Welcome to Samobor, a medieval town of baroque architecture which lies on the eastern slopes of the Samoborsko gorje Hill Range at the gateway to the romantic valley of the Gradna Creek. At the distance of only twenty kilometers from Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, Samobor with its surroundings is the oldest and the most attractive excursion destination for Zagreb residents, hikers, holiday-makers and tourists from all over Croatia and abroad. This picturesque town with a French flair will charm you with its architecture, relax you with its laid-back atmosphere, win you over with its flavors and colors... and entice you to come back again.
Samobor is also a town of rich gourmet tradition and its rich and diverse offer is the reason why it attracts so many food lovers. There are few tourists and visitors who leave Samobor without trying local specialties and the famous custard slice kremšnita. Enjoy your meal!
Samobor has always been known for its rich crafts tradition. Owing to numerous family crafts, many products od traditional craftsmen such as nonperishable biscuits licitars, mead and gingerbread cookies as well as manually cut crystal still can be found in conteporary homes. Handicraft shops are waiting for you to visit them.
Throughout the year, Samobor provides a rich offer of traditional, cultural, musical and entertainment events as well as wine and gastronomic festivals. The traditional shrove manifestation Samoborski fašnik, with a tradition of more than 190 years, is the most famous tourist manifestation of the town.
Samobor is surrounded by the Nature Park Žumberak – Samoborsko gorje Hill Range and offers numerous attractions, relaxation in intact nature, walks, waterfalls, and a series of activities from hiking and cycling to paragliding.
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Although dessert usually comes last,switch things up in Samobor and immediately upon arrival taste the kremšnita, the symbol of Samobor, and a famous gastro souvenir. This dessert, which can be found in heart of town, is made with simple ingredients, but after a complex preparation (which is still a secret today), people often wait in line to get one, after which, as a reward, it melts in your mouth.
Bermet and muštarda
The influence of the French who lived in this city during Napoleon's reign is still tasted in the food today. The Bermet aperitif, which is prepared from red wine, tropical fruit, and herbs, will thrill those with a refined taste, while true gourmets will enrich boiled and roasted meat with Muštarda, a type of mustard made of mustard seeds, must and spicies.
Every year since 1827, just before the 40-day Easter fast, Samobor becomes the Fašnik Republic, where "rivers“ of masked visitors flock. Don't miss out on the next Fašnik carnival from February 2 to 13 2018.
Anindol and the promenades around the main square
The Anindol Forest Park, located just above the town, has always been a favourite excursion site for the people of Samobor and their guests, nature fans, and true romantics, who can enjoy a majestic view of Zagreb, Medvednica (Zagreb's mountain range), and the surrounding area from here. It is also a pleasant experience to walk down the picturesque town paths along the meandering and bubbling Gradna stream.
While walking through the centre of town, you will notice the long tradition of Samobor's craftspeople. Hand-cut crystal and making unique crystal objects has been tradition here for more than 170 years. The creation of licitars, colorfully embellished gingerbread cookies, most often in the shape of hearts, has also been tradition here for nearly just as long. Today, the people of Samobor are just as adept at making ceramic licitar hearts that they then paint and personalize.