Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan), Trakoscan

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Trakošćan Castle is a castle located in northern Croatia (in the Varaždin County) that dates back to the 13th century (although the first written mention of the toponym "Trakošćan" is dated to 1334).
It is open to visitors, but in need for repairs.
Trakošćan was built in the 13th century within Croatia's northwestern fortification system, as a rather small observation fortress for monitoring the road from Ptuj to Bednja Valley.
According to a legend, Trakošćan was named after another fortification (arx Thacorum) that was alleged to have stood in 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.
The toponym was first mentioned in written records in 1334. It is not known who its owners were in the first years of its existence. As of the end of the 14th century, it was owned by the Counts of Celje, who were in charge of the entire Zagorje County. The family soon became extinct, and Trakošćan shared the fate of their other burgs and estates that were divided and kept changing owners. In these divisions, Trakošćan was, as a whole, first owned by an army leader by the name of Jan Vitovac, then by Ivaniš Korvin, who gave it to his deputy warden Ivan Gyulay. The family kept the castle throughout three generations, and became extinct in 1566, after which the ownership was taken over by the state.
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  • While you probably haven't heard of this castle much, it's a real gem that's worth visiting. It's amazingly well preserved, in a unique location, and tells an interesting story about a noble Croatian....  more »
  • A Castle without originality, except one wall art/coat of arms, it was original. There is nothing appealing or inviting about this castle. It is all about the history of the family who owned it and...  more »
  • Fantastic environment and castle with great history. Inside the castle there is very rich collection of various objects throughout different centuries. Very good choice for the whole family because there is an artificial lake below the building itself convenient for a walk. The choice of food within the sight is very basic though. The offer of the dishes is not complementing the meaning and cultural value of the venue.
  • A great choice for a daytrip. The castle is in great shape, the inside is interesting enough to get the ticket, and the scenery around it is great. You can park near it, observe it from the outside. There's a restroom nearby. Take a blanket and make a picnic, and after that take a stroll around the lake.
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