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Castle in Zagorje

Veliki Tabor Castle

As you approach the hilltop castle of Veliki Tabor, 57km northwest of Zagreb, what unfolds is a pleasing panorama of hills, corn fields, vineyards and forests. The Croatian aristocracy began building fortified castl…
Museum in Zagorje

Kumrovec Staro Selo Museum

Nestled in the Sutla River valley near the Slovenian border, the pretty village of Kumrovec has been transformed into an open-air ethnographic museum. A re-creation of a 19th-century village, the Staro Selo Museum f…
Museum in Krapina

Museum of the Krapina Neanderthal

This is Krapina’s highlight, just west of the centre. Built into a vertical rock and fronted with a glass wall, this cavernous two-floor space has high-tech exhibits tracing the region's history and geology. After a…
Castle in Zagorje

Trakošćan Castle

This castle, 80km northwest of Zagreb, is worth a visit for its well-presented museum and attractive grounds. The exact origin of its construction is unknown, but the first official mention dates to 1334. Not many o…
Museum in Varaždin

Town Museum

This whitewashed fortress, a gem of medieval defensive architecture housed inside Stari Grad (Old Town), is surrounded by a manicured park. Construction began in the 14th century, with the present Gothic-Renaissance…
Croatian in Zagorje

Grešna Gorica

This rustic eatery, often overtaken by day-tripping families from Zagreb on weekends, is a tad gimmicky but great for kids, with farm animals roaming around, a playground and lots of open space. Adults will apprecia…
Croatian in Varaždin

Bedem

The most exciting culinary experience in town, Bedem is a venture by two local chefs experimenting with regional cuisine using local ingredients – think foie-gras-filled puff pastry and pork belly rolled in pumpkin …
Croatian in Zagorje

Klet Kozjak

Klet Kozjak in Sveti Križ Začretje, southeast of Krapina, is an adorable little cottage that serves traditional food from the region – such as homemade nettle pasta with cheese and vegetable sauce – and pairs it wit…
Croatian in Zagorje

Majsecov Mlin

Housed in two traditional cottages near the village of Donja Stubica, Majsecov Mlin serves local mainstays, seasonally inspired and cooked up by one of Zagorje’s best chefs. Try the delicious steak with nettle chips…
European in Varaždinske Toplice

Zlatne Gorice

If you have your own wheels, stop for lunch at this sparkling restored mansion, set 3km from Toplice along the old road to Varaždin. Surrounded by vineyards, it serves central European fare (think schnitzels, stews …