Being placed atop a small hill in northern Croatia, Trakošćan Castle looks like a fairytale castle, proudly peeking its spires.

It dates back to the 13 century as pat of fortification system and small observation fortress for monitoring the road from Ptuj, Slovenia.

According to a legend, Trakošćan was named after another fortification (arx Thacorum) that was built at the same spot back in antiquity. Another source claims that it was named after the knights of Drachenstein who were in control of the region in early Middle Ages.

IM00

The later owners were Counts of Celje, which the same time ruled with entire Zagorje County (my hometown region!) 🙂 then in some moment it was even given to Ivanis Korvin – King of Bosnia and illegitimate son of Matthias Korvin, King of Hungary. Oh tempora! 

Trakošćan 1

Later Habsburg Emperor Maximilian I gave it to croatian noble Juraj Draskovic, so finally as of 16th century, Trakoscan belongs to Draskovic family until the independence of Republic of Croatia from Yugoslavia, when the castle started to be owned by the Republic of Croatia with the permanent exhibition of the building.

Trakošćan 2
Blazon of the noble Drašković family

The museum features large artworkcollection from the Renaissance to historicism, with pieces ranging from paintings to furniture and small armory. There is also a set of dungeons below the castle.

Trakošćan 3

Trakošćan 5

Trakošćan 6

The castle is surrounded by the artificial lake and a forest with numerous paths to walk. Today, people are coming on a sunny day to have a picnic with a great view on a mighty castle.

24 Comments »

  1. Ein wirklich toller Hinweis, itunes, ganz, ganz vielen Dank.Natürlich kann man dort viele Sendungen als Podcast abonnieren. ABER EBEN NICHT DEN SCSHCBENWIHIEER!!!! Poste lieber keinen Tip, wenn Du nicht sicher bist, dass es auch geht!MIt dem Replay Media Catcher geht es auf jeden Fall, falls jemand hier nochmal so ein Problem hat und von Spezialisten genervt ist, die nur Quatsch erzählen (im Browsercache nachsehen, bei itunes abonnieren…).

    Like

  2. Interesting times! 🙂 I visited Croatia but I missed the chance to visit the castles. I’d love to do that next time. Are those armours for the knights of Drachenstein?

    Like

  3. This looks lovely! did you want to just jump into one of those suits of armour and run around pretending to be a Medieval Knight? Maybe that’s just me. Looks like a cool trip, thanks for sharing.

    Like

  4. Pretty portion of content. I just stumbled upon your weblog and in accession capital to say that I acquire in fact loved account your blog posts.
    Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feeds or even I fulfillment you get
    admission to constantly quickly.

    Like

  5. Have you ever considered about including a little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is important and all. Nevertheless think about if you added some great photos or video clips to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with images and clips, this website could undeniably be one of the best in its niche. Amazing blog!

    Like

  6. This design is incredible! You obviously know how to keep a reader amused. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Wonderful job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.