Samobor (pronounced [sâmɔ̝bɔ̝ːr]) is a city in Zagreb County, Croatia. It is part of the Zagreb metropolitan area. Administratively it is a part of Zagreb County.

Grad Samobor
City of Samobor
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Top: Church of Saint Anastasia; Center left: Samobor Fountain; Center right: Main Square; Bottom left: Gradna; Bottom right: Samobor mustard sign
Samobor is located in Croatia
Location of Samobor within Croatia
Coordinates: 45°48′N 15°43′E / 45.800°N 15.717°E / 45.800; 15.717Coordinates: 45°48′N 15°43′E / 45.800°N 15.717°E / 45.800; 15.717
Country Croatia
CountyFlag of Zagreb County.svg Zagreb
Free royal city1242
Settlements77 settlements
 • TypeMayor-council
 • MayorPetra Škrobot
 • City Council
25 members
 • Electoral district7th
 • Total250.73 km2 (96.81 sq mi)
Highest elevation
860 m (2,820 ft)
Lowest elevation
127 m (417 ft)
 • Total37,481
 • Density150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
HR-10 430
Area code+385 1
Vehicle registrationZG
Patron saintsSt. Anne


Samobor is located west of Zagreb, between the eastern slopes of the Samobor hills (Croatian: Samoborsko gorje), the eastern part of Žumberak Mountains, in the Sava River valley. It is part of the historical region of Croatia proper.


The city government, court, police, health service, and a post office are part of the Samobor infrastructure.


Samobor has existed as a free royal town[2] since 1242, according to a document of endowment by King Béla IV.

Since the Treaty of Karlowitz in 1699, Szamobor was part of the Habsburg monarchy, (Transleithania after the compromise of 1867), and soon after in the Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia, created when the Kingdom of Slavonia and the Kingdom of Croatia were merged in 1868. In the late 19th and early 20th century, Samobor was a district capital in the Zagreb County of the Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia.


One of the chief industries in Samobor is crystal cutting, acclaimed in Europe and all over the world.

Notable nativesEdit

Many well-known people were born or lived in Samobor. Such notable personalities are:


Historical populations
of Samobor
1880 16,548—    
1890 18,607+12.4%
1900 18,783+0.9%
1910 20,275+7.9%
1921 19,806−2.3%
1931 21,953+10.8%
1948 23,821+8.5%
1953 25,451+6.8%
1961 27,103+6.5%
1971 28,469+5.0%
1981 32,887+15.5%
1991 35,017+6.5%
2001 36,206+3.4%
2011 37,633+3.9%
2021 37,481−0.4%
Source: Naselja i stanovništvo Republike Hrvatske 1857–2001, DZS, Zagreb, 2005, DZS, Zagreb 2022

In the 2021 Croatian census,[3] the total population of the administrative territory of Samobor was 37,481, distributed in the following settlements:


City of Samobor: Population trends 1857–2021

Monuments and sightseeingsEdit

View of Gradna River
Samobor Museum

Samobor is one of the earliest tourist resorts in the region, with the first tourist facilities dating back to 1810, catering to anglers, hunters and hikers. The town's beautiful surroundings and vicinity to the capital have supported this tourist tradition to the present day. In 1846, Samobor was paid a visit by the composer Franz Liszt, who at that time was visiting Zagreb during one of his numerous concert tours. Liszt came to Samobor to see his friend Ferdo Livadić, in his lodgings at the Livadić mansion, which is today the town museum. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Livadić mansion came under the ownership of a Jewish family named Daničić. They were forced to leave as a result of the Nazi invasion in 1941. Shortly after this, the mansion was confiscated by the newly formed Independent State of Croatia and never returned to the Daničić family. On Tepec hill, a 10-minute walk from the city centre, there are still-visible remains of the Samobor Castle fortress built in the 13th century.


There are two elementary schools and one high school in Samobor:

and the Srednja strukovna škola Samobor – with technical studies, hairdressing, etc.

There is also a music academy – Glazbena škola Ferdo Livadić.


Sportska dvorana Samobor

The main local football club is NK Samobor, who play in the Treća HNL. Other football clubs are NK Bregana, NK Galgovo, NK Klokočevac, NK Rakov Potok, NK Samoborski Otok, NK Zrinski Farkaševac. The local woman's handball club is ŽRK Samobor, who play in the Prva HRL. The local men's handball clubs are RK Mladost 09, and RK Rudar, who play in the Premijer liga. The local men's basketball club is KK Samobor, who play in the Prva muška liga. The local judo clubs are Judo Klub Samobor, and Judo Klub Profectus Samobor. The local karate clubs are Karate klub Samobor, Karate klub Mladost and Karate klub Bregana. The local athletics club is Atletski klub Samobor 2007. The local gymnastics club Gimnastički klub Samobor. The local volleyball club is Odbojkaški klub Samobor. The local tennis club is Tenis klub Samobor 1890. The local table tennis club is Stolnoteniski klub Samobor. The local taekwondo club is Taekwondo klub Koryo Samobor. The local mountain bike club is Brdsko-biciklistički klub Šišmiš. The local kickboxing klub is TNT Samobor. The local motocross club is Moto Cross Klub TRP Marović.

The main football ground is Gradski Stadion Samobor. The main indoor sports hall is Sportska dvorana Samobor with the seating capacity of 700. Other indoor sports halls are Sportska dvorana Bogumil Toni with seating capacity of 500, Sportska dvorana Rude with seating capacity of 300 and Sportska dvorana OŠ Samobor with no seating capacity.

International relationsEdit

Twin towns — Sister citiesEdit

Samobor is twinned with:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011" (HTML). Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  2. ^ Treasures of Yugoslavia states "granted free trading rights before 1242".
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