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The Essential Guide to Continental Croatia

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While Croatia’s inland region remains mostly off the radar and free of crowds, it’s packed with attractions and reasons to visit. Just outside the country’s thriving capital, Zagreb, lies the pastoral, hilly landscapes of Zagorje, home to vineyards, farm stays, small villages, and a fascinating museum dedicated to our Neanderthal roots. Head north from there to explore medieval castles, historic family wineries, and remarkably preserved Baroque towns. To the east, in the region of Slavonia that borders Serbia and Hungary, you’ll find a biosphere reserve that’s touted as “the Amazon of Europe,” along with enchanting wine routes and a museum that sheds light on one of Europe’s least-known ancient cultures.
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40312, Sveti Urban, Croatia
For a taste of Croatia’s lesser-known wine region, head to the rolling hills of Međimurje, near the border with Slovenia and Hungary. It’s here, in the village of Sveti Urban, that you’ll find the charming, family-run Lovrec...
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Varaždin, Croatia
Head to Croatia’s northern tip to explore the town of Varaždin, which features a remarkably preserved baroque core with cobblestone streets, pastel-colored palaces, and century-old churches. The highlight is the fortress, built between the...
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Trakošćan 1, 42253, Trakošćan, Croatia
Take a stroll through history at the 13th-century Trakošćan Castle, which is perched on a verdant hill in the north of Croatia. Visitors can explore the medieval fortress, with its well-preserved kitchen and dungeon areas, and check out the...
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Šetalište Vilibalda Sluge bb, 49000, Krapina, Croatia
Evolution buffs will have a field day at this museum, which explores human history with a special focus on the Neanderthal period. It’s built directly adjacent to Hušnjakovo hill, a Paleolithic site discovered in 1899 that is now...
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Škarićevo 151, 49224, Škarićevo - Krapina, Croatia
Northwest of Zagreb, the Zagorje region is full of storybook hamlets, medieval castles, vineyard-strewn hills, and maze-like corn fields. To experience the area in a capsule, spend a night or two at Vuglec Breg, a rural retreat in the village of...
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Ul. Josipa Broza 19, 49295, Kumrovec, Croatia
Traverse the bucolic landscape of the Zagorje region, famed for its vineyard-covered hills and postcard-worthy villages, to the Staro Selo Museum, located in the village of Kumrovec. The unique institution offers visitors an inside look at...
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Looming above Zagreb, the wooded Medvednica Nature Park is where outdoorsy city dwellers flock on sunny weekends. A hiking trail up Sljeme mountain takes about three hours but, once you reach the top, you can reward yourself the local...
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Trg kralja Tomislava 5, 10430, Samobor, Croatia
With its cobblestone streets and manicured parks, the quaint town of Samobor is a charmer in itself. More so than the pretty setting, however, people come here for U Prolazu. The popular pastry shop sells the best version of Samobor’s...
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Suza, Croatia
A small, triangle-shaped area in the far northeast of Croatia, Baranja stretches toward Serbia and Hungary, where the Drava and Danube rivers meet. A land of gentle hills, wheat fields, and pretty villages, it’s recently emerged as one of...
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Kopačko jezero, 31327, Kopačevo, Croatia
Between the Danube and Drava rivers in Croatia’s northeastern region of Baranja, the Kopački Rit Nature Park comprises 68 square miles of pristine wetlands and forests. In this natural wonderland, visitors can meander along wooden...
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Ul. Franje Kuhača 25, 31000, Osijek, Croatia
For real-deal Slavonian food in a fantastic atmosphere, you can’t do better than this rustic restaurant in the Baroque heart of Osijek. Here, a series of wood-clad rooms are done up in taxidermy and countryside-themed bric-a-brac, giving...
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Franjevačka ul. 12, 31000, Osijek, Croatia
Among the sweetest guesthouses in all of Slavonia is Maksimilian. The family-run retreat sits in the historic heart of Osijek, known as Tvrđa (Fortress), and boasts a lovely courtyard, 12 charming rooms with period details, and hearty breakfasts...
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Trojstvo ul., 32000, Vukovar, Croatia
In a striking new building on one of Europe’s most extensive archeological sites, this state-of-the-art museum shines light on one of the world’s lesser-known ancient cultures. It was in this exact location, just down the Danube River...
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At this swampland nature park southeast of Zagreb, storks are the showcase. In Čigoć, one of the park’s heritage villages, the birds are even known to nest on the wooden houses before heading south for the winter. Grab a pair of binoculars...
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Bijela Vodica 48, 51317, Crni Lug, Croatia
Tucked away in the mountainous region of Gorski Kotar between the Adriatic coast and continental Croatia, Risnjak National Park is named after the lynx (ris in Croatian) that roams its wooded wilderness. The park is also home to bears and wolves...
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Croatia’s oldest and biggest national park, Plitvice is a four-season playground known for its pristine forests, stunning waterfalls, and dozens of turquoise lakes. To see it all, trek along the wooden pathways that twist through...
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Velika Plana 5, 53213, Velika Plana, Croatia
Hidden away in the hamlet of Velika Plana inside the Velebit Mountain Biosphere Reserve, this ranch retreat is the perfect place to discover Croatia’s rugged Lika region. Either book a stay in one of the units (which range from teepees and...