Veliki Tabor Castle

Hum Košnički, Croatia

Veliki Tabor is a castle and museum in northwest Croatia, dating from the middle of 15th century. The castle's present appearance dates back to the 16th century. Most of the castle was built by the Hungarian noble family of Ráttkay, in whose ownership it remained until 1793.

The oldest part of the fort centre is its central part, the pentagonal castle, whose stylistic characteristics belong to the Late Gothic period. The castle is surrounded by four semi-circular Renaissance towers connected by curtain walls and the walls of the northern entrance part. The fort centre is surrounded by the outer defence wall (the distance from the easternmost to the westernmost points being about 225 metres) with a farm office, a Renaissance bastion, two semi-circular guardhouses (northern and southern), and the quadrangular entrance tower (present only on the archaeological level) through which the access road ran.

In the Middle Ages, Veliki Tabor belonged to Hermann II, Count of Celje. His son Fridrik fell in love with Veronika, a girl from a poor family. Hermann refused to accept a minor noblewoman as his daughter-in-law. He accused her of witchcraft and had her drowned. Frederick's rebellion against Hermann ended with Frederick's imprisonment. Her body was walled up in Veliki Tabor. Veronika’s weeping can still be heard from the castle, according to some stories.

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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Croatia

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Tomislava Sabo Pavunić (3 months ago)
Nice castle,polite staff
Josip M. (4 months ago)
Beautiful restored medieval castle.
Vl Lo (6 months ago)
Amazing example of an medieval castle. Opening hours are time of allowed entrance, but after an entry castle is open for visitors for one more hour! As for impressions: nicely located, well preserved castle, sadly, stripped of most furniture and exhibits I saw on previous visits... Guided tours would much improve and "spice up" the experience... What I missed on this visit is a Story about it's historical context which is quite interesting... Why it is built as it is... Love story, local rebellion, architecture etc...
Mark Frisbæk (6 months ago)
Great experience! Unique architecture.
Igor Puhar (7 months ago)
A beautiful renaissance castle surrounded by picturesque nature of cultivated valleys, hills with old forests. There are many touristical points, restaurants and other rural turistic attractions in the proximity. The inside of the castle is restored and well preserved where you can find more about the history of the castle, legends and tales but also moder art exhibitions for a reasonable price of 3.5€. Definitely a place to visit if you find yourself nearby.
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