Zagorje – ○ The landscape of itsy villages squirreled between verdantly forested hills, vineyards and cornfields, and medieval castles was made for easygoing road trips and presents a relaxed foil to the bustling Mediterranean south ○ A trip here is blissfully crowd-free, although less so on summer weekends when day-tripping families from the capital debunk en masse to storm the area. ○ a showcase of baroque architecture ○ Whether you want to feast on hearty cuisine at rustic restaurants, get a taste of village life or tour ancient castles, with Zagorje you’re in for an offbeat treat. ○ Top sights – ■ Krapina – ● Church of Virgin Mary of Jerusalem ● Museum of the Krapina Neanderthal – ○ the largest Neanderthal fossil haul ever found in Europe. ■ Varaždin – ● a showcase of scrupulously restored baroque architecture and well-tended gardens and parks. ● day trip from Zagreb, 81km to the south ■ Kumrovec Staro Selo Museum ● the village of Kumrovec has been transformed into an open-air ethnographic museum. A re-creation of a 19th-century village ■ Trakošćan Castle – 80km northwest of Zagreb, is worth a visit for its well-presented museum and attractive grounds.
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