I’ve travelled all over the world, seen many famous landmarks and sights but recently I started to explore my country more and more and I really love it. Croatia is so diverse, every region is different and has a unique story to tell. So this is a story about Trakošćan, the most popular Croatian castle and how I ended up there and had one truly amazing weekend.
TRAKOŠĆAN – A FAIRY-TALE PLACE
My Instagram colleagues and I decided to organize our first international Instameet. Our idea was to gather instagramers, youtubers, bloggers, vloggers from Croatia but also from the neigbouring countries. We wanted to socialize, exchange knowledge and ideas, get inspired, talk about social media, our experiences and create new content. My colleague who is from the Varaždin region suggested having a base in Trakošćan. I visited Trakošćan castle many times, it’s really a beautiful place and I agreed right away. Although I’d been there before, this experience was new to me.
For our little group, we arranged a stay in a 4 star hotel Trakošćan just opposite the castle. The staff welcomed us very warmly and provided everything we needed for our Instameet. We had a conference room at our disposal, also the hotel terrace where we had our meet & greet with the tourist board and media. For relaxation, there were spa facilities (pool, sauna, massage…). I felt very comfortable and had a sense of full confidence in the hotel staff that they’d support us in any way we needed. It’s great to have such a service when you’re organizing an event.
Appetizing meal with the perfect view ❤👌🇭🇷 #CroatianInstameet #HotelTrakoscan It was such a marvelous memory being part of the first Croatian Instameet. 🙈😍 Thanks for everything to @putopis @croatia_instagram and @domagojsever for making this event so memorable!! ❤❤🇭🇷 Trying out the croatian cuisine was like suprisingly good! And having lunch with this view, and with these people is so unbeliveable! ❤👌🍷
Hotel Trakošćan is approximately one hour and 15 minutes of drive from Zagreb. It is situated in nature, just opposite the castle and, in autumn season, the colours of nature are incredible. We were fortunate enough to wake up to the wonderful view of the castle from our balcony. At night that same castle was “looking” at us, wrapped in autumn fog which created a really special atmosphere. It awoke a kind of a fairy-tale feeling to see it like that. That castle room view is definitely an equal match to a sea view room.
Photo credit: Domagoj Sever
My Instagram colleagues definitely recognized that special fairy-tale setting. They woke up before dawn to take advantage of it and to create some amazing photos and videos around the castle.
Trakošćan Castle was founded in the 13th century as a medieval castle. It often changed owners, all until 1569 when it was passed in hands of the Croatian noble family Drašković. That’s so interesting since one of the pioneers of Croatian photography was Count George VI Drašković – another proof that this was the perfect place for our Instameet. Nowadays, Trakošćan Castle is a museum. It has a permanent exhibition that presents the life of Croatian nobility throughout the history of Trakošćan and Drašković family. No wonder Count Drašković was the pioneer of photography. With all those beautiful surroundings of the castle there were plenty of motives for a great photography. That’s what we instagramers did, we went on a photo tour around the lake and the castle. Check out if am I wrong about the perfect photo setting 🙂 Besides our own photos, I’ve also posted the photos of my new instameet friends who, if you ask me, captured the spirit of Trakošćan perfectly. Hope you’ll like them as much as I do.
Photo credit: Putopis
'Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.' A.Camus 🍂🍃🍁🍃🍂 #croatianinstameet#volimvarazdin#hoteltrakoscan#trakošćan#trakoscan#croatia#croazia#croatie#kroatien#kroatia#meetup#instagram#ig_color#ig_travel#viagem#viaje#voyage#viaggio#travelbook#putopis#travelbookcroatia#travelblog#travelblogger#autumn#fall#leaves#🍂#nature#natureza#naturezaperfeita
The medieval Trakoščan castle in the Croatian Zagorje region. // Photo from the first international Instameet with @domagojsever, @putopis, @croatia_instagram @sanya_lt @igslovenia @mariojurina @zokus_gf @domacica.sanja @mashinthebeauty @click4chic @be_mesmerized @daviderdelyi @norbertlepsik @jasminkadja @antoniobronic #croatianinstameet #volimvaraždin #hoteltrakoščan #trakoščan #croatia #hrvatska #zagorje #varazdincounty
#CroatianInstameet in progress by the beautiful lake in Trakošćan. Make sure you check out tagged profiles in photo. You may discover your new favourite instagrammer 😉 #trakoscan #trakoscancastle #hoteltrakoscan #volimvarazdin #hrvatskozagorje #crostagram #croatia #hrvatska #克罗地亚 #Croatie #Kroatien #クロアチア #Хорватия #Croácia #Kroatia #크로아티아 Tag a friend in comments who would like to be in this place
So to answer the question in the headline of this blog post – should you visit Trakošćan? In my opinion, definitely yes. I would recommend Hotel Trakošćan as a perfect getaway place from the busy city life. It’s perfect for couples or families who just want to relax in wellness or enjoy beautiful nature. Combined with the Castle Trakošćan in the background, it is a magnificent vacation scene…..in any season of the year.
These are talented instagrames from our Instameet.
Be sure to visit their profiles, maybe they’ll inspire you with their great work 🙂
This trip was part of the International Croatian Instameet – Trakošćan and Varaždin.
All stated opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.