About Cakovec

Located on a strategically important point between rivers of Mura and Drava, the city of Cakovec has always been valuable to its governors. Formed as a military camp in 13th century, it soon became the settlement of Croatian nobles, the Zrinski Family. A lot of decisions which shaped Croatian history were made in Cakovec, especially in its impressive Keep of Stari Grad.

But despite its militaristic past, modern Cakovec is far from being a warrior’s stronghold. As a matter of fact, it is called “Hortus Croatiae”, or “The Garden of Croatia”. This is due to large investments in floral development, so visitors are free to enjoy promenades, parks and other flowery outdoors.

From the perspective of Christian religion, Cakovec is also an interesting destination. St. Jerome, the author of Bible’s Latin translation, was born in Stridor. The settlement is now non-existent, but experts believe it was located in the Croatian city’s close vicinity.

And finally, one can perceive Cakovec as an important destination for wine lovers. Being a notable part of Medimurje region’s wine road, it is a place where glasses are never empty, and where every guest has a smile on face.

40000, Čakovec, Croatia

Remembering the Gold Diggers of Drava

In modern time, the term Gold Diggers is associated with people seeking rich spouses. However, merely a few decades ago it was used to describe hard-working individuals that were acquiring the precious material from river flows. The vanishing craft is usually connected with the historical world of Wild West, but it existed in other parts of the globe as well. Croatia was no different, its gold diggers passionately harvesting the shiny metal from local rivers. The concession for works was approved by Empress Maria Theresa as early as 1776. One of the most popular gold diggers was Matej Horvat, a recently departed resident of Donji Vidovec, who was considered the eldest practitioner of this craft in Europe. He begun to…

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