Home » Latest » Meet the German Who Has Holidayed 45-Years in a Row in Croatia

Meet the German Who Has Holidayed 45-Years in a Row in Croatia

hrt2To say that German Karl Heinz Meurer likes the Croatian coastal town of Vodice is a undersatement. For the last 45 years in a row Meurer and his wife have spent their summer holidays in the popular Dalmatian tourist town..

Meurer, who was presented with a commendation and painting for his loyalty to the town by the local council this week, has been coming to Vodice since the 1970s. Meurer has not missed a summer since, even coming during the war years in the early 1990s.

Karl Heinz presented with a commendation and painting

Karl Heinz presented with a commendation and painting

“The place or the beaches are not over crowded. Everyone can find something for themselves, that is why I have been coming to Vodice for the last 45 years in the row. I was not afraid to come during the war years either,” Meurer told HRT.

Meurer says that he has picked up a bit of the standard Croatian language in the four decades holidaying there, but that he has no clue when it comes to the local Vodice dialect still.

“I am getting old now so its more and more difficult to learn things,” he says.

Out on his ritual morning walk around the town

Out on his ritual morning walk around the town

Meurer, who says he prefered Vodice 40 years ago as it was ‘smaller’ and more ‘intimate’, has stuck to a simple routine on his holidays over the years – a walk around the town followed by an afternoon at the beach.

The Meurers are well liked by the locals.

“They are not frugal, they like to go around, eat at the restaurants. If only all the tourists were like them,” local Željko Vukičević says.

Vodice hopes that the Meurers keep returning for a few more decades yet.

(photos: screenshot HRT)

Share on:
0 / 5 (0 votes)

Sign up to receive the Croatia Week Newsletter

Related Posts

Croatian Inventions: World’s First Electric Speedometer

Croatians have had a hand in a number of useful inventions to this world. Next time you are in your car and checking if you are travelling over the speed limit, just remember it was a Croatian who played a part in its invention. The electric speedometer was invented by the Croatian Josip Belušić in...

Split & Dubrovnik Named on Europe’s Best 16 Beach Cities List

Leading New York-based travel magazine Travel + Leisure have named Split and Dubrovnik on its 16 of the best beach cities in Europe list. Many of Europe’s finest cities aren’t just popular for their art museums or raging nightlife scenes: They’re also home to some of the most beautiful beaches on Earth, writes Travel +...

Makarska Riviera: 10 Things to Check Out

By Iva Ralica Crystal clear sea and green pines around sand beaches are just some of the real gems that await you along the gorgeous Makarska Riviera. Located on the Dalmatian coast just an hour from Split, the Makarska Riviera stretch along the coast is full of heavenly beaches, bays and coves. It is arguably...

Eggspress – First Egg Cafe Opens in Zagreb

While the eternal chicken-egg dilemma still awaits its solution, the egg aficionados will now get plenty of time, a rich menu and a nice space to lament the question. Zagreb just has got its first omeletterie, reports Journal.hr, a place for all egg lovers and people in search of a quality breakfast or brunch. Eggspress,...

First Crowdfunded Holiday Home in Croatia Goes Live on Indiegogo

A unique project – the building of a luxury holiday home in the Mediterranean for everyone to enjoy – has gone live on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. The Heart of Istria project is the first ever crowdfunded holiday home. Heart of Istria will look to raise $560,000 via crowdfunding to build a luxury holiday home in...