Up by the Slovenian border, and perched on a small hill fronted by a picture-perfect lake, Trakoščan Castle is a 19th-century neo-Gothic version of the medieval original, complete with turrets, a drawbridge and a landscaped park. The living quarters of its last owners, Count Drašković and his family, are open as a museum, with furniture from different periods (baroque, rococo and Biedemeier), a series of family portraits and antique weapons dating as far back as the 15th century. Check out this incredible video of the castle covered in snow, produced by Dario Bajurin.
Belgium's famous 'Pis statue' dressed in traditional Croatian folk costume to celebrate independence
Belgium's famous 'Mannekin Pis statue' - a bronze mannequin of a boy urinating into a fountain - has been dressed up in traditional Slavonian folk garb to celebrate 25 years of the country's independence. Perhaps the strangest birthday present gifted to Croatia during its celebration, the initiative came from Croatian MEP Dubravka Suica. 'I believe Croatia’s national costume suits Manneken Pis very well, today he is a little less ‘Bruxellois’ and a little more Croat, but in any case he is European', said Marc Guebel, deputy chairman of the Friends of Manneken Pis Committee. A photo posted by Aris Setya (@aris.setya) on Jan 15, 2017 at 11:57pm PST A video posted by Lars (@lars.sponsored) on Jan 15, 2017 at 1:27pm PST
The ancient maritime city of Dubrovnik woke up to a rare blanket of snow on Wednesday morning - and the results were beautiful. Local drone enthusiast Sime Fabris, from graphic agency 2thesign, caught the action from above, with incredible aerial footage of Dubrovnik under a thick layer of white snow. In case you missed it, here's 21 amazing pictures of Dubrovnik in the snow. RECOMMENDED: read our guide to Dubrovnik.
The world's biggest airline Emirates have announced plans to launch year-round flights between Dubai and Zagreb, say EX-YU Aviation. The Dubai – Zagreb route will provide a daily service, starting on 1 June 2017. A Boeing 777-300 aircraft will carry 364 passengers, including 12 first class and 42 business class seats. Passengers from Zagreb will have the option to travel onward from Dubai to Shanghai, Beijing, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Melbourne, Maldives, Seychelles and Sri Lanka, the air carrier noted. The route opens up connections to Croatian passengers to over 150 destinations in six continents via Dubai, but EX-YU Aviation says the focus is on connecting passengers to and from Australia and Asia.
Croatia has been experiencing a chilly bout of weather recently. Unusually, residents in the sea-facing Dubrovnik woke up to find their city covered in a blanket of snow this morning. Temperatures dropped to minus five degrees overnight, as the snow fell continuously. The last time it snowed in Dubrovnik was eight years ago. The snow has resulted in some incredible photos of this picturesque town. Here's our pick of the best. RECOMMENDED: Our guide to Croatia in winter. A photo posted by Croatia Full Of life (@croatiafulloflife) on Jan 10, 2017 at 10:34pm PST A photo posted by Dubrovnik On My Mind (@dubrovnikonmymind) on Jan 11, 2017 at 3:03am PST A photo posted by Hakan Tellioğlu (@hakantellioglu) on Jan 9, 2017 at 8:44am PST A photo posted by Dubrovnik Em Português (@dubrovnik_em_portugues) on Jan 11, 2017 at 6:17am PST A photo posted by Pauline Bontemps (@poppydou) on Jan 11, 2017 at 5:44am PST A photo posted by Nea Gverović💭 (@neagverovic) on Jan 11, 2017 at 12:30am PST A photo posted by ExperienceDubrovnik (@experiencedubrovnik) on Jan 11, 2017 at 5:47am PST A photo posted by 2thesign (@2thesign) on Jan 11, 2017 at 2:50am PST A photo posted by Marija Gaura (@gauramar) on Jan 11, 2017 at 7:18am PST A photo posted by Marija Gaura (@gauramar) on Jan 11, 2017 at 7:19am PST
British singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka has been confirmed as a headliner for INmusic 2017. Delicately soulful Kiwanuka, most definitely in hock to Bill Withers and Al Green, topped the BBC's Sound of 2012 list and picked up a Mercury nomination for his debut album. One of the most popular rock festivals in the region, INmusic has put Zagreb definitively on the music map. Each year organisers coax the best modern rock bands, cult heroes and world musicians to Lake Jarun, a beautiful venue on the outskirts of the capital. Michael Kiwanuka joins Arcade Fire and Alt-J as confirmed acts for 2017. The full-line up is yet to be announced, but previous years have included a great crop of headliners, including PJ Harvey, Florence + The Machine, Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, Placebo and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Early bird tickets are between €27-€40, ensuring InMusic remains one of the best-value events in Europe. Tickets are available here.
Croatia goes crazy for Christmas. Just take a look at our festive gallery to see what we're talking about. A photo posted by Yuya Matsuo (@esejapan) on Dec 20, 2016 at 11:19am PST A photo posted by festina lente 🇭🇷 (@linear_14) on Dec 20, 2016 at 3:09pm PST A photo posted by stjepan_spoljo (@spoljaric98) on Dec 11, 2016 at 10:20am PST A photo posted by Croatia Excursions (@croatiaexcursions) on Dec 21, 2016 at 12:28am PST A photo posted by Sara Mijailovic (@sara.mijailovic) on Dec 7, 2016 at 11:07am PST A photo posted by Anton 🐾 & Suzana 👩 (@laufperle.anton) on Dec 20, 2016 at 12:19pm PST A photo posted by Love Croatia (@volimhrvatsku) on Dec 4, 2016 at 10:09am PST A photo posted by Antonija© (@red_head_fairy) on Dec 20, 2016 at 5:21am PST A photo posted by Petra Buric (@petraburic) on Dec 20, 2016 at 7:13am PST A photo posted by Ivana Miric (@ivana_0302_) on Dec 18, 2016 at 11:03am PST A photo posted by The World Is Beautiful 🌸 (@itsabeautifulw0rld) on Dec 7, 2016 at 2:13pm PST A photo posted by Sab (@sab08x) on Dec 13, 2016 at 7:52am PST A photo posted by @croatiawithlove on Dec 20, 2016 at 11:46am PST A photo posted by ° Jelena ° (@relenaj) on Dec 19, 2016 at 1:16pm PST
Korčula, one of Croatia's most populous - and most beautiful - islands, is an idyllic holiday destination. If you're not convinced, this incredible video, which mimics a helicopter ride over the island, should win you over. Watch the video, shot by Jadranko Silic, with additional cinematography and editing done by Christian Kennedy and Julian Robins, below.
When it comes to Christmas markets, Zagreb's Advent Festival puts on an award-winning show. The entire city becomes ablaze with twinkly lights and little wooden-roofed huts, with a decent programme of music and entertainment to match. It's Christmas card-perfect: have a look at our Instagram gallery to see what we're talking about. A photo posted by Croatia | #crostagram 🇭🇷 (@croatia_instagram) on Dec 19, 2016 at 8:30am PST A photo posted by @obavezno on Dec 20, 2016 at 3:21am PST A photo posted by Croatia Full Of life (@croatiafulloflife) on Dec 19, 2016 at 1:15am PST A photo posted by Croatia Full Of life (@croatiafulloflife) on Dec 16, 2016 at 9:25am PST A photo posted by Croatia Full Of life (@croatiafulloflife) on Dec 16, 2016 at 9:30am PST A photo posted by Travel, adventure & music 📷 (@julienduvalphoto) on Dec 20, 2016 at 1:29am PST A photo posted by Iva Š. (@iwaiva) on Dec 19, 2016 at 11:05am PST A photo posted by Hrvoje Joe Topic (@hrvojejoetopic) on Dec 5, 2016 at 10:51am PST A photo posted by Zagreb Advent (@adventinzagreb) on Nov 24, 2016 at 2:25pm PST A photo posted by Travel, adventure & music 📷 (@julienduvalphoto) on Dec 12, 2016 at 12:37am PST A photo posted by Lt.Columbo (@dragutin_andric) on Nov 27, 2016 at 7:50am PST
The internet continued to take over our lives this year, and we turned to Google with our every query. Each year, the search-engine-cum-super-power reveals the terms most frequently searched - giving us a pretty good (and slightly alarming) idea of what the world's been thinking about. So, what's been on Croatia's mind? Along with the rest of the world, Croats were driven to distraction by Pokemon Go, the interactive smart phone game that had millions of players chasing virtual Pokemon characters in real-life streets, leading to a lot of passerby confusion and the occasional serious injury. It might come as surprise to those that have never heard of it, but Slither.io - an online game involving a hungry snake-like creature - also made both the world's and Croatia's top tens. Big Brother, the reality TV show that, in many countries, has long been hiding in the depths of oblivion, was Croatia's fourth most searched-for topic. Fourth. Donald Trump, meanwhile is nowhere to be seen. The US president-elect did make it into the world top ten though, along with other names that made the headlines in 2016 - David Bowie and Prince. But who cares about American politics and celebrity deaths when there are games to be played? Topping Croatia's most searched-for-terms list was its favourite game of all: football. Here are the lists in full: TOP 10 Google Searches in Croatia 1. Euro 20162. Pokemon Go3. Agario4. Big Brother5. Slither.io6. Rio 20167. State Electoral Commission of t