Krapina is a town in northern Croatia and is the administrative center of Krapina-Zagorje County.


Krapina is located in the hilly Zagorje region of historic and lies about 55 km from both Zagreb and Varaždin away. Living in the city of 4,471 (2011) inhabitants and a total of 12,480 in the municipality (2011) people.


The town was first mentioned in 1193.

1899 began the geologist and paleontologist Dragutin Gorjanović - Kramberger in a Abri located at near the town hill Hušnjak total of nearly 900 highly fragmented bones of at least 23 early Neanderthals from time to dig out about 130,000 years ago ( Krapina ( archaeological place) ). In addition, several hundred stone tools and animal fossil bones were found. It is believed that they constituted a burial ground. The thesis here is ritual cannibalism been operated, is now regarded as refuted. In 2010, the Neanderthal Museum opened in Krapina.


In the city every year in September, the Festival of Kajkavian culture and songs ( Tjedan kajkavske kulture i popevke ) instead, in which the performances in the local dialect Kajkavian sung and the traditional customs of the Croatian Zagorje are presented.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Ljudevit Gaj, founder of the modern Croatian literature
  • Mirko Grmek, medical historian
  • Darko Horvat, football goalkeeper


Neanderthal Museum Krapina

Neanderthal Museum Krapina