Castles and forts of Zagreb

Magnificent buildings, castles and fortifications of former cities, whether dormant or active, are a symbol of the past that hides the spirits of ancient times, customs and culture of the location inside and outside the walls. To enter the courtyards and premises of Zagreb castles means to enter the past of the Zagreb region. The Brezovica castle, located in the eponymous district, has had many owners since the 18th century – it was owned the longest by the Drašković family, during which time Brezovica flourished. Today, the castle is owned by the Zagreb Archdiocese. After a short period of nationalization, when the castle was turned into a gardening school, a disco club and a restaurant, it was returned to the Archdiocese and has since been left to decay. A similar fate befell the former Susedgrad burg, located on a hill above Podsused. A beautifully landscaped park leads to the castle, of which today only overgrown ruins remain, but it is still interesting if you want to take a light walk and a visit the grave of a 9th century warrior. Zagreb has as many as three old burgs in its vicinity. Along with Susedgrad, there are also Zelingrad and Medvedgrad. The latter is the most famous because it has been renovated and it is open to visitors. The best view of Zagreb can be seen from Medvedgrad, which was built in the 13th century and is one of the largest Croatian aristocratic cities ruled by more than 150 lords throughout the history. A visitor center will also be opened soon. Tourists love this location due to the abundance of greenery, rich nature, numerous surrounding hiking trails and frequent events that often evoke mystical stories about the invincible Medvedgrad, but also the lifestyle of medieval people or the ecosystem of Medvednica. Kulmer Palace, an architectural complex at the foot of Sljeme in the settlement of Šestine, which is still the only preserved and arranged castle in Zagreb, is privately owned, so no visitors are allowed.

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