The Town of Dugo Selo covers an area of 51 square kilometres and is made of a number of settlements situated at the foot of Martin Breg (205 m high) with some 14.000 inhabitants. This town, only 23 km east of Zagreb, lies at the intersection of two major railway lines connecting Zagreb – Koprivnica and Zagreb – Slavonski Brod respectively. Development of the town has for centuries been determined by this position.
Ever since the beginning of the 20th c. main occupation of this region has been agriculture. Today in addition to land cultivation people also grow wine and fruit on the slopes of Martin Breg. The very beginning of the century also saw the development of industrial and trade activities. At that time brick-making and wood-processing facilities were first built, followed by bake-house and metal processing plant. The class of tradesmen and merchants emerged and these activities – trade, services and hospitality industry – remain the most important to this day. Making of bread, cakes and pastries (“Mipel”) is the most outstanding, together with individual agricultural production.
There are many scenic spots in and around Dugo Selo. Martin Breg and the surrounding area is the region of vineyards, orchards and holiday houses. Lakes on Ciglana, the area of artificial lakes, are ideal for angling, relaxation and recreation. There are tennis courts on Martin Breg and in Dugo Selo, or you may want to try horseback riding (the family Bunčić vineyard cottage). Art exhibitions are organised in Narodno sveučilište (University Extension). This is also where some paintings given to Dugo Selo by prominent painters upon their visit to the town are kept.
Traditional events, church feasts and customs must also be duly mentioned. Among these especially important for the region are holidays of wine and fruit growers. Vincekovo (St. Vincent’s Day) is celebrated on 22nd January on Martin Breg with wine tasting and eating of domestic cuisine specialities. In May, just before the Statehood Day an Exhibition of Wines from Dugo Selo and Vrbovec wine-growing hills is organised on Martin Breg. Martinje (St. Martin’s Day) is observed on 10th and 11th November. This is also celebrated as the Day of Dugo Selo when a huge town party is organised and must baptised on Central Square, on top of Martin Breg, in vineyards and pubs. Carnival is held in February, featuring masqueraded processions, selection of the best group and best individual mask. The Radio Martin anniversary is marked at the end of August or beginning of September. Traditional sporting events are also organised: a tennis tournament in the organisation of Tennis Club “Martin Breg” is held every spring and autumn on Martin Breg. In July Martin car rally is driven on the streets of Dugo Selo as part of central European zone championship in the organisation of Dugo Selo Automobile Association. Every spring and autumn the Kennel Club organises dog-show and competition.
How you can reach us
Local or passenger train that you board on the central railway station in Zagreb will bring you to Dugo Selo in only 20 minutes. The major road Zagreb-Bjelovar passes through the centre of Dugo Selo.