Continental Croatia – Not Everything in the Sea
Top 10 Destinations of Continental Croatia That You Must Visit
Do you know where is exposed Orion, the oldest Indo-European calendar? According to which vegetable is known village Vidovec near Varazdin? And which monster is sleeping under the old city Zrinski in Cakovec? If some would like to make the inventory of the most interesting tourist destinations and attractions in Croatia about which you have never heard, some of them would be at the top. All are on the continent and all are too familiar.
While cars in the traffic jams goes to the Adriatic Sea, in the north of Croatian tourists cross the border – on a bicycle. Even 360 kilometres of trails are offered the so-called cycle tourists, from the source of the river Mura in Austria via Slovenia to the mouth of the river Drava in Croatia.
Croatia has so far been perceived as a destination for sun and sea for summer vacation. The development of selective forms of tourism such as cycling and golf, Croatia becomes a more attractive destination outside the summer months and the extended weekend vacation.
1. Neanderthal Museum
Neanderthals are a magical and mystical concept of the European early man, one of the many secrets of our beginnings. Who were these people older than 30 or almost 300 thousand years? Do you want answers to those questions, come to the Museum of the Krapina Neanderthal in Krapina, Croatia!
2. Ethno-village Kumrovec
Ethno-village Kumrovec is most traditional place in Croatia and shows visitors an authentic look of Zagorje village from the early 20th century. With over forty restored buildings of traditional architecture you can found out how our ancestors lived. There are traditional garden and gardens and barns – everything what is made a rich mosaic of life in the countryside.
The house of Josip Broz Tito is restored at the centre of the village and contains an ethnographic and historical exhibition. (Josip Broz Tito was the president of Yugoslavia for 35 years, the state which broke up in 1991 years. With the disintegration of SFRY was created seven new countries in South East Europe. The time of their occurrence is marked by images modified by conflict and violence and huge material damage, losses in human lives and largest wave of refugees that occurred after the Second World War in Europe.)
3. Trakoscan Castle
Trakoscan Castle is one of the most attractive in Croatia; is located in the Croatian Zagorje, 23 km northeast of Krapina, 40 km southwest of Varazdin. Trakoscan with the park and the lake is a unique example of a preserved architectural heritage. The items date from the 15th to the 19th century.
4. “Little Vienna” (The Baroque Varazdin held and Spancirfest)
Spancirfest is a street festival held in the city of Varazdin, on its streets and squares. This festival has several smaller festivals components: Comedy Fest, Hlapec Fest (childrens shows, for children up to 14 years), Moderato Fest (for lovers of classical music concerts), Jazz Festival, Rhythm Fest (concerts, various styles of music) and Street Fest (street artists, acrobats, jugglers, puppet shows).
Vukovar is an old baroque city, known for the war and terrible destruction. Among a number of attractive, but in the war severely damaged buildings, highlight is castle of the Eltz from 18 century, baroque buildings in the centre of town, the Franciscan monastery, the parish church of St Philip and St Jacob Orthodox parish church of St Nicholas and others. Out of town on the banks of the river Dunav toward Ilok, is the Vucedol, a rich archaeological site. Ovcara is the name for the largest single massacre of Homeland War in Croatia.
6. Djakovo Horse Farm
7. Kutjevo (cellars with the high-quality wines)
8. Nature Park Kopacki rit
Kopacki rit was included in the list of ornithological important areas – IBA (Important Bird Area), and was also nominated for inclusion in UNESCO (World Natural Heritage). Park has great tourist potential. Besides the preserved nature and rich flora and fauna, the cultural and historical heritage, in the village of Tikves are castle used for hunting, residential complex from the 19th century (used by King Alexander and President Tito) and hunting country house.
9. Kuterevo (Shelter for bears in Lika)
In Kuterevo in Lika, nature lovers and these majestic animals are formed the Velebit shelter for young bears where their home will find bears who are prematurely separated from their mothers and would hardly survive in nature. Visit Kuterevo and find out about the life of a bear!
10. Ivana’s House of Fairytales
Ivana’s House of fairy tales is a multimedia and interdisciplinary centre for visitors. Ivana’s House of fairy tales is a topical route in the form of stylized fairy tale characters from fairytales, which visitors learn about the magic of Ogulin, interpreting various facilities such as natural and cultural attractions in a manner imbued with fairytale.