Velika Gorica

Address

Trg kralja Tomislava 34, 10410 Velika Gorica

Phone

+385 1 6269 900

Distance from Zagreb

17 km

Velika Gorica is located on the hilly part of Vukomerička gorica and the lowland part of Turopolje, only 16 km away from Zagreb, with which it is connected by a fast road. The Zagreb Airport “Franjo Tuđman” is nearby, in the village of Pleso.

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Tourist attractions

Truffles from the Zagreb area

Unattractive in their looks, but irresistible in their aroma and taste, these subterranean fungi are one of the most expensive and most precious ingredients in the world. Their special status is owed to their specific aroma and the fact that they are almost impossible to commercially cultivate. Rather than that, people with trained dogs have to find them and dig them out. Truffles from Italy and France have fascinated gastronomy first, but truffles from Istria have ascended the throne with their quality and reputation. A story that truffles are extremely rare and limited to only some God-given areas has been created. But is that really so? With time, truffles have started appearing in places where nobody expected them, let alone searched for them. Suddenly, there appeared bold claims that the central part of Croatia may even be more abundant with truffles than Istria. Truffles need forests because they live in symbiosis with forest trees, and they are especially fond of oak. Some areas near Zagreb, and especially Turopolje, have always abounded with forests and oak. Little by little, a real treasure has been discovered—sixteen species of truffles previously unheard of in the world. Today, they are exhibited in the Mushroom museum on the main square of Zagreb. Recently, Žumberak has been noted as a source of black truffle, which has already had its debut in some restaurants in Zagreb. Suddenly it became clear that the area surrounding Zagreb has a serious potential for competing with other areas known for their truffles. But it takes time and effort for this niche, exclusive field of mushroom growing to catch on, and for people to take it seriously. With many already explored and probably numerous undiscovered natural sources, the opportunity for truffle revolution next to a metropolis lies in the possibilities of mycorrhizal plantation. Truffles that are available year-round can find their way onto local menus and inspire chefs to pair them with renown traditional meals, or to experiment with new formulas. Who knows, maybe one day it will be completely normal for us to brag about the truffle heritage and to proudly treat our guests to homegrown varieties.

Wooden construction

A special feature of this area was given by the forest wealth. The basis of the traditional architecture was an oak, as the indigenous building material to which the home masters gave soul. Wooden chapels from Turopolje and Pokuplje are unique in the world. They can be traced far back in the early Middle Ages, but most of the preserved ones date from the 17th century. Today there are only 11 preserved wooden chapels left, three in Turopolje, two in Vukomeričke gorice, and six in Pokuplje. The most representative example of wooden baroque sacral architecture in Northern Croatia is certainly the Chapel of St.Barbara in Velika Mlaka.

Old town Lukavec

Lukavec town is a well-preserved medieval castle located near the village of same name and the only defensive fortress in Turopolje, whose present-day Baroque building dates from the 18th century. This noble witness of history is an ideal backdrop for St. George's festivities in Turopolje (Jurjevo) and the Perunfest festival.

Andautonija - the "Roman Zagreb"

The Roman conquest of Pannonia began in the 30s of the 1st century B.C. , and the wealth of Roman archaeological sites across Croatia is a priceless treasure waiting to be discovered and experienced by the inquisitive. One of such sites is the former Roman city of Andautonia, which experts call the "Roman Zagreb", and is only 12 km away from today’s city. From the very beginning, Andautonia – as a port on the river Sava and a settlement next to the prominent - had great strategic importance. Excavations in the area of Ščitarjevo began in 1969, and in 1994, the Archaeological Park was opened, the first of its kind in Croatia. Today, visitors can see parts of the Roman city at the site: a Roman street, a city beach and two buildings, and they are also given an insight into the Roman necropolis that was located at this location in the 1st century.

Turopolje Museum

The former seat and town hall of the Noble Municipality of Turopolje changed its purpose on several occasions, and in 1960 it was turned into Turopolje Museum, which in its extremely rich holdings preserves the archaeological, ethnographic and cultural-historical material of the Velika Gorica region. The museum’s holdings number about 3,500 items and over 20,000 photographs and negatives. In addition to the permanent exhibition located on the first floor, the ground floor houses a gallery space where occasional exhibitions or interesting art workshops are held for children, young people and their parents.

Educational walking path Šumarica

If you want to spend a day without a car, the Šumarica educational walking path is an ideal choice. The trail stretches for 9 kilometers and connects Krušak and Kozjača villages. It can be crossed in two hours. The footpath leads you through the forest, by slopes and cuttings, near meadows. On this walking path you can find information about the history of Vukomeričke gorice, its wooden construction and wildlife.

Ethno village Novo Čiče

This ethno village offers visitors a special and unforgettable atmosphere of the Turopolje ambience and a presentation of life, work and customs of the ancestors.

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