Our walk through the streets of the Upper Town will take us to St. Mark’s Church, a symbol of Zagreb, to the best view of Zagreb from under the Lotrščak Tower and to the Stone Gate where we light a candle. Only in Zagreb the noon is announced by the cannon firing from the Lotrščak Tower and city parks are arranged in the form of a horse shoe. Zagreb has Maksimir, the oldest public cultivated park in Europe and Archaeological Museum is proud to present the mummy with the longest Etruscan epitaph…
The journey through Zagreb’s heritage and tradition will be enriched by the unique taste of pepper biscuits and visit one of the upper town cafes.
Međimurje wine road
Tradition says that the Romans were the first to plant grapevines on the gentle hills of Međimurje. Today, good asphalt roads, connecting about thirty wine cellars and tasting rooms, run through the picturesque landscape streaked with more than 2, 500 acres of vineyards. There, one can taste excellent white wines (Sauvignon, Moslavac, Chardonnay, Welschriesling, Rhine Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Traminer, Zeleni Silvanac, Yellow Muscat…) and some red wines (Pinot blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon…). The wines range from excellent blend wines, through high quality sort wines, to superior predicates – late harvest and ice wines. Wine tasting in nicely furnished tasting rooms offering a possibility to taste traditional home-made cold cuts. Individual visits to wine cellars and tasting rooms should be appointed by phone at least a few hours prior to the arrival. Individual visits to the wine road can be made by car, by bike or on foot. Except by car, organized tourist groups can visit the wine road by a special wine train. All access routes and facilities are marked by tourist signs. The wine quality andtasting rooms design place this wine road to the very top of Croatian enological offer.As a result, in 2007 it was proclaimed the best product of continental Croatia.
“It stands gloriously even today, from the distance it looks alive bringing the life of the past, it seems that the old noblemen are just preparing us a warm welcome…” (Gj. Szabo)
Veliki Tabor is one of the best preserved late medieval and Renaissance castles in the continental part of Croatia. Built by the noble Rattkay family during the 16th century, it stayed in their arms till 1793. The oldest part of the complex is the central fortified building – donjon – used for dwelling and defence. Later in the 16th century four semicircular towers were built and in the 17th C. the rooms near the north wall were added. Among the owners was a famous Croatian painter, Oton Iveković, whose brush depicted the castle and the picturesque scenery around in numerous paintings. After a huge restoration castle and its musem have proudly open their doors to public, Visitors can now enjoy in the beauty of its architecture, feel the living values of the past and listens to interesting stories and legends.
A jewel of harmony and intimacy, the charm of “Croatia’s Vienna” lies not only in its architecture, but also in its atmospheric squares and lovely streets. The buildings, museums, music and flowers of Varaždin continue to offer a relaxing break from everyday life. The city’s rich history spans eight centuries. It was home to the region’s wealthiest nobles, landowners, artisans and artists, especially in the late 1700s, when the city flourished and became the capital of Croatia. This seat of Varaždin province and bishopric lies at the crossroads of Central Europe: to the south, Zagreb and the Adriatic; to the north, the Czech Republic and Poland; east, Hungary; west, Austria. The unique city-centre combines the breath of the past with the throb of the new millennium. Small wonder it’s such a tourist attraction!
Ljubljana – Capital of Slovenia
Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is a central European city lying between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, in a basin where the Ljubljanica river flows into the Sava. It has all the facilities of a modern capital, and yet it has preserved its small-town friendliness and relaxed atmosphere. It is a vibrant city full of surprises. Its surrounding areas, packed with natural beauty and cultural sights bearing witness to the city’s dynamic history, are renowned for their walking, hiking and cycle trails and a wide variety of culinary delights. Ljubljana is a beautiful city. Irrespective of the weather and time of the year, it has plenty to offer to visitors. It boasts an extraordinary large number of sights, picturesque areas and pleasant nooks and crannies. Distances within Slovenia are short, which makes Ljubljana a perfect base for exploring Slovenia’s diverse beauty.
Plitvice Lakes count among Europe’s most beautiful national parks. They are situated in the mountainous region of Lika, Croatia. A total of 16 lakes lying at different altitudes are separated by travertine barriers and linked by foamy waterfalls and cascades. Their creation is a scientific phenomenon. As the geological processes continue today the lakes and waterfalls are continually changing. The beauty of the lakes and caves, forests and meadows, creeks, rivers and cascades as well a rich flora and fauna are a magnet for tourists from around the world.
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