The Croatian Zagorje with its picturesque hills, numerous small rivers and woods is located in the northwestern part of Croatia. The nature of this region inspired not only creative people — artists, poets and writers.
Zagorje is not so far from the capital of Croatia – Zagreb city
In the previous centuries, many noble and rich people built their family estates and palaces here. Nowadays. Vineyards, forests of Medvednica, Ivancica, Maceljsko gorje, and the thermal springs found in the area — Krapinske, Stubicke and Tuhelske toplice — have become the basis for tourism development.
On the territory of the Croatian Zagorje there is one of the most famous holy places of Croatia – Marija Bistrica, the settlement of Krumovec, the place of birth of Josip Broz Tito, where every year, on his birthday, on the 25th of May, Tito’s admirers from different countries of the world assemble.
Zagorje in autumn
The best season to explore Zagorje region of Croatia is the autumn, when the hills and nature around multicolor – yellow, orange, red, gold!
Photo by Branka Masic
Zagorje is an agricultural region of Croatia.
Every autumn, Zagorje hosts bicycle tours, as well as picking corn, Harvest and Mushrooms.
Autumn in Veliki Tabor Castle traditionally hosts the weekend of the Medieval Holidays.
The Croatian Zagorje has one of the leading places in Europe as long as the number of monuments located on its territory is concerned.
Zagorje is a place of picturesque uniquely preserved nature.
Proximity to Slovenia, Italy and Hungary makes Zagorje a popular tourist destination with modern hotels, many of which are decorated in the architectural style of Zagorje and offering the famous Zagorje cuisine.
Best hotels and hostel in Zagorje
Hotel Pension Vuglec Breg 3* Krapina
SUPERB rating 9.0 / 10
Review score based on 232 reviews
Distance to Krapina: 7 km
Distance to Zagreb: 60 km
Add: modern rooms in 4 traditional Zagorje north Croatian cottages, some rooms include large living rooms, fireplace, comfortable sofas and private terrace. There is a terrace, garden, bicycles for rent at the house. For the children offered pony riding. Free parking & Wi-Fi
Cost room 2 per: from 87 euro
Wellness Hotel Villa Magdalena 4* Krapina
SUPERB rating 9.2 / 10
Review score based on 150 reviews
Distance to Krapina: 7 km
Distance to Zagreb: 45 km
Add: exclusive 4-star hotel, situated on a picturesque hill in the centre of Krapinske Toplice, which thermal water is ranked sixth best in Europe. The spa includes hot tubs with thermal water, saunas and relaxation area with heated benches. Indoor pool, free parking, free Wi-Fi
Cost room 2 per: from 165 euro
Terme Tuhelj Hotel Well 4* Tuhelj
VERY GOOD rating 8.2 / 10
Review score based on 483 reviews
Distance to Tuhelj:
Distance to Zagreb: 40 km
Add: hotel is located near a spring of thermal water Terme Tuhelj, free access to indoor & outdoor swimming pools, fitness centre, aqua aerobic, aqua stretching classes. The large spa area includes 4 Finnish saunas, 3 steam saunas, a hot tub, relaxation room with water beds and many more facilities. SpaeVita centre offers you a wide range of massages & more. For guests hiking tours, morning gymnastics. Healthy snacks and drinks can be enjoyed in the wellness bar.
Cost room 2 per: from 194 euro
Bluesun Hotel Kaj 4* Marija Bistrica
SUPERB rating 9.0 / 10
Review score based on 155 reviews
Distance to Marija Bistrica:
Distance to Zagreb: 40 km
Add: hotel is situated on the slopes of Zagrebačka Gora, the chefs at the restaurant were trained at the Ritz Escoffier Ecole culinary academy in Paris. Extensive spa and wellness area of Bluesun features a whirlpool with hydro massages, diverse saunas and a variety of beauty treatments. The restaurant has a terrace with barbecue possibilities & a winter garden
Cost room 2 per: from 109 euro
Terme Jezercica hotel 3* Donja Stubica
VERY GOOD rating 8.4 / 10
Review score based on 107 reviews
Situated in Donja Stubica
Distance to Zagreb: 30 km
Add: situated next to Medvednica Nature Park, hotel offers 5 indoor pools with 2 whirlpool tubs, 3 outdoor pools, 4 Finnish saunas, 1 steam bath and a wellness centre. Its rooms, pools and sauna have access to natural thermal water
Cost room 2 per: from 102 euro
Hotel Orion 3* Ivanec
FABULOUS rating 8.6 / 10
Review score based on 134 reviews
Situated in Ivanec
Distance to Varazdin: 20 km
Add: situated in Horvatsko village, 3 km from centre of Ivanec, hiking is possible on Ivančica Mountain, 3 km away, and Ravna Gora Mountain, 10 km away. Trakošćan Castle is 15 km away, while the charming Baroque town of Varaždin is at a distance 20 km, border of Slovenia is about 12,5 km from the hotel
Cost room 2 per: from 61 euro
Hostel Vila Terme Tuhelj 3* Tuhelj
GOOD rating 7.4 / 10
Review score based on 18 reviews
Distance to Tuheljske Toplice: 250 meters
Distance to Zagreb: 32 km
Add: situated in Tuheljske Toplice, offering an outdoor pool and SPA centre, there is a 24-hour front desk, a cash machine, hairdresser’s, gift shop. Bike hire is available at the hostel, this area is popular for cycling. Rogaška Slatina of Slovenia is 32 km.
Cost for 1 person in 6-bed room: from 15 euro
Klanec – town with many centuries of history and culture
Klanec, a romantic cultural and historical centre in the western part of the Croatian Zagorje, lying on the river Sutla, is located on the very border of Croatia and Slovenia.
Klanec is a small town with great history. It was founded as a settlement near the fortres of Caesargrad in the 12th or the 13th century. In historical documents, it was first mentioned in 1463. After changing its owners several times, in 1521, it became the fief of the noble Croatian-Hungatian family Erdodi. This family ruled this area for four centuries and had a considerable impact not only on the future of Croatia, but of the whole Europe. The members of the Erdodi family participated in numerous battles with the Osman empire and with their victories, they influenced the fates of the peoples of Croatia and Europe. When in 1603 they built Novi Dvor Caesadgradski palace, the Erdodi family announced the advent of a new style in culture — Baroque, which appeared in the cultural circles of Vienna only seven years later. Apart from the palace, in 1630, by the order of Sigismund and Nikola Erdodi, the church of the Annunciation of the Holy Virgin, one of the first sacral monuments in the style of early Baroque, is built, and the mausoleum of the Erdodi family, as well as a Franjen monastery. The restored sarcofaguses, taken out of the tomb under the main altar, have not only a historical importance, but they are also evidence that the Erdodi family belonged to the feudal elite of the time. The economig might of the family was such that in their burial rites, they began to imitate the Habsburg dynasty.
A large role in the development of this place was also played by the market located in the town square, up to the 19th century. Throughout its hundreds of years long history, Klanec has been the cradle of numerous famous people in the spheres of culture, science and art of Croatia. The author of the anthem of Croatia “Our Beautiful” Antun Mihanovic spent some part of his life in Klanec. In 1910, a statue of Mihanovic was placed in the main square. The motifs of his home region were moved into the paintings of the great scenery painter Oton Ivekovic. The famous sculptor Antun Augustinic was also born in Klanec. The creator of the first Croatian dictionary Ivan Broz was also born here, among many other people.
Free from the hustle and bustle of the modern cities, Klanec gives its citizens and guests an opportunity to have a walk along quiet streets or forest paths after dinner and see the nearby St Florian church, the protector of the town, and to enjoy fishing on the river Sutla.