Something different today, something above usual. We’re going on a round trip around Croatia. With story we’re going to Hrvatsko Zagorje.

This guest post gave me my best friend. What she did there for 2 days and how it was – read in a new blog post 😉


We stayed in a place named Krapinske Toplice and from there we went to every place that we visited in next 2 days.

First day we went to Krapina Neanderthal Museum. Our way through nature was amazing and incredibly relaxing. In our way to museum we stopped in nice bar “Bistro Huš” where we had our first coffee that day.

At the main entrance at museum you can watch a short movie about usual day of one Neanderthal human. On main start it’s wanted to represent the best contact that’s possible to get between visitor and the museum. After movie on the main start, you can find one back-stage labyrinth where you can travel through time and themes that are connected with that museum. All of them are the story for itself. You can notice how the rhythm is changing, content density, space colors, sounds and smell of atmosphere.

Architecture organic form associates on the uterus, embryo, coils of snails or a human brain copy, which originally suits to the place and meaning neanderthals in development of human race.


After you finish your walk through all time periods and you are back to these days, you have a feeling like you’re done and that you’re going out. But, the way out is really unusual because you’re entering into the wood. The first thing that crosses your mind is this beautiful view.



During your walk through the wood on your way you can still find some Neanderthal humans or animals.


We had a nice walk through nature, as we left the museum we went to our next destination which was 20km away.



We’re finally there!

It’s castle named – Trakoscan.


The way to reach the castle it’s not so easy to be honest. As you know, the castles are usually built up on the hills. So, you will need a rest for sure when you get to the top, that’s a little bit easy by the fact that you have some of the benches on the main entrance.

Castle Trakoscan was made in the second half of 13th century in the defense system by Zagorje Count like a small observatory fortress for surveillance under the road from Ptuj to the bednatian valley. I agree with them it was made for surveillance, because like you can see on the picture the view is really stunning. But the fact that is a small observatory – I don’t agree. We made a conclusion, that we live there, we could walk the whole day and don’t meet each other. Anyway, as we know there were a lot of people living there in that time, I only envy to countess because she has her own room with a lot of clothes.


The history of the castle is big and long. You can get in the whole history while you’re walking around the castle – the best way to catch-all about it. The first know owners were counts Celjski who at the same time are deciding about all important things at Zagorje countess. In the first half od 15th century Trakoscan, like a singularly property with his own town and market place Kamenica, belong to general Jan Vitovac, after to Ivanist Korvin, who give it to Ivan Gyulay.

Round ball adjusted town to the active defense with firearms, the coat of arms and the inscription bear witness that were executed by the brothers Ivan II and Petar Draskovic in 1592. as evidenced by the oldest preserved representation of 1667. In the Gaspar conflict the younger one and his son-in-law Nikola Zrinskog in the half of the 17th century the town has grown, and the family prefer to live in renewed and extended Klenovnik. However, the title Trakoscan is retained, and the old titular town is still being restored determine, now more to stay in the army. In the 19th century, the city of Juraj V Draskovic is being renovated in a residential palace by modeled on German romantic castles. At the same time the park environment with artificial lake is regulated as well appropriate non-inventory inventory.

The museum exhibition is being edited in stages from 1952 onwards, and the decoration hasn’t yet been fully completed. The museum will go through the knight’s hunting hall, the music salon, the painter’s studio Julianne Erdoedy, a collection of weapons with specimens from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Also a collection of portraits where the family portrait of Draskovic and their relatives was preserved.

As we go through the museum and meet up with the premises where they stayed and where the preserved 19th century furniture actually we realize that it’s all a lot less than these days. First of all we notice that their beds are very short and it gives us the knowledge that they were far lower than us. The castle in today’s form is integrated
the ensuing ensemble of romantic parks and residential architecture, which preserved original interiors as a special value.

For the first day it was enough, so we went to get a lunch and to our accommodation. But after the first day we didn’t have enough history, so we went to the Museum of Old Village Kumrovec.


It immediately delighted us, because we felt like we were in a small village, not in a museum. You walk all the time and actually walk from one bunk to another and walk past the past. While we didn’t actually enter a yard and realized that people actually live there today! Imagine living in the museum?

Perfectly. First you meet at the entrance and say goodbye to Josip Broz Tito, where you can learn about the house where he was born. And actually understand that the whole village is related to him and that he really appreciates it.

You can also encounter some crafts that today unfortunately are extinct. So we were in the Kovacko crafts where you can buy something for the memory. We were in Cesljar, Kozar, watching the bidding heart (in Croatian is licitarsko srce), and a bit with the firefighters. And then the wedding. But actually pictures say more than 1000 words.

Before we went home we decided to visit another castle.
Castle named Veliki Tabor.


According to architectural forms, the techniques of construction and the way of fortification originate from the second half of the 15th century. Although converted as a medieval fortress into a castle in the 17th and 18th centuries, it preserved late-Romanesque forms and architectural compositions.
He has changed many famous masters: Counts Celjski (who had the earliest possession of him), Matija and Ivana Korvin, the Rattkayte family of the famous Croatian painter Otona Ivekovic.
The castle Veliki Tabor has a somewhat lesser known history, unlike Trakoscan, and by its tour we are a little less back in the past, because much hasn’t been preserved.
The castle has been in the history of the whole city, so we can actually show where everything ever happened and that people from there didn’t have to go out. We encounter arms and equipment more than just a castle, which also tells us how different the buildings were today.

Of course, with a look at the map of Hrvatsko Zagorje, you can conclude that we only got into Zagreb Zagorje. Much longer would have to travel through the “Zagorski brdo” full of orchards and vineyards to get acquainted with every detail. Croatian Zagorje is famous for it’s thermal baths (Stubicke toplice, Jezercica, Aqva Viava water park), pizzerias (Oro-Goro, Plima ..), restaurants (Ribic, Graso, Spiro ..), Sveti Kriz Zacretje has it’s small shopping town and lots of other hidden pearls that we certainly recommend to visit.


At the end, I wanted to share a little bit more of spirit in Hrvatsko Zagorje with this little gallery, enjoy! 😉


At the end of this amazing walk through Hrvatsko Zagorje, I wanted to thanks all off you who made it to read the post till the end and especially to my best friend who take us with her story to this amazing journey.


Until next time and some new adventures… 🙂

* This text reflects the opinions and experiences of the guest writer and does not reflect the views of the blog author