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’ll stay at one and visit & explore an additional 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 people
SupportPartially guided
Price per personfrom 329.00 €
Great for
  • Young couples without children
  • Middle age without children
  • Seniors
You’ll be accommodated in
  • 3-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 mainand 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 Castle Hotel

Arrival with own transportation in Hrvatsko Zagorje in the village of Gredice Zabočke and checking in at the Castle Gjalski Hotel. The Castle Gjalski was once a true aristocratic manor where the Croatian writer Ksaver Šandor Gjalski was born and died. Today it is a gorgeous building that deftly combines the modern with traditional styles and the urban with the rural and quaint. It has been renovated from scratch with a Baroque interior design. A welcome drink and an introduction to the hotel. Free time until dinner. The hotel restaurant's offer is diverse and ranges from an abundance of meat specialties - grilled, traditional, Zagorje-style, from under the baking lid or spit-roasted - to rich vegetable delicacies and authentic desserts, with each meal providing a unique culinary experience.


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 Hrvatsko Zagorje

After a buffet breakfast at the hotel,  we'll take you on a full-day tour of Hrvatsko Zagorje. First we'll visit the 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. After visiting the castle we will return to the hotel for lunch and then head to the town of Krapina, where we will 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 palaeontologist 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. Return to the hotel for dinner.


As an alternative to the full-day excursion, we recommend that you spend the day at the state-of-the-art "Aquae Vivae" in Krapinske Toplice, the largest indoor swimming pool complex in Croatia, or "Vodeni planet" ("Water Planet") at Terme Tuhelj.

Day 3

Trakošćan Castle

After breakfast check-out. If you have sometime left, we suggest that you visit 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 Erdoedy, a weapon collection dating back to the period between the 15th and 19th centuries and furniture. Before returning home you can take a stroll through the park and alongside the nearby lake.

What's included?

  • Stay at the Castle Gjalski 3-star hotel, 2 nights
  • 2 x breakfast
  • 2 x dinner at the castle restaurant (3 courses, glass of wine)
  • A full day tour of Hrvatsko Zagorje: transportation, English- or German-speaking tour escort, ticket to the Veliki Tabor castle
  • Tourist tax
  • VAT

What's not included?

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

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