Trakoscan Castle (Dvor Trakoscan), Trakoscan

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Trakošćan Castle is a castle located in northern Croatia (in the Varaždin County) that dates back to the 13th century (although the first written mention of the toponym "Trakošćan" is dated to 1334).
It is open to visitors, but in need for repairs.
Trakošćan was built in the 13th century within Croatia's northwestern fortification system, as a rather small observation fortress for monitoring the road from Ptuj to Bednja Valley.
According to a legend, Trakošćan was named after another fortification (arx Thacorum) that was alleged to have stood in the same spot back in antiquity. Another source claims that it was named after the knights of Drachenstein who were in control of the region in early Middle Ages.
The toponym was first mentioned in written records in 1334. It is not known who its owners were in the first years of its existence. As of the end of the 14th century, it was owned by the Counts of Celje, who were in charge of the entire Zagorje County. The family soon became extinct, and Trakošćan shared the fate of their other burgs and estates that were divided and kept changing owners. In these divisions, Trakošćan was, as a whole, first owned by an army leader by the name of Jan Vitovac, then by Ivaniš Korvin, who gave it to his deputy warden Ivan Gyulay. The family kept the castle throughout three generations, and became extinct in 1566, after which the ownership was taken over by the state.
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  • According to legend, Trakošćan got its name from the Thracian fortress (arx Thacorum), which allegedly existed in ancient times. Another tradition says that it was named after the Drachenstein... 
    According to legend, Trakošćan got its name from the Thracian fortress (arx Thacorum), which allegedly existed in ancient times. Another tradition says that it was named after the Drachenstein...  more »
  • We walked ~800 m from Hotel Trakošćan, up and around the inclining pathway, to access the entry of the 1344 Castle for the 10 AM opening(40 kn each). It was a perfect 1 way, self guided tour climbing....  more
    We walked ~800 m from Hotel Trakošćan, up and around the inclining pathway, to access the entry of the 1344 Castle for the 10 AM opening(40 kn each). It was a perfect 1 way, self guided tour climbing....  more »
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  • Great place to visit. Castle Trakošćan is 13 century castle that is in great condition inside is a museum that have lots of historical items. For relaxation you can hike around the lake that is nearby the castle. It is nice location for full day visit.
  • Very beautiful touristic spot. The castle is like a museum with lots of exhibits. It's located on the top of the hill with nice view to the surrounding area, awesome lake and forest. It's not far from Zagreb and Varazdin. This is a great place, worth to visit. I recommend it to everyone. 😊👍👍👍

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