Central Croatia

Central Croatia

Central Croatia is bounded by the rivers Sava, Drava and Mura. An idyllic, hilly landscape strewn with vineyards is the familiar picture of the Croatian Zagorje region. Central both within the greater region of Central Croatia and Krapina-Zagorje county is the town of Krapina, in whose museum about the

Krapina Neanderthals you can discover the life and culture of the Neanderthals whose remains were found here in the 19th century. This part of Croatia is known for its thermal spas, one of which is located in Tuhelj. The famous Tuhelj spa resort offers waters which are useful in treating various ailments. There is also a campsite there. While in Central Croatia, do not miss a visit to the Baroque town of Varaždin. Its cemetery with its garden architecture is a nature park of the highest grade. In late August the Baroque capital of Croatia, as it is often called, becomes the Croatian capital of culture and entertainment with the widely known Špancirfest, a festival celebrating the town, and with many street acts.


The charming castle of Trakošćan can also be found in Varaždin county, where you can learn all about the long history of this magnificent 13th century building. The castle is surrounded by a picturesque park with exotic trees. Other places to see in this county include Lepoglava, known for its lace, and Ludbreg, made famous by a legend which claims that this town is the centre of the Earth. You will get to know the beauty of the Mura and Drava rivers best of all in Čakovec, the capital of Međimurje county; and you can get to know a little about the Celts in this area of Croatia if you visit Sisak, the capital of Sisak-Moslavina county, located at the confluence of the Kupa and Sava rivers.

In the vicinity are the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park and Čigoć, a ‘museum-village’ of wooden architecture and home to storks.

Maja Danica Pečanić
West of Sisak is the county of Zagreb. Among the larger towns here is Samobor, within the Žumberak-Samobor Highlands Nature Park, which offers visitors its long carnival tradition and its kremšnita: a custard, cream and puff-pastry cake. There is also the town of Sveta Nedelja, where, in the nearby village of Kerestinec, is a castle from the Erdödy dynasty.

Central Croatia

Rural Quiet and Relaxation

Continental Croatia is an oasis of tranquility, with gentle hills home to age-old forests, vineyards and the Sava, Drava and Mura rivers sheltering the local towns from the summer heat.