Who doesn’t know Arthurian legends? Camelot’s charm and Excalibur’s symbolism are legendary. A story that although fictitious has made us dream, and continues to make us dream, young and old. But there is a place where this magic appears real and it’s somewhere else where you can imagine.
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The story behind Trakošćan
This castle dated 1334 is located 86 kilometers from Zagreb.
The family that had the castle erected soon became extinct and thus passed from hand to hand until it became the property of Ivan Gyulay. Whose responsibility for three generations until the extinction of the family in 1566.
Its new owner became Juraj Drašković who received the castle as a gift from King Maximilian for the services rendered.
The castle was abandoned after the end of the Second World War, falling into a state of neglect and ruin.
Taken in the hands of the Republic of Croatia, restoration work began to bring it back to its former glory and allow it to visit its rich interiors as a permanent collection of weapons, ceramics, everyday objects, etc…
Between magic and history
The Croatian hinterland of Zagorije is dotted with castles and fortresses, but this more than any other impresses with its magnificence.
In this enchanted place it’s impossible not to feel in a fairy tale, maybe just Camelot.
Immersed in a fairy forest, with a body of water below to form a romantic pond, this fortification stands in a strategic position. Its tall and mighty watchtower controlled the road that led to Ptuj towards the valley of the Bednja river.
Over time and because of the numerous Ottoman invasions, the castle changed its appearance with the passing of the ages until it reaches us as it’s today: developed on four levels.
The castle can be visited in winter (nov 1st-31st mar) 9-17 pm and in summer (1st apr-31st oct) 9-20 pm.
Children up to 7 years of age have free admission to the park and castle, while adults pay:
– 0,15 $ for the park
– 6 $ park + castle
– 3 $ park + castle (children up to 18 years)
Sweet dreams: Holiday House Mala Vila Iva it’s located at half an hour by car from the Trakošćan castle and is completely surrounded by nature. Its rustic and original style will provide you with a corner of peace and serenity even in the midst of a cultural holiday. You will have everything you need from essential services as well as TV and heating, but Wi-Fi is banned. ($ 79 per night).
Book here and get $ 37 off.
Delicious treats: In nearby Ptuj it is a mandatory stop at Gostišče Majolka. Typical restaurant that is found along unpopulated itineraries and where you eat what the locals eat. Abundant dishes, typical 80s atmosphere and cheap price. (Jurovci 1B Videm pri ptuju, Ptuj, Slovenia)
The following article refers to a journey made before to the Coronavirus emergency. It aims to be for information purposes only for the future. #istayathome