MEĐIMURJE, VARAŽDIN AND NORTHERN CROATIA

A Year Round Destination


Activity

Walking the gently rolling hills of Upper Međimurje is a perfect way to experience the beauty of this area.  Even better when combined with stops to enjoy the award winning local wines and the delicious local food.

For cyclists there are 400km of signposted routes within Međimurje County, supported by the "Cyclist Welcome" Network (more information will follow.....).

Year round swimming is possible at the indoor pool in Čakovec and the indoor and summer pools at the Sveti Martin Thermal Spa.

If you are feeling more adventurous why not try canoeing or rafting on the Drava or Mura rivers?

Fishing is a popular local pastime, Međimurje hosted the 2014 Coarse Angling World Championship.

A nine hole golf course is located 5km from StayOsme.

Looking for an indoor activity?  Then head to the Lumini Centre in Varaždin for ten-pin bowling, pool, table football, a multiplex cinema and much more.

 

Culture

If you plan to visit in the spring then join us for  "Urbanovo".  A festival of fine wines, good food and local traditions.

A visit to the beautiful Baroque town of Varaždin is a must.  The New York Times noted that "Croatia’s architectural and musical gem lies inland" when it included Varaždin in its list of 52 places to go in 2014.  Its castle, cobbled streets and cafe culture are a delight at any time of year.  Visit during December for the Advent celebrations, sample the Baroque nights in October, or experience Varaždin at its most vibrant during the ten day "Špancirfest" at the end of August.  

Čakovec "Stari Grad", the seat of the once powerful Žrinski family, is the largest castle in Međimurje and houses the county museum. If you are visiting at the beginning of August make sure the "Porcijunkulovo" festival is on your to do list.

The annual Renaissance Festival in Koprivnica takes you back in time for a great day out.

Trakošćan Castle is the most spectacular in the region.  Set on a hill top, above a lake and among acres of woodland, it is straight out of a fairytale.

Sveti Martin na Muri is the most northerly point of Croatia.  Here you can enjoy a walk (or a coffee) by the fast flowing Mura river while visiting the "Mill on the Mura" and learning a little about local rural traditions.  A tradition with a more modern face is the annual "Krampuslauf" in December - not for those with a weak disposition.

Throughout the year saints' days and the wine producing calendar provide many excuses for village festivals and celebrations in the area.  See Visit Međimurje or contact us for more details.

 

Relaxation

Need a break from all that activity and culture?  Then kick back and relax with a glass of wine or a delicious meal at one of the many local bars, restaurants or vineyards.

Why not visit the Hazić wine house and sample their award winning white wines?

Maybe treat yourself at the newly renovated wellness centre at Terme Sveti Martin?

Or just fire up the BBQ, pour the wine and enjoy the view......

 

Ready for More?

After a spot of relaxation, following all the activity and culture in northern Croatia, maybe it is time to head a little further afield?  All the following are fantastic day trips.

The UNESCO protected Plitvice Lakes National Park is arguably the most spectacular destination in Croatia and is not to be missed.

Zagreb "has culture, arts, music, architecture, gastronomy and all the other things that make a quality capital city" - Lonely Planet Guides.

Maribor in Slovenia is a beautiful riverside city overlooked by Pohorje mountain where you can hike in summer, ski in winter or enjoy the adrenalin rush of the mountain bike park.

Graz in Austria is another UNESCO protected gem within easy reach.

Pop over the border into Hungary and chill out in the spa town of Héviz on Lake Balaton. For a spa with a bit more excitement involved visit Terme 3000, just over the border in Slovenia. Only the brave will ride the Aqualoop, the world's first water slide with a 360-degree loop!

 

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