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Tourism programme about beauties of northern Croatia

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  • Tourist Board of the City of Varadin

    Tourist Information Centrewww.tourism-varazdin.hr

    tel./fax +385 (0)42 210987,

    210985, 201005

    HR-42 000 Varadin, I. Padovca 3

    The project is supported by Ministry

    of Tourism of Republic Croatia and

    National Tourism Board.

    Publisher: Tourist Board of the City of Varadin, Tourist Board of Trakoan Municipality of BednjaFor the publisher: Branka Tropp, Alen SajkoPhotography: Mario Novak, Miljenko Hegedi (Old Burgh)Texts by: Volga Vukelja Dawe, Marija GrahTranslation and language editting: Volga Vukelja DaweGraphic design: Tanja BunjevacTisak: Zrinski d.d. akovec

  • The gateways to a dream

    Castles are the gateways to a dream. It may be a dream woven into

    history, but a dream nevertheless. Walking through their corridors and

    halls filled with finery and riches, peeking into the darkest of hidden

    dungeons and secret passages, it is so easy to be carried away on a

    cloud of imagination to the world of damsels in distress and knights in

    shining armour. And it takes but little effort to hear the clash of swords

    and the sounds of trumpets, but also the sweet song of the lutes,

    and and then tour is over and we are again on our way to the gateway,

    only this time it takes us into reality.

    For that is what exists in between castles reality. People living their

    everyday lives: working, building, loving, hoping and yes, from time to

    time, dreaming. And that is the journey we would like to take you for.

    A bit of this and a bit of that. And a lot of good time.

  • In

    the north-western

    part of the historical core of the city of

    Varadin lies one of its best know picture postcards the Old Burgh. On the outside it

    is an unconquerable medieval fortification, but inside it is an aristocratic palace of the

    Renaissance style. The Old Burgh underwent continual expansion between the 13th and the

    19th century. In the 16th century the owners, the Ungnadi family, brought in Domenico de

    Lalia, an Italian Renaissance builder who carried out restructuring works that turned the

    Old Burgh into a Waserburg. The entire castle was surrounded by defensive walls, and the

    motes bellow them were filled with waters brought in from the nearby River Drava. In the

    following centuries the Old Burgh had become an unconquerable bastion of the Kingdom

    of Croatia. Protecting its inner sanctum with motes, bulwarks, guns and troops, the

    Old Burgh also ensure prosperity as for its owners, so for the city of Varadin. Of all the

    numerous owners the Burgh belonged to through the centuries, the Counts of Erddy had

    the longest tenure, and since they were the heritable governors of the Varadin County in

    1763 their family coat of arms was approved by the Empress Maria Theresa as the official

  • The Old Burgh of Varadin

    coat

    of arms

    of the County.

    It has remained so

    to this day. In 1923 the City

    of Varadin bought the Burgh and

    by 1925 several of its rooms were already housing a

    permanent exhibition. Today the Old Burgh houses the City Museum, a must for every

    visitor to this charming city. Initially the museum holdings comprised mostly the

    objects donated by the prominent families and individuals of Varadin. With the

    passage of time the museum collections grew both in size and variety, and now this is an

    institution which consists of six specialized departments: Archaeology, History, Cultural

    history, Ethnography, Entomology and the Gallery of Old and Modern Masters. Having

    been turned to a lush promenade the medieval bulwarks and motes are now serving

    a much more pleasant occupation for the citizens of Varadin and their guests, but have

    still retained their protective role nowadays protecting from the ever more intruding

    traffic and hubbub of daily life.

  • Moravec Homestead

    Tradition of goat farming

    in the Moravec family goes

    back some twenty years.

    For two generations now

    they have been tending

    100 white goats of the

    Saanen breed. With time the

    range of goat milk products at

    the OPG Moravec (OPG - Family

    Agricultural Homestead) has extended and

    now, in addition to milk, includes cheeses:

    semi-hard, smoked, with herbs, spreads

    with and without spices, feta cheese, curd cheese and yoghurt.

    Numerous awards and acknowledgements they have received are the

    result of a systematic investment into knowledge, technological

    advancement, production capacities and love for the work

    they are doing. The Quality Champion for the entire

    range of products award wan by the OPG Moravec

    at three national competitions speaks loudly

    of their quality and success. At this point in

    time project documentation is being produced

    for the tasting room and the packing facility

    within the homestead, where one will be able

    to see the entire production process from the

    she-goat to the finished product. The works are

    expected to start in the course of 2010.

    Bearing in mind that goat milk consists of particles

    which are three time smaller than the cow milk, which

    makes it much easier to digest, that it is also the most similar

    to human milk, it is with justification that both the milk and its products

    are called the fountain of health.

  • Zelendvor

    (the Green

    M a n o r ) ,

    one of the

    oldest organized

    hunting grounds

    in Croatia, is named

    after the manor which Count

    Marko Bombelles, a descendant

    of the old French nobility, built himself in

    Petrijanec near Varadin. His carefully thought out introduction of numerous

    new species - from Asia he imported numerous types of pheasant,

    from those of purely decorative nature to the game-type birds,

    from America came the Virginia quail - he ensured that

    the area retained its position as one of the finest and

    best stocked hunting grounds in Croatia.

    To this day Zelendvor has remained one of the

    best hunting grounds in Croatia. In the centre

    of the place is a hunting lodge which provides

    accommodation, and close to it a restaurant

    where one can savour a variety of hunting

    and national specialties and delicacies.

    Needles to say the gastronomic emphasis

    is on meat of the game reared in natural

    environment and grazing on the indigenous

    plants. The neighbouring rural households

    secure a stable supply of freshly grown vegetables,

    fruit and home produced cheeses. It is also good to know

    that the operations are conducted in accordance with the

    HACCAP system. Located nearby are small exhibition pavilions,

    and in the immediate vicinity is an educational hunting trail.

    The Green Manor

  • Klenovnik

    is one of

    the largest and most

    magnificent castles in Croatia.

    This zero category monument is located on a prominent

    hill on the southern slopes of Ravna gora. The first mention of the name of Klenovnik

    dates from 1244, and through the centuries it has changed quite a few hands.

    According to the oldest inscription, located in the castles inner court yard part of which

    reveals the owners desire to built a home for all time: Let this home stand until the ant

    drinks up the sea and the turtle walks around the world - this early baroque, four-winged

    two-floor building with 90 rooms and 365 windows was started in 1616 by Count Ivan II

    Drakovi. Another inscription from 1667 tells us that that it was completed in that year

    by Ivan IV Drakovi. Klenovnik had its heyday during the tenure of Ivan III Drakovi as

    the Croatian Viceroy (1640 1646). He was determined to make the seat of his family and

    of the national political power as magnificent and as spacious as possible, and that he was

    successful in his effort is proven by the fact that sessions of the Croatian Sabor were held in

    one of its large halls. Klenovnik had remained in the possession of the Drakovi family for

    a long time, and it was only in 1850 that Juraj VI Drakovi sold it in order to secure funds

    for the expensive reconstruction of Trakoan.

  • Until

    1922 the

    castle was resold

    a number of times when it was

    bought by Count Josip Bombelles the last nobleman

    to own it. In 1925 he sold it to the Central Office for the insurance of workers.

    The Central Office carried out extensive works which involved restructuring and building

    of two extensions to the north-eastern and south-western wings, each 32m long and

    10,5 m wide, as well as numerous auxiliary facilities: large kicthen in the cellars and

    a large dining hall in the basement. In 1927 the Sanatorium opened its doors, and the

    function of the castle has remained the same to this day it is now known as the Klenovnik

    Hospital for lungs diseases and TBC. Thus has the once most prestigious of all the castels

    in the north-western Croatia, and a cultural monument of zero category, been turned

    into a hospital, which makes this magnificent edifice out of bounds for any viewing.

    But in 1963 the parks around the castle was declared a monument of park architecture,

    so take stroll through it to get the fell of times g