Municipality of Donja Voća implements valuable project Prehistory Adventure that places Vindija cave on European tourist map

With its activities in this direction, municipality of Donja Voća wants to become an indispensable part of cultural tourism in northern Croatia, and the EU project Prehistory adventure which will, in a teaching and research way, connect the prehistory from the old Stone age to the Iron age and present Vindija cave in an interesting and innovative way, will be realized by the end of summer 2020.



The project holder “Prehistory adventure: an experiential walk through the prehistoric heritage” is municipality of Donja Voća, implemented with partners, Zreče Municipality (SLO), Radenci Municipality (SLO), the Faculty of Philosophy of Ljubljana University (SLO), the Turopolje Museum (HR), the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb and the Croatian Tourist Board, as well as the Slovenian tourist organisation.

The project worth €720.289.93 is supported by the European Union and co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, Co-operation Programme INTERREG-A Slovenia-Croatia 2014-2020.

Within the framework of the project, the municipality of Donja Voća will reconstruct the area around the Vindija cave itself, reconstruct the road to the Vindija cave, implement the electrical and internet network in the cave area, as well as create an application of extended reality. The first prehistoric educational field will be arranged, a prehistoric culinary offer will be prepared, and a mobile exhibition of prehistoric adventure will take a tour of the municipalities involved in the project.

In addition to enjoying the nature and sightseeing of the site, visitors will be able to use applications, external info kiosk and interactive smart interpretation boards. With the help of virtual expanded and realistic reality, visitors to the Vindija cave will head into the dimension of prehistory and explore the pre-historic world of the time.

- a part of the content will be available in the form of a mobile application to the interested public from the comfort of their home. Also, various events will be organised, including prehistoric workshops, treasure hunts, mobile exhibitions, watching animated films, etc. – explains Mayor Jurgec.

The project will present to the public the customs of a Bronze age man, how and what he ate and did, what his habits were, etc. This will bring people closer to this least interpreted historical period since the beginning of human history.

All events and workshops are free and intended for everyone. Approaches to arranged prehistoric points are also suitable for persons with disabilities, young children accompanied by the elderly. The project envisions the inclusion of vulnerable target groups (children with fewer opportunities, young unemployed, socially vulnerable families). It is important to emphasize that materials from this project will be used in education.

According to Donja Voća Mayor Kruno Jurgec, the project aims to promote cultural tourism. With this project the cave Vindija finally receives facilities intended for tourists. With the modern and creative tourist offer, which in an innovative way presents the cultural heritage, Donja Voća will position itself on the regional tourist map through the realization of this project.

- the project will contribute to the development of tourist offer, both the Donja Voća municipality and the entire Varaždin County. This is why we have included the Croatian Tourist Board, the Slovenian Tourist Organization and friendly municipalities of Zavrč and Zreče, which are the feathers of tourism in Slovenia and who are ready to share their experiences with us. The aim of the project is to create new jobs, which will consequently affect the improvement of demographic indicators, less emigration from and improved age structure, "said Mayor Jurgec.

- the Vindija cave is world important from the point of view of the Neanderthal study. The activities we are now carrying out are in the service of preserving and protecting this unique location, which has been left deserted for years. In addition, the municipality is about to establish a public institution that would be responsible for taking care of this neglected site, which should further contribute to the achievement of the objectives we have set out. – Jurgec concluded.