It takes only an hour to get from busy Zagreb to the green and peaceful villages of Zagorje. We go to Gornja Stubica where we visit the Peasants’ Revolt Museum situated in a baroque castle that used to belong to the family Oršić. The museum displays the life of the peasants and aristocracy in the times of feudalism, from the 15th until the mid-19th century, and tells us about the 16th century peasants’ revolts and their legendary leader Matije Gubec. An impressive monument dedicated to those events, designed by the famous sculptor Augustinčić, is situated next to the Museum, overlooking the enchanting hills. After a lunchbreak at one of the local restaurants, we continue the trip to Marija Bistrica, the most popular pilgrimage site of NW Croatia since the 17th century. There we visit the church of Saint Mary of Bistrica, see the statue of the Virgin Mary, which is believed to be miraculous and walk around the Stations of the Cross. It’s a great destination to learn about the traditional manufacture of wooden toys and gingerbread souvenir cookies, which were both added to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. After trying some traditional sweet gingerbread, we leave the picturesque Zagorje and return to Zagreb.
*tour includes transfer, guide, tickets, lunch