7/13/2014

Trakošćan


Trakošćan is the castle located in the far north of the Zagorje (Croatian Highlands region), surrounded by a landscape of exceptional beauty. When we talk about the name "Trakošćan", this is how the story goes... It is thought that in the distant past the castle on the rocky peak of the hill looked amazingly like a dragon, and the name was formed from drako (draco-latin), and stayn (German-stein or stone).


The owners changed often in the first centuries of Trakošćan's existence, but afterwards for almost 400 years it was the property of the Croatian aristocratic Drašković family. The Trakošćan complex is currently owned by the Republic of Croatia, and is administered and managed by the museum institution Trakošćan Castle.


In the past, Trakošćan was a small fortress built at the end of the 13th century in response to fortification needs for control of the border and important routes in this region. It lost significance after the end of the Turkish Wars, and it was saved from complete ruin by its owners in the 19th century when was renovated in the Romantic style and turned into a residence.


Today, Trakošćan is a cultural estate, a protected historical site consisting of the castle, the buildings below the castle, the gardens, and the forested park with a lake. The castle is one of the rare historical structures in Croatia with preserved original material that is historically closely related to the architectual context and the loves of its owners.


Today it contains a museum with valuable collections of the paintings, furniture, weapons and the other objects that are permanently exhibited in the original rooms and present a view of aristocratic life through the history of Trakošćan and the Drašković family.


Even though Trakošćan is definitely the  most "popular" castle in Croatia (and there are more than 50 in general), (unfortunately) it is not crowded by the turists like the ones abroad (Austria, Germany, France...). Here in Croatia, people (and the Government) are still only mainly focused on our coast and not much money, time or effort in general is focused on the continental part of Croatia and its beauties. So, if you decide to visit Trakošćan, you'll be very pleased to know that you can really enjoy in peace and quiet of the castle and its lovely surroundings. Also, the prices are more than affordable (around 5 Euros for entering the castle) and the food in the nearby restaurant is really delicious. When we speak about the restaurant (and there is only one :/), the prices are a bit higher but still not like the ones on the coast, but there are other "problems"... very kind waitress doesn't speak English so if you would like something extra to be done with your meal, well... you won't get it (if there isn't someone who will give you a hand... like we did to the lovely Portuguese couple). Also, there are not many dishes offered but the ones they have on the menu are really delicious. If you are a vegeterian, I'm sorry to inform you but it is more likely that you'll be leaving hungry (there is some fish and pasta on the menu but not much). :)

I haven't visited Trakošćan since my primary school so despite the awful weather (it was constantly raining), we had the most amazing time. Regarding my outfit, I wanted to wear a very special dress that would look great on the pics with the castle and all that, but in the end, because of the rain and cold I'm happy to have chosen more comfy and sporty look.
Hope you'll enjoy this post and will visit this lovely castle that surely deserves to be on your "to visit" map. Kisses

Oversized denim shirt: Mango/ Bag: Lacoste/ Pants: H&M/ Sneakers: Nike Run 5,0 

For more information visit : http://www.trakoscan.hr/
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24 comments

  1. Dear, you are so pretty! Love so much the sporty look and location! The pink sneakers are love! I would like to visit your country one day! Xoxo

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  2. Joj, ovaj me post vratio u djetinjstvo, kao mala posjetila sam ga nebrojeno puta, a bome i kao velika ga nisam zaobilazila!
    Outfit divan, ove hlače su zakon, divno ti stoje, i te tenisice pašu kao budali šamar! Divno! Lajk!

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  3. Cara Ivana, è un posto stupendo di cui ne ignoravo l'esistenza e la storia. Se mai dovessi visitare la tua bellissima Croazia, mi piacerebbe tanto andarci, devi sapere che fin da piccola ho una grande passione per i castelli. Il tuo look è troppo carino, mi piace tutto e tu sei sempre molto bella! Ah, io sono vegetariana! Ma sono certa che riuscirei a trovare ugualmente qualcosa di buono :) Un bacio!:*

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  4. What a great location for your fotoshoot, i really like so old buildings.
    And i like your sporty outfit, with your new sneakers. Even the flower at the pictures fits your outfit. :)

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  5. Koji divan post i baš mi je bilo zanimljivo pročitati ga iako dosta podataka i sama znam. Ja sam taj dvorac posjetila u osnovnoj školi, ali vjerujem mi da ga se dobro sjećam i svakako bih ga voljela ponovno posjetiti, samo nešto mi se čini da se ovo ljeto neću baš naputovati.

    Vezano uz temu baš sam danas gledala dokumentarac o obitelji Drašković, jako zanimljivo. Kontinentalna Hrvatska ima puno toga za ponuditi i ja sam sretna što mogu reći da sam barem cijelu Hrvatsku obišla (zahvaljujući tome što mi je rodbina sa tatine strane baš razasuta) kad već po svijetu nisam baš putovala.

    Mislim da vlada ne ulaže u turizam nikako...i na moru su nekako ljudi sami sebi prepušteni, a vlada izbaci par reklama u stilu "gledaj sunca i mora", za što ljudi već znaju pa nema to ni potrebe reklamirati. O povijesti i kulturi ne znaju, a toga ima doslovno u svakoj županiji i to je ono što zaista treba reklamirati i promovirati, ne samo obalu, pa znaju ljudi valjda što je obala i što je more...kad god se nešto i napravi za turizam u unutrašnjosti, redovito to ljudi samoincijativno naprave i potrude se...a nije lako krenuti od ničega. No, što je to je...očito smo svi nekako sami sebi prepušteni. Meni roditelji iznamljuju jedan apartman na Hvaru (u sklopu obiteljske bakine kuće) i vjerujem mi da plaćaju najviši porez za A kategoriju iako nemamo ni struje ni vode...da ni struje ni vode, a i sve ceste u tom dijelu otoka ljudi su sami napravili i platili...a naknade i poticaji za solarnu energiju su mogući samo ako već imaš struju...zanimljiva logika naše vlade:)

    Ti izgledaš baš super...odlična kombinacija, a duga haljina može pričekati i drugi put;)

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  6. Baš ti je super ovaj post, informativan i zanimljiv :) I super mi izgledaš, taman savršeno opušteno za razgledavanje i odmor u prirodi, a opet u isto vrijeme i elegantno. Ma najbolja si! :)

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  7. Dear Ivana, this looks like a fairy tale castle! How wonderful that this castle isn't as crowdy and expensive than the castles which you also know we have here in Germany ... it must be so lovely there. More than lovely is your look: it's cool, it's stylish and I like it from head to toe. And still I'm so in love with your perfect pink sneakers! Wish you a happy start into the new week my dear friend.

    Kisses from Germany, Rena

    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  8. Voljela bih ovo posjetiti :) Iako bi haljina izgledala divno u ovoj atmosferi, i ovaj outfit je odlican. Mnogo mi se dopada kosulja! Prava steta sto su ovakve ljepote u drugom planu zbog primorja. Nadam se da ce se raditi nesto na njihovom "popularizovanju"! x

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  9. Odlično! Sviđa mi se spoj hlača i tenisica, super izgleda :)

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  10. Beautiful photos, you look great, I like your casual look here....
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  11. Stunning place anmd you look gorgeous in its surroundings too :)) xx

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  12. Questo posto è splendido Ivana... devo assolutamente visitare la Croazia!!!
    Bellissimo il tuo look, riesi ad esser sempre super stylish pur nella tua semplicità!!!!
    Happy new week darling!!!
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  13. Kakva uživancija :) Čim sam videla slike na IG znala sam da nam spremaš nešto zanimljivo ;) Moram priznati da nisam znala da Hrvatska ima toliko zamkova, nekako kao i većina je na prvu pomisao vezujem za more. Nadam se da ću imati prilike da posetim to mesto, deluje rajski zaista. Slažem se da bi se neka lepa haljina divno uklopila u ambijent ali mislim da je ta kombinacija pun pogodak, udobna a baš stylish ;) Čak se i patike slažu sa cvećem :) Divna si mi, divan tekst, slike, ma sve sve :) :***

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  14. Hello lovely, thank you for the sweet comment on my blog, I really appreciate it! :)

    Great post, you look gorgeous here!! I have a new post up, would love to know your thoughts:

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    xoxoxox

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  15. So so GORGEOUS! Great job on this post. Hope you have a nice day!



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  16. love those pants!
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    kiss

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  17. Ivana you look so stylish!!! The Cultural Estate looks exquisite, xoxo.

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  18. Joj Trakoscan! Sijecam ga se jos iz osnovne skole i to je nazalost bio i ostao za sad jedini put kad sam bila tamo. Sijecam se da sam se bila odusevila kad sam ga razgledavala sa 13 godina, pa sam sigurna da bi sad sa 26 jos vise uzivala u njemu. :)
    Jako lijep outfit za posjet dvorcu, udoban za pjesacenje i razgledavanje a opet super stylish :)
    P.S. Veeeeliki drool na tvoje tenisice!! :D

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  19. Wow I am impressed by the beauty of Trakoscan castle! I have been in several castles in Austria and Germany, but I have never actually been in Croatia (shame on me!), but if I ever get the opportunity to visit this beautiful country, I will definitely visit the castle as well!
    Anyways- I am so loving the paisley print on your pants- they are such a beautiful pair! You did a really great job in styling this outfit! :)

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  20. Amazing setting (I'm totally in love with historic buildings), wonderful pics and perfect look as usual, my dear Ivana :-) ...!! Both stylish & comfy sightseeing look - would wear it too <3 ... - Liebe Grüße aus Wien,

    Katja

    www.collectedbykatja.com

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  21. love the chicness of this outfit!
    xoxo

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  22. I'm loving the pop of pink from your sneakers, so lovely! Now following you.

    <3
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