Journey into Zagorje: Veliki Tabor Castle, Kumrovec Village & Lunch

Journey into Zagorje: Veliki Tabor Castle, Kumrovec Village & Lunch

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      Zagreb, Croatia
      6.5 Hours
      Moderate
      From (USD)
      $ 322
      • Kumrovec Ethno Village: See, hear, and feel what Croatian country life was like more than a century ago in an open-air museum of some 40 restored buildings, many displaying period furnishings and farm equipment. Local artisans and craftspeople are often on hand.
      • Veliki Tabor castle visit: This signature landmark, built high on a ridge in the 1400s as a defensive fortress against marauding Turks, had its romantic Renaissance-style circular towers added when it became an aristocratic family's residence.
      • Gresna Gorica: Enjoy a light lunch on what is quaintly known as the Hill of Sin (more on that below), surrounded by vineyards and awesome Zagorje views; a full meal is optional.

      Meeting point

      Please make your way to the European Square bus station at Avenija Marina Drzica 4, 10000, Zagreb to meet your guide.

      Helpful hints

      A light lunch can be extended to a full lunch. The restaurant also has a small zoo, as well as vineyards around it.

      If one has a problem while driving up and down the hills and on serpentines, one should consider taking a medication before the trip.

      Getting around

      Plan to walk less than 0.25 mile uphill to the restaurant.

      Activity type

      Full Day, Family Friendly, Scenic, Cultural

      Transportation used

      Vehicles? We have all kinds for all sizes of groups, from cars to buses. Vehicles vary based on the number of travelers.

      Included amenities

      Guide
      Beverages
      Lunch

      Languages

      English, German, French, Italian, Spanish

      Tour ID

      TR-EUR-HRZ-ZAGR-EN-1004

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages. Travelers must be 18 years of age or older to participate in the wine tasting portion of the tour so bring photo ID for proof of age.

      Special Medical Restriction

      Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour.

      Winding country roads, beautiful rolling green hills, clusters of rustic houses with red-tile roofs and handsome gardens. No, it's not the French countryside. It's Zagorje – the delightful rural district just north of Zagreb where some of Croatia's rich and powerful kept their castles over the centuries.

      This region is also where ex-Yugoslavia strongman Josip Broz Tito was born and raised. You can actually check out his boyhood house and the school he attended when you visit charming Kumrovec. It's quite a contrast from the 32 official residences he acquired later in life, not counting his elaborate underground bunkers.

      But centuries earlier, it wasn't Cold War weapons from above that Central Europeans worried about. It was the cold steel of scimitar-wielding Ottomans, large hordes of whom were rampaging through the region in the early 1500s in a push to expand their territory, religion, and way of life. 

      Against a threat like that, nothing short of a massive, impenetrable rampart would help you sleep well at night. That's why, when you visit Veliki Tabor castle, you'll see that most of its earliest elements were dedicated to stopping blade-carrying intruders from getting in – as opposed to the later barrel-shaped bastions, useful for defending the compound from attack by firearms. Those were never much of a threat once the Ottoman incursions died down.

      Yet it's those classic round, pointy-roofed towers that today give Veliki Tabor such a great castle-like look. Well, that and the fact that the whole shebang is stacked 1,100 feet up on top of a mountain ridge visible from miles away.

      It's a powerful image, and has become one of the iconic images of picturesque Zagorje.

      Freddy and Veronika

      Count Herman II of Celje, member of a medieval power family, owned Veliki Tabor in the 15th century. His son Fridrik fell in love with Veronika, a lovely but poor maiden from the village below. Dad disapproved (big surprise), so the young couple eloped and moved far into the forest. Dad's private soldiers eventually found Veronika, and imprisoned her in the castle on charges of witchcraft. At trial, she was found guilty only of being in love. But the moment the judges left, Herman took the law into his own hands. He had her drowned in a giant vat of water, then buried in the castle wall – where, according to legend, she wails still on long winter nights. 

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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      Zagreb, Croatia
      Great photo opportunities
      Bring photo ID
      Bring money
      Wear comfortable shoes
      Wear light clothing

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