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Trakoscan Castle

Trakoscan Castle

Trakošćan

The Basics

This grand Gothic fortress dates back to the 13th century, but much of its current appearance is owed to mid-19th century restorations. Owned by the Draškovi? family until 1944, the castle is now the property of the state, reopening in 1950 as a museum. Impeccably restored with period-style decor, the castle's three floors display a mix of neo-Renaissance, Gothic, and baroque designs, featuring many original furnishings and artworks amassed by the Draškovi?s over the years. Other highlights include the castle's eerie underground dungeons, a vast collection of 15th- to 19th-century weaponry, and painter Julijana Erdödy's study.

A scenic path around a tree-lined lake on the castle grounds is a popular option for walking and picnicking. The castle’s proximity to Zagreb makes it a popular day trip from the capital. Organized tours generally feature a guided overview of the castle and gardens, often combined with a visit to the nearby baroque city of Varaždin.

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Varazdin Baroque Town and Trakoscan Castle - Small Group Day Trip from Zagreb
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Varazdin Baroque Town and Trakoscan Castle - Small Group Day Trip from Zagreb
$103.40 per adult
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Fantastic Experience
Excellent day trip, highly worth it!! Our guide Maja was excellent. Great knowledge and very personable, she made this a great experience.
Mark_K, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Central Croatia

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Highly recommended
David_L, Jul 2021
Varazdin Baroque Town and Trakoscan Castle - Small Group Day Trip from Zagreb
Today’s tour was one of the most enjoyable during my 26 international trips since 2017. Luka is very knowlegeable of Croatian history & pleasantly engaging.
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Solo
Randall_B, Jun 2021
Varazdin Baroque Town and Trakoscan Castle - Small Group Day Trip from Zagreb
I was the only person on the tour. They still went and it was superb. Good initial intro to Croatia.
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Wonderful Day a Small Historical Country Town.
Van_R, Sep 2021
Baroque Varaždin and Trakošćan Castle Private Tour
We really enjoyed going out of Zagreb for a different experience. The beautiful small old town of Varazdin was picture perfect with interesting history, vintage buildings, castle, and shops. It was like something out of an 1800s story book. It was nice driving through the countryside and small towns to Trakoscan Castle which was also picture perfect in a very nice wooded setting. Our driver Karlo was the best--very friendly, flexible and full of history and other relative local information. We were very pleased we had chosen this trip.
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Baroque Experience
Barbara_S, Oct 2020
Varazdin Baroque Town and Trakoscan Castle - Small Group Day Trip from Zagreb
Wonderful day touring with Maja. We explored the town's and castles to our hearts content! Lovely lunch too!
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Great trip
M1Fothers, Nov 2019
Varazdin Baroque Town and Trakoscan Castle - Small Group Day Trip from Zagreb
Really like these small number trips. Also guide (Luka) very engaged and helpful. Both locations information was very informative and timing of the trip good.
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Varazdin and Trakoscan - review
Graham_K, Oct 2019
Varazdin Baroque Town and Trakoscan Castle - Small Group Day Trip from Zagreb
I was the only participant with Luka as guide. This tour was the third I had unknowingly booked from the same company - Petros - and they were all excellent! Great tours with great guides, and this one was no exception.
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Amazing town and castle
William_M, Jun 2019
Varazdin Baroque Town and Trakoscan Castle - Small Group Day Trip from Zagreb
There is so much to do around Zagreb. This is one of them. See the old town Varazdin and it's castle. It is a pretty place. Then go to Trakoscan castle. What a castle too. There is so much to see and learn about in this whole tour. Luca the guide is a great guy. Very knowledgeable and personable. I highly recommend this tour if you are in Zagreb.
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Great day out
Russell_S, Jun 2019
Varazdin Baroque Town and Trakoscan Castle - Small Group Day Trip from Zagreb
Luka was an excellent guide who willingly shared his knowledge and sense of humour to make our day memorable. Timely pickup from Hotel Astoria in Zagreb.
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Lovely town loads of charm
Robert_R, Jun 2019
Varazdin Baroque Town and Trakoscan Castle - Small Group Day Trip from Zagreb
Great day out lovely scenery on the drive had used the guide the previous Thursday so knew he was great. Could have done without the cemetery in the 90 degree heat . Castle picturesque but only for physically fit ...climb
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Tour with an outstanding tour guide
YRMSS, Jun 2019
Varazdin Baroque Town and Trakoscan Castle - Small Group Day Trip from Zagreb
The sites themselves (Varazdin and Trakoscan) were just ok. But the tour guide, Luka was wonderful. He spoke excellent English (and actually had dry humor - something rare in a non-native speaker), and imparted to us lots of information about the Croatian history and other tidbits about Zagreb. In that sense, we thoroughly enjoyed the tour, and would love to go on a different tour with him someday.
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excellent tour although not as spoken about on media
Hema_R, May 2019
Varazdin Baroque Town and Trakoscan Castle - Small Group Day Trip from Zagreb
we had a wonderful tour. The guide was cheerful, as well as efficient . He has a wonderful sense of humour . We could interact , compare and contrast histories, cultures and traditions with him. This tour is a must do especially with PETROS TOURS Zagreb.
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Varazdin and Trakoscan Castle- a Magical Experiencei
bonniebaltimore, Jul 2018
Varazdin Baroque Town and Trakoscan Castle - Small Group Day Trip from Zagreb
I went in the trip on the recommendation of a friend from Zagreb. It was fantastic! The town is so perfect and not touristy at all. The castle was like something out of a storybook. Our guide- Goren-was knowledge, thorough and incredibly interesting. Go on this trip!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A restaurant is located near the parking lot and lake, though the menu is limited.
  • Children age 7 and under are free.
  • Free audio guides are available to learn about the castle’s history and exhibits.
  • Photography is not allowed inside the castle.
  • The road from the parking lot to the castle entrance is unpaved and not wheelchair accessible.
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How to Get There

Trakoš?an Castle is located in Zagorje, just an hour north of Zagreb near the Slovenian border. A parking lot is available on the grounds but requires an uphill walk to the castle. Horse-and-carriage rides are sometimes available to reach the entrance. Most guided tours from the capital include transportation, with small-group and private options available.

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When to Get There

The castle is open daily, with extended evening hours between April and October.

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Wildcard

Croatia’s Best Castles From romantic storybook palaces like Trakoš?an to imposing stone fortresses still standing from the Middle Ages, Croatia boasts castles across a range of eras and styles waiting to be explored. Nearby, the Gothic Renaissance Varaždin Castle is home to the town’s history museum with many artifacts, while Veliki Tabor castle in Zagorje is steeped in legends and surrounded by pristine forestland. All three castles could technically be visited in a full-day trip from Zagreb.

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