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When Josip Rehorić, a teacher in Krapina sent scientist Dragutin Gorjanović Kramberger some "strange bones" in 1899, he had no idea it was the Krapina Neanderthal. Today, the Krapina Neanderthal Museum is located in Krapina, the largest city in Croatian zagorje, near the excavation site at the foot of Hušnjakovo hill. One of the most modern and sophisticated museums, designed as a semi-cave, an authentic habitat for Krapina Neanderthals, is completely built into a boulder and almost completely unnoticeable from the outside. However, behind the glass wall, you will be surprised to find an unforgettable journey over an area of 1200 square meters.

© The Krapina Neanderthal Museum

The medieval castle and fortress in Ilok is considered to be the only royal center in Croatia, besides Knin, which had an area nearly equal to that of medieval Split, and larger than Trogir, Pag, Poreč... There, Nikola Iločki minted silver coins that had visible red and white squares, elements of Croatia's current crest. Upon Nikola's invitation, Ivan Kapistran, who stopped the Ottoman army at Belgrade, arrived in Ilok. When news of victory over the Ottomans reached Rome, the pope decreed that all the bells should ring, and as of that day, it became part of the Christian religious ritual that marks noon every day.

Travelling through evolution in Croatian zagorje

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Why is noon commemorated?

Legend has it that Madame Clicquot, owner of a champagne cellar that is still one of the most famous in the world, visited Pleternica in the 19th century and was so delighted with its hills that upon returning to Champagne, she sent the people of Pleternica a grapevine. In her honor one of Pleternica's hills got the name Klikun, which is how the locals pronounced the last name Clicquot. Even today, fantastic wines are made in the Požega-Pleternica wine region, and if you walk down Pleternica's Road of Roses and Wine, you will enjoy the attractive view of flowers and grapevines. Although it will seem at first sight that the roses were planted for esthetic reasons, the wine growers and winemakers will explain that roses are very sensitive to powdery mildew, and they are the first indicators of such symptoms.

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© Robert Kunštek

© Robert Kunštek

The Road of Roses and Wine

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