Throughout its history, Croatia has been influenced by various empires. Greeks and Romans ruled here, the independent state of Venice ruled, and then the Austro-Hungarian Empire reigned. If you want to learn more about the history of the country, be sure to visit the magnificent castles of Croatia, with their myths and legends that can capture your imagination.
Croatia castles were mainly built during the Middle Ages or Renaissance. Some of them are turned into museums and are open to visitors.
This is the best-preserved castle in Croatia. It was built at the end of the 13th century, and in the 16th century, the Croatian count Draskovic became the owner. After the Ottoman danger decreased, the castle gradually collapsed. Fortunately, the owners decided to renovate the building in the 19th century due to the awakening of the interest in the national and family heritage. In addition to an extensive exhibition of weapons, the castle museum has a portrait gallery and an exhibition of old furniture.
The castle is located in the eastern part of the country in the small town of Nasice and is one of the most beautiful and well-preserved castles in Croatia. The castle was built in the neo-baroque style with a lake and a park, which give the building a special romantic glamor. It was built in the XIX century during the life of Count Peyachevich – an influential politician of those times. Today the castle is partially turned into a museum with interesting ethnographic collections and other exhibitions.
The medieval fortress towered on the banks of the Kupa River. In the XVIII century, it was redesigned into a castle and became home to the most famous noble families. Now the castle is an art museum. Among the castles of Croatia, Ozal is a stunning architectural gem.
The castle rises above the bay. It is one of the most prominent places in the city of Rijeka. Trsat is located on a hill 150 meters high. It is believed that it was built on the site of an ancient Illyrian and Roman fortress. There is a restaurant on the site. Its courtyard is used for cultural events such as theater and music concerts.
The medieval castle is located in the greenest area. It is a World Heritage Site built in the 15th century. Today it is the museum where culinary festivals and the famous festival of short films are held. A legend about the castle goes about a girl in love buried in the castle walls. It is alleged that she was killed on charges of witchcraft, and the hidden motive was that the owner of the castle did not want his son to marry this poor girl. They say that her voice is still heard in the castle.
Almost all the castles in Croatia are surrounded by forests and beautiful lakes, where you can relax after visiting the museums.