Experience both the aristocratic past and the rural traditions of a region which envelops the Croatian capital. The land of castles, the land of hills and the land of hardworking people, Zagorje has always taken on an important role in the political and social realities of Croatia.
The most famous of all Zagorje castles, Trakošćan was originally a small medieval observation fortress (burg) until it was turned into a castle for noble families. Surrounded by verdant forests and perched high above the lake in a picture-perfect setting, Trakošćan was always an object of desire. Its most notable owners, the Drašković family, were known as the pioneers of photography in Croatia – and given the beauty and the mystical atmosphere of Trakošćan, it’s no surprise! Remarkably preserved, Trakošćan today features an impressive weapons collection plus authentic décor of its noble times.
Continue down a baroque and rococo lane to the lovely Varaždin where stunning streets lined with palaces, monuments and villas earn this charming city the nickname of 'Little Vienna'. The stroll through its Old Town stops by the Old Castle, an old feudal fort and the highlight of our visit. Round off your experience with a delicious and hearty lunch of local specialties, an opportunity to try the wines of the region in a local tavern.
Contrasting the picturesque sceneries of Zagorje hills and their rural feel with remarkable architectural complexes of Trakošćan castle and Varaždin town, this tour is a unique insight into the rich history of this extraordinary region, a great foundation for its rising present-day allure.