Samobor

In the western part of theZagreb County, along theborder with the neighbouringRepublic of Slovenia, liesthe hilly landscape ofSamobor and within it thesmall and lovely, medievaltown of Samobor.

Its wellpreserved nucleus of mostly Baroque architecture,long history, rich culturalheritage and wonderfulsurroundings have allcome together to secure itssignifcant place in the overalltouristic offer of Croatia.

The entire town seems like a lively museum in which historycomfortably walks hand in hand with today. All the buildingson the central square, which is also the centre and the startingpoint of the life of Samobor, are protected monuments ofculture. For a very long time this charming place has beenthe most popular excursion venue for the citizens of Zagrebwho come to have their fill of the charm the town, and toreplenish their energy in numerous restaurants and excursionsites around it. One of the reasons for a visit is the trademarkof Samobor – the famous custard slice Samoborska kremšnitawhich has been around for over 100 years. And the time oneshould not miss is the Samobor Carnival time when the life ofthe town is taken over by masks – and it has been so for over 170 years.

Samobor was granted the status of a free royal maket-town bya charter from King Bela IV in 1242. The building of the Old Townbegan in the late thirteenth century on Tepec hill. Anindol, themost scenic path in Samobor, is on the same hill. The mayor ofSamobor, Smidhen, had it developed as early as 1883.

At the foot of the Old Town there is the old section of Samoborcalled Taborec, with wooden houses and the Gothic Church of Saint Michael, reconstructed in baroque style, and the Vugrinščak sports and recreational centre. The central town square, withmany bistros and terraces with a view of the facades of the neighbouring late nineteenth century buildings, is a favourite resort of Zagreb residents. Not far from the square there is the Livadić castle from 1764, which is today the Museum of Samobor. 

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