultural, monumental and historical heritage of this area. For 40 years, Krapina has been traditionally holding the Kajkavske popevke, a very popular festival of national songs in the Kajkavian dialect.
Details at www.krapina.hr.
Krapinske Toplice is a famous thermal treatment resort in a peaceful valley surrounded by the picturesque hills of Hrvatsko Zagorje.
They have been famous for their natural therapeutic water ever since Roman times, when they were known as Aquae vivae, which means live water. Guests can use the outdoor and indoor pools, the pedestrian path system and the cycling route “Two Springs” (“Dva izvora”) which connects, as the name says, two springs – Krapinske and Tuheljske Toplice.
The resort is adorned by the impressive church of the Holy Trinity, the Chapel of Maria Magdalena. Other sites to visit are the Mausoleum of Jacob Badl, founder of the treatment resort.Besides the Krapinske Toplice Special Hospital for Rehabilitation, there are also three other privately-owned hospitals in the town: a Special Hospital for Cardiovascular Surgery and Cardiology “Magdalena”, a Special Hospital for Orthopedics and Trauma “Akromion” and the Internal Medicine Policlinic “Vita”.
Details at www.krapinsketoplice.net.
Kumrovec – a small village in the Croatian Zagorje known by many for being the place where Josip Broz Tito was born. This beautiful Zagorje village is situated on the wooded banks of the river Sutla which runs alongside the border with Slovenia.
The old village – Kumrovec ethno village is one of the most attractive of its kind in Croatia – a unique open-air museum which has preserved the original traditional houses built on the cusp of the 19th and 20th centuries. Visitors can look at the permanent ethnological collection of traditional ways of life such as: the Zagorje marriage, the Life of the Young Married Couple, From hemp to linen, Farriery, Carth-wright’s Crafts, Pottery, From Grain to Bread, etc.
Details at www.kumrovec.hr.
Marija Bistrica is the largest Marian shrine in Croatia, located in the Croatian Zagorje only 30 kilometres from Zagreb. The Miraculous statue of the black Virgin Mary, which was originally located above the chapel of Marija Bistrica, was inserted into the walls of the parish church because of the danger of Turkish invasion. It was re-discovered in 1684.
In addition to the beautiful church – basilica, there is Stations of the Cross to the Calvary, which are works of art in their own right and created by famous Croatian sculptors. Behind the Calvary, in an oasis of peace, there is Convent for the barefoot Carmelites. All paths lead to Marija Bistrica, some of them pilgrim routes, mountain hiking trails or bicycle routes from Zagreb, Varaždin and Krapina.
Details at www.marija-bistrica.hr.
Tuhelj is located between the picturesque Zagorje hills, 40 km away from Zagreb towards Slovenia and is an ancient Zagorje village.
Most famous for its thermal spas, Tuhelj takes a high position in the tourist offer of Zagorje and Croatia. On the source of the thermal waters itself, there is healing mud, surrounded by untouched natural surroundings. The Tuhelj thermal spa is one of the best looked after health and recreation centres in Croatia. It has a wellness centre, exterior and interior pools with all the water attractions as well as sports recreational grounds and facilities. In the baroque castle of Mihanović from the 18th century tourists can try some tasty Zagorje specialities and wines. Village tourism is especially developed, and in the many peasant homesteads and huts in the Tuhelj area, asides from accommodation, guests are offered wine cellars, riding schools, getting to know the traditional style of life as well as local products.
Details at www.tuhelj.hr.