The Krapina prehistoric man is the first to come to mind when thinking about Krapina, a village in the heart of the Croatian Zagorje. On the nearby Hušnjak hill is one of the largest and richest sites of the Neanderthal prehistoric man in the world. In addition to the site there is a museum with a display of the evolution of man from prehistoric times until today.

The old town, the Church of Sv. Katarina (St. Catherine), the Franciscan monastery with its rare collection of sacral arts and a rich library of rare books, as well as the birth house of Ljudevit Gaj, the Croatian forefather, are evidence of the rich cultural, monumental and historical heritage of this area.

For 40 years, Krapina has been traditionally holding the Kajkavske popevke, a very popular festival of national songs in the Kajkavian dialect.

This is the most popular finding site for the Neanderthal in this part of Europe, discovered by Dragutin Gorjanović – Kramberger in 1899 in a semi-cave on the Hušnjakovo hill. They mounted life-size reconstructions of prehistoric men and animals and they also have a permanent layout – the Evolution Museum.

The age of the Krapina Neanderthal is estimated at 100,000 years. During the excavations in 1905, they collected over 5,000 items (Neanderthal and animal bones, artifacts), 874 of which were remains of human origin. The artifacts belonged to Musterian culture. They also found remains of fireplaces on Hušnjakovo, which leads to the conclusion that the Krapina Neanderthal knew fire.

Tourist board:



  • Magistratska 28
  • 49000 Krapina




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