November 2, 2020 – One of the more curious claims coming out of continental Croatia is that it is home to the centre of the world. Learn more in the latest episode of One Minute Ludbreg.
Ask the average Croatian how much he knows about the town of Ludbreg, and the first thing that usually comes out is that it is the town which is the centre of the world.
Ask why Ludbreg makes this unusual claim, and things are a little less clear.
I had actually never heard of the town when I was first invited to visit back in 2016 by the regional tourist board director of Varazdin County Tourist Board. And what I found was a very unusual little place, which I subsequently called Ludbreg, the Most Fascinating, Unusual Little Town in Croatia?
So why is it claiming to be the centre of the world, and where exactly is the spot?
For that, you have to go to the centre of some concentric circles on the main square, check out the nearby fountain which dispenses wine once a year, learn about the legend of the beautiful Ludberga, whose struggles with Satan created the island of Antipodes on the other side of the world, and a man from Switzerland with a chart divider and love of Ludbreg.
Put all that together and you will better understand why Ludbreg is the centre of the world. Lern more in the latest in our series of One Minute Ludbreg videos below, as well as the rest of the videos published so far below that.
The One Minute Ludbreg video series is a project in paid partnership with the Ludbreg Tourist Board.
To learn more about Ludbreg beyond its stereotype as the centre of the world, read Marc Rowlands’ Ludbreg, the Croatian Road Less Travelled.