In the west part of Krapina-Zagorje County, in the village of Kumrovec, you will find the Old Village Museum (Kumrovec Ethno Village) with preserved original village houses from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Kumrovec is placed in a picturesque basin, along the central course of the Sutla River, at the foot of Cesargradska and Kunšperk Hills.The ‘Staro Selo’ Museum in Kumrovec is the only open-air museum in Croatia. Ethnographic Museum “Old Village Kumrovec” is part of the Museum of Croatian Zagorje. It spreads over 12,640 m2. The village is an oasis of serenity. When you enter the village you have a feeling that time has stopped. Museum is a part of the Kumrovec village itself and local people still live connected to the Museum.
The history of the Old Village began by the mounting of the monument in front of the birth house of Josip Broz Tito in 1948. The place where is born the former president of Yugoslavia, a war hero and one of the most popular leaders on the global political scene in the second half of the 20th century now offers a museum with a historical and ethnological collection. Around 40 more residential, farming and ancillary buildings were subsequently renovated in the village. The visitors can see the permanent ethnological collections of the traditional lifestyle from the late 19th century, such as: Zagorje Wedding, The Life of a Young Married Couple, From Hemp to Canvass, The Blacksmith’s Trade, Wagon-Maker’s Trade, Pottery, From Grain to Bread…
Čigoč, a village located at the very entrance to Lonjsko Polje Nature Park, one of the largest stork habitats in Europe. The picturesque village of Čigoč was proclaimed the first European stork village by the European foundation Euronatur. Due to its exceptionally favorable natural conditions, there are stork nests on nearly every house or barn, and there are more storks than people. Čigoć has a population of 120 people and around 200 storks, which are regarded as permanent residents of the village.
The main reason why stork chose this area for nest is vast spaces of water surfaces and moist meadows. Because of the food that is plentiful, they can feed themselves and their young. Storks arrive to this area usually around March 15 and fold nests on the roofs of wooden houses. They leave around August 15.
These large areas of pasture grazed by old breeds of farm animals adapted to the landscape, such as the Posavina horse, Turopolje pig and Slavonian-syrmian grey-cattle, they are a unique piece of natural and cultural heritage.
Čigoč is village with beautiful nature. Go and find out for yourself what life is like in the village the storks have chosen as their home.
The village of Štrigova is located 19 kilometres north-west of Čakovec, and approximately two kilometres south-east of the border crossing with Slovenia in Razkrižje. From Strigova, you can explore the rolling vineyards and wineries of northern Croatia. The economy of the municipality is largely focused on its agriculture. The mountainous area of Štrigova is rich in vineyards, orchards and rural properties. There is a large wine cellar in the village, and many smaller, private ones that represent the tradition of this beautiful međimurje region. Specifically, the famous Štrigova wines have been known for a very long time as divine nectar.
The village has two churches: church sv. Marija Magdalena built in the 17th century, and is one of the most beautiful churches in the country, and another church dedicated to St. Jerome. In the municipality there are two historic castles that also talk about past times…
Hlebine is a settlement in Koprivničko-Križevačka Županija. It consists of two villages, Hlebine and Gabajeva Greda.
Village Hlebine is center of croatian naive art. Hlebine School was founded here in 1930. when Professor Krsto Hegedušić met the untutored peasant-painter Ivan Generalić and was highly impressed by his work. The Croatian museum of Naive Art is now located in this small village. The village Hlebine first mentioned in the year 1330. ; but the village didn’t become famous for another 600 years, until Croatian peasant art was born there. It all happened in still and silent landscape, where today you can visit the gallery of the famous painters. The Croatian Museum of Naive Art holds more than 1,600 works of art – paintings, sculptures, drawings and print.