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Visit: Trakošćan castle
Entrance: Paying upon arrival
Specialized guide: 100 €
Lunch: local cuisine, 30 €
Transfer to meeting point
Trakoscan was built in the late 13th century, found in northwestern Croatia with purpose for a defense system containing a small observational fortress for monitoring the road from Ptuj to Bednja Valley. According to legend, Trakoscan was named after the Thracian fortress (ARX Thacorum). Another preserved legend says, it is named after the knights Drachenstein who in the early Middle Ages, ruled the region.
Eventually the castle shared fate with it's neighbouring towns and estates and was divided through a changing of owners. In these divisions, Trakošćan a unique property at first belonged to warlord Jan Vitovac then to Ivanis Korvin who gave it to his deputy John Gyulay. The family kept the castle for three generations and became extinct in 1566 and the estate was taken over by the state. In the second half of the 18th century Trakoscan was abandoned. Beginning to deteriorate rapidly in the second half of the 19th century, the family becomes re-interested in the estate in the spirit of the new era romantic ideals of returning to nature and family traditions. In this spirit marshal Juraj V. Draskovic reinvests in the residential castle and the surrounding park was transformed into a romantic garden.
In 1954 a museum was established with a permanent exhibition. Today the castle is preserved and owned by the Republic of Croatia. It is a cultural heritage and protected as a historical entity, which consists of the castle, the building next to the castle, park and forest park with a lake. Overall this tour will give you insight into a rich past of culture and history with sightseeing pleasures of natural beauty.