The most fairytale-like castles in Croatia

Some of the prettiest castles in Southern Europe can be found in Croatia

Hilleprand von Prandau-Mailáth Castle, Donji Miholjac
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© zhrmkuHilleprand von Prandau-Mailáth Castle, Donji Miholjac
Feštetić Castle, Pribislavec
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© mapio.netFeštetić Castle, Pribislavec
Nova Kraljevica Castle, Kraljevica
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© RiječanINNova Kraljevica Castle, Kraljevica
Veliki Tabor, Desinić
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© Miroslav VajdićVeliki Tabor, Desinić
Stara Sušica Castle, Stara Sušica
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© Branko OstojićStara Sušica Castle, Stara Sušica
Trakošćan Castle, near Krapina
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© Petra-81Trakošćan Castle, near Krapina
Maruševec Castle, Maruševec
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© EcomaniaMaruševec Castle, Maruševec
Trsat Castle, Rijeka
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© Mirko DabićTrsat Castle, Rijeka
Tvrdalj Castle, Hvar
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© Stjepan TafraTvrdalj Castle, Hvar
Bosiljevo Castle, Bosiljevo
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© mapio.netBosiljevo Castle, Bosiljevo
Bosiljevo Castle, Bosiljevo
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© mapio.netBosiljevo Castle, Bosiljevo
Januševec Castle, Prigorje Brdovečko
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© Savsko Sutlanska Dolina i Brigi Tourism BoardJanuševec Castle, Prigorje Brdovečko
Lužnica Castle, Lužnica (Zaprešić)
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© Spiritual-Educational Center Mary’s CourtLužnica Castle, Lužnica (Zaprešić)
Miljana Castle, near Kumrovec
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© Krapina Zagorje County Tourism BoardMiljana Castle, near Kumrovec
Arapovo Castle, Orašac
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© Du List/NjuškaloArapovo Castle, Orašac
Odescalchi Castle, Ilok
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© Ilok City MuseumOdescalchi Castle, Ilok
Jesuit Kutjevo Castle, Kutjevo
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© Jerko GrubišićJesuit Kutjevo Castle, Kutjevo
Hilleprand von Prandau-Mailáth Castle, Donji Miholjac
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© Osijek Baranja County Tourism BoardHilleprand von Prandau-Mailáth Castle, Donji Miholjac
Eltz Castle, Vukovar
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© Vukovar City MuseumEltz Castle, Vukovar
Pejačević Castle, Našice
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© Samir BudimPejačević Castle, Našice
Martinis Marchi Castle, Šolta
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© Studio Blagec-Martinis/Marchi Heritage HoteMartinis Marchi Castle, Šolta
Isabela Castle, Šolta
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© Croatian Hot SpotsIsabela Castle, Šolta
Lukavec Castle, Turopolje
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© Hrvoje MarekovićLukavec Castle, Turopolje
Erdody Kerestinec Castle, Kerestinec
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© Borislav MarinićErdody Kerestinec Castle, Kerestinec
By Time Out contributors |
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Throughout its history, Croatia has existed under the influence of many different empires. The Greeks and the Romans once ruled here, the independent state of Venice was once in charge, then the Austro-Hungarian empire. Old family names such as Frankopan, Zrinski and Habsburg have ruled the country's regions or entirety, sometimes from fortifications used to fend off invasions by Bulgaria, Hungary, the Italians and the Ottomans. As a result, Croatia is littered with old city walls, pristinely preserved or ruined castles. Here are some of the best.
 

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