Around Zagreb, what to visit in Zagreb surrounding

Around Zagreb - The visitors and guests who prefer the countryside and visits to historic sites out of the city will have many opportunities if they visit the Croatian capital, Zagreb. If you want to visit some of the castles and parks in the vicinity of Zagreb, we invite you to make trips to interesting places that you can reach in less than a 30-minute drive. The closest place you can visit is the castle of Ban Jelacic - Novi Dvori Zaprešički. The old castle, which was the home of general Jelacic, is located in park connected to the neighbouring new golf course. Not far from Novi Dvori lies Lužnica, the Rauch family castle; which is today used by the Catholic Church, but it is open for visitors and tourists every Sunday afternoon.

Samobor In the vicinity of Zagreb, there is a small town of Samobor, located along the small chain of hills and low mountains of Samoborsko gorje (a pure climbers’ paradise). Just taking a walk around this small town itself will cheer you up because you feel as if you walk a city from a fairytale. The city is known after its old tradition of production of hand blown carved crystal, its carnival – which is the largest and the oldest one in Croatia, its great restaurants and sweet yellow creamy cakes “Samoborske kremšnite”.

The surrounding of Zagreb offer several routes to choose a perfect excursion for a day or a two-day trip. You can visit the Medvednica hill, or neighbouring Prigorje, Hrvatsko Zagorje or Turopolje regions.
Medvednica hill

Medvednica hill
Medvednica - its top can be reached by a cable car, on foot, by car. This mountain on the northern side of the town is a Natural park. In winter Medvednica is a favourite place for recreation of skiers and in summer it is hiker’s paradise. In addition to hiking trails, there are several mountain huts, e.g. Grafičar, Puntjarek, Hunjka, where you can have a really good meal at a reasonable price. If you are a history fan, you can visit there several interesting sites too: Medvedgrad, a medieval city that is today a monument dedicated to the killed in the Homeland war, the Bliznec altar, St. Jacob's Chapel or the Chapell of St. Mary - the Queen of Croats, Brestovac – which used to be a hospital, but today, unfortunately it is only a ruin. If you like the “underground world” go and visit the "French Mines," the old silver mines or “Zrinski mines”. Beside all that, you would certainly enjoy Kraljičin zdenac (Queen's well), the water source of a small stream called Kraljevec. One of the smallest chapels on the Medvednica slope is the chapel of St. Mary of the Snow in Čučurje Parish, St. Martin Chapel in the Parish of Sutinska Vrela.

Prigorje and Hrvatsko Zagorje

prigorje
Two popular areas for travel-lovers in the vicinity of Zagreb are: Prigorje (rough translation of the name would be “near the mountains”) at the southern foot of Medvednica and Hrvatsko Zagorje (rough translation of the word Zagorje would be “behind the mountains”) in the north of the Medvednica mountain.
Prigorje is well connected with the city of Zagreb, its villages are all located along the Medvednica and are the a source of agricultural products for the city markets. The Prigorje area stretches from the Medvednica mountain in the North to the Kalnička mountain in the South; and from the town of Sveti Ivan Zelina in the East to the Žumberak mountain in the West. Some of the villages and small towns in Progorje are: Kašina, Šestine, Gračani, Remete, Markuševac, Sesvete, Martin Breg and Brdovec. Traditional dresses and red umbrella from Šestine have become the symbol of Zagreb.

Zagorje
The northern part of Prigorje is geographically linked to the area of Hrvatsko Zagorje. In Kumrovec, a little village to the North, you can visit the ethno-village of Zagorje and learn about traditional way of life. There are many places you can visit in Zagorje – let us mention just a few: the Veliki Tabor castle; the town of Krapina, famous after the "The Neanderthal men Museum"; Trakošćan, the most romantic castle in Zagorje; the Oršić castle in Gornja Stubica, today the museum of peasant’s rebellion of 1573; Marija Bistrica, one of the most famous Marian shrines of Our Lady, Mother of God; Belec - small village with a beautiful baroque church of St. Mary of Snow; and the unavoidable baroque city of Varazdin - the beauty of the North. In Hrvatsko Zagorje you can find rich Baroque buildings and paintings and architecture in other different styles: Romanesque, Renaissance and Romantic. Apart from cultural monuments Zagorje abounds in good restaurants and winecellars. Around natural hot springs there are built many pools and spa centers like: Krapinske Toplice, Stubičke Toplice,Tuheljske Toplice, Jezerčica.

Turopolje

Turopolje
Turopolje – the area of plains at the southern border of Zagreb; to be precise - the planes are located in the region called Posavina. Turopolje has been named after a wild ox called "Tur" that was, unfortunately, extinct in the early 19th century. The most famous places in Turopolje are: Velika Gorica, Velika Mlaka, Staro Čiče, Buševec, Kravarsko, Hrašće.

What makes Turopolje special are its traditional wooden houses and the best known ones are: the home of Robić in the village of Buševec, the home of Alapić in the village of Vukovina, the home of Modić-Bedeković in the village of Donja Lomnica, the home of Zlatarić & Pintar in the village of Bukovje and the home of Jelačić in the village of Kurilovec.