Map 10

Komin – Radoišće – Salnik – Rakovec – Krečaves – Donje Polonje – Komin

  • Red route Sv. Ivan Zelina – Donje i Gornje Orešje – Bedenica – Komin – Novo Mjesto – Sveti Ivan Zelina
  • Blue route Sv. Ivan Zelina – Nespeš – Donja Zelina – Sv. Helena – Rakovec – Novo Mjesto – Sv. Ivan Zelina

Preuzmite kartu

This route is intended to turn your attention to today’s settlement of Komin where 95 kg of late Roman money was found, confirming all assumptions of the existence of the settlement Pyrri during Roman times in this spot. This was also the location of one of the main state roads, called “magna via”, that connected Poetovio (today Ptuj, Slovenia) and Siscia (Sisak, Croatia), i.e. the northern province and Pannonia. This Roman com­munication remained important during the medieval age when the rulers of Zelingrad supervised the road as did other nobles and landowners, as there were many in this area. The importance of this area also grew due to the importance of this road, and the entire area developed. Viceroy (ban) Mikac granted royal privileges to the area of Zelina and Moravče in 1328, turning Zelina into a free trading zone beneath Zelingrad, and the right to hold a trading fair each Thursday also was reected in the name of Zelina at that time, Öetvrtkovec (četvrtak=Thursday). Several centuries later, in the mid 19th century, based on these historical foundations, this grew into a strong craft and trade centre and alongside the many butchers, boot makers, shoe makers, millers, blacksmiths and carpenters other representatives of the national economic trades arose, including charcoal makers and lime makers, as the raw materials for both professions were in abundance in this area. The charcoal makers worked in the charcoal kilns, old brick rooms shaped like an igloo where wood was burnt to make charcoal. This route offers the perfect opportunity to become acquainted with the old charcoal kilns in Zrinščina. The route is easy and is recreational in character, but above all, it is both interesting and beautiful. The area around Rakovec can rightfully be called pastoral, as many cows can be seen at pasture and there are milk collection stations in the villages for collecting fresh milk every day. The route begins at the plateau 1 next to the Church of the Epiphany in Komin. There is a parking lot next to the church which offers a lovely panoramic view of the area you are about to ride through. From the church, head downhill to the right through the small street to the intersection in the centre of Komin. Adjust your riding speed as you are passing through a village! Take caution at the intersection 2 as it is very busy and visibility is somewhat limited. This is the old Varaždin road, and we recommend you use the nearby crossroad. In the centre, you will see the Dragutin Domjanić elementary school, a shop and the post office. From the intersection, continue in the direction of the highway overpass. Upon crossing over the highway, you will enter into Gornji Tomaševec. At the t intersection in Gornji Tomaševec 3 at the 1.5 km mark from the route starting point, continue riding straight uphill. Here begins your ride through the hills that are typical for this area. The uphill climb is constant and tough, so save your strength. At the 4.3 km mark from the route starting point, you will come to a steep and long downhill section and then to a y intersection 4 in Radoišće. Take caution in Radoišće as it is easy to miss the inter­section and continue along the main road towards Križevci! At the elementary school on the right hand side of the road, turn right in the direction of Zrinščina. The route continues through the valley of Cukovec creek past meadows and past a grassy football field. A short but steep climb takes you up to the fantastic ridge sections of this route. Soon after the climb, at the 6 km mark, you will reach a y intersection 5 in Mojčeci. The brown route continues along the main road, right at the intersection. However, we recommend you turn left or take turnoffs b1 and/or b2  , a 1.8 km distance, which will lead you to a real historical treat b1 : the charcoal kilns (vuglenice) in the settlement of Zrinščina. These are traditional ovens where the local population make charcoal in the traditional manner. The kilnsmen in the Zelina area were known far and wide, as were the lime makers. Lime was made from limestone that was burned in the lime kilns (vapnenice), while charcoal was made by burning wood in charcoal kilns. For certain agricultural improved their household incomes with the sale of charcoal while for others, this was the main source of income. After a visit to the kilns, you can visit Zrinščina Lake by taking turnoff b2  . The lake has been beautifully designed through the great love and effort of the local population for this lake, seen in the numerous details like the “island of love” in the middle of the lake and the wooden bridges. If you decide to visit the lake, please keep the order and peace. The gravel access road to the lake is steep, so be careful! The bicycle route continues downhill along the paved ridge road in the direction of Salnik. In Salnik, you will pass by the Chapel of the Mother of God of Bistrica, and soon afterwards past the Greek Catholic Church of St. Petca (Parasceva). Riding along the ridge road will provide fantastic views to revel in. At the 11 km mark, you will enter into the settlement Valetić where a unique viewing point opens up from the road, stretching to Mt. Kalnik (highest peak Vranilac, 643 m) and the walls of the old Kalnik fortress (from the 13th century, a popular alpine climbing site) to the east, and to Mt. Ivanščica (1061 m, the plateau meadow is a famous paragliding take-off point) to the north. Continue riding through Gornje Dvorišće and at the 13.2 km mark from the route starting point, at the y intersection before Donje Dvorišće 6 take a sharp left turn at one of the turns. Caution in the turn as visibility is limited! After the intersection, the route continues across the bridge and you will soon come to a short but steep climb. After the climb, you will pass a y intersection; keep to the right and ride towards Hruškovec. At the 14.8 km mark from the route starting point and before the entry into Hruškovec, turn right again at the y intersection 7 . You will pass through Hruškovec and arrive at a t intersection 8 at the 16 km mark. At the intersection, turn right towards Rakovec. The road to the left heads towards Vrbovec. Take caution while turning, as you are coming onto a busier road! At the 17 km mark, you will enter into the centre of Rakovec where you can stop for a rest and some refreshment in the local cafe and shop. The route continues on past the parish church, then left, and after another shop at the y intersection 9 , turn right towards Krečaves. Before Krečaves, pay attention to the gravel turnoff to the left which leads to the thermal spring called Jokobanja, which we have called “shower in the field” where the local population heal body and soul. At the t intersection 10 in Krečaves, at the 20.5 km mark from the route starting point, turn right and continue riding in the direction of Novo Mjesto and the Chapel of St. Peter in Novo Mjesto. The route leads you on through Donje and then Gornje Polonje, and you will also pass through Keleminovec. At the 28 km mark from the route starting point, you will reach a t intersection in Gornji Tomaševec that crosses with the road at the beginning of the route. At the t intersection  3  turn left and once again cross over the highway overpass to return to the impressive Church of the Epi­phany in Komin. Again, take caution while passing over the old Varaždin road. Visit the restaurant Tonček in Komin, recommended for its excellent food and fine wines, to sort through all the impressions and images from the route.

Cultural-historical and other points of interest along the routes:

  • Zelina Museum, Sveti Ivan Zelina, Trg Ante Starčevića 13, Sveti Ivan Zelina, tel. +385 1 2061 544, 2013 686,
  • Zelina Wine Hall, Sveti Ivan Zelina, large selection of wines from the Zelina wine road and travel agency offering tours through the Prigorje region,
  • Zelingrad, Zelinska gora – the medieval keeper of the roads – It was first mentioned in 1295 in the network of fortresses of the Moravče parish. It is first mentioned as a ruin in 1635. In recent years, it has been under ownership and management of the Zelina Museum. In cooperation with experts, this is the site of archaeological research, restoration of the medieval city and various cultural and artistic events relating to the Middle Ages. For more information:
  • Church of St. John the Baptist, Sveti Ivan Zelina – Medieval church was given a Baroque feel in about 1720. Selected artefacts from the Baroque period in Croatia include: the pulpit ornamented with Baroque decorations and numerous sculptures by Klaudius Kautz in 1726; the christening font from 1761 with rococo ornaments and angel statues by Zoratti. Parish office Sv. I. Zelina, Bocakova 7, tel. +385 1 2060 878.
  • Church of the Epiphany, Komin with the votive chapel to peasant Prevarek, Komin – this church is the Baroque pearl of northern Croatia, with a exceptional interior. The church was consecrated in 1699. The church complex is surrounded with a fenced space around the church used as the parish fair site and to offer shelter to pilgrims during traditional parish fairs called proštenje. This is one of the rare churches in which the complete interior is covered by illusionist frescos and mouldings – female figures as allegories of the gift of the Holy Spirit (about 1776) and an abundance of rococo ornaments and flowers. This was likely painted in the 18th century by Antun Archer. The main altar originates from the workshop of Bishop Branjug from 1728. The painting on the main altar, “Homage of Kings” from 1729 and the painting of St. Elizabeth by an unknown painter in 1735 stand out among sacral artwork. The Baroque pulpit from 1748 is very valuable, too. Even today, the citizens of Komin tell a story relating to the closed altar (votive chapel) in the wall on the northern side of the church exterior. The tale is of peasant Bolto Prevarek who was the first to find Roman money in the 18th century while ploughing the fields. His oxen, startled when the plough was caught on the urn with money, tore away and ed and the peasant knelt down and prayed to God that he would build a chapel in that place if the oxen would be spared. The oxen returned home unharmed and the peasant carried out his promise, seen by the initials B.P. in the chapel, the relief of the kneeling peasant and the date 1710. Parish office Bisag and bell-ringer (key-holder) of the church: Josip Dužaić, tel. + 385 1 2067 054.
  • Chapel of St. Peter, Novo Mjesto – According to the stylized engravings, the church is predominantly Romanesque with certain Gothic stylistic elements. Besides the Chapel of St. Michael (Sveti Mihalj) in Samobor, this is the oldest sacral structure in the Zagreb County. The church also offers preserved medieval frescos from the 14th and 15th centuries, with apostles on the sanctuary walls, while the very rare motives of the stump of Jesse. Managed by the Parish office in Sv. I. Zelina.
  • Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Vrtače – An old chapel was damaged in the earthquake of 1880 and later knocked down and the new one built. The altar and altar painting, oil on canvas of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, date back to the time of construction of the new chapel. Managed by the Parish office in Sv. I. Zelina.
  • Chapel of St. George, Gornje Psarjevo – it is not known exactly when the chapel was built. The main altar of St. George is particularly interesting, created by a talented sculptor sometime between 1660 and 1670. Managed by the Parish office in Sv. I. Zelina.
  • Nespeš Manor, Nespeš – the manor is surrounded by vineyards. The Nespeš estate has been known since 1295, though it was abandoned in the 16th century. The village was restored in the 18th century. The manor, which has lovely Classicist ceiling paintings, was called “Švarcovina” by its last owner and today it has been restored by its new owner, the company Badel 1862, Zagreb.
  • Vuglenica (charcoal), Zrinščina – charcoal is made from wood (jalša = European alder, or poplar) which is laid vertically into a cylinder and then covered in soil. Small openings called žarnice are left at certain intervals where the wood was lit, and later the žarnice were filled with soil. The kiln was closed and left to burn for 5 to 7 days, which demanded the constant presence of the charcoal maker, and then was left to cool. The soil was removed from the cooled charcoal and the charcoal was then loaded onto a horse-drawn cart and taken from blacksmith to blacksmith, as at that time, the blacksmiths were virtually the only ones to use charcoal and its use in the household was very limited. Today, the traditional manner of making charcoal has survived in Zrinščina thanks to the family of *uro Posilović from Zrinščina 31 and the family of Josip Zajec from Zrinščina 63. (Source: “Po zelinskoj gori” (Through the Zelina Mountains), 2nd edition, 1997, p. 17–21).
  • Church of St. Nicholas, Donja Zelina – built in the 17th century and consecrated in 1678, the church underwent restorations in 1930 and 1989. The church inventory and a pulpit dates back to the 19th century and certain items ordered in the early 20th century from Zoratti in Maribor. The organ has a rococo motif and dates back to the 18th century. The sanctuary is home to the tombstone of Joannes Domjanić from 1667. Next to the parish courtyard, the Chapel of St. Anne stands out, constructed in 1858, with an oil painting of St. Anne by an unknown artist. Parish office Donja Zelina, tel. + 385 1 2065 143.
  • Chapel of St. Helena, Sveta Helena – has a lovely position on the hill, therefore making it known as a defensive hideout to the local populations even back in the time of the Turkish wars. The chapel is from the Gothic period and was restored in 1866 when the stained-glass windows with the crests of the chapel patrons were added, and the crests were also added to the patrons’ pew. The main altar of St. Helena by Albert Seekstein, dating back to the turn of the 20th century, stands out amongst the sacral artwork. Managed by the Parish office in Donja Zelina.
  • Mikšić Manor, Sveta Helena – a castle was erected in the first half of the 19th century in the place where an older manor once stood. It belonged to the families Adamović –Öepinski, Hellenbach, and at the end of the century to the Mikšić family who restored the manor. Today the northern section is inhabited while the southern part is unfor­tunately going to ruin.
  • Church of All Saints, Bedenica – Bedenica parish office, Bedenica 115, tel. +385 1 2068 086. The original structure is from the 13–14th century, and later the late Renaissance bell tower and entrance to the church were added. In 16th century it was turned into a fortified church for the protection of the local population, with exceptionally thick walls and a church tower with gun holes, visible even today. The church has several altars: the main altar in the sanctuary from 1780 with the painting of the All Saints.
  • Chapel of the Mourning Mother of God, Prepolno – the chapel was erected in 1723 from donations by pilgrims on route to the famous sanctuary in Marija Bistrica. The chapel houses an exceptionally valuable Baroque altar dating back to about 1765, the work of Franjo Antun Straub, Zagreb’s best Baroque sculptor in the second half of the 18th century. It is considered to be one of the best works of its type in northwestern Croatia and the best among Straub’s later works. Managed by the Parish office in Bedenica.
  • Church of St. George, Rakovec – parish office: Rakovec 58, tel. + 385 1 2798 013. Rakovec has been known as a feudal possession since the 13th century. In 1435, Rakovec received trading privileges. In the 15th century, this became a fortified town and a trading town in the 16th century. The Church is of the Gothic style and was given a Baroque look in adaptations in 1750. It was restored in 1973–75.

Accommodation, hospitality facilities and sport and recreation:

  • Kladeščica Mountain Hut, Zelina Mountains, HPD “Zelina”, tel. +385 1 2061 544
  • Jarec–Kure Winery, Munđakova 6, Biškupec, tel. +385 1 2060 363,
  • Stjepan & Nataša Puhelek Winery, Gornje Psarjevo 152, tel. +385 1 2069 051
  • Kukovačec Winery, Gornje Psarjevo 123, tel. +385 1 2069 050
  • Kos–Jurišić Winery, Nespeš 8, tel. +385 1 2043 491
  • Kos Winery, Hrnjanec 110, tel. +385 1 2069 251,
  • Tavern-grill Zdenec, Drenova Gornja 1d, tel. +385 1 2069 788
  • Kušić Family Farm, Psarjevo Donje 11, tel. +385 1 2069 375, www.
  • Ljubekov gaj, Smrndići 10, Blaževdol, tel. +385 1 2065 755, 2065 754
  • Zdravko Puhelek Winery, Fučkani 22, tel. +385 1 2065 494
  • Nikola and Dražen Smrndić Winery, Blaževdolska 99, tel. +385 1 2065 756
  • Branko and Nada Öegec Winery, Marinovec Zelinski 24, tel. +385 1 2060 927
  • Restaurant-inn Milenij, Filipovići 1f, Komin, tel. +385 1 2067 713, 2067 712
  • Restaurant Tonček, Komin 13c, tel. +385 1 2067 606, 2067 181
  • Restaurant-inn Šumski dvor, Hrastje 1b, tel./fax: +385 1 2067 302
  • Cafe Plac, Trg A. Starčevića 9, tel. +385 1 2058 464
  • Pizzeria 4M, Šulinec 4a, tel. +385 1 2062 339
  • Buffet Renome Klub, Turkovčina 3, Bedenica, tel. +385 1 2064 100
  • Bistro Marija, Rakovec 29c, tel. +385 1 2798 034
  • Snack bar Mali raj, Rakovec 29, tel. +385 1 2798 018
  • Fish pond Mokrice – šrd Zelina – fishermen’s hut open daily or by announcement mob. +385 98 359 412, Stjepan Forgač

Service information:

  • Sveti Ivan Zelina Tourist Board and the Zelina Museum, Trg A. Starčevića 13, tel. +385 1 2061 544,
  • Zelina Bicyclists Club SIC, Gajeva 11, mob. +385 91 515 5859,
  • Municipality of Sv. Ivan Zelina, Trg A. Starčevića 12, 10380 Sv. I. Zelina, tel. +385 1 2060 022, 2060 024
  • Sv. Ivan Zelina police station, Zagrebačka 30, tel. +385 1 2060 106
  • Sv. Ivan Zelina Health clinic and ambulance, Bocakova 5, tel. +385 1 2060 314
  • Sv. Ivan Zelina post office, Zagrebačka 3, tel. +385 1 2060 406
  • Sv. Ivan Zelina shop, Trg A. Starčevića 5, tel. +385 1 2065 010
  • Damir Antolković Tire repair, Hrastje 70, mob. +385 98 616 927
  • atm bank machines: ZABA and PBZ, Trg A. Starčevića 2 
  • HVB-Splitska, Trg A. Starčevića 14; RBA, Trg A. Starčevića 5
  • Petrol station, Zagrebačka bb, tel. +385 1 2060 260
  • Municipality of Bedenica, Bedenica 112, 10381 Bedenica, tel. +385 1 2043 550
  • Bedenica post office, tel. +385 1 2064 490
  • Shop Bedenica-Promet, Bedenica 138, tel. +385 1 2064 330
  • Municipality of Rakovec, Rakovec 54, 10347 Rakovec, tel. +385 1 2798 005
  • Rakovec Health clinic and ambulance, Rakovec 52, tel. +385 1 2798 105
  • Post office (atm), Rakovec 54, tel. +385 1 2798 419
  • Mobaco shop, Rakovec 144, tel. +385 1 2798 105
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