Trakoscan Castle & Krapina Neanderthal Museum – Private day tour from Zagreb
Join us on this private tour only 1 hour drive away from Zagreb and enjoy the beauty of a magical castle Trakošćan, the most beautiful and most preserved castle in Croatia together with the Krapina Neanderthal Musemum, the best European museum that is presenting Neanderthals and the history of people living 125 thousand years ago.
- All entrance fees included
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Excellent value for money
- Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
- Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
- Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
What You Can Expect
Krapina Neanderthal Museum
This private day tour starts with a morning departure at your accommodation in Zagreb. Just an hour drive away we will arrive to one of the most beautuful and most preserved castel in Croatia, castle Trakošćan. Find out which royal family lived there, sightseen the castle and take a walk around amazing lake and nature scenery next to the castle.
After Trakoscan we will depart to Krapina where we will visit Krapina Neanderthal Museum one of the most modern museums in Croatia and central Europe. Find out the interesting story about the life and culture of the Krapina Neanderthal, enjoy the many multimedia components and other contents, as well as very specific architecture. Marked paths connect the new museum with the Neanderthal excavation site on the Hušnjakovo hill.
After the museum you will get a chance to sit down in a traditional local restaurant (optional – lunch is not included in the price) where you will be served with local dishes and wine that are famous for this region of Croatia. You can expect to arrive back in Zagreb around 4pm.
* This tour can be customized to your interests and continue further to Maribor, Ljubljana, Bled, Graz, Vienna, Budapest or any place northen form Zagreb (on request, apply additional charges). Also, can be organized from any destination and concludes with drop-off back in Zagreb.
- Zagreb to Trakoscan transfer
- Trakoscan to Zagreb transfer
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- English-speaking driver/guide
- Admission ticket to the museum and tha castle
- Private tour
- Food & drinks
- Gratuities (optional)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A maximum of 8 people per booking
- Dress code is smart casual
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Discover Trakošćan – the most beautiful castle in Croatia
A little bit of history, some nature, lots of charm, a piece of fairy tale and a touch of magic… and all this just an hour or so away from the city of Zagreb… Discover and experience the Trakošćan Castle…
Trakošćan is one of the most attractive and most visited castles in Croatia, located on the hills of Croatian Zagorje, in the Varaždin County. This castle is worth a visit for its well-presented museum and attractive cultural and historical heritage. Moreover, a beautiful romantic gardens, built on the model of English parks, and a forest park with a large lake in front of the castle is something that should not be missed. For some recreation and nature enjoyments take a picturesque walk on an almost 5-kilometre long educational trail.
This castle represents one of the best examples of European feudal fortification systems. Trakošćan was built in the 13th century as a small observation fortress for monitoring the local roads. According to one legend, Trakošćan was named after a fortification that existed on the same spot. But another legend suggests that the castle was named after one of its first owners who controlled the region in early middle Ages, knight Drachenstein. During its long history, the castle was owned by numerous families but the most famous proprietor was Juraj Drašković. This renowned Croatian ruler and churchman came into possession of Trakošćan in 1584 and his family lived there until the second half of 18th century when castle was abandoned. Deserted, it started dilapidating rapidly and it wasn’t until the middle of the 19th century that Drašković family started to renovate it in the romanticist spirit of returning to nature and family traditions. They turned the castle into a residential manor-house and decorated the surrounding park with artificial lake. Drašković family lived in the castle just until 1944 when the castle was nationalised.
Today, Trakošćan embodies Museum with collections on permanent display since 1953. Of special significance are the knights’ room, the hunting room, the music salon and the study of painter Julijana Erdödy (first Croatian women that achieved the title of academic painter), along with smaller but not less important collections dispersed in various spaces in the castle. Special attention should be paid to the arms collection with specimens of firearms dating from 15th -19th century.
Each room holds priceless antique furniture and all rooms are adorned with personal items like family portraits, bibles and memorabilia. In every room, you can picture the time when it was more than just a part of a museum. Instead, you can clearly trace the lives and the routine that unfolded within these rooms.
Dive into the ancient times and fell a bit of history and magic… Trakošćan is waiting for you…