If you ask any Croatian why Samobor is famous, they will probably tell you these two things - Carnival and Kremsnita, but of course the city offers much more. Here is a list of the top things to explore in a day!
1. King Tomislav Square (The Main Square)
King Tomislav Square is full of cafe bars, and it’s home to the most famous dessert shop, U Prolazu, which is where people go to have a piece of the well known “Kremsnita.”
In the middle of the square, you’ll find an old, beautiful fountain that’s connected to a legend. The legend says that anyone who drinks from the fountain is sure to return to Samobor! The water is fresh and delicious, and Ivan never passes up the opportunity to drink from these fountains!
2. Kremšnita - "U Prolazu"
This dessert is like a light, fluffy, whipped custard, topped off with a light flaky pastry on top. It’s usually served warm, which makes it that much more delicious! I’ve really never had better Kremsnita anywhere else in Croatia.
3. Old Town Samobor (The Castle)
This fort was built by the Czech king Otokar in the 13th century, and it had a very different floor plan with three parts. There was a central core, a defense tower and a small little chapel. There were other towers as well, of course, and the courtyard brought it all together.
The castle had been owned by many noble Croatian families throughout history, but sold to the city of Samobor in 1902 to become a place for tourists to see.
It’s really a magical spot. It’s so stunning with all of the old stone, and greenery now growing up the walls, in and around the stone. There’s such a beautiful contrast with the green and gray. What’s also interesting, is that much of the floor plan is still visible, and you can see where different rooms would have been.
Just don’t make the same mistake we did by following the Google Maps route. It’ll bring you to the side of a steep hill and make you climb through very hard terrain. We suggest you take the route which goes from the Chapel of St. Anne, which is way more pleasant for walking.
One Interesting point about the fortress is that the famous actor Jackie Chan filmed the movie “Armour of God” there, and actually almost died while filming.
4. Livadić Castle and the Museum of the City of Samobor
It was named after the musician / lawyer / judge, Ferdo Livadic. After him, the castle was owned by many other people, and became the home of the Samobor City Museum in 1948.
The Samobor Museum shows the life of the people of the area through the years by featuring many different artifacts. There are old documents, pieces of art, geological artifacts, and much more.
It’s also home to a model of the old castle of Samobor. The museum isn’t huge, but you’ll surely learn many interesting tidbits about the city, its surroundings, and the people of Samobor.
5. Church of St. Anastasia
This church is very special to the citizens of Samobor, because the majority of its people get married, baptize their children and receive other Holy sacraments there.
6. Samobor Carnival (Samoborski Fašnik)
One of my favorite parts of Samoborski Fasnik is the doughnuts. There are so many different kinds of doughnuts, you won’t be able to try them all. There are also little doughnut holes that can be covered in chocolate, icing sugar, or eat just plain as they are.
Here are also many runners who take advantage of Anindol, as it’s nice and shady, and a very calm, quiet place to exercise. You can go through the Tepec forest and take the trails from the Old Town, and enjoy nature just steps from the main square.
8. Grgos Cave
There was then a road built through the cave, along with electric lighting, so it’s really an incredible place to visit.
All in all, Samobor is a fantastic place to visit, and makes the perfect day trip from Zagreb! My favorite thing to do is sit for coffee and kremsnita on the square, then take a walk through the city and feel its charm.
It’s a very relaxed place to be and will surely give you the same feeling. If you’re up for a bit of a hike, don’t miss the fortress on the hill, it’s such a stunning piece of history, with incredible views, you won’t be sorry you made the trip!
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