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The Zagreb County

The Zagreb County
The Zagreb County is an attractive all year round tourism and leisure destination which surrounds Zagreb and is often referred to as the «Zagreb Ring». Geographically, it is a diverse area with Marijagorička and Žumberak mountainous areas in the west, Turopolje, Pokuplje and Vukomeričke Gorice lowlands in the south which furthermore stretch to the east.

Natural sites which stand out are the nature parks Medvednica and Žumberak – Samoborsko Gorje, special reserves Crna Mlaka and Japetić, the special botanical reserve Cret Dubravica and the ornithological reserve River Sava.

The culturally-historical sites of the Zagreb County are: the town centre of Samobor, the remains of Zelingrad and Okićgrad as examples of ancient architecture from Turopolje, the castle and the Baroque church in Jastrebarsko, the so-called path of the six castles in the Zaprešić area, the new castles of Ban Josip Jelačić, the Baroque Gothic church of St. Martin in Dugo Selo from the 16th century, which dates back to 1209, the castle Drašković in Božjakovina, the mausoleum of the De Pinnes family in Vrbovec, the tower of Petar Zrinski in Vrbovec and the castle „Patačić“.

The developed rural tourism offers various possibilities, from a tour in a hot air balloon, a carriage ride, horse and pony riding, various sports and recreation contents, walking through forests, visits to wine cellars, wine tastings in family wineries, touring the native ethno collections, mill work demonstrations or weaver`s looms and a pleasant stay in the greenery of nature.

The sites of the Zagreb County are very diverse. There, one can find lakes and fish ponds which can be enjoyed by fishing enthusiasts while others can enjoy walks in the nature. Certain holiday resorts, along with accommodation and domestic wine and gastro offers, also offer riding schools. At some resorts visitors can be introduced to the eco breeding of trout, the production and preparation of healthy food and medicinal herb products.

One of the specialities of the `Zagreb Ring` are certainly the vineyards and wine cellars. The Zagreb County is among the most respected wine growing areas in Croatia. Moreover, by grape and wine production it is the first in Croatia. The natural conditions, the earth, sun and climate, but also the hard working hands of the viticulturists and wine makers nurture the noble liquid every year and then offer it to picky experts and `ordinary` lovers of good wine. The recognized wine producers come from the areas of Samobor, Jastrebarsko, Sveti Ivan Zelina and Vrbovac.

Towns and villages in the county

Brdovec, Dubravica and Marija Gorica

This area is located in the west part of the Zagreb County and borders with Slovenia and the Krapina-Zagorje County. This is an area of rich cultural-historical heritage, covered with forests, tame wine - growing hills covered with lush vegetation, plains and well maintained terrains with a large number of holiday houses. Some of the most famous culturally-historical sites are: the Brdovec parish, the castles Januševec (Prigorje Brdovečko) and Vranyczany-Dobrinović (Laduč) as well as the Baroque church of the Holy Virgin Mary in Marija Gorica.

Sites of interest:

Cret Dubravica - Cret (peat moss) near Dubravica, located at the foot of Lugarski hill, which was proclaimed a special botanical reserve in 1966. This is one of the rare habitats of the bug eating plant, the round leafed `rosika`, the only kind of its species that grows in Croatia.

The elephant ancestor from Marija Gorica - the Dinotherium - first discovered in Marija Gorica, when the fossil remains of this giant animal were excavated. The coat of armour of Marija Gorica County is painted with the image of this amazing being – the Dinotherium giganteum.

Dugo Selo

The history and culture of this area are marked with the name of St. Martin, but also by the Knight Templars. The wine growing and making tradition of this area resulted in many tourist events connected to wine, such as `Vincekovo` on Martin Breg – which marks the beginning of vineyard works and St. Martin`s Day, the Christening of young wine. Well known rural households of this area are those of Bunčić family, the Matezović family resort, the agricultural family resort Orlando Sesan and others.

Ivanić Grad

This town is located along river Lonja in Moslavina, along the motorway Zagreb-Lipovac. It was first mentioned in documents in the 13th century (1206). Centuries gone by have left a rich historical and cultural heritage and monuments worth seeing. The town is also famous for the health resort Naftalan and the traditional gastro-event Bučijada. Unmissable places for lovers of good food and wine are definitely the agro tourism farm Kezele, the Malec winery and the wine tasting facility of the Brenta winemakers association.

Jastrebarsko

Also better known as Jaska, this town lies along Zagreb-Karlovac motorway. Jastrebarsko and its surroundings, with a long tradition in tourism, are a favourite destination among the residents of Zagreb and attract with their beautiful landscapes, wine-growing hills, natural reserves and numerous culturally-historical monuments – churches, monasteries and castles. Situated close by are some attractive destinations such as the ornithological reserve Crna Mlaka, the Plešivica wine road and the highest peak of the Samobor mountain – Japetić (879m). The tourism country estate Šimanović, the Repro Eko family estate and the Stipković and Ciban country estates are just some of the places worth visiting.

Krašić

Krašić is a famous pilgrimage destination which apart from religious contents offers sports activities, from mountaineering to golf.

Križ

Križ is a village located on a hill around the church of the Elevation of the Holy Cross in the valley of river Česma along Zagreb-Lipovac motorway. This area boasts a rich cultural heritage, authentic rural wooden architecture, while the archaeological site Sipćine near Okešinac is a witness to early inhabitancy. The south part of the borough encircles Žutica Forest - an oil field, while in the east side of the forest there is Veliki Jantak, which is significant as a hunting ground. Česma River is ideal for fishing.

Pisarovina

Located between Vukomeričke Gorice, river Kupa and Draganićka Forest, Pisarovina is surrounded by picturesque landscape - plains and hills covered with old oak forests and winding streams and small rivers which descend towards the clear river Kupa. South of Pisarovina is Jamnička Kiselica, the source of the popular mineral water „Jamnica“discovered in 1770. The first chemical analysis of the water was made in 1772, at the request of the Emperess Maria Theresa and in 1828, for the first time in this part of Europe, bottles, which were intended for the open market, were filled.

Samobor

Located on the slopes of the Samobor Mountain, this Baroque town is the most popular excursion destination among the people of Zagreb, who come here to enjoy its charm, natural beauty, museums, restaurants, pubs and the unique gastronomy offer. From 1809 to 1813 it was the residence of the canton of Napoleon`s Iirian province, and some recipes from that time are still used today to create famous specialities like `muštarda` (grape mustard) and `bermet`(aperitif). The most famous by far are Samobor `kremšnite` (cream cakes). The surrounding area of Samobor also has a lot to offer. There is the Slavagora rural estate, the Ethno house at the foot of Mount Okić, the Žumberak eco village, the Bio Park Divlje vode and the households Oslakovć and Sirovica.

Sveta Nedelja

A small town located on a position which encircles the plains and hilly area between Sava, Okić and Samobor mountains. This parish was first mentioned in 1501. It is a favourite destination because of its various sports and recreation contents: walks, cycling, fishing on the lakes, tennis, paintball, adrenalin park and a great hospitality offer.

Sveti Ivan Zelina

This picturesque town located along the valley of river Lonja is an old cultural and economical centre of the Croatian Prigorje. It is famous for its wine and the wine road which passes through the wine-growing areas from Donja Zelina towards Nespeš and Gornji Psarjev and Sv. Ivan Zelina. This area is rich in cultural heritage monuments among which there is one that stands out: the medieval town Zelingrad. There are various possibilities for sports and recreation (tennis courts, mountaineering, cycling, motorbike riding and others). Rural tourism is marked by wine and the wine business. Stjepan Jarec, Kristijan Kure, Zdravko Puhalek, Mirko and Željko Kos are just some of the top wine producers of this area. On the wine road there is the excursion resort Ljubekov Gaj and the Kušić family country estate.

Velika Gorica

The largest town in the `Zagreb Ring` is located on a hilly part of Vukomeričke Gorice and the plain part of Turopolje and has a population of around 70000. Very near by is the village Pleso, the home of Zagreb`s main airport. This area is rich in culturally-historical sites from ancient history to today as well as sacral and ethnological monuments. Also here is the famous archaeological site Andautonia in the village of Ščitarjevo. This whole area has a rich gastronomy offer in the numerous restaurants and excursion destinations around the city.

Vrbovec

The first written trace of this town dates back to 1244. In 1528, in the time of defence from the Turks, a castle was built, of which only a cylinder tower remains today. Vrbovec area is rich in valuable cultural heritage, numerous rural excursion destinations, places for relaxation, a fantastic gastronomic experience and sports facilities. On the ecological estate Zrno in Habijanovec one can have a tasty and healthy meal, buy domestic products and take part in various workshops as well as stay the night.

Zaprešić

Zaprešić and its surroundings offer the most tourism contents, for example a tour of the castles (Lužnica, Gornja Bistra, Jakovlje), numerous churches, animal and plant life reserves, a good gastronomic offer and traditional events. Here we have the New Jelačić Castle, one of the best preserved feudal estates in Croatia. There is also the Horse riding club Trajbar Team and the restaurant Potkova, Dva Potoka excursion site, Kraljev Vrh tennis centre and Zeleni Gaj picnic zone.

The Tourist Board of the Zagreb County
www.tzzz.hr
 
 

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