Castle Trakošćan invites you to explore its knight's and hunting halls, music salon, painter studio, its furniture and weapon collections.

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Culture, art & history trip

The Castles of Hrvatsko zagorje

Do you get excited thinking about aristocratic manors or romantic castles? How about a trip where you visit & explore two, all the while getting to know their legends and stories?

Hrvatsko zagorje is famous for its green hillsides dotted with vineyards and adorned with churches, manors and wine cellars, as well as romantic castles that take you back to the age of knights and lonesome maidens. We invite you to immerse yourself in the authentic historical atmosphere and imagine how the local denizens used to roam the echoing halls of these majestic edifices in the days of yore. But also make sure you take a dip in the natural hot springs and enjoy the renowned Zagorje cuisine. Zagorje truly pleases all the senses!

Trip highlights

  • Visit to the castle Veliki Tabor, a 12th-century medieval fortress
  • Visit to the Krapina Neanderthal Museum, based on local archaeologist findings from the 19th century
  • Soaking-in local history and medieval stories

Trip availableAny time of year
Duration3 days
Suitable for2-8 people
SupportPartially guided
Languagesen
Price per personfrom 197.00 €
Great for
  • Art & history lovers
  • Castle-fanciers
  • Couples with and without children
  • Middle age
  • Seniors
You’ll be accommodated in
  • 4-star Hotel
Trip designed by Vesna Luzar

Extremely versatile trip designer with an established career in travel business

Activities are taking place in Hrvatsko zagorje

Get unique insight into the rich history, travel more than 700 years back in time and visit Hrvatsko zagorje, a romantic landscape filled with Medieval and Renaissance fortresses and Baroque castles. Explore Trakošćan turned into a castle for noble families featuring an impressive weapons collection and a beautiful park with lake surrounding the castle. Visit Veliki Tabor, one of the best preserved fortified castles in mainland Croatia, linked to the mystical legend of the forbidden love and do not miss the Krapina Neanderthal Museum with the largest collection of Neanderthal remains. 

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to the Trakošćan Hotel

Arrival with own transportation in Hrvatsko zagorje to the village of Bednja - checking in at the 4-stars Hotel Trakošćan. The nearest airport is Zagreb Airport, 79 km from Hotel Trakošćan.

Your room with the beautiful view of Trakošćan castle is waiting for you. Hotel Trakošćan sits in the middle of a fairytale like surroundings nestled within a park and next to a beautiful lake and the magical Castle Trakošćan which is full of cultural heritage from the 13th century.

A welcome drink at the hotel and free time until dinner.

Within hotel there is a soothing Spa Centre that is open everyday offering a relaxing atmosphere with the opportunity to unwind and enjoy a massage. A bar on a platform is set directly on the lake and offers refreshing drinks during the day. You can relax also in the indoor pool and on-site wellness area offering a sauna, a steam bath and beauty parlours. Fitness centre is also at your disposal.

tip

Hrvatsko zagorje is a region in the north of Croatia which has a rich historical legacy that includes a total of 54 castles and manors that bear witness to the period between the 13th and the 20th centuries. The majority of those with Versailles and Baroque motifs were built in the second half of the 17th century and in the 18th century.

Day 2

A full day tour to castles Trakošćan and Veliki Tabor

After a buffet breakfast at the hotel, we'll take you on a tour of Hrvatsko zagorje. First we'll visit the

Trakošćan Castle, a late 13th-century observation post that was part of north-western Croatia's fortification system. According to legend, Trakošćan was named after a Thracian fortress (arx Thacorum) that supposedly existed during antiquity.

According to another legend, it received its name from the Drachenstein knights, who ruled this area during the Middle Ages. The castle was mentioned for the first time in 1334 and its last owners were the Drašković family. Today this emblematic castle, which is one of the most beautiful in Hrvatsko zagorje, is a zero-category cultural and historical monument. At the castle you can explore the knight's and hunting halls, the music salon, the studio of the painter Julijana Erdödy, a weapon collection dating back to the period between the 15th and 19th centuries and furniture.

After the tour you can take a stroll through the park and alongside the nearby lake. Continuation of the tour and lunch in Grešna gorica, where you will taste some local dishes. This rural household offers the atmosphere of a genuine Zagorje rural environment and local specialties and wine from their own vineyards.

Then we will head to Veliki Tabor Castle, a 12th-century fortress nestled in the countryside that offers a glimpse into the romantic and turbulent history of this area. Veliki Tabor is one of the best preserved late medieval and Renaissance fortified castles in mainland Croatia. The castle has received the highest marks from UNESCO and has also been linked to the mystical legend of Veronika Desinić, who was supposedly walled-in as punishment for engaging in forbidden love. Dinner at hotel.

Day 3

Visit Krapina Neanderthal Museum

After breakfast check-out. If you have some time left, we suggest that you proceed to the town of Krapina, where you can visit the Krapina Neanderthal Museum and take a trip to the year 32,000 BC when Krapina was inhabited by Neanderthals. In 1899 one archaeologist and paleontologist discovered over 800 Neanderthal fossils at Hušnjak Hill near Krapina. It is the first paleontological natural monument in Croatia and has been protected since it contains the largest collection of Neanderthal remains.

What's included?

  • tay at the Trakošćan Hotel 4-star, 2 nights
  • Welcome drink
  • 2 x breakfast
  • 2 x dinner at the hotel restaurant (drinks are not included)
  • Free use of hotel wellness and spa center (swimming pool, Finnish sauna, Finnish panoramic sauna with the view of Trakošćan Castle, whirlpool, relax room)
  • 10% discount on massages, payment on spot
  • Gratis parking and wifi
  • Tour of Hrvatsko zagorje: transportation from/to hotel, English- or German-speaking tour escort, ticket to Trakošćan Castle, ticket to Veliki Tabor Castle
  • Lunch at the rural household Grešna gorica (drinks are not included)
  • Tourist tax
  • VAT and Travel preparation

What's not included?

  • Transfers to and from the hotel
  • Optional excursions 
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance

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