Vuglec Breg is a small tourist village on a hilltop in the heart of Hrvatsko Zagorje

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Romantic getaway to traditional countryside life at Vuglec Breg

Waking up in Vuglec Breg to the sound of birds chirping and enjoying bread oven specialties in the traditional hiža, a small wooden house away from the big city, will make this a trip you and your significant other won't forget. The Vuglec family's aim was to convert the heritage of their ancestors into a lasting value.

Spending three days surrounded by nature, tasting local specialties and getting acquainted with the culture and customs of Croatian countryside region of Hrvatsko Zagorje is certainly something you must consider if you're looking for an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life! The Vuglec Breg tourist village is the embodiment of the creative vision of the Vuglec family who wants their ancestors' heritage to have lasting value. From the top at approximately 300 m above sea level, there is a stunning view of the surrounding Zagorje hills dotted with houses, wine cellars and small churches. 

Staying at a large rural estate on a hilltopVineyardsHorse barn with poniesWine and Champagne tastingEvening at the wine cellarCountryside activitiesWood choppingSheep herdingExploring Hrvatsko Zagorje
Trip availableAny time of year
Duration3 days
Suitable for2 people
SupportPartially guided
Languagesende
Price per personfrom 167.00 €
Great for
  • Couples without children
  • Seniors
You’ll be accommodated in
  • 3-star boarding house
Trip designed by Vesna Luzar

Extremely versatile trip designer with an established career in travel business

Activities are taking place in Hrvatsko Zagorje

The estate of Vuglec Breg stretches over 12 hectares. You can enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding hills dotted with houses, cottages and churches from the house situated on a small hill.

The estate itself boasts a number of autochthonous Zagorje region houses (hiža) converted into accommodation for tourists. Along the houses, there is a restaurant situated next to the vineyard and a pergola, a wine cellar and a seminar hall.

On the estate, you can visit a horse barn, walk around lawns and walking trails with a little pond, have some recreation on two tennis courts and two five-a-side football fields.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Autochthonous tourist village Vuglec Breg

Arrival to Vuglec Breg and check-in at an autochthonous Zagorje hiža. Each of the houses has been upgraded and renovated in a traditional style with a unique and simple interior design. There is a restaurant next to the house, while a grill gazebo, bread oven and summer terrace are located in front of the vineyard.

There you will also find a horse stable, a small lake, 2 tennis and futsal courts, a children's playground, lawns and walking trails. You will also be having dinner at a typical Zagorje restaurant where you will be served local specialties. Witness a revival of old and forgotten recipes used to prepare meals with home-made products and local foods “just like grandma used to make”.

Food tip

Before dinner, treat yourself to some home-made rakija (fruit brandy), such as šljivovica (made from plums), travarica (made from herbs), lozovača (made from grapes) and many other types at the Pelnica bar, which is located in the restaurant.

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Visit some of the museums in Zagorje, such as the Krapina Neanderthal Museum or the Old Village Museum in Kumrovec, the only location in Hrvatsko Zagorje that provide visitors with an authentic look at the early 20th century Zagorje village and the birth house of Josip Broz Tito.

Day 2

Test your strength

A hefty Zagorje breakfast will energize you for your first countryside activity. You will retrieve an axe and a log from firewood shed named Saloon and test your strength by chopping wood while contemplating how this activity used to be a daily occurrence in the countryside. You can also take on another assignment – grab a shepherd's crook and go to the fenced off area where a flock of sheep is waiting for you to guard them for a morning.

After these activities, you might want to treat yourself to a well-deserved break. If you decide to spend that break at the thermal swimming pool at the Aquae Vivae water park in Krapinske Toplice, you can use a 20% discount on the tickets.

In the evening, you will visit a wine cellar. Enjoy tasting sparkling wine produced using the Champagne method, as well as white and red wines, such as Chardonnay, Rhein Riesling or others that are bound to satisfy wine connoisseurs. Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

tip

Varaždin, a city in the north-west of Croatia known for its exquisite artistic and cultural heritage and its well-preserved and rich Baroque urban core is only 54 km away.

Day 3

Visit to the Shrine and trying some UNESCO protected gingerbread

Breakfast and check-out. If you have some spare time, we recommend visiting the Croatian Marian shrine in Marija Bistrica and buy a Licitar (gingerbread) heart or a wooden souvenir. Marija Bistrica also has the most registered old craft shops in Krapina-Zagorje County, including the county's only blacksmith. The Licitar hearts and the unique wooden toys are inscribed on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

What's included?

  • 2 overnight stays at a double room at a Zagorje hiža
  • 2 x Zagorje breakfast
  • 2 x dinner at a restaurant, 3 courses (appetizer or soup, main course with side dishes and a salad, dessert), drinks not included
  • Visit to a wine cellar with wine and champagne tasting
  • Participation in seasonal work in accordance with the programme and season
  • Usage of tennis courts
  • Usage of mountain bikes
  • Tourist tax 
  • Insurance at the hotel
  • VAT

What's not included?

  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance

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