Following the footsteps of a prehistoric man

Of all for living suitable places fitting to live, the Neanderthals chose a cave on Hušnjakovo brdo, regardless of all its advantages and disadvantages. They simply liked  it.

The cave seemed safe, spacious, and – most importantly – it provided shelter to the entire family in case of unfavorable weather conditions and protection from other dangers lurking around every corner. The hunters were also satisfied with that. The hills were forested, and the forests inhabited by animals and rich in nourishing berries. Besides these berries, the region was abundant in other sources of food fruits, , for if this was not the case, they would probably not stay long, but instead move on further in search of a more suitable place. But they couldn’t have imagined a better place than this.

Šetalište Vilibalda Sluge bb, 49000 Krapina


Doors leading you back to Prehistoric Times

Today we witness the said history in the Krapina Neanderthal Museum, situated several hundred meters from the place where Krapina´s prehistoric people settled down long time ago. Attractively embedded into the landscape between two hills, the museum’s appearance and proportions bear resemblance to the Krapina semi cave.

In terms of architecture the facility is full of symbolism, with a stream running under the facility that surfaces back in front of very entrance to the Museum, representing thus the flow of time. Once you cross over the stream, you will see a large door that will take you to the past.  And that “past” at the very entrance is made of “artificial stone” (concrete), as a simulation of prehistoric habitat, where visitors can observe the surroundings from the perspective of a Neanderthal. So, we came to the entrance together and now you can continue on your own…


Public institution for management of the protected natural values in the Krapina Zagorje County

Radoboj 8, 49232 Radoboj
+385 49 315 060


Following the footsteps of Krapina Neanderthals

Once you´ve reached the place where the remains of Krapina´s prehistoric man were found, it´s time to take a walk and learn more about the area they were living in. That is why we prepared a 2.5-kilometre-long circular trail, which connects three important sites that round up a thematic whole – the Krapina Neanderthal Museum and the Paleontological Monument of Nature Hušnjakovo (1), the nearby Dolac lake (2), and remains of the Chapel of the Holy Three Kings (3). The trail was designed as a place 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 ashes, 6. Chapel of the Holy Three Kings, 7. Respecting life, burying the dead, 8. Ancient technology.


Municipality Jesenje

Gornje Jesenje 103, 49233 Jesenje
+385 91 375 5033


Hunting with the Neanderthals

Even though by now you’ve heard and seen much about the Neanderthals’ way of life, there is still much that is somehow not clear and distant. It is one thing to listen and read about them,but something entirely different to get to know and experience their everyday life. See what they saw. Hear what they heard. Feel what they felt. A pleasant stroll down the two-kilometer-long trail with six main info-points in the city of Jesenje,

contains will help you even better experience the environment in which the prehistoric people lived and hunted 125,000 years ago. If you want to know if the caves were a comfortable place to live, how much fire helped them in their everyday life, 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.


Radoboj 34, 49232 Radoboj


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


Public institution for management of the protected natural values in the Krapina Zagorje County

Radoboj 8, 49232 Radoboj
+385 49 315 060


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 flora and fauna as well as about fossil and mineral wealth sounds like something only a few of us would skip. Where can you find this? The answer is – in the municipality of Radoboj. It is a circular educational mountain trail called “The Paths of Orchids”, 14.8 kilometers long, divided into three equally interesting sections – the Educational Mountaineering Trail (10 km), Dedek i Babica Trail (1.1 km), and the Educational Orchid Trail (4.7 km). There are 18 info panels along the way to help you learn everything you need to know about the plants, animals, geology and other interesting facts in the wider area of Strahinjčica. You’ll see for yourself, seven hours will just fly by…


Radoboj 34/A, 49232 Radoboj


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?