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Central Croatia

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Central Croatia is Croatian region located in the very heart of Croatia.
All these areas are continental, hilly and mountainous areas, and differ very much from Slavonia or Coastal Croatian Areas in terms of landscape as well as climate.
These areas of Croatia are popular destinations for visitors that are not very keen on beaches, but prefer breathtaking mountain views, walks and hikes, skiing in the winter as well as visiting numerous Baroque towns and palaces.



A city in the region of Pokuplje, where the rivers of Kupa, Mreznica, Korana and Dobra flow next to each other.
The town is located 55 km southwest of Zagreb.

It is a cultural (theater, winter artists’ colony, Koran Sculpture Park), commercial and industrial center.
Karlovac developed around a fortified Renaissance town in the 16th century, between the rivers of Kupa and Korana.
Only trenches remain of the fortresses, while some 10 beautiful and straight streets with valuable Baroque edifices and buildings and the main square are left from the old town.
Particularly interesting are the Early Baroque Sv. Trojstvo church with a Franciscan Monastery, as well as the national pilgrimage site Sv. Josip.
Other valuable buildings are the theater Zorin dom, City Museum, Music School, and the well-preserved Medieval fortress Dubovac, nowadays a hotel.
Its attractive location on four rivers (Kupa, Korana, Mreznica and Dobra), as well as its favorable position on the main road connecting Zagreb to the Adriatic contribute to the development of tourism, particularly overnight tourism.
Vrbanic Park and Marmont’s Plane Tree Alley are protected horticultural monuments, while Banski Moravci east of the city is a special biological reserve.



A town in the Hrvatsko Zagorje region, 57 km north of Zagreb.
The first urban center when entering Croatia from the northeastern side and the center of Hrvatsko Zagorje.
Placed near the river Krapinčica, it lies in an area of peculiar beauty, abundant in gentle hills and romantic castles.
Krapina is known all over the world  as the most important site of remains of Neanderthal man.

Dragutin Gorjanović-Kramberger became famous for his research on the finds.

Highlights of the Place:
Museum of evolution and of prehistoric man, Town from the Middle Ages above the center of Krapina, Regional Museum Ljudevit Gaj, Gallery of the city of Krapina.



is a city in North Croatia, 81 km (50 mi) north of Zagreb on the highway A4.
The centre of Varaždin county is located near the Drava river.
Varaždin represents the best preserved and richest urban complex in continental Croatia.
The Old Town (fortress) is an example of medieval defensive buildings.
Construction began in the 14th century, typical of Gothic architecture in Croatia.
Today Varaždin is a popular destination for the summer holidays.
In the summer time, actions are taken to attract hundreds of thousands of tourists that come to Varaždin and its surroundings for the holidays.
The city has numerous areas of interests ranging from cultural areas (reflected by many museums, galleries and theaters in the area), shopping centers in the downtown core, various sports and recreation facilities, also a rich history in cuisine. The close of the Varaždin Touristic Season is brought down by two annual festivals.

The annual Špancir Fest begins at the end of August and ends in September (lasts for 10 days). At this time the city welcomes artists, street performers, musicians and vendors for what is called "the street walking festival".
The city is home to the Varaždin's Baroque Evenings festival (Varaždinske Barokne Večeri), inaugurated in 1971: it honors baroque music and its culture which holds a special place in Varaždin's identity.
Varaždin is also the host of the "Radar festival", which hosts concerts at the end of summer. It has already hosted musical stars such as Bob Dylan, Carlos Santana, The Animals, Manic Steet Preachers, Solomon Burke...and many more.



is a city in central Croatia located at the confluence of the Kupa, Sava, and Odra rivers, 57 km southeast of the Croatian capital Zagreb.
Sisak is Croatia's biggest river port and a centre of river shipping industry (Dunavski Lloyd).
Chief occupations are farming, ferrous metallurgy (iron works), chemicals, leather (footwear), textiles and food processing plants (dairy products, alcoholic beverages), building material, crude oil refinery, and thermal power.
Sisak features the largest Croatian metallurgic factory and the largest oil refinery in Croatia and has many rich mineral springs (spas) with healing properties in the temperature range from 42 to 54 °C.
Sports and recreation facilities in the town and the surroundings include mainly the waters and alluvial plains a public beach on the Kupa.
All rivers (Kupa, Odra, Sava) with their backwaters offer fishing opportunities. There are hunting grounds in the regions of Turopolje and Posavina.
Sisak is the starting point for sightseeing tours into Lonjsko Polje (Field of Lonja river) nature park.


Slunj, RastokeSlunj

is a town in the mountainous part of Central Croatia, located along the important North-South route to the Adriatic Sea between Karlovac and Plitvice Lakes National Park, on the meeting of the rivers Korana and Slunjčica.
Slunj is famous for its little waterfalls and the well-preserved corn mills (dating back to the 18th century) in the picturesque lower part of the town, called Rastoke.
At Slunj, the Slunjčica river (also called “Slušnica“ by local people) flows over several waterfalls and cascades into the Korana river.
Here is also the location of the 22 water mills of Rastoke. As a place of autochthonous ecologic and ethnographic significance, Rastoke is developing as a tourist center characterized by its traditional architecture, gastronomic pleasures and specific local cultural customs.
Rastoke is again becoming an important inter station on the way to or from the Adriatic Sea worth visiting.
The area around Slunj offers many activities for recreation, such as swimming, canoeing, rafting, fishing, hunting, mountain biking, hiking,riding, or even the visiting of caves. In the proximity to Rastoke there is a natural bathing site at the Korana river which is very popular among local residents.

Central Croatia photos


Old Bridge, SisakOld Bridge over river Kupa, SisakFortress of Old Town SisakSisakPosavina horse, Odra field near SisakPosavina horse, Odra field near SisakGvozdansko CastleTopuskoHrvatska KostajnicaTrakošćan Castle, VaraždinThe Trakošćan Lake, VaraždinThe Trakošćan Lake, VaraždinKarlovacOld town Dubovac, KarlovacKupa River, KarlovacRastoke, SlunjParish church of St. Peter 1831, Ivanić-GradSamoborSamoborSamoborSamoborSamoborSamoborSamoborSamoborČazma-surroundings.jpg


information source: Generalturist

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