Rich cultural heritage
In Lug Samoborski there are Balags’ palaces first mentioned in 1620. In Velika Rakovica you can see kurija (traditional wooden country house) Mirnovec, while in Bistrac, near the road to Bregana, is kurija Bistrac. In Vrhovčak there is a late Gothic chapel of St. Vitus with wall paintings and Baroque style central altar. If you visit Kotari don’t miss the parish church of St. Leonard built by the Count Petar Erdödy in 1537 featuring a rich Baroque wooden ware. Rude, a place 7 km southwest of Samobor is known for its long tradition of copper mining that goes back to the ancient times. Many noblemen of the region owned the place during the century. The parish church of St. Barbara, protectress of miners, was built in 1669. Rude is a starting point of many hiking trails leading to Veliki dol, Gornje Prekrižje and Oštrec.
In Otruševac, a settlement 5 km northeast of Samobor, is the chapel of the Holy Cross with partly preserved furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries. You can also visit the educative trail “Otruševac”, first of the kind in Croatia. The Ecological Society Samobor created it in 1990. It stretches along 2 km and features 9 points, it starts and finishes near the cave. Less known, but extremely interesting are Vilinske jame (Fairy Caves) in Grdanjci with 3 little caverns whose entrance is on a sheer cliff.
Okić, a Medieval town perched on top of an isolated hill south of Samobor is mentioned in 1193. It used to be owned by many landlords, but as of 1616 has been referred to as deserted. Of irregular ground-plan with round tower next to the entrance and Romanesque-Gothic chapel. Today Okić is known as a rock-climbing training ground with steep cliffs and also known for its climbers’ chalet. The nearby parish church of St. Mary was reconstructed at the end of the 17th century.