Visit Križevci, “Gates of Prigorje”, a crossroads where culture, nature, and authentic Croatian experiences converge.
While visiting, go for a bike ride and reward yourself with Bikademy.
1: Download a free Bikademy App and register
2: Choose Study (region or a city) for cycling, in this case “Križevci Study”
3: See Exams (predefined locations in the Study)
4: Cycle to those Exams and do a check-in via the app
5: Win Giant Croatia rewards after checking-in at every Exam in the chosen Study.
Although Križevci is “Gates to Prigorje”, they won’t keep you away from the wonders of Prigorje. They will show you the best of it. Read more about Exams there:
This northeastern Croatian city, rich in history and culture, traces its roots all the way back to the 12th century. Nestled at the crossroads of Croatia’s various regions, the very name of the city carries a profound significance. “Križ” translates to “cross” in Croatian, and Križevci has, indeed, served as a vital crossroads—of traffic, culture, and much more—since the Middle Ages.
Situated at the edge of the picturesque Prigorje region, which means “foothills” or “land by the mountains,” Križevci also carries the title of the gates. Locals know it as “Vrata Prigorja” or “Gates to Prigorje”, a delightful testament to its distinctive geographical and cultural significance.
Wandering through the beautifully preserved old town center, one encounters a wealth of historical landmarks. Notable among these are St. Nicholas Cathedral, the Križevci Town Hall, and the imposing Križevci Fortress.
Throughout history, Križevci held great importance as a center for the Catholic Church and other religious institutions. It’s no surprise, then, that the city is often referred to as the “town of eight church towers.”
In addition to its historical riches, Križevci is also home to a variety of museums that offer insights into the city’s past. These include the Križevci City Museum, the Križevci Firefighting Museum, and the Križevci Carillon Museum, each contributing to the cultural tapestry of this charming city.
And while in Križevci, be sure to indulge in its cuisine, complemented by top-quality wines and local beer that capture the essence of this remarkable place.
Stare obreške klijeti, a charming settlement of old vineyard huts, was lovingly built in the 19th and early 20th century. Situated on the gentle slopes of Kalnik, their purpose was to house both the precious wine and the essential tools needed for its production.
Today, they stand perfectly peaceful, surrounded by vineyards with breathtaking views. For those riding a bike, it’s a perfect spot to take a break, grab a snack, refresh themselves and enjoy the surroundings.
If there’s a friendly host nearby, they are happy to welcome visitors in and show them their cellar and offer the home-made wine or brandy to add to this genuine experience.
Besides the grass upkeep, the diligent hosts here engage in a range of activities, from tending to the vineyards and pruning the vines to harvesting the bountiful grapes.
However, sometimes there’s only the greenery, bees and birds there, which makes resting there almost a meditative experience.
Čabraji, a lake situated in the village of the same name, is a tranquil haven for various recreational pursuits like cycling, camping, fishing or simply enjoying nature.
Surrounded by the lush forest, it offers an array of sights, winding dirt roads and a charming wooden bridge leading through a captivating swamp.
Numerous educational boards are scattered throughout the area, revealing the secrets of the unique flora and fauna of Čabraji, thereby enhancing visitors’ connection with nature.
The lake is abundant with small white fish like redfin and babushka, but there’s also a significant population of carp, grass carp, bream, catfish and perch.
On the road to the lake, rural tourism “Rakić” offers homemade dishes and sights of charming sheep, horses, cows and even fawns. For those seeking peace in nature, they take weekend appointments, thus providing a perfect opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the countryside.
Nestled within the serene village of Kapela Ravenska, the lake of the same name presents itself as a tranquil haven for cycling, camping, fishing or spending time in nature with loved ones.
It’s a place where time stops for those who seek to take a breath in nature.
The calm surface of the lake is broken only by the playful dances of fish or the graceful glides of swans who seek food.
The gentle rustling of leaves from the surrounding trees orchestrates a soothing symphony, creating a relaxing atmosphere not only for those casting their fishing lines into the water but also for those pedaling along the picturesque road encircling the lake.
This is the place to let go of urban troubles and enjoy the finest offer of nature.
Small villages hold an irresistible charm, and Gornja Rijeka, a village situated on the western slopes of the Kalnik mountain, is no exception.
At the heart of the village lies a trio of treasures: the Parish Church of the Assumption of Mary, a quaint market, and a charming café. Together, they form the perfect place for immersing oneself in the local dynamics, lifestyle, and the habits of its residents.
A highlight of Gornja Rijeka’s historical tapestry is the awe-inspiring 1963 Renaissance castle known as Erdődy Rubilo. This castle witnessed a remarkable moment when the Croatian national anthem was sung for the very first time by the Croatian opera singer Sidonija Erdődy Rubido. Today, this magnificent castle stands proudly, a testament to history, and a captivating sight for passersby to admire.
Above Gornja Rijeka, Šokot waterfall emerges as a small wonder of nature, offering a tranquil oasis for nature lovers. Surrounded by tall trees, it offers a serene escape filled with wonderful smells, relaxing green sights and captivating sounds of water, birds and other animals.
Old town Veliki Kalnik, a remarkable complex of fortifications dating back to the 12th centuries, is situated on the Kalnik mountain near the village of the same name.
It was one of the best fortified towns in the northern Croatian region during the period of the century-long fight against the Turks.
Meticulously preserved, it now serves as a captivating historical landmark for many to admire. It offers beautiful vistas of Prigorje landscapes, leaving visitors in awe.
For every cyclist who has conquered the challenging ascent, these magnificent views serve as a fulfilling spectacle, a just reward for their efforts.