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Cakovec is a town situated on the Tranava river. Its history is rich - in the 13th century it was the site of the Cakova tower fort. Being located in the central part of the Medjimurje County as well as being the largest of its three cities, Cakovec is also the county seat of this northernmost and smallest Croatian county, which is located between the rivers Mura and Drava and well known for its vineyards, agriculture and hunting grounds as well as for being the second most densely populated subnational entity in Croatia as of 2001 census. It is an administrative, economic and cultural centre of Medjimurje. Most of the historical buildings in the city of Cakovec are located in its center or nearby park. The city's old core has been beautifully preserved and renovated.

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In the Zrinski castle there is a local museum protecting 17,000 valuable items. Another noteworthy building in the city is a palace built in the Vienna Secession style located at the central square as well as the Church of Saint Nicholas, which is located in the downtown about 100 meters from the central square. At the central square there is also the Zrinski monument. The Southern Cakovec is a relatively new neighborhood and therefore it mostly has modern houses and buildings including the Church of Saint Anthony of Padua and a new elementary school with a sports hall and outdoor basketball and handball grounds and a running track. At the central square there is also a library, a theater, cinema a large shopping center and a few confectioner's shops and restaurants.

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Other business objects in the downtown are mostly boutiques, bookshops, electronics stores and financial companies. A hospital and the central bus station are located only a few steps from the downtown. The largest hotel in the city is located across the park about 300-400 meters from the central square, but there's also a smaller one only a few steps away from the downtown. From the cultural events several concerts and theatrical shows are held more than once a week. Throughout the summer, the central square hosts several cultural events and open air theatrical shows are also held in the atrium of the Zrinski castle. In late July and early August there's a large traditional fair at the central square and other streets in the downtown.

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