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.