A new educational trail for lovers of history and active holidays

Tombs under mounds - tumuli for prominent deceased, flat cemeteries, high fortified settlements and oppides, larger fortified settlements from the period from the 9th to the 1st century BC…, all these are impressive archaeological evidence of life in the Iron Age. In this attractive story, a special place is occupied by the picturesque municipality of Kaptol with a new educational trail In the ways of warriors - the Iron Age in the Golden Valley.

The trail starts from the settlement of Kaptol, passes along the stream Bistra and further along the cemetery under the tumuli Kaptol-Čemernica to the settlement Kaptol-Gradci. By visiting the second cemetery under the tumuli, located south of the settlement itself, the route returns in a circle to the starting point. The perfect choice for lovers of history and archeology, but also those who enjoy the beauty of nature and the silence of Papuk.

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Today, Kaptol is one of the most important archeological sites sites of the Early Iron Age in Europe, scientists have been researching for more than 20 years, and as a result of all the valuable knowledge about the life and customs of the then warrior aristocracy, this new educational trail was created on which there are 11 educational and information boards. It also alternates beautiful landscapes - vineyards and forests, so in addition to the educational element, the trail in Kaptol will be chosen by lovers of active holidays. The festival is dedicated to the Iron Age Hallstatt days which is traditionally held in Kaptol on the third weekend in June.

The first European cultural route based in Croatia

The new educational trail in Kaptol is an integral part of the Iron Age Trail of the Danube Region, one of the 14 cultural routes of the Council of Europe that pass through Croatia and for now the only one with its headquarters in our country. The route, which also passes through Hungary, Austria, Slovenia and Bulgaria, is managed by the non-profit Iron Age Danube Route Association, whose work includes eminent experts and researchers of the Early Iron Age.

The Council of Europe's cultural routes were established with the aim of strengthening human rights, democracy, cross-border cooperation, cultural diversity and dialogue. The first such route was launched in 1987 and now has more than 40.

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