About the festival
This historical Renaissance Festival is an excellent showcase of late Middle Ages historical facts.
It is mixed with the originality of Koprivnica, Podravina area and Croatia, manifested through knight games, music and crafts famous for the area.
The festival is a true story of the development of the European identity of the city and the region throughout history.
Today it gathers renaissance festival participants from almost 10 European countries.
Koprivnica’s old town is a silent and mystical witness of past times that hides interesting secrets, ways of life, wars, and trade of the local people.
The Renaissance Festival is the biggest festival related to the past in this area of Europe and describes events from the 15th and 16th centuries.
One thousand originally costumed participants from Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Germany and Poland will perform.
Knights, food, middle ages crafts and entertainers – you’ll find them all in Koprivnica in August.
Programme, food and useful information
The programme starts at 11 am in the city centre from where participants and guests are heading to the bastion that is surrounded by medieval tents, devices, tools, camps, and the entire sight is just magnificent.
The food is another great feature of the festival. Old recipes that chefs will make on the spot are something you definitely won’t forget.
Among the others, meals made of nettle will have a special place as the city itself got its name based on this plant (Kopriva in Croatian stands for a nettle).
50.000 visitors annually visit this 4-day event, and year after year, this number rises.
Near the locality of the festival is a huge parking area which is great for all who are planning to come by car.
The festival takes place in the centre of the city, so you can see other great things besides the festival that Koprivnica city offers.
A good solution is to have a day trip by car or train from Zagreb.
Zagreb is 100 kilometres from Koprivnica, and it takes one and a half hours both by car or train.
There are some nice guesthouses in the city, for example, Apartment Cecilia.
Not too many other good places to stay, so read the reviews of the accommodations before you book, so you don’t get a bad place to stay.
More about Koprivnica
Koprivnica was first mentioned in 1272 in a document by Prince László IV and declared a free royal town by King Lajos I in 1356.
After that, the city flourished into a great trading place and a military fortress.
It is a city in northern Croatia – the capital of the Koprivnica-Križevci county.
In 2011 the city administrative area had a total population of 30,854, with 23,955 in the city itself.
Koprivnica is about 100 kilometres northeast of Zagreb, 280 kilometres southwest of Budapest and 290 kilometres south of Vienna.