In this tour we are going to visit some of the most interesting castles in Croatia: Trakoscan castle of Drašković family in Zagorje region; ruins of Vinica castle of Bombelles family, located in the biggest and the most beautiful arboretum in Croatia – Arboretum Opeka. And finally last but not least – the Old Town castle of Erdody family in Varazdin. All of them hold a special significance and have lots of stories and legends. They are situated within a comfortable daytour from Zagreb. It is said that the Zagorje region has the largest concentration of castles in Europe when considering the size of the region (over 50 castles). The region is a beautiful lush green area, relaxing, with lots of trees and hills, with intense green color in spring and summer.


Additional information

Duration8-9 hours
Activity levelModerate
LocationNorthern Croatia
DatesAll year round
START/RETURN LOCATIONThe lobby of your hotel.
NUMBER OF PEOPLEUp to 7 people. Uppn request it can be organized for larger group too.
INCLUDED– hotel pick up; transfer; private driver; private tour guide; hotel drop off; – organization
NOT INCLUDEDAdmission fees (approx. 10 euros per person), Meal (a la carte, between 10 – 20 euros per person)
Pricing55 euros per person for minimum of 6 persons, or base cost of 320 euros.
The Northern Croatian Castles tour starts from where you are staying in Zagreb. Our guide will meet you in the loby of your hotel. From there, you will depart towards the Northern Croatia, the beautiful Zagorje region.
The first stop of this tour is Trakoscan castle, which is the most representative castle in Croatia. It is also one of the few that managed to preserve its interior as it was during the last renovation by its original owner – the Drašković family. The castle itself is from the 14th century, one of the oldest ones in Croatia. Since that time it managed to preserve a lot of its original look. It was renovated in the 19th century, which was one of the first renovation procedure of such calibre in Croatia. The renovation is done in a German renaissance style, reminding to a degree of some popular European castles. It is situated amidst the mountainous hills and a beautiful lake.
After that we go to see Vinica castle, built in the 19th century by the Bombelles family. Interestingly the same family made a huge park around it, which is now one of the biggest of the three arboretums in Croatia. The castle is a half-ruin now, but an enchanting place to see. The arboretum itself hosts some marvellous trees as well as a rare 19th century pool.
The third castle that we will see will be the Old Town castle in Varazdin, made by a powerful Erdody family, who came to Croatia from Hungary. The castle is said to have been built in the 13th century, but its present look is from the renovation done in the 16th century. Inside is a museum with furniture and various items that belonged to the aristocratic family of Erdody. Optional lunch and walk through Varazdin, to get a feel of the old capital of Croatia.
Seeing Varazdin and the last castle, we go back to Zagreb. Arrival time is predicted by the early evening hours.

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