Of all the places fitting to live, given all its advantages and drawbacks, the neanderthals chose a cave on Hušnjak Hill. They took a liking to it.

The cave seemed safe, spacious, and – most importantly – a whole family could shelter itself inside, avoiding unfavourable weather conditions and other dangers lurking all around. Hunters were also satisfied with what they found. The hills were forested, and the forests inhabited by animals and rich in nourishing berries. Besides these berry fruits, other foods were also present in abundance, for if this were not the case, the people would probably not stay long, but instead move on further in search of a more suitable place. But they could not imagine a better site than this. 

Doors that lead to Prehistoric Times

Several hundred metres from where the Krapina prehistoric people settled long ago, now stands the Krapina Neanderthal Museum. Attractively embedded into the landscape between two hills, the museum’s appearance and proportions bear a resemblance to the Krapina half-open cave. From an architectural point of view, the edifice is full of symbolism, and thus under the cave there is a stream that emerges again before the very entrance to the museum, signifying the flow of time. Crossing over it, through the large doors we enter the past – a “past” in the entrance made of “artificial stone” (concrete), a simulation in itself of a prehistoric habitat, where visitors can observe the exterior environment from the perspective of a neanderthal. Now that we have come to the entrance together, you can continue on your own…

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In the Footsteps of the Krapina Neanderthals

Since you have already come to the spot where the remains of the Krapina prehistoric man were uncovered, it would be appropriate to take a walk and get to know the space in which they lived. That is why we treaded a 2.5-kilometre-long circular trail for you, connecting three important sites that make up a thematic whole – the Krapina Neanderthal Museum and the Hušnjakovo Paleontological Nature Monument (1), the nearby Dolac Lake (2), and the remains of the Chapel of the Holy Three Kings (3). The trail is envisioned as a path of education and recreation, for during the tour one passes through 8 interpretation points: 1. Geological post, 2. Rhinoceros for lunch, berries for dinner, 3. Travelling through time, 4. Cave with a view, 5. Tracks of ash, 6. Chapel of the Holy Three Kings, 7. Respect life, bury the dead, 8. Ancient technology.

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Hunting with the Neanderthals

Even though by now you’ve heard and seen much about the way of life of the neanderthals, there is still much that is somehow  unclear. It is one thing to listen and read about them,but something entirely different to get to know and experience their everyday lives. See what they saw. Hear what they heard. Feel what they felt. A pleasant stroll along a two-kilometre-long trail in the town of Jesenje, contains six main info-points to help you even better experience the environment in which the neanderthals lived and hunted 125,000 years ago. If you want to know whether the caves were a comfortable place to live, how much fire helped them in their everyday lives, what tools they used, how they hunted and what they ate, then this trail is perhaps the key part of the mosaic, the missing piece to help wrap up your story on the Krapina neanderthals

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Dig up a Mountain of Interesting Information

If you want to get to know the history of a certain place, then a museum is the first spot you should visit. If you are in Zagorje, you must obviously head for Radoboj to visit the Radboa Museum, and find out first-hand about the archaeological and geological history of the Croatian Zagorje region. Younger generations will especially enjoy taking part in the archaeological workshops “Living in Prehistoric Times” and the “Archaeological Puzzle School”, where they will bravely step forth into the world of prehistoric man, and in a creative way learn a lot about the people and tools used in those ancient days. Apart from archaeological findings, the geological workshop “Rock-Paper-Scissors” will teach children about rocks and minerals. Interactive and interesting, ideal for research and reflection.

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A Trail that Leaves you Full of Knowledge and Fresh Air

Enjoying the fresh air, exercising, and at the same time discovering amazing places and even more interesting facts on the plant and animal world and fossil and mineral wealth, sounds like something only a rare few would miss out on. Where can I find this, you ask? The answer is – in the municipality of Radoboj. It is a circular educational mountain trail called the “Paths of the Orchids”, 14.8 kilometres long, and divided into three equally interesting sections – the Educational Mountain Trail (10 km), Dedek-Babica Trail (1.1 km), and the Educational Orchid Trail (4.7 km). There are 18 informative posts along the way to help you learn everything you need to know about the plants, animals, geology and other interesting facts in the wider Strahinjčica area. You’ll see for yourself, seven hours will pass in a fleeting glance…

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Place of socializing with nature

You enjoyed in fresh air, recreation and admired the orchids. Now you can also visit the Nature Center Zagorje in Radoboj where you will discover the wonderful world of plants and animals of the Zagorje region and find out what the Natura 2000 network is. This visit will delight both children and adults who will, by means of the educational aids for performing the outdoor school, discover all the beauties of Zagorje nature through educational workshops and field lectures. Interesting, isn’t it?

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