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A town on the left bank of the small river of the same name in the region of Podravina, 70 km southeast of Varazdin; elevation 149 m; population 24,238. Koprivnica got the status of a free royal town in 1356. Economy is based on farming, livestock breeding, food (Podravka), pharmaceutical (Belupo), textile, wood and timber, paper, leather, metal-processing and building material (brickwork) industries. The town is located at the intersection of the main roads from Zagreb and Varazdin toward Virovitica and Osijek (M3), as well as on the junction of the railroads Budapest - Zagreb and Varazdin - Osijek.

Due to the Ottoman peril, the town was fortified by a strong quadrangular tower in the 16th century (the construction was supervised by D. dell'Allio); only the remains of it have been preserved, and the fortification was replaced by a large park. - The parish church of St. Nicholas with a high belfry dates back to the 17th century, and the Orthodox church of the Holy Spirit was built in 1793. The complex of the church of St. Anthony of Padua with a Franciscan monastery was finished in 1685. Due to the plague in 1745 the Varazdin military district attached the chapel of St. Salvatore. The finely carved late Renaissance tombstone of a boy named Gotthard Schratenpachs (1608) was built in on the parsonage. Apart from the churches, there are several other churches which date back to the Baroque period (e.g. Arsenal, 1714), as well as public monuments (a group of five columns, the column of Sorrowful Christ, the statue of St. John Nepomuk from 1747). - The Koprivnica Town Museum (established in 1951) keeps various exhibits of archaeological, cultural, historical, artistic and ethnographic value. Within the Museum are the Koprivnica Gallery (1977), the "Danica" Memorial Museum and the "Dr. Vladimir Malancec" Donation, as well as the Native Collection in Delekovac, the Hlebine Gallery, the Collection of Ivan Generalic in Hlebine and the Gallery of Statues by I. Sabolic in Peteranec. Public places are adorned with sculptures of Croatian sculptors (I. Sabolic, Z. Loncaric, A. Jakic). - In the vicinity of Koprivnica, in Mocile, is the church of St. Mary; its construction started in 1700; the massive bell tower and the porch were attached along the main front. The church features well preserved furniture from the 18th and the 19th centuries.

Koprivnica is the centre of this part of Podravina. The development of tourism in the region is facilitated by rich cultural heritage and powerful economic potential.

Sports activities include handball, football, carting and horseback riding. The town offers various recreational opportunities, especially on the nearby Drava river and at the so-called "Podravina Riviera" - gravel pit Soderica. Fishing (angling) opportun-ities are provided on the Drava river and in the lakes Soderica, Jegenis, Vidak, etc. Hunting grounds are located in the vicinity of Koprivnica - in the lowlands and at the foot of Kalnik and Bilogora. The best known hunting grounds are Peski and Repas.

Numerous restaurants in the town and its surroundings offer delicious traditional Podravina-style specialities ("prge" - dried and smoked cheese, aspic /jelly/, mushroom soup with buckwheat, "goriski" goulash, etc.).

The traditional cultural event, naive art exhibition Podravski Motivi (Podravina Motifs) is held at the beginning of July.