An Afternoon Adventure in Samobor

The town center with lots of outdoor seating- King Tomislav Square
We heard about this quaint beautiful village when we spoke with some locals at Elis Caffe in Zagreb. They told us it was a great place to take a short hike, see the historic marketplace, and eat some delicious food.  I was totally in when I heard a description of the cake called cremeschnitte!

About a 30 minute drive from the center of Zagreb, it's hilly and picturesque. There's a large car park at the end of town where you can park for free.  You could spend several hours here if you're interested in seeing churches and museums.  We were mostly focusing on food and walking along the river though, so we didn't even go inside a building.  Maybe next time we'll get around to that.  We walked straight to the town center where we sat outdoors at Kavana Livadic.  Our cousin, Christian, made some recommendations and did the ordering for us.  We never actually went inside, but if you look at all the food photos on their Facebook page, you'll wonder why we didn't!  We ended up having coffee, cremeschnitte, pancakes, and strukli.  All were delicious!
Omar is pretty excited to be trying cremeschnitte

Chocolate covered crepes...oh my!

A cheesy dish called Strukli

My husband is a civil engineer so it's always fun to see how they built things when I'm out with him.  We walked a few blocks to see the bridges crossing the river.  Each one is quite different from the other.  There was outdoor seating nearly everywhere in spite of the cooler temperatures.  Blankets were thrown over chairs so you could warm yourself while having a coffee with plenty of fresh air and scenic views.
A view of the town square from across the river

Look at the stone and iron work in this old bridge

We also came across a number of benches made from very large trees.  I liked the carvings in this one.
As we walked back towards the car, Christian pointed out the ruins of a castle on a far up hill.  Abdulhamid and Omar waited behind while Christian and I climbed the hill.  We passed a playground, which Omar would have enjoyed if he'd come along.  Then we saw love locks attached to the bridge.  I had not ever seen these so it was fun to spend a few moments reading the romantic engravings.  The locks are attached by couples to show their love for each other, and the key is supposedly thrown in the river. I read later that they are banned in most European cities since it was believed the weight of them brought down a bridge in France.  As we walked, we met locals picking greens for their salad.  I think it may have been garlic greens.  The path was wet- maybe from natural springs.   In some places it was just muddy and you had to hop among the tree roots to keep your feet dry.
Ruins of Samobor castle

A simple playground near the ruins

Sampling of love locks
Once we got up to the top, we explored the ruins and Christian told me stories he knew about previous owners.  It's hard to imagine living in a place like this back in 1264, when it was new.  Or even in the late 18th century when it saw upgrades.  It was an easy hike up here though not really much to see.  I'm sure many other tourists have done this walk and continued on further through the hills.  We passed a number of people nearly jogging for exercise. There are a number of hikes listed at the Samobor tourism website, and even a few touristic walks through town.  Though we didn't sample it, you can buy locally made mustard or watch crystal being made.  Check out the website for more ideas if you go.
I wonder how many thousands have passed through this gateway

I spy Christian above me on one of the walls


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