Castles & Villages of the Zagorje Region

Veliki Tabor Castle in the rollings hills of Zagorje county
Just a few miles northwest of Zagreb lies Zagorje, a bucolic hilly region dotted with Renaissance and medieval fortresses, numerous baroque castles, and family-run vineyards and farms. It's a memorable, romantic landscape that will take you back in time to a sense of both the aristocratic past and the rural traditional way of life that still exists in Croatia today. A quick day trip from Zagreb allows you to immerse yourself in this beautiful region.

First, find your way to Trakošćan Castle, an excellent example of one of a storybook locale, as it sits perched on a hill adjacent to a glassy lake. The castle, a historic landmark, was built in the 14th century as a defensive fortress but was later used as a home for aristocratic Croatian families. Enjoy exploring the castle grounds and interiors, including four floors that function as a museum with permanent exhibitions. 

Afterward, visit Veliki Tabor Castle, located just southwest of Trakošćan. This gothic-renaissance castle dates to the 16th century and sits atop a green hill overlooking the fertile countryside. It was originally built for a noble Hungarian family, its fortifications designed to defend against Turkish invaders. A tour of Veliki includes visits to the towers, guardhouses, inner courtyard, and a small museum featuring exhibitions of medieval artifacts like armor, weapons, and paintings. 

Apart from castles, explore nearby villages, like Kumrovec, where you'll find restored peasants' houses from the 19th century. These are great areas to browse local craft shops and enjoy traditional country cuisine like grilled lamb, meat skewers, and veal stuffed with cheese and ham. Kumrovec is most well-known for being the birthplace of Marshal Josip Broz Tito, the communist revolutionary who was President of Yugoslavia from 1953 to 1980.

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Itineraries with Castles & Villages of the Zagorje Region

Northern Dalmatia: Zagreb, Plitvice, Zadar, & Split - 7 Days

This week-long tour through Northern Dalmatia features Plitvice Lakes National Park and the historic coastal cities of  Zadar and Split. You'll begin in Zagreb, as well as spend a day touring the bucolic Zagorje region, before working your way through spectacular Plitvice Lakes. From here you'll carry on to Zadar, stopping to explore the maze-like medieval streets of Šibenik, and end your tour in the modern-ancient city of Split.

Hidden Gems of Croatia: Zagorje, Kvarner Gulf, & Pelješac Peninsula - 13 Days

On this 13-day tour of Croatia, you will explore some of the country's lesser-visited treasures, featuring the barren islands in the Kvarner Gulf and forgotten villages on the Pelješac peninsula. From Zagreb, you'll immerse yourself in the castle-laden hills of the Zagorje, then on to discover the Kvarner Islands of Rab, Goli Otok, and Pag. Once in historic Zadar, you'll sail amid the Kornati archipelago, trek karst landscapes in Paklenica National Park, visit the abandoned village of Nakovana and the fortressed town of Korčula, before ending your stay in medieval Dubrovnik.

Classic Croatia: Zagreb, Plitvice, Brač, & Dubrovnik - 13 Days

This 13-day tour blends culture and history with adventure and relaxation. Beginning in Zagreb, you'll venture toward the Dalmatian coast, passing through the bucolic landscape of the Zagorje and the stunning lake and waterfall park of Plitvice Lakes before you reach the historic coastal cities of Zadar and Split. Wander stunning scenery in Krka National Park, explore the island of Brač, tour narrow alleyways and medieval fortress walls in Dubrovnik, and cap off your tour with a day trip to nearby Montenegro.

Croatia Luxury Tour: Zagreb, Zadar, Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 15 Days

From the energetic capital city to the peaceful Konavle villages, explore Croatia's cities and Dalmatian coastline on this comprehensive luxury tour. Starting in Zagreb, you'll discover the stunning architecture and historic landmarks on a guided walking tour. Then head to the coast for a decadent spa treatment in Opatija and tour the travertine lakes at Plitvice Lakes National Park. You'll sample the country's best cheese on Pag, visit Lumbarda wine country on Korčula, and cap off your trip in the medieval city of Dubrovnik.

Best of Croatia: Zagreb, Rovinj, Plitvice, & Split - 11 Days

Spend 11 days exploring the best of Croatia's attractions from the charming capital of Zagreb and the castle-laden hills of Zagorje down to the ancient coastal city of Split and the nearby stuck-in-time Šolta Island. You'll venture across the romantic countryside of Istria to discover Roman ruins, Venetian-style architecture, and medieval hilltop towns before moving on to stroll the wooden boardwalks of the famous Plitvice Lakes National Park. The trip culminates with a tour along the Dalmatian coast to end in Split, stopping first to visit underrated Šibenik and trendy Zadar.