Included: tickets to the castle and the museum, transfer, guide, lunch, VAT
Just a half hour from the hustle and bustle of Croatia’s capital you can travel
500 years back in time! That’s in Zagorje, a hilly region filled with Medieval
and Renaissance fortresses and numerous Baroque castles, all blending into a
memorable, romantic landscape.
But before castles, you will step even more deeper in history by visiting The
new Krapina Neanderthal Museum, located next to famous site of the
prehistoric man. Some nine hundred human fossil bones were found in the
cave’s sandstone deposits, which were 8 meters high. This is the largest and
most abundant collection of Neanderthal people collected at a single locality.
The bones belong to the fossil remains of several dozen individuals, both
male and female, from 2 to 40 years of age.
After meeting our forebears, you will visit Trakošćan castle – 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.
Changing hands throughout centuries, it’s most notable owners were the
Drašković family, residing here for 200 years, before abandoning it right
when castles were being constructed all over Zagorje. Returning in the 19th
century, the family rehabilitated the castle as splendid residential premises set
amidst a romantic park. Today, Trakošćan features an impressive weapons
collection, an ethereal music salon, integral architecture and décor of its
noble times and innumerable picture-perfect moments throughout the estate.