A town in the region of Medimurje, 14 km northeast
of Varazdin; elevation 165 m; population 15,999. It was first mentioned
in 1328. Cultural, administrative and business centre of Medimurje.
Economy is based on textile, food (flour and milling products, edible
oil, animal fodder), wood and timber (furniture), leather (footwear),
metal-processing (foundry, machine production), building material
and printing industries. Cakovec is located on the main road (M12,
E65, E 71); railway junction (Zagreb - Varazdin - Cakovec - Nagykanizsa;
Varazdin - Cakovec - Lendava); small airport for aerial sports.
Cakovec is the largest and most frequently visited
town in Medimurje. The central tourist attraction is the Old Burg,
restored and renovated on several occasions until the present. Around
the castle is a carefully landscaped park from the turn of the 19th
and 20th century - a horticultural monument. Two nice wistaria trees
in front of the entrance to the Faculty of Philosophy are also protected
as a horticultural monument.
Visitors are offered numerous sports and recreational
opportunities in the town and its surroundings. The game is amply
represented, which attracts hunting enthusiasts also from the neighbouring
countries. Fishing (angling) is possible on the nearby Drava and
the Mura rivers.
The most important events in the town are the Cakovec
Days of Croatian Music and the Carnival, especially notable for
attractive masks and traditional folk customs. The Cultural Centre
organizes music, theatre, folklore and other performances, with
a special emphasis on the original Medimurje folklore.