One can certainly wonder: where does the name LUDBREG come from? There is a legend and a historical record on that. On the Gradinščak tumulus created on a hill on a slope of Kalnik, a fort was built. A commander’s wife went out for walks each day on the walls of the fort.
During one of those walks, he saw a group of Turkish soldiers getting close to the fort. One of the Turkish soldiers came so close to the walls that the lady got so scared her hands started trembling, she screamed and fainted, and her baby fell from her arms and rolled down the slope. The Turkish soldier standing under the walls took the baby and ran into the woods.
When the unfortunate woman came to, she cursed the crazy hill (in Croatian, “Prokleti taj ludi brijeg!“), which led to the settlement getting the name still used today.
That is the story used by an average person to solve the puzzle of the name.
However, historians also wanted to determine their own answers. A Hungarian historian called Thalloczy spent some time in the late 19th century in the castle owned by Edmund Batthany in Körmend, working on organizing the family archives. He found 264 documents and charters regarding the Ludbreg estate. In his opinion, it was named after the knight from the Crusades who founded it, LODBRING, who left his native Burgundy to fight in the Crusades and never returned home. Instead, he stayed here and named the town after himself.
As the local people mispronounced Ludbring, it got turned into Ludbreg. The people who lived there rarely used that name too, calling the town ‘Lubreg’, which is still sometimes heard in the villages around Ludbreg, most often used by older people.