posted by Sandra Antonovic


Croatia in Balkan & Adriatic Region signs up yet another town - after Sibenik & Pula, the town of Krapina - a centre of northwestern Croatia - signs up for 10:10!

The entire City Council, together with the Mayor, Mr Josip Horvat supported the campaign.

Krapina, with over 20,000 inhabitants, will be switching to energy saving schedule of public lighting, and will re-evaluate public transport in order to make curbon cuts!

Krapina is a town in northern Croatia and the administrative centre of Krapina-Zagorje county . Krapina is located in the hilly Zagorje region of Croatia, approximately 55 km away from both Zagreb and Varaždin.

In 1899, on a hill called Hušnjak near modern Krapina, the archaeologist and paleontologist Dragutin Gorjanović-Kramberger found over eight hundred fossil remains belonging to Neanderthals. Moreover, these fossil remains are said to exhibit traces of cannibalism and/or mortuary defleshing. At the site where the Neanderthals were discovered, there is now a park with many statues. These statues include a bear, moose, and a beaver.

Krapina has been known since 1193. It has always been a favourite site for castles and country houses of Croatian and Hungarian rulers.

Today it is a reasonably developed town, boasting its festival kajkavskih popevki sung in the local Kajkavian dialect of the Croatian language.

There is also a nearby municipality of Krapinske Toplice (the Spa of Krapina).

Krapina is also the home of Ljudevit Gaj. Ljudevit Gaj was a revolutionary of Krapina, and in 1850 he made a new version of the Croatian grammar. His home is now a museum where visitors can learn about his life and mission.