Pisarovina – a town with a population of 3770. The town is 25 km from Zagreb and is situated on a regional road between the Vukomerička gorica, the Kupa River and Draganićka forest. The picturesque landscape include both plains and hills, with scattered old oak forests, woods and winding rivers running down towards the clear Kupa River. Just south of Pisarovina is the mineral water spring Jamnička Kiselica. The popular Jamnica water was discovered in 1770, and the first chemical analysis of the mineral water was carried out in 1772 on orders by the Empress Maria Therese. In 1828, this was the first water in this part of Europe to be bottled for sale. Today, Jamnica is the most popular brand of mineral water in Croatia.

Four kilometres south of Pisarovina is Jamnička Kiselica, probably the most famous place of this region. This is where rich springs of popular mineral water Jamnica are found. Mineral water springs were discovered in 1770. The first chemical analysis of mineral water was made in 1772 as per order of the Empress Maria Theresa. In 1824 works began on the area, and several years later in 1828 the first bottles were filled with mineral water and placed on the market. In the immediate vicinity of Jamnica plant, traditional Kupa Evenings are held. The Kupa Evenings are public festivities with sporting events held twice a year in July and August.

A large village called Donja Kupčina lies about thirty kilometres to the south of Zagreb, amidst the ploughland, meadows and woods of the Kupa Valley and near the confluence of the Kupčina and the Kupa. The people in this village are very keen to preserve their culture and heritage: they have created an open-air museum, or ethnological park, to exhibit the ethnological traditions of Donja Kupčina. This park displays houses, buildings from village farmyards, wells, workshops and other examples of masonry and popular crafts. All these buildings are furnished with traditional furniture, textiles and other exhibits to show the past way of life in these villages.

Issue: 15 Destination: Pisarovina, Zagreb County Contact: http://www.tzzz.hr