About Zagorje

The green slopes of Zagorje region are somewhat unjustly overshadowed by coastal areas of Croatia. Rich in history, beautiful in nature and full of unique historical sites, Zagorje is situated in northwest part of Croatia, behind the mountain of Medvednica. Its landmarks are quite numerous, from Baroque streets of Varazdin to high-tech museum of Evolution in Krapina. Large castles of Trakoscan and Veliki Tabor can be considered the sole reasons to make a day trip to Zagorje, and who could deny the pleasure of enjoying one’s time in thermae of Stubicke Toplice? For those interested in Roman Catholic spirituality, Zagorje hosts the most important pilgrimage site in Croatia called Marija Bistrica. Those who remember Yugoslavia and its influence can visit Kumrovec, the birthplace of Josip Broz Tito, the popular leader of former state. In addition to all said, Zagorje is a region with distinctive culinary identity and strong tradition of wine making.

Zagorje
Varaždin, Croatia

Play with Traditional Toys from Zagorje

Kids may love their Pokemons today, but there’s still room for a few old-fashioned toys in their play-chest. Some of them may even have Croatia as their place of origin, as the country’s Zagorje region has a very strong tradition of manufacturing toys. As a matter of fact, this industry is so vital that UNESCO added it to its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. But long before traditional toys of Zagorje became a part of world heritage, Ana and Slavko Ivanic were doing their best to keep them on the market. This senior couple of toy manufacturers celebrates seven decades in the industry, and their small facility has been putting smiles on kid faces ever since Slavko made his first…

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