Samobor region was inhabited from the ancient times. The oldest artifacts found originate from The Stone Age - stone ax, hammer and knife. Much richer are the remnants from Bronze Age, Iron Age and from the age of Roman reign. These parts were populated by Illyrian tribe of Iapydes. There are numerous archeological sites in Žumberak hills, near the villages of Budinjak, Bratelji and Gornja Vas. Around years 1261-1271 The Samobor Castle was built on the hill above the town. It was built by supporters of Bohemian king Otokar Přemisl II in the war over Babenberg heritage. In 1797 the town was destroyed by great fire. After the fire the core of today’s Samobor was built. In the years 1809 - 1813 Samobor was under the French rule as the center of a canton in The Illyrian provinces of Napoleon empire.
WHOThe most influenced person from Samobor is Ferdo Livadić, a prominent member of the nationalist Illyrian movement in the 19th century, piano composer and writer of the most famous Croatian patriotic song of the 19th century: Croatia Hasnt Perished Yet (Još Hrvatska ni propala) WHERESamobor is twinned with Stari Grad in Croatia, Pécs in Hungary, Chassieu in France, Parabiago in Italy, Veles in Macedonia, and Wirges in Germany.