Cultural Weekend Destinations

19 Mar 2024

Dubstep Country

The Dubovac Castle is one of the best-preserved and most beautiful monuments of medieval architecture in Croatia. Built on a prehistoric hill above the river Kupa, it was named after the dubs, the oaks growing on the surrounding slopes. The castle changed hands many times throughout history and its current appearance is the result of a comprehensive restoration carried out during the mid-twentieth century. Within the castle you will come across a museum and a nice cosy restaurant with a touch of Medieval times.
Stari grad Dubovac, Zagrad - Gaj 5
Open 10:00 - 18:00, closed Mon and holidays.


All Quiet on the Croatian Front

The mid-Croatian town of Karlovac was on the front line during the Homeland War of 1991-95 and it is fitting that this national museum devoted to the conflict is located here. More precisely, it liesjust off the main road to the Plitvice Lakes in the suburb of Turanj, the place where the main enemy advance was repulsed. The display is housed in an imaginatively renovated nineteenth-century barracks, first built by the Austrians and then pressed into service in 1991 by Karlovac’s Croatian defenders, who ironically dubbed the place ‘Hotel California’. Encased in a glass shell, the barracks contains a modern multi-media display detailing the military operations that took place here together with an account of what life was like for the local civilian population. Alongside a wealth of military hardware inside the Museum of the Homeland War, Turanj, Karlovac there is a stirring display of artillery pieces, aircraft and armoured cars on the lawn outside.
Museum of the Homeland War, Turanj 2
Open 08:00 - 18:00, Sat and Sun 10:00 - 18:00, closed Mon and holdays.


Impressionisms Routes

Impressionisms Routes are present in fourteen of the European countries, including Croatia, bringing together the most renowned locations of the impressionist movement. Get to know Ozalj, the birthplace of Slava Raškaj, the most prolific Croatian landscape artist. Enjoy a guided walk from the Town’s bathing area and the Munjara Power Plant to the Castle and the Church of St. Vitus. These are just a few of the places where Slava created her most beautiful impressionist works.

Edison Cinema and Nikola Tesla Experience Centre Karlovac

Edison and Tesla might divide the international community, but the two famous inventors are both celebrated in Karlovac. Recently renovated, the Edison Cinema is the second-oldest in the country and was Croatia’s largest when constructed in 1920. Today, it is a magnificent cinematic experience punctuated by gorgeous Art Deco architecture. It is also the first virtual reality cinema in Croatia, another nod in the direction of its namesake’s penchant for innovation. Sticking with innovation, the brand new Nikola Tesla Experience Centre is a multimedia venue from the future, a portal into the mind of the famous inventor who spent some of his teenage years learning in the city.
Edison Cinema: Rakovac 6
Open 09:00 - 19:00, Sat and Sun 10:00 - 18:00

Nikola Tesla Experience Centre Karlovac: Kralja Tomislava 9I
Open 09:00 - 19:00, Sun 10:00 - 18:00


There is a lot to love about Čakovec. The largest city in Međimurje is a charming combination of tangible history and classical culture, a place that knows its importance and isn’t afraid to flaunt it. Čakovec Castle is also known as Zrinski Castle, which is a not-so-subtle hint at how important it was to the most influential of medieval Croatian families. Today, the town centre is small but perfectly formed, with pleasant cafes and heritage architecture creating a friendly atmosphere for those who wander its streets. Just an hour or so away from Zagreb, Čakovec is a great option for a charming weekend getaway.

Chris Botti — Čakovec Cultural Centre (15.05.2024)

There aren’t many people who play the trumpet like Chris Botti. The Portland-born superstar has been playing the instrument since he was nine years old, and the young prodigy has developed into a jazz trailblazer with Grammy Awards and an impressive discography under his belt. Botti brings his electrifying talents to Čakovec in May 2024, performing a conveyor belt of hits at the Čakovec Cultural Centre for what will be one of the most anticipated concerts of the year. Botti released his 11th studio album in late 2023, the critically acclaimed “Vol.1,” with plenty more tremendous trumpeting on the horizon. Tickets are available online or from the Čakovec Cultural Centre box office, and the show is scheduled to begin at 8 pm.
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