Grapevine was probably grown in the Varaždin area as early as in the Roman times, and historical sources say that the citizens of Varaždin have had their own vineyards for years and they care about them very much.
When Varaždin's public notary Krunoslav Čolo started offering the Varaždin passport to the visitors of the Špancirfest festival on his stand, it soon became an attractive town souvenir that many eminent Croatian and European politicians who visited the festival brought back to their homes. However, Varaždin indeed issued passports in the past.
In the Hrvatsko Zagorje traditional cuisine turkey is definitiely the most valued delicacy and an essential part of festive holiday tables. Zagorje turkey is highly valued for its delicious taste and high quality meat, so it had the reputation of a superior delicacy far from the hills of Zagorje region.
In one of their crusades in the late 15th century, the Turks burnt down the monastery in Lepoglava, with all the records of the founding and its first years burning in the fire. Therefore the exact year when this famous Pauline monastery was built will forever remain unknown.
Ivanec and Ivančica, Ivanečko Polje or the Ivanšček creek are only few of the names in the Ivanec area that remind and hold the memory of the Knights Hospitaller, who came to Croatia in mid-12th century.
Apart from a remarkable cultural wealth left to us by the Paulines, Lepoglava hides a valuable mineral treasure, a semi-precious stone agate, which can be found only around Gaveznica, our only inactive volcano, that will tell you an exciting story of our planet's history.
There is always an old legend or at least a spooky story tied to vast, dark forests, passed on the younger generations. The paka forest near Novi Marof, stretching along the Kalnik hills, hides many legends, one of which being the one of Crna Paka (Black Paka) and the old Gradišče fort.
The slopes of the Ivančica mountain, covered by thick forest, have always entertained the folks' imagination, and many of the creepy stories about supernatural beings were kept until today.