Castle Trakošćan was built in the late 13th century as an observation fortress, in days when roads were watched and guarded by the contemporary ruler. The Castle is located in the north-west of Croatia and observes the road from the town Ptuj (now Slovenia) to the river valley of Bednja.
Several legends exist about how the Castle got its name, one legend tells about the knights of Drachenstein who ruled the region in the Middle ages and gave their name to the castle, another legend says that Trakošćan is named after an alleged Thracian fortress ‘Thacorom’; the Thracians were a group of Indo-European tribes that ruled in south-east Europe.
The Castle museum has valuable material from the Renaissance, consisting of collections of paintings, furniture, weapons and other items. These items are exhibited in their original setting and the museum gives a good view of aristocratic life through the history of Trakošćan and the Draskovic family.
months April – October 09.00 – 18.00
months November – March 09.00 – 16.00
Trakošćan 1, 42253 Bednja
telephone +385(0)42 796 281