Trakoscan Castle, a modern fairy tale close to Zagreb
Situated in Zagorje region near Croatian – Slovenian border, Trakoscan Castle is around 1.5 hour drive from Zagreb. The drive is well worth since Trakoscan is one of the most beautiful and best preserved castles in Croatia with beautiful surroundings and breathtaking views. Also it is one of rare castles which are actually restored and opened to public. It is a true must see destination in Croatia.
Welcome to a fairytale
It was built in the late 13th century like a small medieval burg and observation fortress for monitoring the road from Ptuj to Bednja. In 16th century it became a residence of noble family Draskovic, who lived here for almost 400 years. Trakoscan Castle was restored in the late 19th century, when it got today’s romantic looks. Also the surrounding area was modified in the park and artificial lake was created. In 1944 the castle was nationalized and it was established as a museum in 1954.
As said, Trakoscan is a real medieval fortress situated on the hill. Due to that, you need to do some climbing to reach it. The road leading to the castle is not so steep, but it may not be suitable for elderly people. Also, once you get into the castle, you will need to face the stairs, so make sure you are physically able to do it. The castle’s surroundings are worth exploring. You can take a walk around the lake (it takes around 1.5 hour), you can jog or hire a paddle boat to explore the lake. Expect to have your breath taken by the fascinating views.
If you decide to visit the castle, the fascinating interior will welcome you. Thanks to family Draskovic, the Trakoscan museum takes you to the past while you are exploring castle’s medieval heritage (such as furniture, paintings, weapons etc.) and learning about the life of Croatian nobility. The objects date from 15th to 19th century and the exhibition covers all the areas of castle. It consists of four levels (low and high ground, first and second floor) where you can visit a kitchen, a dungeon with torture machine, a hunter hall decorated with hunting trophies, knight’s hall, dining and other rooms, libraries, music salon with old piano, etc. Second floor is especially interesting because each room is decorated in different style (baroque, rococo, etc.). All info panels in the castle are in Croatian and English.
Unfortunately, it is forbidden to take photos of the interior, only on terraces. So here are the photos of us 😀
Grab something to eat
You may be tired after exploring the museum and discovering the forest and lake around the castle. There are two places where you can get something to eat and drink, but the recommendation goes to one situated literally on the lake. From there you can enjoy the lake, views of the castle, nature and food at the same time. The other restaurant is located in front of the castle, near the parking.
Besides Trakoscan castle’s stunning beauty, you can also enjoy visiting Croatian countryside which most of the visitors usually forget about. You can visit the castle all year round. In spring or summer you can enjoy the intense green color, during autumn the whole color palate and in the winter you can see the castle covered with snow. Whenever you decide to go, it is wonderfully romantic. If you want, you can also organize a wedding or a photo shooting here.
Did you already visit Trakoscan castle?
Trakoscan castle day trip is great to combine with visits to the city of Varazdin, Krapina Neanderthal museum or other castles of Hrvatsko Zagorje.
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