Sights in the Vicinity
Museum of Peasant Uprisings
The 400th anniversary of the Peasant Revolt initiated the foundation of the memorial complex in Gornja Stubica consisting of the newly established Museum of Peasant Uprisings with the Monument to Matija Gubec and the Peasant Revolt, a cultivated park with paths, a newly planted Alley of lime-trees and a renovated area around the famous Gubec’s Lime-tree.
The Museum of Peasant Uprisings was visited by hundred thousands of visitors, and it was conceived as a memorial history museum mainly depicting events connected to the Great Peasant Revolt of 1573 and some other uprisings and rebellions before or after the revolt. At the beginning of 2002, after almost three decades, It changed the old display. A starting point for the new exposition was the necessity to see events in broader context and greater number of original museum objects. The central theme of the revolt has been incorporated into the presentation of the feudal period from the late Middle Ages to the abolishment of serfdom in 1848.
Manor Stubički Golubovec
Our village Hižakovec could be your starting point in quest for cultural and historic sights. At the Cottages on Hill, you can find out a lot about traditional culture and art of the region and our home library is at your disposal offering many interesting books in Croatian and English. Our cottages are situated in the Nature Park Medvednica abundant in hiking trails and we are a great place for outdoor activities like jogging and cycling. For those in favour of holidays that are more relaxing there is a choice of social games to play. When was the last time you played Nine Men's Morris, dominoes or chess? We have a selection of children's games. In Donja Stubica, only a 5-minute drive from the cottages, there is a well-known spa centre with several swimming pools and variety of wellness programmes.
A 20-minute walk will take you to the original Gubec Lime Tree and on the next hill you will find the Museum of Peasant Uprisings with the magnificent Monument to Matija Gubec. Information about exhibitions, concerts and events is available on the local tourist office or museum web sites (www.tzdonjastubica.hr and www.mhz.hr).
Gubec Land is rich in gastronomic delights, which you can try in recommended local restaurants.
Donja Stubica Favours Traditional Gardens and Orchards
Donja Stubica became famous with Zagorje's Traditional Garden project, and the flower of the year competition, which triggered a new project led by Donja Stubica Tourist Board called Croatian Iris Garden. Near Terme Jezerčica vistors can see the first Croatian iris garden. Donja Stubica organises every autumn an Influential and educational exhibition Zagorje, an Orchard of Old Fruits. Alongside its motivational and educational effects, the exhibition was the reason for publishing the first catalogue of traditional fruit varieties in Croatia. Old orchards were being restored and new ones with traditional varieties and products grown. Linden Days Manifestation organised by Donja Stubica Tourist Board has been put up annually since 2006. The manifestation was responsible for the incentive for preserving the genes of Gubec's lime-tree, and founding the Live Archives of Gubec's Lime-tree Progeny Seedlings in Hižakovec, Matija Gubec's place of birth, the first of its kind in Croatia.
Wine making has been a tradition of Stubica countryside since medieval times. Following the tradition, the wine makers of today put in considerable efforts in the production of quality home-grown wine. Many wine cottages (kleti) were turned into small wine-cellars. Stubica's wine makers established an association called Peharček and they regularly take part in wine fairs.
Calendar of Events
Every year Stubica area offers interesting events:
Knights' Tournament in Museum of Peasant Uprisings in June and Battle at Stubica in February are the most famous living history events in Croatia.
St. George is a patron saint of Gornja Stubica so every April there is a traditional fair near the parish church and Gubec Lime Tree.
Susreti za Rudija is a traditional meeting with air-show spectacle performed by air forces of Croatian Army in memory of the national hero, pilot Rudolf Perešin.
More information and detailed calendar of events can be found on the web site of the Tourist Board www.tzdonjastubica.hr
In the vicinity of the household Horjan there is one of the best equipped spa and wellness centres in Croatia which has more than 2800 square metres with out and in door swimming pools.
More on www.terme-jezercica.hr
Mushroom Festival in Stubičke Toplice
Gljivarenje v Stubakima is widely known cultural manifestation with a long tradition and is one of the largest mushroom festivals in Croatia. Around 700 mushroom enthusiasts, including both the contestants and visitors, regularly attend the festival. At the festival, people hang out, go to the forests, and participate in making mushroom stew. Also, experts identify found mushrooms, and a mushroom expert gives lectures.