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Hrvatski dvorci
 
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Trakošćan
Trakošćan

Subname

Drašković Castle

Owner/User:

Republika Hrvatska

Century:

XIV.

Year:

1334.

Town:

Trakošćan

Municipality:

Bednja

County:

Varaždinska

Open for visitors:

Yes

Type:

Castle with a compact ground plan

Gardens:

Yes
Short Desciption
Of fall the ancestral homes of the Croatian Zagorje, Trakošćan is the best-known and the most frequently visited. We remember it for its owners, the Drašković family, alongside the Zrinskis the best-known Croatian feudal family. We see it as the incarnation of nineteenth-century Romanticism, as the perfect synthesis of nature and architecture. Even today the visitor still feels the enthusiasm Đuro Szabo felt half a century ago, in 1939, when he wrote: "... I do not know whether I felt happier in any of our parks than in that of Trakošćan. The first time I saw it, it enraptured me and the feeling is repeated whenever I go there. Here is a profound and eternal harmony between the park and lake, the stream of Bednja and the surrounding hills. The mythical castle is so unusual that I am sure that unhappy dreamer King Ludvig of Bavaria would sooner have found peace here than in his own Neuschwanstein, which lacks any spirit of the past".
Impressively placed on a conspicuous coneshaped hill, with a garden in the middle of wooded parkland, Trakošćan is a cultural monument of the highest category. Far away from towns, slightly isolated in the rolling country between Ravna gora, Macelj and Strahinščica, it has one of the most beautiful and best-maintained parks with a rich and varied vegetation, full of interesting views, panoramas and atmosphere. It is a cultural and historic monument that makes an indivisible whole with its lovely natural environment.
It is not known who built Trakošćan and when. It probably dates from the fourteenth century as a small fortification, part of the Zagorje defense system.  Of all Zagorje ancestral homes, Trakošćan managed best to preserve the spirit of a feudal seat and an aristocratic domain, and also the appearance of a great Zagorje castle of the Croatian peerage. At the end of the Second World War it was neglected and in bad repair, but undamaged and with most of its interior intact. Its last owner, Ivan Drašković X, moved to Austria with his family after the nationalization of Trakošćan in 1945. In 1953 the castle, grounds and forest park were proclaimed a monument of culture and nature, and the castle itself with its furnishings became a museum.
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