21 January 2020 – Over 176,000 tourists visited the Krapina-Zagorje County in northern Croatia in 2019, which is 11% more than last year.
There were 176,460 tourists arrivals and 373,000 overnight stays recorded in 2019, which was 7% more than in 2018.
Head of the Office of the Krapina-Zagorje County Tourist Board Sanja Skrinjar said domestic tourists accounted for 50.5% of arrivals and 53% of overnight stays.
“Slovenia is still our traditional and most important market, followed by Germany, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel and Austria. 14.53 percent of total visitors arrived from Slovenia, 6.25% from Germany and 5.76% from Poland,” said Skrinjar.
County Prefect Zeljko Kolar emphasised that these figures additionally position the Krapina-Zagorje County as objectively the strongest continental destination in Croatia, and recalled that the 2025 plan is to achieve one million overnight stays.
Hotels and camps accounted for 81.5% of all overnight stays. Eight museums in the Krapina-Zagorje County area also recorded a 22.5% increase, while 1.6% more people visited the shrine of Saint Mary of Marija Bistrica last year.
One of the most popular towns in the county is Krapina, which is home to the Neanderthal Museum. The area contains the excavation site of a 100,000-year-old Neanderthal man in caves near the Krapina. The existence of Krapina itself has been verified since 1193.
Other towns of the county are Zabok, Pregrada, Zlatar, Oroslavje, Donja Stubica, Klanjec. The town of Stubica features another thermal spring, the Stubicke spa. Also in the area are the medieval castles Veliki Tabor, Miljana, Bežanec, Hellenbach, and Milengrad.