20 iconic castles in Croatia

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Croatia's castles are a rich part of the country's visual attractions and vary greatly in size, style and level of preservation. Sometimes sitting isolated on hilltops, built on small mountains or strategically placed next to a river or shoreline, they offer an insight into the tumultuous history of the country and region, which has been impacted over centuries by occupying forces from Italy, Austro-Hungarians and the Ottomans. See our favourites in this Instagram gallery.

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Trakošćan Castle, Varaždin County

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Pejačević Castle, Virovitica

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Veliki Tabor, Zagorje

Ozalj Castle, Ozalj

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Castle Mailath, Osijek-Baranja County

Đurđevac Castle, Đurđevac

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Oršić Castle, Gornja Stubica

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Januševec Castle, Zagreb county

Erdody Castle, Kerestinec

Krašić Castle, Zagreb county

Lukavec Castle, Velika Gorica

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Lužnica Castle (Castle Rauch), Zaprešić

Trsat Castle, Rijeka

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St. Michael Fortress, Šibenik

St. Nicholas Fortress, Šibenik

Nehaj Castle, Senj

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The Frankopan Castle of Novigrad na Dobri, Duga Resa county

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Bosiljevo Castle, Karlovac county

Castle Old Sušica, Gorski Kotar region

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Drivenik Castle, Crikvenica and Novi Vinodolski hinterland

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