Genuinely domestic gastronomic offerings in nearby restaurants, wine cellars and wine tasting spots should definitely find their place in your plans for an ideal vacation. Among autochthonous meals make sure you try the turkey with dumplings, ham hock, pasta in nettle sauce, štrukli, strudel with apples or cherries, walnuts and poppy seed roll.
Out of other distinctiveness of the Zagorje region, by all means the production of wooden toys and medieval crafts, which are included in UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage, should be mentioned. The production method is passed from generation to generation and boasts with a wide range of over 120 toys varieties. They are made of soft wood, such as willow, lime, beech and maple. Nowadays various pieces of music instruments, such as tambourines, and toys in the form of animals and the famous “zipkice” that are an original gift, environment-friendly for children. In addition to wooden toys, the licitar products that each craftsman adorns in a special way often with pictures, small mirrors with a verse or a message are also recognizable.
The Licitar heart is the most recognizable form of Croatian identity. They are made from flour, water, sugar and bicarbonate. Liciters are molded with models, baked, dried and finally colored with edible dyes.