Map 13 — Blue route
Sveta Nedelja – Galgovo – Gornja Zdenčina – Kupinec – Ašpergeri – Rakov Potok – Sveta Nedelja
Start: Sveta Nedelja
Finish: Sveta Nedelja
Length of route: 44 km
Total ascent: 500 m
Highest altitude on route: 335 m
Riding time: 3-4 h
Resting areas: Svetonedeljski Breg, Konščica, Galgovo, Kupinec, Ašpergeri (viewing point over Zagreb), Rakov Potok
Route created by: Lidija Mišćin and Robert Rigo
Map no. 13 developed in: October – December 2010
The blue bicycle route leads you through the Sveta Nedelja hills and the Klinča Sela region, where it meets with the red route.
Sveta Nedelja is the youngest town in Zagreb County, situated just 17 km west of Zagreb. It extends over 42 km² with a total of 14 settlements and about 20,000 inhabitants. The town is bright at first glance, with its Church of the Most Holy Trinity and the green Svetonedeljski Breg viewing point, a popular residential area and getaway place with walking trails. Its vicinity to the Sava River and lowland plains, the Rakitje, Orešje, Strmec and Kerestinec lakes and fishponds promise great potential in the tourism, sports and recreation future of the town of Sveta Nedelja. The complex of the Erdödy castle, with its spacious grounds and the land surrounding the castle in Kerestinec is of note. There is a unique adrenalin park in Jagnjić Dol, which can be reached on the lovely, well maintained and marked walking trails of Kozjak and Sveta Marija Magdalena. This is enough as a short introduction, as Sveta Nedelja and its viewing points and hills can best be experienced on bicycle or on foot, so set off in the rhythm that suits you best and what you best prefer.
The route begins in the centre of Sveta Nedelja at the parking lot of the Town Council building and tourist board office on Trg Ante Starčevića, where you can leave your vehicle. 1 Turn left off the parking lot onto M. Stilinovića Street and left again onto Vladimira Nazora Street, which starts off easy, and then begins to climb steeply up to Svetonedeljski Breg. The route is conceived to have a short and tough section right at the beginning, while you’re still fresh and full of elan, as a ride through the Sveta Nedelja region would just not be right if you did not discover the beauty of the panoramic vista from Svetonedeljski Breg. 700 m after the start of the blue route, you will reach the intersection with Sopot Street. There is a sign at the intersection for two marked walking trails, Kozjak and Sveta Marija Magdalena. At the intersection, continue straight through, uphill. 2 At 1.3 km from the start of the route, at the T intersection with the crucifix on the left hand side of the road, the steep climb on Svetonedeljski Breg ends, and the blue route continues straight along a somewhat narrower, paved road with a panoramic view you are sure to remember. Stop to view the meadows and orchards surrounding you on the ridge of Svetonedeljski Breg where the view extends endlessly over all four sides of the world. The view stretches out to Samobor “among the hills”, to the Sava River in the lowlands, over the roofs of the Sveta Nedelja houses, to Mt. Medvednica in Zagreb and to the Mokrice castle and the hills in the neighbouring Republic of Slovenia. As you continue riding, you will come to another, more gentle climb and you will pass by several preserved traditional houses and a number of parcels of land for sale. After 2.3 km of the route, you will reach a T intersection 3, with a road approaching from the left, which is also part of the bicycle route “Along the Sveta Nedelja hills and plains” from Map 3 of the bicycle routes of Zagreb County Tourist Board from 2005. From here, continue riding straight in the direction of Kladje. You will soon begin a steep and winding descent 4 along a narrow, newly paved road. Take caution during the entire descent! You can stop along the descent, as the views over the surrounding country are very lovely, and you will also pass a well preserved, traditional house with a porch called a ganjak alongside the house. After the descent, you will enter into Kladje. Ride along the paved road next to the woods and meadows, all the way to the intersection with the main road towards Galgovo, at 5.2 km from the start of the route 5. At the intersection, you will see the Špinks caffe bar. Turn left here onto the busier road Samobor – Kladje – Konščica – Galgovo. Be additionally cautious on this road, and you will need some extra energy to tackle the climb that is coming up. After 6.8 km, you will reach a Y intersection for Galgovo and Molvice (left), and the blue route continues right in the direction of Galgovo. You will pass by the Milečki excursion area. As you ride through this part of the route, you will have a beautiful view towards the south. At the Y intersection (7.6 km) 6, take a short break next to the Chapel of St. Joseph from 1928, later adapted in 1945, as this also marks the end of the climb from Kladje. Enjoy the view of the medieval fortress Okić-grad, or take a walk to the meadow next to the church for another panoramic view over Sveta Nedelja and Samobor. From this point, you can also take the road to the right, turnoff A to the village of Klake and the Etno kuća pod Okićem rural tourism facility, which are not far off. This turnoff will also take you to the Dr. Maks Plotnikov – Okić mountain lodge and to the ruins of the medieval fortress Okić-grad. The blue route continues left at the intersection, along the main road for Galgovo, with a light and pleasant descent in the direction of Galgovo. The road will take you along meadows, houses, forests and the village Falaščak, to the T intersection 10 km from the start of the route 7, where you will keep to the left, as the road heading right from this intersection descends down to Dolac Podokićki and the lovely parish Church of St. Martin the Bishop in Sveti Martin pod Okićem, which is on the red route. From the intersection, the left road will lead you into Galgovo. In the centre of Galgovo, Trg Sv. Rok (St. Rocco’s Square), is dominated by the chapel of the same name. Nearby you will see the local fire brigade hall and the Veseli Pero buffet, a suitable spot for a break and some refreshment. This is truly a lovely hill region which is, above all, interesting and motivating, and very pleasant for cycling. Long ago, this area was described by geographer, botanist and speleologist Dragutin Hirc (1853–1921), who called this southeastern part of the hills of Plešivica Svetomartinsko humlje (the Saint Martin hillocks), with Galgovo (287 m) and Pavučnjak (202 m). At the intersection in the centre of Galgovo, the blue route continues towards the south, while the road to the right, in the direction of Drežnik Podokićki, heads downhill and joins up with the red route. From Galgovo, the blue route heads gently downhill towards Pavučnjak with its lovely views over the surrounding woods, cultivated fields, wheat fields and the plains of Pokuplje in the distance. At 12.7 km from the start of the route, you will reach the Chapel of the Holy Trinity from 1907. At the 16 km mark, you will reach the intersection with the busier Old Karlovac state road 8. Take caution! Continue riding straight in the direction of Gornja Zdenčina, past the crucifix and the school on the right hand side of the road, all the way to the railroad crossing at the 17.3 km mark from the start of the route. Careful! Cross over the highway overpass on the Zagreb–Jastrebarsko–Karlovac highway and enter into Gornja Zdenčina. In Gornja Zdenčina, turn right at the Y intersection 9 in the direction of Kupinec. Turnoff B to the right takes you back towards the highway, and turning left in the settlement of Donja Zdenčina will lead you to the Šimanović rural tourism facility, where it is possible to find refreshment and it is possible to spend the night, with prior reservation. At the 22 km mark, the blue route enters into the village Kupinec. This picturesque village is dominated by the parish Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The church was built in the 18th century and belongs to the exceptionally beautiful type of structure called the slatkogorski type, named after the church in Sladka Gora (Slovenia). This type of church was built in Croatia through the exceptional efforts of Bishop Branjug, and it was first seen in Pokupsko. It is lovely to turn left off the main road onto the local road towards the church, and to pass by the small fish pond all the way to the cemetery and take this side road back to the main road and continue left in the direction of Bratina. While riding through the village of Kupinec, it is worthwhile mentioning that Kupinec is the birthplace of well known Croatian politician and president of the HSS party, Dr. Vladko Maček (1879–1964). A monument room in his honour has been set up in the Jastrebarsko Museum. At the intersection, at the 25 km mark from the start of the route 10, turn left in the direction of the villages Maretići and Cupari. This winding, picturesque ridge road offers lovely views over the dense woodlands, fields and meadows of this area. At the Y intersection, at the 26.5 km mark 11, turn left in the direction of Ašpergeri. In the centre of Ašpergeri, 29 km from the start of the route, you can take a rest in the park by the votive chapel of the Holy Family from 1907. Upon leaving Ašpergeri, you will reach a viewing point with fantastic views over Zagreb and Medvednica, especially at dusk when the first city lights look like thousands of fireflies. From here, the route continues gently downhill to the intersection at the 30 km mark from the start of the route. 12 Turn left at the intersection in the direction of the settlements Horvati and Rakov Potok. You will soon go through the highway underpass on the Zagreb–Karlovac highway, and then through the dense woods to the village Horvati. In Horvati, at the 32.5 km mark 13 you will pass through a stone railway underpass and continue riding straight down the road alongside houses, meadows and cultivated fields towards Rakov Potok. After 35.6 km of the route, you will be at the busy intersection with the Old Karlovac state road 14 at the settlement Rakov Potok. At the intersection you will see the Marimpex petrol station, post office, ZABA and RBA ATM machines, and the Konzum shop (Karlovačka c. 124), while the lovely Caffe bar Babić with its covered terrace (and cool shade in summer) is a great spot for rest and refreshment. The route continues straight along towards Mala Gorica. In Mala Gorica, next to the Glineni golub restaurant on Ljudevita Gaja Street, the route continues for Jagnjić Dol. The nearby village of Kerestincec with the Kerestinec castle that belonged to the noble Erdödy family (managed by the Town of Sveta Nedelja and currently under renovation), with a fishpond and park across the road from the castle complex, appeared in the 18th century as part of the estate of the castle owners. It is interesting that the name of the settlement, Kerestinec, originates from the Hungarian word “Kereszt” meaning “cross”. According to the local legend, there was once a wooden chapel consecrated to the Holy Cross near to the castle, which was once owned by a Croatian-Hungarian noble family, and the settlement was named after this chapel. Today’s parish of the Raising of the Holy Cross was founded in Kerestinec in 2011. Continue riding along the blue route from Mala Gorica on the road towards Sveta Nedelja and you will soon coming upon a T intersection, at the 40 km mark from the start of the route 15 and continue straight through. To the left is the road for the Sveta Marija Magdalena marked walking trail and it also leads to the chapel of the same name at the top of the hill and beyond over Svetonedeljski Breg and back to Sveta Nedelja. This is a crossing point with the bicycle route “Along the Sveta Nedelja Hills and Plains” from Map 3 of the Zagreb County Tourist Board from 2005, which is also a circular route from Sveta Nedelja. At the 40.8 km mark, you will reach the intersection in Jagnjić Dol. Turnoff C will take you to the nearby Sveta Nedelja Adrenalin Park. This is the first active, adrenalin facility in Zagreb County, and it has an attractive sports and recreation offer: altitude polygon, paintball, cageball, quad rides, mountain biking, archery, team building polygon and more. At the intersection, the blue route continues straight along the road for Brezje. In Brezje you will pass by the Kolonada caffe bar, where you will turn right 16, and then immediately left at the next intersection in the direction of Sveta Nedelja. You will soon pass by the Baroque Chapel of St. Rocco and enter into the centre of Sveta Nedelja. Take a look at the lovely parish Church of the Most Holy Trinity, the old parish court and take a break in one of the pleasant cafes on the main Sveta Nedelja square.
- The route begins at the parking lot in the centre of Sveta Nedelja, from here, turn left onto V. Nazora Street towards Svetonedeljski Breg.
- A short, but very steep climb up a winding road. Depending on how fit you are, ride or walk your bike.
- T intersection, continue straight through. The road to the left is part of the route “Along the Sveta Nedelja Hills and Plains” from bicycle map no. 3 of the Zagreb County Tourist Board from 2005.
- A steep and winding descent along the narrow, newly paved road to Kladje. Take caution while descending.
- Intersection, turn left in the direction of Galgovo. Take caution while turning.
- Y intersection, continue towards the left. At the intersection there is the Chapel of St. Joseph – viewing point and turnoff A for Klake and the Ethno house pod Okićem and the ruins of the medieval fortress Okić-grad.
- Y intersection, continue to the left towards the centre of Galgovo. This is the meeting point with the red route of Map 13 from both directions, Dolec Podokićki and Drežnik Podokićki.
- Take caution at the intersection with the Old Karlovac state road. Continue straight in the direction of Gornja Zdenčina.
- Y intersection, continue to the left in the direction of Kupinec. Turnoff B to the right leads along a busy road to the exit onto the highway and to Donja Zdenčina and the Šimanović rural tourism facility.
- T intersection, turn left in the direction of the village of Maretići and Cupari.
- Y intersection, turn left in the direction of the village of Ašpergeri.
- T intersection, turn left in the direction of Horvati and Rakov Potok. Take caution while turning!
- Intersection at the railroad, continue straight through in the direction of Rakov Potok.
- Caution at the intersection with the Old Karlovac state road, continue straight through in the direction of Mala Gorica.
- T intersection, the left turnoff is part of the bicycle route “Along the Sveta Nedelja Hills and Plains” from bicycle Map 3 of the Zagreb County Tourist Board from 2005. Also, the left road leads to the Sveta Marija Magdalena marked walking trail to the chapel of the same name on the hill. Turnoff C takes you to the Sveta Nedelja Adrenalin Park.
- Y intersection, turn right and then left after 300 meters. The Kolonada caffe bar is at the intersection.
Cultural, historical and natural points of interest on or near the route:
- Parish Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Sveta Nedelja – the parish was mentioned for the first time in 1334, and again in 1501. In the 16th century, the church was damaged and then rebuilt on the foundations of the previous church. The church was again restored and enlarged from 1740–1743, while in 1768–1786 the church was built virtually from the foundation up (sanctuary, sacristry, nave and bell tower). In 1793, a walled fence and cemetery were added around the church. In 1811, the church interior was restored and the sanctuary painted. The main altar dates back to 1811, while the side altar of Our Lady houses a group of sculptures depicting the Pieta which originate from the earlier church. The pulpit and organs are from Celje (1800). At the place where the entrance to the side chapel of the Erdödy family once was, there is now a gravestone with a Latin inscription. The stained glass window depicting the Holy Three Kings was added to the sanctuary in 1943. The interior of the church was restored in 1986, and the exterior in the 1990s. The Parish office of Sveta Nedelja can be reached at tel: 01 3370 755.
- Chapel of St. Rocco, Sveta Nedelja – mentioned in 1668 and it received its present day appearance in 1728. The chapel is an example of a harmonious Baroque structure with a rectangular layout and rectangular sanctuary and small bell tower above the facade from 1927. The greatest treasure in the chapel is the impressive, Baroque altar of St. Rocco from 1751, which has been completely restored. The pulpit and organ (1799) are also very valuable, and are the work of the Slovenian carpenter Anton Scholz. The preserved stone wall around the chapel dates back to 1934. The Parish office of Sveta Nedelja, by announcement only, tel.: 01 3370 755.
- Medieval fortress Okić-grad, Klake – this is likely the oldest fortified city in this region, and though in the documents it was not mentioned until 1193, it is believed to be much older. Its well planned and carefully selected defensive position is very attractive, on a high cliff overlooking the valley through which the main roads towards Slovenia and Karlovac run. The fortress had an irregular layout, with a pronounced round tower near the entrance, while a Romanesque/Gothic chapel was erected within the walls. The city was the centre of the Okić manorial estate, and its first owners were the Okić princes (Jaroslavići, first known owner was Jaroslav). Ivan Okićki participated and became renowned in the defence of this region from the Tatars, for which King Bela IV granted him a charter to raise another fortress, Lipovac (1251), which was completed in 1283. In the 13th century, the masters of Okić were the Babonić princes, followed later by the Frankopan viceroy family, when it became the seat of the viceroy. The Grand Cardinal and King’s Chancellor, Toma Bakač Erdödy, purchased the city in 1493. Today it is a popular excursion site, hiking destination and alpine climbing site. The ruins of the medieval fortress are open to the public.
- Chapel of St. Rocco, Galgovo – mentioned in 1642 as the wooden Chapel of Sts. Fabien and Sebastian. Soon after it took on the name of its present day patron saint, and the new brick chapel was erected from 1668–1678. The chapel was expanded in 1765, while in 1820 it was restored and a new bell tower was erected in 1901. The vaults are part of the vertical walls were painted in murals within stucco frames in the late 18th century. The sanctuary depicts scenes from the life of St. Rocco. The illusionist architecture is beautifully visible in the church, an illusionist altar has been painted on the walls of the apse, and the side altars were painted. The vaults of the nave depict scenes from the Old Testament, executed in the Classicist spirit in 1901 by painter Ivan Goszar. Some of the original furnishings have been preserved in the chapel: the main altar from the 19th century with sculptures of St. Peter and St. Paul from the 18th century and an altar pale by painter Zlatko Prica from 1934, two neo-Gothic side altars with a triumphal arch, organ from 1831, polychromatic pulpit with a bulging form which once was beautifully and colourfully decorated, and the original locksmith works on the doors. The gravestone of a donor to the church from 1829 has been preserved on the southern facade. Parish office of St. Martin pod Okićem, by appointment at tel. 01 3382 161.
- Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Kupinec – the first mention of this parish was in 1547, the wooden church was mentioned in 1622, with a new church in its place in 1633. The brick church was erected in 1680, when the parish was again mentioned. The church belongs to the exceptionally lovely style of church called the slatkogorski style, after the church in Sladka Gora (Slovenia). The church has a richly ornamented and spatially divided interior, and the central part is covered by a dome, while the sanctuary is covered by Czech vaults. The first renovation of the church took place in 1846, while in 1860 the church received a new bell tower, which did not receive its clock until the restoration in 1879. In that year, the church was also repainted. The apse of the sanctuary depicts the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in three circular and framed fields. Of the original inventory, only the pulpit (with late Baroque and Rococo decorations), and an organ remain. The organ is one of the oldest in this area, from 1752, and it was restored in 1879. The main altar is of the tabernacle type. The three side altars have been replaced by two Historicist altars consecrated to St. Anthony and St. Francis Xavier (1879 and 1926). The church was restored in 1926 when the third side altar of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary was installed. Parish office of Kupinec by appointment at tel. 01 6295 005.
- Jastrebarsko Museum and Gallery – info centre, Vladka Mačeka 1, tel. + 385 1 6283 991 (by appointment), www.tzgj.hr . Situated in the renovated old town council building from 1825. The museum has historical and ethnographic collections, a collection of crafts, monument room to Dr. Vladko Maček, wine cellar and painting gallery.
- Crna Mlaka Special Ornithological Reserve (Ramsar site), tel. 01 6283 453, 6283 533, fax: 01 6281 682, www.crna-mlaka.t-com.hr (see red route)
Accommodation, hospitality and entertainment offer on or near the route:
- Hotel –restaurant BABYLON***, Dr. F. Tuđmana 5, Novaki, tel. 01 3371 500,www.babylon.hr (23 rooms)
- Hotel TINA***, Ljubljanska 17, Brezje, tel. 01 3379 866, www.hotel-tina.hr (9 rooms)
- ETNO KUĆA POD OKIĆEM rural tourism facility, Podokićka ulica 40, Klake, tel. 01 3382 335, 098 9288 773, www.etno-kuca.hr
- SLAVAGORA rural tourism, Vincekov put 13, mob. 098 978 3204, www.seoski-turizam-slavagora.hr
- DR. MAKS PLOTNIKOV OKIĆ mountain lodge (411 m), tel. 01 3361 758, 091 5130 224 run by Stjepan Jandrečić (accommodation by appointment, 14 beds)
- ŠIMANOVIĆ rural tourism, Ulica Karla Vodopića 7, 10452 Donja Zdenčina, tel. 01 6288 102, 6289 096, 091 513 1748, www.simanovic.hr (accommodation by appointment: 2, 3 and 5 bed rooms)
- VALENTINA rural tourism, Gorica Jamnička 42, tel. 01 6291 515, 091 916 4162
- MILEČKI excursion site, Dugava 35, Molvice, tel. 01 3382 675, 091 3382 675
- VESELI PERO buffet, Trg sv. Roka 3, Galgovo, tel. 01 3382 009
- BABIĆ caffe bar, Karlovačka cesta 51, Rakov Potok , tel. 098 479 488, www.cb-babic.hr
- SVETA NEDELJA Adrenalin Park, Ivanska 23, Jagnjić Dol, tel. 01 3323 601, 091 518 3801, 091 123 5357, www.adrenalin-park.com; www.paintball-centar.com
- Sveta Nedelja Tourist Board, Trg Ante Starčevića 5, Sveta Nedelja, tel./fax: + 385 1 3373 919, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.svetanedelja.hr
- Parish office of the Most Holy Trinity Parish, Svetonedeljska cesta 18, Sveta Nedelja, tel. 01 3370 755
- Samobor Health Clinic, Gajeva ulica 37, Samobor, tel. 01 3330 700 and Sveta Nedelja Health Clinic, Ribnjak bb
- Samobor Police Station, Trg kralja Tomislava 6, Samobor, tel. 01 3361 555
- KSYRIUM Bike Shop and Service/ Repair & Sveta Nedelja Cycling Club, M. Stilinovića 8, Sveta Nedelja, tel. + 385 (0)91 522 9396, www.bksvn.hr
- Europetrol petrol station and shop, Sveta Nedelja, Dr. F. Tuđmana 8, tel. 01 3373 333
- SANT Europetrol petrol station and shop, Dr. F. Tuđmana 6, tel. 01 3372 343
- MM Galon petrol station, Kerestinečka cesta, Kerestinec, tel. 01 3371 400
- MARIMPEX petrol station, Karlovačka cesta 124, Rakov Potok, tel. 01 6586 041
- ATM bank machines in Sveta Nedelja (centre and petrol station): Zagrebačka Bank and Raiffeisen Bank (Trg A. Starčevića), Privredna Bank (Dr. F. Tuđmana 6)