Tours in Croatia by Secret Dalmatia

Duration: half day

Difficulty: easy

Location: Zagorje

Available all year round

Castles of Croatia

Fairy tale castles, Baroque beauty and hearty food!

Just a half hour from the hustle and bustle of Zagreb, travel 500 years back in time! Step back into the illustrious past of Zagorje, the beautifully romantic region north of Zagreb. Private tour of Zagorje castles is an exceptional oportunity to explore the historic treasures of the area. Filled with medieval and Renaissance fortresses, Baroque estates and over fifty castles, this is one of the richest regions in the whole of Croatia! As you travel through a landscape of rolling hills, vineyard-lined slopes and castle-topped hillocks, explore the famous, atmospheric Trakoscan castle and the Baroque heartland of Croatia, the town of Varazdin and enjoy the opportunity for some off-the-radar continental culture transporting you into the heartfelt Croatia.

  • This tour is fully private and on request only.
  • Tour includes collection from your hotel or private accommodation in Zagreb region by our guide and professional English speaking chauffeur in a comfortable luxury sedan car or passenger van, entrance tickets and traditional lunch.
  • Also, an ideal en route experience on a transfer between Zagreb and Istria or Slovenia.
  • Bring your camera, comfortable shoes, hat and sunscreen in the summer months.
  • Please advise if you have any mobility issues so the tour can be adjusted accordingly.

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What you'll see on this tour

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.

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Distance to attraction


Trakošćan: 83 Km
Varaždin: 87 Km




The flavors of Varaždin

The culinary tradition is strong in Zagorje and the Austro-Hungarian influences immediately shine through. The famous buttery bread roll, klipić, is a favorite baked good throughout Croatia and has its roots in Varaždin. Zagorski  štrukli, the regional trademark recipe is a delicious cottage cheese filled pastry dish commonly eaten as a starter or a sweet version for dessert. The signature mains include turkey with flatbread noodles (mlinci), roast pork fillet stuffed with prunes in a cream sauce, slow-roasted game and veal stuffed with ham and cheese, all both decadent and hearty. To top it all off, Zagorje is gaining recognition for its intriguing white wines and ice wines that are very distinct to the region.


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Embarking on our “Castles of Croatia” tour is akin to stepping back 500 years in time, immersing yourself in the illustrious past of Zagorje, a region replete with medieval and Renaissance fortresses, Baroque estates, and over fifty castles. These castles and structures provide profound insights into Croatia’s historic treasures, narrating tales of aristocratic past and rural traditions that are integral to understanding Croatia’s vibrant history.

Our journey commences with Trakošćan Castle, arguably the most renowned of all the castles in Croatia. Its tale dates back to a small medieval observation fortress, which over centuries evolved into a noble residence, boasting an extensive collection of weaponry and authentically preserved décor. It stands as a testament to the grandeur of Croatian history.

Certainly, Trakošćan Castle holds an esteemed place in Croatia’s history, and it’s no wonder that it’s a prime feature of our tour. Surrounded by verdant forests and overlooking a picturesque lake, Trakošćan is an emblem of Croatian heritage. Its most notable owners, the Drašković family, were renowned pioneers of photography in Croatia, a fitting accomplishment given the castle’s breath-taking surroundings and mystical atmosphere. Today, Trakošćan houses an impressive collection of weapons and artifacts that offer a glimpse into the castle’s noble times and Croatia’s rich history.

Varaždin, fondly known as ‘Little Vienna,’ is the Baroque heartland of Croatia and a major highlight of our Castles in Croatia tour. A stroll through the old town of Varaždin is like walking through the pages of a history book, with its streets lined with palaces, monuments, and villines, showcasing Croatia’s distinct architectural prowess.

Varaždin also hosts the Old Castle, an ancient feudal fort that bears witness to the region’s historical upheavals. A visit to Varaždin, coupled with a delightful lunch of local specialties, offers a unique opportunity to savour the local culture, both historical and gastronomical, in an intimate setting.

Zagorje, known as the land of castles, hills, and hardworking people, is an important part of the political and social landscape of Croatia. This region encapsulates the quintessential charm of continental Croatia, marked by rolling hills, vineyard-lined slopes, and castle-topped hillocks.

During the tour, you’ll discover the stark contrast between the picturesque sceneries of the Zagorje hills and the remarkable architectural complexes, providing unique insights into this extraordinary region’s history. Furthermore, you can expect to try some regional trademark recipes like Zagorski štrukli, a delicious cottage cheese-filled pastry dish, and taste the distinct white wines of the region, another testament to Zagorje’s rich cultural and gastronomic history.

The culinary tradition of Zagorje offers a glimpse into the region’s Austro-Hungarian influences and is an integral part of the “Castles of Croatia” tour. You’ll have the opportunity to sample a variety of local specialties, including the famous buttery bread roll, klipić, and the traditional turkey with flatbread noodles (mlinci).

The region is also gaining recognition for its distinct white wines and ice wines, providing a perfect accompaniment to the local fare. Tasting these unique gastronomic delights, along with exploring the historical sites, allows a truly immersive experience into Croatian culture and history.

Our fully private “Castles of Croatia” tour is custom designed with your exclusive comfort and experience in mind. This means that the tour is not shared with other tourists. It’s just you, your group, and our professional English-speaking chauffeur, ensuring a personalized and intimate experience. We offer a door-to-door service, including collection from your hotel or private accommodation in the Zagreb region. We aim to provide a unique, bespoke experience that caters to your interests and needs, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the cultural and historical richness of Croatia.

We believe in inclusivity and strive to ensure that everyone can enjoy the rich history of Croatia’s castles. If you have mobility issues, we request you to advise us in advance so that we can adjust the tour accordingly. Our goal is to provide a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all participants, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to explore and appreciate the castles near Zagreb without any hindrance

Absolutely, our “Castles of Croatia” tour is designed with flexibility in mind and can seamlessly be incorporated as an en-route experience on a transfer between Zagreb and Istria or Slovenia. This option allows you to make the most of your travel time by including a captivating journey through Croatia’s rich history and stunning landscapes. It’s the perfect way to optimize your travel while indulging in the fascinating cultural heritage of Croatia.

Our main advice is to bring comfortable shoes for the walking portions of the tour, a hat and sunscreen for the summer months to protect from the sun, and of course, your camera. The architectural marvels of the castles in Croatia and the picturesque sceneries of the Zagorje region provide stunning photographic opportunities. Capturing these beautiful moments will allow you to relive the immersive experience long after the tour has concluded.

Our “Castles of Croatia” tour is a half-day excursion designed to maximize your experience without feeling rushed. We have categorized it as an ‘easy’ difficulty level tour, meaning it is accessible and enjoyable for people of all ages and fitness levels. Despite the ease of the tour, it promises a wealth of experiences, as it transports you through 500 years of Croatian history and culture. Our aim is to provide a relaxing, informative, and unforgettable journey through the castles of Croatia.