- Free Pick-up and drop off at your accommodation
- Private Air conditioned transportation by car or minivan
- Private English speaking licensed tour guide
- Wi-Fi during the tour
- Visit Trakošćan castle
- Visit Tabor Castle
- Visit Varaždin city
- Licensed tourist guide
- Easy cancellation
- Duration 8 hours
- Start/end of tour in Zagreb, Varaždin, Maribor
- Coffee break
- Wine tasting at local winery
- Traditional lunch at a local restaurant
- castles and museums entrance fees
Zagorje castles day tour from Zagreb
After a meeting at your accommodation we will take a Day tour to the Tabor castle which is 45 minutes away from Zagreb. Veliki Tabor fortress is the best preserved medieval castle in Croatia and it is famous for the Veronica of Desinić Legend. The peasant girl, accused for his love for the noble man, was killed for her sin – and her sin was love.
Next location is Trakoscan castle and lake sightseeing. You will walk inside the castle and hearing stories about Trakošćan castle history and original furnishing from the 18th and 19th century. After the castle you will have opportunity to enjoy natural surroundings during a coffee break on the lake surrounding the castle. The park is actually an English type of gardens where the park becomes a part of the nature surrounding it.
Baroque Varaždin city tour with its medieval walls and castles. It is unique place where you can feel spirit of history time. Varaždin was, for a while, the capital of Croatia. And it definitely deserved the title. The old noble palace, beautiful little squares are perfect for a walk. There are two more sights that you shouldn’t miss. The Varaždin Old City which is actually a city museum and the Varaždin cemetery – named one of the most beautiful in Europe.
After Varaždin city tour finish in Zagreb with 1 hour drive that takes you back to your accommodation.
Prices for fully private Croatian castles day tour
* babies and children: Free
* 10 % discount for a half day tour
NOTICE: For large tour groups please send us request by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Most popular Croatia castles near Zagreb
Croatian hinterland Zagorje region near Zagreb, so called “a fairy tale at hand”, is stuffed with many medieval castles and fortifications. Most popular one is Castle Trakoscan, which takes you back in time to the romantic castle . Architecture, beautiful nature and serenity will make you think we own a time machine that has taken you all the way back to the noble Croatian past.
If you join the tour and find out why noble people from all around Europe choose Hrvatsko zagorje to built their summer residences and spectacular castles and to enjoy unique scenery.
This castle is situated in a quite deserted part of Hrvatsko Zagorje in the middle of a forest and in vicinity of mountains. The castle itself (it’s a Schloss in German, or a chateaux in French) was built in the middle of the middle ages (around 13th century if I remember correctly), but was made into what’s today in the late 19th century as a part of the romantic movement. The interior is made up of original and indigenous furniture and other items spanning eras from the middle ages to 19th century. There’s quite a big armory in the castle with a very nice collection of melee and gunpowder weapons spanning the same eras as the castle itself. The castle was owned by the powerful family the Drašković. There’s a very nice lake and walking trail surrounding the castle creating a superb landscape. There are some hiking trails in the vicinity also. The entrance fee is quite small. There’s some food available for purchase in the pontoon restaurant on the lake.
Trakošćan Castle – the moment your eyes see the white walls and towers surrounding the castle you will think that you are a part of a true fairytale and you will anxiously climb up to the castle entrance. It is still a mystery how it got its name – was it a Thracian fortress named Arx Trachorum or was it the ownership of the Drachstein knights. Today it is a museum containing original castle furniture and armory collection.
Castle Veliki Tabor
Veliki Tabor is one of the best preserved medieval and renaissance fortified towns in Croatian mainland. The architectural forms, techniques and methods of construction prove that Veliki Tabor originates from the 15th century. It is not clear whether the Counts of Celje built Veliki Tabor, but it is known that they possessed it in the mid-15th century. Family Rattkay built a part of the castle during the 16th century and it remained in their possession until 1793.g. There are many legends associated with the castle and the most popular are those related to Veronica Desinic.
Old city Varaždin
The most important thing to see in the city is the Old city Varaždin. It is located in the northwestern part of the cities core. Today it is a museum of the city of Varaždin. The fortress was built in the 12th century and it is believed that it was a base for Varaždin counts. Later in the 14th century it was given to the Celjski family who redecorate it in a gothic style. In the 16th century it was changed the most by gaining the renaissance fortification around the city. At that time it became a ‘’wasserburg’’ or better to say a fortress surrounded by a ditch containing water. At the end it was given to the Erdody family which made some baroque adjustments.
Zagorje castles tour from Zagreb