Samobor is an ancient city that in 1242 by the charter of King Bela IV. was listed among the medieval respectable "free royal markets."
From then until today, the historical and cultural heritage in this city and region has multiplied.
You will find it nestled in a dozen small picturesque streets, in the rich holdings of the Samobor Museum, in the facades of farmhouses, in the central Baroque square, within the walls of the Parish church and the Franciscan monastery. In the greenery of pine and beech forests, the ruins of the old town of Samobor tell a dumb history, and dozens of ancient chapels (one on almost every hill) bind the eye and soul of the occasional traveler. Impressed by all this, the great Croatian poet Antun Gustav Matoš wrote the following about Samobor:
“Samobor is beautiful. The proximity to the capital gives it the charm of close countryside like Tibur, Tivoli, Versailles, San-Cloud, Schoenbrunn, Windsor. The surroundings are a happy combination of mountains and plains, fields and forests, gardens and nature, rivers and mountains, villages and hamlets, town and countryside.”
Noble castles and manors, in and around the city, amaze anyone who comes by, both in appearance and in the values preserved inside.
It is a city that poets and painters, sculptors and composers fell in love with. They wrote about Samobor, created in Samobor. They came, went and came back because no one had been able to fully discover it so far.
With accentuated tourist and excursion features, this town has long been known as a place of excellent craftsmen. In it you will find products of old crafts that are already extinguished elsewhere, you will find handicrafts that will become an expensive and dear souvenir to Samobor. Samobor crystal, hand-polished, brought Samobor a reputation around the world. It will delight you too! Along with more than two thousand various craftsmen in Samobor, an ecologically clean industry is also developing, because this green emerald is worth protecting and preserving ...
So when you come to Zagreb, to get to know the Croatian capital, when business meetings end, and when you walk through the old and new part of Zagreb, its churches, cathedral, its museums and galleries, when you are tired of the hustle and bustle of the city, remember that it is only twenty kilometers away – idyllic, green oasis of peace, Samobor.