Cultural and history attractions

Krapina Neanderthal Museum

Krapina Neanderthal Museum covers a surface area of around 1,200 m² and is one of the most modern museums in Croatia and central Europe. Find out the interesting story about the life and culture of the Krapina Neanderthal, enjoy the many multimedia components and other contents, as well as very specific architecture. Marked paths connect the new museum with the Neanderthal excavation site on the Hušnjakovo hill.
The museum is located in Krapina, 15 km from the Hotel Villa Magdalena.

The Old Village Museum, Kumrovec

Museum “The Old Village” Kumrovec is the unique open air museum in which are presented crafts and traditions of Croatian Zagorje between 19th and 20th century. The permanent exhibition of ethnographic and historical exhibitions are: weaving, gingerbread, pottery, blacksmith products and birthplace of Josip Broz Tito.


In Croatian Zagorje there is plenty of castles and manors which today are open as museums. Most recognizable ones are Veliki Tabor, Trakošćan and Bežanec.


Castle Veliki Tabor is located near the town of Desinić. The first tower was built in the 12th century, the other semicircular towers were built in the 15th and 16th centuries and today’s appearance is from approximately 1820.
The most significant owners of the castle were the Counts Celjski, Ratkaj and the great croatian painter Oton Iveković.
Particular attention is given to the courtyard with a large 30-meter well and a large rustic hall decorated with helebards.
UNESCO rated the Castle as the highest category of monument.


Trakošćan Castle was built in the 13th century and changed several owners. Over the centuries, the owners were Counts Celjski, general Jan Vitovac, Ivaniš Korvin, and Ivan Gyulay. Marsal Juraj V. Drašković reconstructed a neglected castle and transformed the environment into a romantic garden. Today, it is a mansion owned by the Republic of Croatia and has a permanent exhibition.


The closest castle to Krapinske Toplice is the castle Bežanec which is restored but can only be visited with previous announcement.


Along with sights mentioned above, other cultural heritages include:

  • The Peasants’ revolt Museum in Gornja Stubica and Oršić Castle.
  • Zelenjak resort – monument to Croatian anthem “Lijepa naša”