Excursion route Tuhelj – Klanjec – Zelenjak – Kumrovec – Zagorska sela – Miljana - Veliki Tabor – Tuhelj (app. 44 km)
Underneath Cesargrad forest, in the hollow between her picturesque hills lays Tuhelj, the center of the homonymous municipality named after the old Slavic word "tuhl" which means hollow, humid place, which explains local dialect word "tuhtina." The parish of Tuhelj goes back to year 1402. It was here that for its cultural and historical significance magnificent parish church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built. One of its walls is decorated with large bronze crucifix, a gift from the sculptor Antun Augustinčić. On the hill above Tuhelj old cemetery is the chapel of St. Joseph's, which dates back into the year 1727.


On August 15, on the occasion of the Feast of the Assumption, a variety of believers visit the parish of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Tuhelj, celebrating the memory of the day that, according to popular Christian belief, God assumed the Virgin Mary into Heaven following her death. Holy Mass at Lourdes grotto located near the church is preceded by the procession, in which the girls carry white throne with the Virgin, and the young people in national costumes presented gifts. Besides church dignitaries, the Eucharist is magnified by the presence of a multitude of pilgrims and members of Tuhelj choir, arts society and brass band, feast ends with a great folk festival and evening hunting party.
4 kilometers east from Tuhelj there are Tuheljske Spa, a well-known health resort which was popular already in Roman times for its mineral mud, thermal springs and sulfur water and has nowadays developed into the most popular wellness center in Croatia. The versatile offer of a newly opened hotel Well harmoniously complements the baroque castle Mihanović, whose wine cellar and restaurant offer a supreme culinary experience.

Klanjec is a picturesque little town located at the saddle ridge of 511 m high Cesargrad hill separating Sutla and Krapina River watershed. In Klanjec there is a magnificent edifice of the Franciscan monastery with the Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In addition to religious art treasures, in monastery two restored sarcophagus and Erdody family mausoleum may be seen.


History of Klanjec, which was first mentioned in written documents in 1463, was marked by numerous great names of Croatian heritage. In "Novi Dvori" (new palace) of Klanjec the poet Antun Mihanović (1796 -1861), author of the Croatian anthem "Our Beautiful Homeland" spent part of his life. Monument with his bust decorates the main square in the city ever since 1910.
Antun Augustinčić (1900 - 1979), one of the most important Croatian sculptors was born in Klanjec, too. He donated his hometown his sculptural oeuvre, which may be seen in Antun Augustinčić Gallery.
In the silence and tranquility of the memorial park of Klanjec old cemeteries, original graves of Anton Mihanović and yet another famous citizen of Klanjec, Oton Iveković (1869-1939), a painter whose canvases keep record of numerous motives of Croatian history, have been preserved. Shady walkway will take you to the nearby chapel of St. Florian, city's patron saint and a marked trail, whose markings start nearby Antun Augustinčić Gallery and Parish Church, takes you to the mountain lodge on Cesargrad. Should you search for a refreshing break, try at some of numerous estates of Klanjec winemakers, such as those of Sever, Broz and Posavec family, or in the idyllic landscape of the village Gredice, in rural tourism family household Old Mill.

Zelenjak is a protected landscape surrounded by wooded slopes of the Sutla River canyon in which, along the road connecting Klanjec with Kumrovec, stands a monument to the Croatian anthem. According to tradition, the author of "Our Beautiful Homeland" anthem, Antun Mihanović composed its verses at this very point. On the occasion of the centenary of the anthem, 1935 the "Brethren of the Croatian Dragon" Society put up over 13 meters tall monument on which the text of the anthem is carved. Nearby is the resort of the same name, with a restaurant and children playground.

Izidor Popijač Žiga is a giant self-taught sculptor. Owing to his extraordinary perception of the living world in nature, being a great master when it comes to anatomy, he shapes anthological pieces of Croatian naive art. Visit Popijač Gallery located in Risvica 69, only 2 km away from Zelenjak.

The road along the Sutla River leads us to the picturesque village Kumrovec, whose main attraction is the Ethnological Museum Staro selo Kumrovec (old village of Kumrovec). In it there are fortyish over one hundred years old well-preserved and restored farmhouses and outbuildings. The biggest curiosity is the birthplace of Josip Broz Tito, the Supreme Commander of the anti-fascist squads and later Yugoslav president, which is transformed into museum. Next to the house is the bronze monument of Marshal Tito made by Antun Augustinčić.
In a joint Croatian-Slovenian tourist zone created along the Sutla River in the northwest of Krapina-Zagorje County lays the village of Zagorska sela, whose first mention dates back in 1334. In the village there is a baroque parish church of St. Catherine. For rest and refreshment check the rural tourism family household Masnec.

On your way to Desinić you'll reach Miljana, the Rattkay family baroque castle, one of the most picturesque in the Croatian Zagorje. Built and upgraded for over three hundred years, the castle was completely rebuilt from 1979 to 1982. In it a series of high quality rococo murals may be seen. Near the castle there is rural tourism family household Šumak offering native cuisine.



On a hill near Desinić there is the fort called Veliki Tabor, according to UNESCO, one of the cultural monuments of the highest category. Veliki Tabor is one of the best preserved medieval and renaissance fortified towns on Croatian mainland. During 16th century it has been built by a noble family Rattkay and it remained in their possession until 1793. The oldest part of the complex is it's central fortification, whereas four semicircular towers and premises near the north wall were built later. One of the owners of the castle was a Croatian painter Oton Iveković, who perpetuated the castle and picturesque landscape of the surrounding area at numerous occasions. The fort has been recently restored and in it a new multimedia exhibition is opened. You will experience the atmosphere of a real domestic environment if you visited the nearby native cuisine facilities Grešna gorica and Trsek.
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