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Magazine of Croatian tourism ISSN 1847-1552

Issue 17

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November, 2013 Year V. Not for sale

Ogulin the Homeland of Fairytales Papuk Nature Park

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Table of Contents Issue 17 / November 2013 / Year V / Varaždin, Croatia

Way to Croatia is distributed free of charge, to travel agents and reporters in 47 countries worldwide. Publisher Vall 042 d.o.o. Croatia Maja Šimenc, CEO Editor-in-chief Borislav Šimenc President of Editors Council Željko Trezner Executive Editor Design & Layout Tanja Bunjevac Supported by UHPA Association of Croatian Travel Agencies

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Interview Darko Lorencin, Minister Ministry of Tourism of the Republic Croatia


Ogulin the Homeland of Fairytales


Papuk Nature Park

Interview with Mr.Sc Kristina Kožić, director of Public Institution Papuk Nature Park Protected Areas of the Park The heritage of the Park Educational Trails


Varaždin County the Magic Mount

Bednja - Trakošćan Lepoglava Varaždinske Toplice Ivanec


Čakovec a Town for Everyone

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Island of Krk Biograd na moru Zagreb Events in 2014

Budapest Čakovec (50)

Varaždin County (38)

Ljubljana Munich


Papuk Nature Park (20)


Ogulin (12) Krk (52)


Biograd na moru (58)


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Editor’s Corner The year marked by Croatia’s accession to the European Union will also be registered as a successful tourism year. And also as the year of adopting basic documents for the future development of Croatian tourism and achieving the objective of getting ranked among the 20 most competitive tourist destinations in the world till 2020. The increase in the number of tourists, the good financial result, extraordinary good results in late season, announcements of new investments in the tourism sector as well as the first announcements of arrivals in 2014 are a good tailwind on the road of achieving that objective. And regarding the magazine, we will continue to publish special issues presenting you broader tourism areas with all their contents, sights of interest and useful information for you. In this atmosphere I wish you a successful and happy New 2014 tourism year! Borislav Šimenc, Editor-in-Chief

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Croatian tourism objective:

getting ranked among

top 20

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Interview with DARKO LORENCIN, Minister Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia Q. This tourist year will undoubtedly be characterized by Croatia’s accession to the EU, the adoption of the Croatian Tourism Development Strategy and especially the fact that an increase in tourism traffic was achieved. Since most of our guests always came from the Union, what are the benefits of the formal accession of Croatia to the EU for the Croatian tourism, and are certain new development potentials thereby being opened? A. The accession of Croatia to the European Union took place in the middle of the main tourist season and for us that was a great opportunity for additional promotion since we garnered considerable world and media attention. From the tourism point of view, Croatia is a part of Europe and the European Union for a long time already, since no less than 90 percent of our visitors are arriving from Europe, and of those most of them are from EU member countries, which also are our most important tourist

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We need to develop new cultural, oenological and gastronomic products, business, bike, golf, sport, mountain, adventure, ecological tourism as well as new attractions such as amusement parks and floating hotels.

generating markets. In my opinion we communicated the EU accession well for promotional purposes. The accession of Croatia to the EU undoubtedly opens up new opportunities - due to the accession to the EU one stop controls were set up at borders with Hungary and Slovenia, traffic jams were reduced, and a huge opportunity is opening up for us to withdraw funds from EU funds for tourism infrastructure, education of employees in tourism as well as for small and medium sized enterprises. This is an important year for us, as you are suggesting, due to the adoption of the Croatian Tourism Development Strategy which is our key strategic document with a clearly set objective and that is getting ranked among top 20 countries of the world in terms of competitiveness till 2020. Certainly, this successful season is also a major boost for further growth and development and it was a good season according to all measurable parameters since in the first nine months of this year 11,6 million arrivals were recorded (+5,2 percent) and 69,3 million overnight stays (+3,9 percent) of which in September there were as many as 5,6 percent more

overnight stays in comparison with last year. I am particularly pleased with that since it shows that September is increasingly becoming a constituent part of the main tourist season and it is not the late season any more. Of course, the positive physical indicators had an effect on tourism revenues which, according to the Croatian National Bank data, in the first six months of 2013 increased by 5,7 percent in comparison to the corresponding period of the last year. That is why we expect that this year total revenues from tourism will be higher by two to three percent in comparison to last year‌ Q. In recent years Croatia managed to achieve prestigious results on the foreign tourist market, among other things, due to a series of measures and incentives. Do you plan a continuance of such a policy, in cooperation with the Croatian National Tourist Board, how do you intend to direct it and what are the expectations in that respect? A. The Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian National Tourist Board, among

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other things, by its non-refundable grants system boost the development of the Croatian tourism, particularly in two directions – development of tourism in all Croatian regions in preseason as well as in late season. In order to achieve that goal, it is necessary to offer new contents and attractions. We need to develop new cultural,

By 2020, according to the defined vision, Croatia should be “a globally recognised tourist destination, competitive and attractive for investments, creating jobs and managing in a sustainable way the development on its entire territory, fostering the culture of quality and offering its guests hospitality, safety and a unique diversity of authentic contents and experiences all year round“.

oenological and gastronomic products, business, bike, golf, sport, mountain, adventure, ecological tourism as well as new attractions such as amusement parks and floating hotels. In this way we will create new motives for arrivals in preseason and late season that will generate additional spending and extend the season. Therefore we initiated the preparation of tenders for

the next season in which our grants will be more focused than before. In the forthcoming period I expect a growth of investments in hotel accommodation solutions as well as an increase of the total share of hotel accommodation capacities, investments in the quality and diversification of camps as well as improving the quality and connecting private accommodations. As for all other issues, how to approach individual markets in terms of marketing, we will find answers in our second strategic document – the Strategic Marketing Plan that we will soon present in full to the general public. Q. This year we “acquired” the Croatian Tourism Development Strategy defining the tourist future of the country. What does it look like and can we finally say that there is a new approach to the development of tourism? A. This is the first time that we are ruly approaching the development of tourism – and not letting tourism to just happen by itself. The strategy conducted a successful analysis of performed actions and provided a guideline how to proceed in the future. By 2020, according to the defined vision, Croatia should be “a globally recognised tourist destination, competitive and attractive for investments, creating jobs and managing in a sustainable way the development on its entire territory, fostering the culture of quality and offering its guests hospitality, safety

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and a unique diversity of authentic contents and experiences all year round“. We want a high quality mass tourism, respectively we want to offer our guests different contents in order to increase consumption. The strategy has four objectives – realizing 7 billion Euros worth new investments, upgrading the accommodation structure and quality, creating approximately 30 thousand new jobs in tourism and supporting activities and increasing tourist consumption to 14,3 billion Euros. The strategy is also precise when it comes to defining key areas on which it is necessary to act and on which the emphasis of our country’s tourism policy should be placed till 2020. Of the 26 priority measures we defined in the Strategy, we began working

Both last and this year Croatia achieved excellent results and positioned itself as one of the most successful Mediterranean tourism countries. Such success isn’t the result of an individual’s work or the work of a single institution, but of a high quality and efficient cooperation of the country and its partners.

on 13 of them, and by the end of the year we will start working on 10 more of them. I believe that these data are sufficient proof that we are truly focused on realizing the objectives, but, of course, at the same time respecting the main resource we have, and that is the environment. Q. The Ministry of Tourism in cooperation with the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies implemented activities related to the development of new tourism products. What is your standpoint regarding further possibilities and the influence of domestic travel agencies on shaping as well as offering local, regional and national tourism products? A. Travel agencies, amongst others, have a very important role in achieving successful results in tourism. The role of agencies should be to actively attract tourists and to make tourism products, which are becoming increasingly important, more dynamic as well as to connect stakeholders in the development of destinations. Both last and this year Croatia achieved excellent results and positioned itself as one of the most successful Mediterranean tourism countries. Such success isn’t the result of an individual’s work or the work of a single institution, but of a high quality and efficient cooperation of the country and its partners. Travel agencies definitely fall in the category of partners with an outstanding contribution and

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dedicated tourism professionals. It is exactly the tourism professionals, respectively all those in direct contact with tourists, who make a significant contribution to tourism since they are the ones who make the first contact with our guests which is usually crucial for creating a positive impression about a certain destination. I am grateful to all hardworking and dedicated tourism professionals whose work is significantly contributing to the positive image of Croatia as a destination where guests are gladly returning to. In the Croatian Tourism Development

We will be facing further changes of the legislative framework with the goal of creating new and more efficient bases for investments in the tourism sector

Strategy it is stated that travel agencies have a key role in upgrading commercialization and promotion as well as in securing efficient sales. In that sense a Development Programme for destination management companies has already been initiated. It is a development programme measure for specializing receptive travel agencies with the goal of creating and launching on the market unique experiences and special interest tourist packages in order to achieve the strategic goal of

extending the season by upgrading the offer in preseason and in late season. Q. At the moment plans for the next tourist season are being drafted. What do you expect, or rather, which realization by the end of 2014 would satisfy you? A. Due to the achieved excellent results this year, 2014 will be even more challenging in terms of tourism, however, I expect yet another good tourist year in which we’ll have prepared Strategic documents; additionally to the Tourism Development Strategy we will have a Strategic Marketing Plan as well. Accordingly, we have to continue with the further implementation of the Strategy and we have to achieve our long-term goals. We will be facing further changes of the legislative framework with the goal of creating new and more efficient bases for investments in the tourism sector. I also expect a lot from withdrawing funds from EU funds for public infrastructure, education of employees in tourism as well as for small and medium sized enterprises in tourism. With respect to results of physical turnover, I expect this year’s results to be repeatedly achieved from our largest tourist generating markets, with a growth of the Great Britain and Scandinavian markets. With regard to revenues, in case investments will be performed, tourist consumption will increase, and that is something we all are hoping for.

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In the center of continental Croatia, located at the transition from Gorski Kotar into Lika, lies Ogulin - the homeland of fairtales. In the valley where Ogulin is located, the peaks of strange form and frightening beauty dominate, the ultimate northeast ridge of Velika Kapela, 1181 m high - the mountain of Klek. People have enriched every corner of the Ogulin region with legends. One of them, recorded in Valvasor in the 17th century tells the story about Klek witches. Long ago, when gods and giants lived on the earth, the gods kept all the food and drink for themselves. This caused dissatisfaction amongst the giants, and one of them - Klek, went to war with the god Volos, who had power to turn everything he wants into stone with a magical sword. At the place where today the Klek mountain sits the god of Volos turned the giant Klek to stone. Before he was turned to stone, Klek swore that he would wake up and seek his revenge. Coincidently or not, at the foot of Klek the River Dobra flows out which our ancestors believed were the veins of Klek, and that during stormy nights the witches of Klek would gather and try to wake up Klek the giant, from his centuries of sleep. Who knows, maybe one day they will succeed...

info: Ogulin Tourist Board Tel/Fax: +385 47 532 278

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Ogulin lies in the depression between the rivers Dobra and Zagorska Mrežnica, in the croatian highlands characterized by karst and karstic ranges, underground rivers, meadows, deciduous and evergreen forests, rivers, streams and lakes. Ogulin i s the homeland of fairytales and as such a more than fitting birthplace of Ivana Brlić Mažuranić, the greatest Croatian writer of children’s stories. She found inspiration for her stories in the landscapes around Ogulin and in the old Slavonic legends. The fairytale route unifies the beauty and the history of the Ogulin region with the fairy tales of Ivana. The whole Ogulin region is interpreted with the characters from Ivana’s collection of fairytales Priče iz davnine (Tales of Long Ago), combining the real facts with the imagination of the famous writer.

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In the Frankopan castle is the regional museum. Presented there are several collections: among wich is a memorial to Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić and Ivana’s Fairytale House. The King Tomislav Park is a mounument to King Tomislav, erected on the 1000th anniversary of the coronation. The parish curch of the Holy Cross was built in 1781. With its neat appearance and rich variety of moulded decorations it betrays the spirit of the time in which it was built. In the centre of the town is a phenomenal hydrogeological natural monument - Đula’s chasm. There is a canyon of the river Dobra that dives under the rocks and steep cliffs into a huge opening. Đula’s chasm along with Medvednica cave represents the longest speleological structure in Croatia. The name of this abyss is connected to the legend of Đula (Julia) or Zulejka who plunged int the chasm because of an unhappy love affair. On the stone cliffs one can easily observe the natural bas-relief, or more exactly the profile of a man who people say is Captain Milan who is looking for the spot where his Đula disappeared. The mountain of Klek is a destination for many mountaineers, alpinists, botanists, travel writers and nature lovers. Its 200 m high vertical rock face presents the cradle of Croatian mountaineering and climbing. Klek is a botanical reserve with rich preserved tertiary flora interpreted through an informative trail which follows the Klek mountain path.

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Once you find yourself in the magical setting of Ogulin you will understand how such an environment produced someone who had to bring together all the impressions, energy, the power of nature and man unifying one’s heart and imagination. In reality it happened! On the 18th April 1874 Ivana BrlićMažuranić, Croatia’s most famous children’s writer was born in Ogulin. Her Priče iz davnine (Tales of Long Ago) were inspired by her hometown, which she pointed out in her Autobiography from 1916. Ivana’s fairytales are today extremely valuable and a unique cultural resource which surpasses their local significance and represents an wider regional, European and even global values. According to them Ogulin has become a homeland of fairytales in which every year in June, an international Ogulin’s fairytale festival is held.

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Ivana’s Fairytale House Ivana’s Fairytale House is a multimedia and interdisciplinary centre for visitors with its permanent exhibition on the principles of creativity and the use of new technologies, websites, virtual international referential centre for fairytales and an on-line library, themed tales from Ogulin’s surroundings, with publishing activities and year-round creative and educational programmes designed for children and adults celebrating the fairytales and the fabulous creative works of Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić, and all the fairytales and writings of the world.


ivanina Kuća Bajke®

Project financed by EU

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Ogulin’s Fairytale Festival

The Festival is a cultural event which celebrates fairytale and fairytale creativity, and through it supports, realizes and presents artistic and cultural production intended for people of all ages, but particularly for children and families. The Festival host artists and artistic organizations of different expressions and forms, thus strengthening the local artistic and cultural production and intercultural cooperation. Apart from many theatre performances and puppet shows, the event offers a variety of workshops aimed at encouraging and developing creativity and imagination - like the workshop

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of magic jewellery, puppetry, drama and stage, costume and set design, music games and the exam in flying on a broom. The Festival audience is especially thrilled by street artists and storytelling programmes where the top storytellers from different european countries break the language barriers and take the audience on a tour through a multicultural world of fairytales, legends and supernatural creatures. The Ogulin Fairytale Festival is taking place every year, second weekend in June.

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Papuk NATURE PARK info: Papuk Nature Park;

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• Papuk Nature Park, since 1999 - area - 336 km2 • located in counties Požeško-slavonska and Virovitičko-podravska • hignest peak - Papuk - 953 m • streams - Brzaja, Veličanka, Dubočanka, Kovačica • lakes - Orahovica, Jankovac, Zvečevo • thermal springs - 280C - Valley of Dubočanka stream, Toplice near Orahovica • outstanding wildlife and biological diversity - protected plant species, rare fauna, numerous forest plant associations

• extraordinary geological diversity • seven medieval fortresses - Ružica grad, Velički grad, Kamengrad, Stari grad... • valuable cultural and historical heritage • Gradci near Kaptol - valuable archeological site of the late Iron Age (8th to 3rd century BC)

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Recreation in captivating nature Interview with Mr.Sc Kristina Kožić, director of Public Institution Papuk Nature Park

The Nature Park Papuk is the only geopark in the Republic of Croatia. Which are the characteristics aligning it among the rare parks of that type in this part of Europe? The main feature of Eastern Croatia, respectively Slavonia, are lowland plains with large cultivated areas. From that plain, which once was the bottom of the Pannonian Sea, mountains are rising up to almost thousand meters above sea level. One of them is Papuk – the most beautiful mountain in Slavonia which is distinguished by its biological as well as geological diversity. Papuk Geopark has a unique position within the collision zone of two macro plates – the African and the Eurasian. On a small area we encounter various rock formations of outstanding geological interest, which are older than 600 million years, meaning that they are one of the oldest rocks in Croatia. These are the reasons why the Nature Park Papuk in 2007 was included in the European Geoparks Association thus becoming the first and the only Croatian geopark – Geopark Papuk. Additionally to its extraordinary geological diversities, the Park is distinguished by other natural as well as cultural and historical rarities? Within Nature Park Papuk there are numerous areas with special and significant characteristics unique in the regional and in the broader Croatian and European environment as well and they have the status of especially protected areas. We can single out several localities: Park Forest Jankovac, the first Croatian geological monument Rupnica, the special forest vegetation reserve - Sekulinačka planina, the botanically valuable area on four hills Pliš-Mališćak-Turjak-Lapjak, the habitat of yew and the locality Stari hrastovi. Additionally to the above stated biological and geological diversities, on the Park area there are many archaeological localities and monuments of cultural and historical heritage as a proof of the continuity of settlement in this area that began as far back as the younger stone ages (Neolithic). Natural raw material resources such as water, wood and stone secured favourable life conditions while the mountainous area provided shelter and food. Late Iron Age archaeological artefacts (750-300 BC), gathered at the world famous site near Kaptol, are the most important archaeological heritage elements within the Nature Park

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Papuk. The importance of the Papuk area, especially during the time of Turkish invasion threats, is witnessed by the large number of medieval fortresses, the majority originating from the 13th century. These “old towns�, seven of them on Papuk, additionally to being historical monuments are an inherent component of the landscape. The Nature Park Papuk will mark its 15th anniversary next year. During that period there were significant projects for developing new contents and securing its tourist valorisation. What exactly was done and what does the park offer its visitors – tourists today? Due to its exceptional natural as well as cultural and historical heritage the Nature Park Papuk since its foundation is working on the tourist promotion of this protected environment and the possibilities it offers from the tourism point of view. The education of visitors, in addition to environment protection, is one of the most important tasks of the Park. And one of the most effective educational tools acceptable to the majority of visitors are undoubtedly the educational trails. Till now we fixed seven educational trails and by organizing theme schools in the nature we are intensively engaged in educating the youngest visitors as well. Today at the disposal of visitors are kilometres long (cca. 200 km) well tended and marked hiking trails intersecting the Park, and the Slavonian hiking trail passes through the very heart of Papuk. Till now 6 bicycle paths with a total length of 105 km were also fixed. Bike rides on numerous forest paths passing through the most beautiful Papuk landscapes are perfect for relaxation and for getting acquainted with the beauty of the Park. There are also two rock climbing areas as well as a paragliding landing platform in the park area. We paid special attention to organizing various half-day and whole-day excursions, focused on promoting the biological, geological and cultural and historical values of the Park and all with the goal to make the organization of visits to the Nature Park easier for travel agencies. Of course, we are always willing to organize visits and stays at the Park area in accordance with the requests of travel agencies by adjusting a programme to various age and interest groups. We wish that every visitor of the Nature Park Papuk takes home nothing but beautiful memories of the stay in our park and, of course, that he returns back to us.

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About Papuk Spending a day or a weekend in the Nature Park Papuk means getting out into nature and whatever your interests may be: adventure, walks, cycling, fun or just love for nature, we are sure that you will find something for yourself. Regardless of the season, the opportunities for spending an active vacation in the Nature Park are divers. You can start your visit by arriving to the visitors’ centre located in Velika where you will get all necessary information regarding the Park. When you visit Orahovica by all means take a walk on the educational trail Ružica which leads from the Orahovica Lake to the medieval Ružica town. Visit the wine cellar from the 13th century in Kutjevo and afterwards take a walk on the educational trail and enjoy the oak forests, viewpoints, vineyards and wine roads. Time that can be spent in nature enjoying fresh air will most certainly attract many recreation enthusiasts in need of adventure. Bike rides on numerous forest paths passing through the most beautiful Papuk landscapes are perfect for relaxation and for getting acquainted with the beauty of the Park. The swimming pools in Velika and the Orahovica Lake are perfect for refreshment and swimming in the summer.

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For height enthusiasts a paragliding landing platform was set up on Papuk on the hill Pliť and the first rock climbing area was set up at the locality Sokoline. Till now there are 105 km of bicycle paths on Papuk passing through the most beautiful forest paths of Papuk while the educational trails are perfect for walks in the nature and for getting acquainted with the botanical uniqueness of Papuk. The geomorphologic, climate and vegetation characteristics of the Nature Park Papuk grant excellent natural habitats for numerous plant and animal species. Forest vegetation is covering more than 96% of the area. The dominant tree species is beech. Almost all representatives of the Central European fauna live here and 200 year ago this area was also inhabited by bears, wolves and lynxes. Today the dense Papuk forests are the habitat and asylum for deer, does, wild boars, foxes and mustelids‌ Papuk provides excellent habitats for numerous bird species as well and it is an internationally important area for birds. The abyss Uviraljka is an important winter habitat for bats. Almost 1300 plant species (more than a quarter of the overall Croatian flora) are growing on Papuk. The most endangered and protected plant species are growing on lawns and other non-forest areas. The Public Institution Papuk Nature Park is offering professional guidance for groups in order to get them acquainted with the natural and cultural-historical heritage of Papuk and for school-age children there are different school programmes in the nature.

photo: Papuk Nature Park; I. Kršić; A. Vučemilović

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Skakavac Waterfall

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specially protected areas

Park Forest Jankovac Jankovac, situated on the northern Papuk’s slopes, 475 m above see level is one of the most beautiful highland valeys. It is rich with cold springs and clear streams, surrounded by centuries old beech-forest that is a part of the biggest old forest complex in the Papuk Nature Park. Due to its astonishing natural beauty Jankovac has been proclaimed as protected park-forest since 1955. Here one can find typical karst phenomena as karst sinkholes with 10-40 m diameter, springs and caves (tomb of count Janković and Maksim’s cave). During the several thousand of years, bursting water of Skakavac (Grasshoper) waterfall, with the help of mosses and algae, has crated a 30 m high limestone tufa-barrier. Abundance of water that falls high above is a majestic scene, unique in the whole Slavonia, especially during the harsh winters when waterfall freezes in fascinate ice pillar. Climber’s lodge with the meadow in front is the main gathering place for visitors and mountaineers, and there are also two artificial lakes connecting the cave spring and the waterfall.

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Beech - fores Quieen

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The first inhabitants of this valley were the German (Nieder-Sachsen) glaziers - the remnants of tombstones testify about these first residents of Jankovac. At the beginning of the 19th century count Josip Janković had built a hunting lodge here and moved here from Vienna court. He was probably the first person who has recognized the aesthetic value of this valley. In memory of count Janković educational trail through Park Forest Jankovac, nearby the climber’s lodge, is named Count’s trail. This is the place where visitors can learn about natural and cultural features of this area. Forest wildlife, together with water plants and animals are true pearls of biological diversity. More than 1500 animal species were discovered on this area. On the spring of Jankovac stream one endemic species was sicovered - this is a small snail Grazina papukensis that lives in small cavities in tufa rocks in springs and fast streams.

Sekulinačke planine

A special reserve of forest vegetation is located in a part of Papuk that is difficult to approach, on 740 to 820 meters above sea level. The 150 year-old beech and pine forest has been protected since 1966 as a special reserve of forest vegetation on an 8-hectar surface. Forests of the virgin type have become rare, so the area is very important for biological diversity, because of it’s age.

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Alpska strizibuba (Longhorn Beetle)


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specially protected areas

Giant Oaks

Giant Oaks are the oldest living organisms in Slavonia, and possibly the largest living organisms of this part of Croatia. They are located on 580 meters above a sea level, right next to the main Papuk reef. The trees are about 33 meters tall, and they are approximately 420 to 500 years old. The ancient oaks are protected monument of nature.

Habitat of English Yew

The last known habitat of yew on Papuk is located in the forest area of Debeljak, near Zvečevo. Yew takes up a compact surface of 150 square meters. They mostly grow as shrubs, and only as two trees do they take up the category of higher trees. The oldest tree is around 100 years old.


Special floristic reserve received name according 4 neighbouring hills on which it is located. The area (190 ha) is covered with around 100 years old pubescent oak and black ash forests with numerous rocky areas and small limestone grasslands. On those small grasslands Nature Park’s the most endangered and numerous protected plant species grow.


Near Voćin, in the north-western part of the Park there is a unique Geological Monument of Nature - Rupnica. Rupnica is special geological feature in the Park and also the first proclaimed geological monument of nature in Croatia. It is a very rare morphological feature of volcanic rock and therefore was proclaimed as a protected part of the nature in 1948. Square and hexagonal prismatic pillars were created through columnar jointing of albite rhyolites. This morphological distinctiveness is the consequence of opening of the system of crevices when lava is cooling on its way out of the Earth.

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heritage On the area of Papuk there is a large number of archeologic sites and monuments of culturally-historical heritage, which point to the continuity of population of this area since the late stone age (the neolitic). The natural wealth of the basic raw materials like water, wood or stone has ensured liveable life conditions, while the hilly area proved shelter and food. During the Early Iron Age (750-300 B.C.) in the Po탑ega valley and local hills there were many settlements connected with Kaptol as a center. This world-famous finding of the Hallstatt culture is by findings of rich duke graves under tumuluses connected with the burning of the deceased and putting ashes in urns. Cheramic pots of black color, often coated with a fine layer of graffite and decorated with animal horns, and witness the wealth and power of the Kaptol dukes. The importance of the Papuk area, especially in the time of the danger of Turkish invasion, is witnessed by the large number of medieval fortresses, out of which the majority is from the 13th century. Near Orahovica there is the most beautiful and preserved Ru탑ica-Castle, a valuable example of gothic and reinessance art in this part of Croatia. Although unique for being by far the biggest and the best preserved, Ru탑icacastle is not the only medieval castle situated in the Papuk Nature Park territory. Beside Ru탑ica, there are seven other castles and fortresses scattered along the slopes of the Papuk hills.

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The medieval RuŞica-Castle is one of the greatest medieval castles and noblemen towns in Croatia. It is situated in the vicinity of Orahovica, at the ridge, 378 m above the sea level, streching from north to south in lenght of 800 square meters. RuŞica-Castle is under protection as cultural monument of highest category. The size of the Castle and it’s inhabitant - the chapel, architectural plastic, glass pane windows, workshops, stone pavements, water pipeline, tile stoves, italian Renaissance pottery, weapons and war equipment, tools and appliances and numerous objects of everyday use, speak of the highly organized community with all the activities and living standard equal to the 15th and 16th centuries European noble courts.

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educational trails

Count’s Trail

Educational Trail by the name Count’s Trail, will take you through most beautiful parts of Park forest Jankovac - near climbers lodg, Jankovac lakes and Skakavac waterfall. Woden stairs, handtrails and bridges will help you to approach th most beautiful scenery of Jankovac. Trail has educational panels about specific natural or historical features on your way through Count’s Trail.

Lapjak Educational Trail Lapjak has educational panels that are explaining more about the geology, hidrology, vegetation, flora and fauna of the area. Starting point of this trail is in Velika.

Ružica - Orahovica Lake Educational Trail Ružica - Orahovica Lake takes you to very attractive destinations of Papuk Nature Park. It’s about history, architecture and art of medieval town Ružica and about worthful habitats of dangered plant and animal species in the Park.

Kutjevo Educational Trail Kutjevo introduces you with cultural heritage of Kutjevo, beautiful nature with mountain paths and streams, and with famous Kutjevo Wine.

Turjak This is a botanical educational trail that takes you on hills Turjak, Pliš, Mališčak and Lapjak. Because of its great floristic treasures this area is botanical reserve and it’s a home to a 51 dangered plant spieces. The hills are covered with 100 years old pubescent oak and black ash forests with numerous rocky areas and small limestone grasslands.

Rupnica, Trešnjevica, Giant Oaks This Educational Trail tells the story of magnificents volcanic pillars in Rupnica. There are only a few such localities in the world. Next is Trešnjevica quarry, the Giant Oaks forest with Brzaja stream. Papuk Nature Park has aprox. 200 km of well tended and marked hiking trails, the most popular of them is Slavonian Hiking Trail that passes through the very heart of Papuk. There are 6 bicycle paths with a total length of 105 km, two rock climbing areas, as well as a paragliding landing platform in the park area.

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Kutjevo Vineyards Within the Kutjevo Vineyards there are places Čaglin, Kutjevo, Kaptol and Velika with over twenty wine cellars, four restaurants, one authentic kulen producer, and acommodation capacities for aproximately hundert people. Kutjevo Vineyards occupy the peripheral parts of Požega Valley, and are located in the zone podzols on soils originating from acidic parent material of friable rocks, and they also encompass the area of 800 acres of vineyards. Vinkomir, Hrnjevac and Vetovo have the best positions in Vineyards Kutjevo which have the reputation of finest Croatian vineyards and give wines of high and highest quality. There is a Kutjevo wine cellar dating from 1232, which makes for the oldest wine cellar in Croatia, and the Parallel 45,3 which spreads through the Vineyards Kutjevo also links vine important areas: Istria, Piedmont, Val du Rhone, Bordeaux and Oregon. The most famous wine of these areas is Riesling (Graševina). The variety of white, rose and red wines of this area is also seen in the variety of cultivars, and next to Riesling, these sorts of wines also stand out: Chardonay, Pinot Blanc, Rhenish Riesling, Silvaner, Muller Thurgau, Frankovka, Zweilgelt, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. The richness of gastronomy in this area enables the visitors to experience tastes of the times that have passed, from home made bread through high quality meat products such as čvarci, bacon, ham, kulen, kulenova seka, švargl, fish stew and meat stew (čorbanac), salenjaci, poppy pie, walnut pie… The rich gastronomy offer of dishes made by traditional recipes liven the flavors of times past and fill the table with well known delicacies. Info: Tourist Board -

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The Magic Mount ...

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Varaždin County

In the north of Croatia, in a mountainous and hilly area of Ravna gora, Kalnik and Ivanščica, were the forests, meadows and vineyards covering their slopes gradually blend into the Pannonian plain, there lies the County of Varaždin. It is inwrought by its axis - the river Drava, the rivulets of Benja and Plitvica and numerous streams tumbling down the slopes of hills and mounts, while rolling and shimmering in some of their waters are pieces of agate and an occasional grain of gold. It is the land where exuberant clouds follow the undulating landscape, where flocks of houses huddled around churches and belltowers, castles and manor houses in the sophisticated tranquility of their solitude, and lovely chappels and crucifixes of life size form, emulate the flecks of gold in the sands of the Drava river. And where the image of that place changes dramatically: a sun-bathed meadow covered with profusion of modest flowers, joined by the sumptuous irises and orchides, offers an utterly different picture come winter dusk, when the bluish snow, like a warm blanket, smooths down the landscape and tucks it in for the night. The magic mount in the distance is the primeval source of human dreams, the hem of the world in which time and space, and everything that happens, acquire meanings more sublime than the hum-drum of daily life. On next pages some of the interesting destination will be presented.

photo: Tourist Board of the Vara탑din County and Tourist Board Bednja

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The Perl of Hrvatsko zagorje The Trakošćan Castle facts The Bednja region is just 37 km away from city of Varaždin and 65 km from main Croatian capital city of Zagreb.

tourist offer The Bednja region has a lot to offer: the wind at Ravna Gora (686) mountain attracts parachute gliders, while anyone who fancies something more demanding can try their hand at rock-climbing on Ravna Gora. There are 150 km of way-marked tracks for rambling and almost 550 km of cycle-paths. The entire area is one of the least-spoilt habitats in Croatia where, to give just one example, some thirty species of orchid thrive. It is specialy romantic to visit little villages on the hill tops and slopes that have preserved the original arhitecture of woodden houses called hiže. The Trakošćan Castle If you come to Bednja, you certainly must visit the pearl of Hrvatsko zagorje - the Trakošćan castle. In the early 1800s, Juraj Drašković restored the castle and turned it into a stately home which is now kept as an example of an unspoilt romantic park-forest and aristocratic residence. Particularly worth seeing are the knights’ and the hunt-rooms, the music-salon, the painter Julijana Erdoedy’s studio, the armoury collection with pieces from the 15th to the 19th Century, and made especially for the restoration the furnishings, now placed alongside examples from earlier centuries. Surrounded by the lake and the park-forest, it is a favourable day-trip resort with marked cycling and walking paths, and fishing possibility. Trakošćan is near the main road connecting Zagreb, Maribor and Vienna, approximately 70 km, from Zagreb and about 40 km, from Varaždin, and one of the most popular tourist-spots in Croatia. More about Trakošćan Castle at

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Magical Relaxation in Hotel Trakošćan**** tourist offer Hotel Trakošćan is in immediate vicinity to one of the most beautiful and well preserved castles in Croatia, Castle Trakošćan. Hotel Trakošćan features 126 spacious modernly designed guest rooms, and 2 luxury suites equipped to provide a superior nights rest with a captivating relaxing experience. Hotel imposes as desirable destination for the organization of seminars, team building events, conferences, and other corporate events. The two hotel restaurants, a la carte restaurant Arx Thacorum, hotel board restaurant Drašković, and the additional Bistro restaurant located at the foot of the castle, offer a variety of culinary delicacies like traditional regional cuisine and innovative dishes and desserts. Spa & Wellness Center Lorem Paradiso To make your vacation complete, our professional staff of Spa & Wellness center Lorem Paradiso is at your service. With the use of the swimming pool, whirlpool, Finnish and Turkish saunas, you can choose your favorite treatment from large selection of massage therapies and beauty programs for the revitalization of body and spirit. Is up to you to let the royal atmosphere that awaits you with a comprehensive program of relaxation, such as Chocolate royal fairy tale, Count pleasure, Trakošćan massage and number of imaginative revitalization treatments of our wellness center. Conference Centre Hotel Trakošćan imposes as one of the best and most desirable destinations for the organization of seminars, team building, conferences and other corporate events. Modern multi-functional conference centre with capacity of 300 seats offers cutting-edge technical equipment, able to fulfil all demanding organizational requests and events. For the purposes of maintaining a small conference or seminar, a large multi-purpose hall can contain three sections in which it is possible to schedule a different scheme. According to your requirements the hall can be set up and equipped in various forms and types of agreement.

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The Cradle of Croatian Culture Lepoglava facts Lepoglava, a small town nestling at the foot of the mountain of IvanĹĄÄ?ica, amidsts the typical unudlating landscape od Hrvatsko zagorje, not far from the rute of two major European highways: Zagreb- Vienna and Zagreb - Budapest.

tourist offer In the year 1399 King Sigismund gave the almost devasted old town of Lepoglava to one of his nobleman whose efforts resulted in the foundation of a monastery of the Hermits of St. Paul. The White Friars turned their home into a cradle of learning. They founded the first secular secondary school, the first institutiion of higher learning with the right to award academic titles, they promoted science, art, culture, they introduced the skill of lace making to the people. The single-nave gothic Church of St. Mary (in the 17th century features of baroque style were added), with its four chappels and a wealth of wall paintings done by eminent artists, I.K. Ranger being one of them, with beautiful altars adorned by numerous sculptures and paintings, it painted choir seats, is an example of the value they attributed to art.

events 2014 Carneval in Lepoglava - February Lepoglava Days - June Jazz Festival - July Jailhaous Festival - youth festival that takes place all through August 18th International Lace Festival - September Festival of Popular Music - December Christmas Concert - 26 December

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18th International Lace Festival September 2014

Lepoglava of today still has a good reason to bless the day the White Friars came, fot the art of bobbinlace making has not only persisted but has become a treasured tradition in the villages around the town. The patterns produced have evolved into the folk motifs, animal and plant life, and other ornaments. Its beauty is widely recognized, as is the value of this artistic craft, hence the lessons, workshops and lace-making school. Tha additional impetus came from the International Lace Festival which has been held in Lepoglava since 1997, with its regular meetings of experts, and the publications of works from the eminent lace centres in Croatia and Europe. Info: Tourist Board of Lepoglava,

Gaveznica Kameni vrh & Lepoglava agate Gaveznica – Kameni vrh is a protected geological natural monument. This extinct fossil volcano erupted for the last time 22 million years ago leaving behind a heritage of extraordinary valuable semi-precious stone agate field, commonly known as the Lepoglava agate. Nowadays Gaveznica – Kameni vrh is a favourite destination among visitors

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interested in exploring the geological history of the Earth, the origin of volcanoes, minerals and semi-precious stones. Field and creative workshops are organized for explorers of all ages of this extraordinary geological area. Semiprecious stone Agate Area of Gaveznica-Kameni Vrh was legally protected on March 18th 1998 as the sixth geological monument in Croatia. It is a finding place of a semiprecious stone Agate and the only preserved fossil volcano in Croatia which represents a area of scientific, educational and touristic interest. The volcano was in its most active phase 22 million years ago. Throughout time it was washed over by various seas which appeared and vanished in the geological history of this part of the planet. Gaveznica – Kameni Vrh is

not only a fossil volcano, but also an archeological site where remains of a Bronze Age settlement were found. Lepoglava agate formed in hollows and cervices of volcanic rock andesite which appeared in this area 20 million years ago. It takes 1000 years for agate to form by depositing layer by layer of quartz mineral from mineral solutions in wall cavities. Agate is a semiprecious stone, with a chemical composition of quartz-silicone dioxide. The name is derived from the first finding place near the Achates River, now called Dirillo, in Sicily.

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The Town of the Knights Ivanec facts The town of Ivanec lies in the lowlands of Bednja River and watched over by mountain Ivanščica. It’s distance from Varaždin is 21 km and it’s set between two major highways: Zagreb - Budapest and Zagreb - Maribor – Graz. History of Ivanec is rich and long. It starts in the 12th century, when the present Ivanec area was settled by Knights Hospitaller (ivanovci) - members of the knights of St. John of Jerusalem. Due to natural richnes in the area, Ivanec soon became a major centre for craftsmen and tradesmen. The area is well known by its miners, who mined coal beneath Ivanščica until the end of the 19th century. The mining tradition has been symbolically preserved through the Ivanec Mining Crew, a group representing a tourist attraction through humanitarian activities and uniformed exhibitions.

recreation Ivanščica (1061 m) Popular destination for numerous climbers and hikers. It runs from east to west, is 27 km long, and 9 km wide at its widest part (between Ivanec and Belec). During the winter season, Ivanščica offers several beginner slopes for skiers, while during summer adventurous types may parachute from its peaks down to Ivanec. There are several climber paths to the top of Ivanščica. One of them is especially interesting because it passes by Černe mlake (‘black waters’), a place where, as stories say, witches used to gather. The Josip Pasarić inn on Ivančica offers accommodation for 40 persons. Info: +385 (0)42 781923, +385 (0)98 903 1833 Ivanec tennis centre - 3 tennis courts, sports on sand, and a playground. Ivanec lakes - this is a picnic and relaxation area east of Ivanec, offering recreation, sports and fishing; these waters are home to carp, grass carp, perch, ike, catfish, babushka, bream, tench, American bullhead, Tolstolobik carp. M&S Racing team galloping club Horseback riding, horse carriage rides, sled rides. JARKI ski centre Located on the northern slopes of Ivančica, featuring a 500 m long beginner track. The location has an electric pulley, and is accessible by car from Prigorec. Info:

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Čakovec - a town for everyone


We had to wait until 13th century for written materials to hint at the horizon extending beneath the Čakov Tower, which we note as the forerunner of the present city. This area was changed by people and events. It was changed by life. In the 16th century, the noble family Zrinski erected a grand castle surrounded by a lake. And it is the name of those noblemen that we attach to our fair city: Čakovec, the city of the Zrinski family, because the spark of life in sense of economy, culture, religion and social, was lighted in their time, but fanned out to last to the present day. Čakovec has excellently developed infrastructure and communication. With a population of 20,000, it is both open to new ideas and undertakings and yet ready to uphold old traditions. The good nature of tist people can be discerned from its well-kept surroundings where they live and work, but also through their cuisine, which combines the specialties of the region, its customs and friendly charm. This all inevitably makes you want to come back for more. The community’s potentials are also in sporting venues where professional and recreational sportsmen like to play. Historic and cultural sites intrigue both the locals and visitors; the former because they are trying to preserve and make known their values, and the latter because they recognise dedication it has put into these sites. That, of course, is not all: there are plenty of things to do and see for youth, music and theatre lovers, heritage or adventure seekers, or for those who just wish to relax and enjoy Čakovec. According to the Croatian National Tourist Board, Čakovec is the most well-kept city in continental Croatia on three consecutive years (2009-2011). Every year it gains more praise and awards for keeping its streets and parks clean, arranged and uniquely presenting the town’s symbols and souvenirs. Čakovec was two time finalist of EDEN - European destination of excellence, project promoting sustainable tourism development models across the European Union. UNICEF decided that Čakovec is the community that is friendly for children. In short, Čakovec is indeed a town tailored for everyone.

events Fašnik Carnival in Međimurje (28 February - 2 March 2014) Days of Međimurje County (April) Weekend of legends in Čakovec (April-June) Change of the Zrinski Guard in Čakovec (April-October) Music Memorial ‘Josip Štolcer Slavenski’ in May (May) The Čakovec City Day (29 May) Summer in the City of the Zrinski Family (June-July) Porcijunkulovo - the Čakovec Fair (30 July – 3 August) ASSITEJ - Professional Children and Youth Theatre Events (October) Jazz Fair (November) Advent In The City Of The Zrinski Family (December) New Year’s in Čakovec (31 December) Other events at,






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Hotel Malin in Malinska on the island of Krk — surrounded by the beautiful deep blue-green sea, almost hidden by the dense greenery, and only a 5-minute walk from the town center. Hotel Malin was built in the same place where a large mill, malin in our region’s dialect, once stood. We like to think that the energy and spirit of the hardworking mill workers continue to exist today in our hotel and hotel staff.







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However, the gratest attention was given to the furnishment of the accomodation itself. We guarantee a comfortable stay in all kinds of facilities. Stairs heading up from „standard room“ to „Mulino suite“ represent a direction from comfort towards luxury according to the individual’s wishes and needs.


Hotel Malin is an elegant and comfortable hotel appropriate for all ages. Newly furnished and luxurious hotel rooms and apartments, convenient and fun restaurants and bars, a private beach with children-friendly facilities, a place to dock your boat, kind and professional hotel staff, and entertainment for hotel guests satisfy all the demands of a quality vacation.

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Malinska at the Island of Krk Malinska is situated in a wooded bay on the western side of the island of Krk with a further twenty surrounding villages which belong to a territory known as Dubašnica. The Dubašnica Bay has a wealth of both, large and small coves, and thanks to its geographical position the area is protected against cold winds, with little rain and about 260 sunny days per year. Natural beauties, the pleasant and mild climate are important features of Malinska. These natural features have influenced the beginning of the development of tourism. Thanks to its lush vegetation and microclimate, Malinska is known for its curative and bathing potential. The Sea and Sun can be enjoyed due to the clean sea water and numerous attractive beaches. The island of Krk bears the epithet of being the birthplace of Croatian literacy and culture thanks to its rich Glagolitic heritage. Thanks to the activities of the Glagolitic priests Dubašnica also contributed to this Glagolitic tradition. The majority of the cultural-historic monuments here are consecrated buildings with a building complex dating from the year 1480. The building complex consists of the church of St. Mary Magdalene, a Franciscan monastery, a monastic monastery and a museum with rare exhibits including a collection of Glagolitic Lapidarium (stone monuments). Malinska puts forward a number of concerts of both classical and traditional music which take place in the atrium of the Franciscan monastery and other locations throughout the year. Besides the parish church of St. Apollinaris in Bogovići, we should also point out the church-gallery complex of St Nicholas in the centre of Malinska. The complex is newly built and during the summer transforms into the centre of fine arts events. If you are looking for an active vacation, you will be able to choose from a variety of sports and recreational activities in Malinska. Do you enjoy long romantic walks? Then, by all means, walk along the Paradise Road that leads you from the centre of Malinska into the unspoiled nature of this area. Kilometres of paths will give walkers and cyclists alike unforgettable moments in natural surroundings. The footpaths of Malinska are connected with the other footpaths of the island of Krk. Walk along the coast for 5 kilometres you reach Njivice or if you take a trip inland through the beautiful natural environment you will reach Dobrinje or the town of Krk.

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Olivari d.o.o. DMC Croatia and South East Europe OLIVARI DMC is specialised in incoming to Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegowina, Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania. We are one of leading DMC’s in Croatia and are focused on roundtrips and development of new programmes which are out of standard package for roundtrips such as Tangerine gathering in the valley of river Neretva, Olive gathering in Istria, Fish festivity on the Island of Krk and many more. All our programmes include 24 hours support service and a guide who stays with the group during their entire stay. Based on our long term experience, business and private contacts, 24 hours support service and own vehicle fleet (high quality vehicles and coaches - 51, 35, 20, 8 pax) - we are able to offer You best accommodation and complete contentment.

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THE HOUSE OF KRK prosciutto … prosciutto, smoked bacon, salami, sausages, cheese, wine, oil ... Krk prosciutto is smoked and cured product of high quality and its production has been a part of islands tradition for many years. Island climate is very suitable for drying meat. Butcher shop Žužić is currently the only registered producer of Krk prosciutto; they won gold, silver and bronze medals proving the quality of their products. In addition, Krk prosciutto from Butcher shop Žužić is, at the moment, the only island product granted with the certificate of geographical origin.

MASLINICA HOTELS & RESORTS BY THE SEA The Maslinica Resort’s three “floral” hotels are named for the lush greenery surround them: Narcis, Mimosa and Hedera. A high forest encircles the resort from the back while the resort itself looks out towards the deep blue sea and sparkling white beaches of Maslinica Bay as well as offering stunning views of the city of Rabac, islands and the always amazing Adriatic Sea. This resort truly offers something for everyone, with crystal-clear beaches that very gently become deeper and deeper as well as spacious swimming pools for adults alongside smaller children’s pools. Spend every day of your holiday in Croatia resting and relaxing, doing sports and other activities on sea or on land. Accommodations with modern amenities are at your fingertips and provide all you need to make your holiday a memorable one. Maslinica Hotels & Resorst is a host of the 16th International Tourism Exchange PUT 2014 Maslinica Hotels & Resorts

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Biograd na moru facts Biograd na moru lies on a peninsula surrounded by marinas and a number of green islands strewn through the Pašman canal. Geographically it’s positioned in the heart of the Adriatic, close to several beautiful nature parks. This popular holiday resort is famous for it pebble and sand beaches shaded by mature pine woods. Distance from Zadar Airport is 20 km, and from Split Airport 120 km. Being located only 20 km from the Zadar airport and 120 from the Split, Biograd na moru is an easily accessible destination.

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events in 2014

A perfect weekend at the „Long table“ 6-8 June 2014 This is an event which demonstrates all the wealth that Croatia has to offer through its wines, food and ecologically sound environment. In 2013 the guests at this, the all-Croatian dining table, are going to be introduced to a truly wide and delightful array of products from all over the country. Event will enhance the offer with a programme of ethno products (indigenous Croatian souvenirs). The aim of the manifestation, organized under the motto of “Let us join the Green and the Blue”, is to achieve a common interest of the continental and the littoral Croatia at a single long tables, and we are pleased to say that interest for this event is exceptional. The 2012 Long table attracted all the twenty counties, 400 exhibitors and over 20.000 visitors. The length of the Table exceed 1000 m. Info:

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Croatia Harley Days 12-15 June 2014 - After the successful hosting of the Harley days of 2011, the City of Biograd will have the honor of being a host once again. Such trust extended by H.O.G. confirms not only the excellent results of current cooperation, but it also hints at the future, which is certainly not based only on year 2014. Croatia Harley Days is several days long tourist entertainment event offering fun times to a broad audience. For sure, the last two days are peak of this eventful manifestation; concerts, large biker parade counting several thousand bikes and various entertaining contents for bikers, visitors and for the young ones. Biograd Night 4 August 2014 - Traditional, well established touristic manifestation dedicated to the Day of victory and the Thanksgiving day that has been going on for years. Filled with all kinds of goings on, with sound and light effects, a music-cumlaser programme – a form of pyro-musical fireworks, a parade of illuminated boats and ship, preparation of delicious food in open air to be enjoyed free of charge, performances by folklore groups, klapas, Town band, majorettes, a variety of entertainment groups. Info:

The longest Strudel 20 September 2014 - Cherry Maraska is traditional product of Zadar County and it’s considered to be the best in the world. The longest Strudel (1200 m) from Cherry Maraska will be prepared on the coast of Biograd and it will be nominated for Guinness book of records. Info:

15th Biograd Boat Show 23 - 26 October 2014 - The 15th edition of this fair confirmed its status of the largest and most important exhibition of vessels on the Adriatic – it attracted over 230 exhibitors with 256 vessels, 27 of which were premiere showing. It is has been recognized as an event of quality professional programme, but also as an excellent host to numerous receptions and parties for exhibitors and visitors alike. Info: info: Tourist Board of the Town Biograd na moru


he traditional Advent in Zagreb has gained numerous fans over the years, and therefore an increasing number of visitors choose the Croatian capital as the destination where they want to spend what many consider to be the most wonderful time of the year. All current as well as future fans of the Advent atmosphere in Zagreb can also look forward to some new features considering this is the ďƒžrst Advent since Croatia has become a member of the European Union. All the main events, commencing at the end of November and ending with the New Year, will take place at the main city square of Ban Josip JelaÄ?ić, as well as the romantic Zrinjevac Park and the nearby

Cvjetni Trg (Flower Square). There will also be opportunities galore to buy Christmas decorations and gifts, as well as enjoy the gastronomic offer from the Zagreb region or to indulge in a diverse offer of drinks, such as wine, spirits, hot chocolate... Many other squares and streets all over the city will contribute to the merriment with Christmas programs offering great fun and shopping opportunities, as well as perfect refreshments in pleasant company. Of course, there will be many more traditional and new happenings going on. More news and detailed information can be found online, in Croatian, English, German, Italian and Spanish, at:

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Events 2014

4 - 6 January

23 May - 15 September

AUDI FIS Ski World Cup ‘VIP Snow Queen Trophy’

The 14th Summer on Stross

Mount Sljeme transforms into a winter wonderland and this year celebrates its inaugural 10th Women’s Slalom Year. The men’s and women’s races attract over 150 of the world’s best skiers and by their own admission, it is one of the finest ski events on the calendar. The ‘DM Zagreb Ski Legends’ event is a bonus.

Charming Parisian atmosphere in the heart of Zagreb! Around every corner of the romantic Strossmayer Promenade, art colonies, musicians, installations, fashion shows and open-air cinema will make you feel as if you are at the famous Montmartre. Don’t forget ‘Half Year Eve’ with fireworks and ‘The Best Mutt Dog Awards’. Bonjour! 05 - 12 June

13 April - 29 September

Cest is d’Best

The Zagreb Time Machine

When leaving for town, be prepared for hundreds of street performers who aim to make your day theirs, for just a moment. You’ll be in hysterics, or in awe with clowns, jugglers, magicians, acrobats, fire eaters, and other entertainers invading every street corner, alley or square. The city is never so colourful and there is never a wider brighter spirit than when all these entertainers from world over come to Zagreb.

As soon as the April sun shines upon the city, Zagreb’s streets become reminiscent of age-old traditions with historical figures dressed in costumes, folklore ensembles, promenade concerts at city parks, street performers, and ‘kumice’ (market ladies) strolling about. All of which evoke the warm spirit of the city and its people, just as it used to be!

23 - 25 June May - September / Fridays in Croatian, Saturdays in English The Secrets of Grič

This interactive theatrical night tour unveils the historical and mysterious side of the capital city. Posing as the famous novelist Marija Jurić Zagorka, visitors are led and actively partake in various featured events based on historical fact whilst also meeting popular urban legends of the past. Some may even make you quiver in this wonderful under the stars quest.

INmusic festival

Lake Jarun, Otok hrvatske mladeži (Isle of Croatian Youth) Photography: Samir Cerić Kovačević Croatia’s largest open-air music event has been placed on the list of 50 best festivals in the world. The U.S. Huffington Post, passenger portals GlobalGrasshooper and TravelFreak even ranked this bonanza event amongst the world’s Top 10 festivals. With over 50,000 punters savouring the sounds of the best rock and urban world acts, stay tuned for this year’s line-up which is soon to be announced.

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21 June - 15 July

2 September

The 33rd Evenings in Grič

I.A.A.F. – WORLD CHALLENGE ZAGREB Hanžeković Memorial Zagreb Meeting

The atrium of the Klovićevi Dvori Gallery, Jezuitski trg 4, St. Catherine Church, Trg Katarine Zrinske, phone 00385 1 450 12 08, Each year, as the sun sets, audiences begin to gather and attend musical performances by acclaimed artists from Croatia and other countries. This year will be devoted to classical music and the works of Croatian composers in particular. Serene City venues become the centre stage for advocating Zagreb as one of Europe’s important cultural

The oldest sporting event in Croatia in which Croatia’s best athletes led by Olympic gold medal winner Sandra Perković (discus) and other Croatian athletic hopes step up to some of the world’s best athletes. Since the events foundation, the memorial 110m hurdles event has carried the name of the former national sprinter Boris Hanžeković. December 2014 Advent in Zagreb

27 June - 5 July Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival

Fans of film can jump for joy with eight days of open-air film by both new and acknowledged authors. A wide variety of fiction films with related genres in sciencefiction, thriller, suspense, drama, mystery, anime, and horror give the Tuškanac screen a whole new edge. Programmes such as Midnight Madness, Orient Express and Cult classics, as well as themed parties and super groovy merchandise make this a summer frenzy of fun. 16 - 20 July The 48th International Folklore Festival

Performances take place at Gradec in Gornji grad and on the main square (Ban Josip Jelačić Square) A plethora of national and international folk ensembles gravitate around the main square at this time of year. The ‘Međimurje region’ is honoured this time round with their traditional dances, music, and costumes given special emphasis. It’s a colourful spectacle so why not put on your dance shoes with musical and dance workshops, exhibitions, crafts and a souvenirs fair to be seen.

Fill your hearts with the spirit of Advent as the city streets, squares and parks are adorned with Christmassy delights. The ‘ho, ho, ho’ traditional Christmas market has gorgeous wooden chalets which sell a wide range of Christmas gifts and items; indulge yourself with bratwursts, Croatian delicious treats and mulled wine. Soak up the festive atmosphere! 25 September 2014 - 15 February 2015 Joan Miro - Masterpieces from the Maeght Foundation

Works by this famous Catalonian painter, sculptor, graphic artist and ceramist are coming to Zagreb next autumn. On show will be paintings, sculptures, tapestries and lithographs from the Margeurite and Aimé Maeght Foundation, which maintain more than 150,000 different art works, including some of the key works by Kandinsky, Chagall, Miro, Braque and Giacometti. The exhibition will be held at the Art Pavilion.

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InternatIonal tourIsm FaIr

19 -22 February 2014

Supported by:

Ministry of Tourism of

rebublic of croatia

Within the same terme we also organize: ZaGreB Boat sHoW International boat show

inGa International Fair of Food, Drinks and Gastronomic Innovations

Hotel&GastroteH International Hotel and Restaurant Equipment and Catering Fair

Zagreb Fair, Avenija Dubrovnik 15, HR - 10020 Zagreb, Croatia Phone: +385 6503 442, 6503 279, Faks: +385 1 6527 260


calendar of events

ZAGREB BOAT SHOW 23rd International Boat Show

19-23 February

CROTOUR 7 International Tourism Fair

19-22 February


INGA 6th International Fair of Food, Drinks and Gastronomic Innovations HOTEL&GASTROTEH 6th International Gastronomy, Hotel and Restaurant Equipment and Catering Fair BEAUTY DAYS 16th International Fair of Cosmetics, Accessories and Equipment for Salons

7-9 March

ZAGREB AUTO SHOW 14th International Salon of Automobiles, Commercial Vehicles, Motorcycles and Supporting Industry 20-26 March BUILDING 38th International Fair of Construction and Equipping

9-12 April

BIAM 22 International Machine Tool and Tools Fair nd

WELDING 25th International Welding and Anticorrosion Fair CRAFTS 56th International Crafts Fair MEDICINE AND TECHNOLOGY 40th International Fair of Medicine, Rehabilitation and Laboratory Equipment and Pharmacy

15-17 May

DENTEX International Dental Medicine Fair MYSTIC 5th International Fair of Alternative and Healthy Lifestyle and Border Areas of Science

18-21 September

FAIR OF CROATIAN COUNTIES 3rd Fair of Economy and Cultural Heritage All together, all for one – Croatia’s BEST ENERGETICS 3rd International Fair of Energetics, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

30 September-3 October

AMBIENTA 41st International Furniture, Interior Decoration and Supporting Industry Fair

15-19 October 3rd International Fair of Education, Professional Training, Human Resources Management and Employment

11-16 November

INTERLIBER 37th International Book and Teaching Appliances Fair MUSIC AND MULTIMEDIA FAIR 10th International Music and Multimedia Fair INFO International Information Technology Fair WINTER SHOW 3rd International Skiing, Winter Sports and Supporting Industry Fair

13-16 November

VINOVITA 18 International Fair of Wine and the Equipment for Viticulture and Viniculture th

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evening hours, Manduševac fountain

„... I am a witch of ancient lore, I petition these trees, and forest floor. Converge myself upon this site, spider weaving, power and might. Air and Fire, Water and Earth, aid in my quest, I call you forth....“ Zagreb, like the rest of mediaeval Europe had a dark and bloody history. From 14th till 18th century more than 250 women were accused and burned on charges of witchcraft. Bad crops, diseases and poverty claimed their victims. Culprits were found in beautiful maidens, successful shopkeepers and rich widows who crossed jealous women and libidinous men. The price was too high...their lives!

Their story begins at Manduševac fountain, Ban Jelacic Square...

... In a strange way my imagination was presumed not on the peak of Klek, but inwardly into its intense force, violent incessant scenes, played out with fantastic, great heroism, now historic now biblical creatures, all connected together, all with some hazy patriotic aim...

Way to Croatia No.17