Trakošćan Castle is one of Croatia’s best preserved historical fortress residences. It is the most famous, the most photogenic of all Croatia’s castles.Sitting atop a hill above a pond, its white towers reflected in the water below, Trakošćan is as close to fairy tale as you can get in Croatia. It was built in the late 13th century and initially served as a small fortress and observation point.
The exact origin of its construction is unknown, but the first official mention dates to 1334. Not many of the castle’s original Romanesque features were retained when it was restored in neo-Gothic style in the mid-19th century; the 215-acre castle grounds were landscaped into a romantic English-style park with exotic trees and an artificial lake.