List of castles in Croatia

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This list of castles in Croatia includes castles, remains (ruins) of castles and other fortifications like fortresses which used to be a castles at some point in history. A castle (from Latin castellum) is a type of fortified structure built in Europe (thus also in Croatia) and the Middle East during the Middle Ages. In its simplest terms, the definition of a castle accepted amongst academics is "a private fortified residence".[1]

Construction and development of manors and castles on the territory of Croatia can be followed with certainty in the last two millennium – from Roman villa rusticas and palaces (like Diocletian's Palace), to medieval castles (burgs), Renaissance villas-summer houses in Dubrovnik and Dalmatia, to Baroque and historicist manors of Northern Croatia, and town villas and palaces in most bigger Croatian towns. The biggest fortress in Croatia is located in Knin.

Castle Location Type Constructed Notes Image
Badnjevice Castle
Bajnski Dvori Castle Gornje Ladanje, Varaždin County Manor 17th century Founded by the members of Both of Bayna, a noble family of Hungarian ancestry. Enlarged and renewed in the 19th century in the spirit of historicism. Bajnski Dvori (Chateau deBajna) croatie-1913.jpg
Banfi Manor Štrigova, Međimurje County Manor 1373 Founded by the members of Bánffy, a noble family of Hungarian ancestry. Renewed recently . Dvorac Banfi, Štrigova - južna strana.jpg
Batthyány Castle Ludbreg, Varaždin County 1320 Dvorac Batthyany.jpg
Belaj Cerovlje, Istria County 14th–17th centuries Well preserved and renovated Valvasor - Belaj.jpg
Bežanec Castle This baroque castle dating from 18th century was renovated during the 1930s in the classic manner and because of that, it has become one of the most representative castles in Croatia.
Bilje Castle
Bribir Castle Bribir, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Castle
Brod Fortress Slavonski Brod, Brod-Posavina County
45°9′23″N 18°0′24″E / 45.15639°N 18.00667°E / 45.15639; 18.00667 (Brod Fortress)
1715–1780 Slavonski Brod Fortress-11.JPG
Bubnjarci Manor Bubnjarci, Ozalj County Manor 15th century Founded unknown, but later a noble family of Croatian ancestry.
Califfi Castle Gornje Selo, Zadar County
Cambi Castle Kaštel Kambelovac, Split-Dalmatia County
Cetin Castle Podcetin, Karlovac County
45°08′18″N 15°43′54″E / 45.13833°N 15.73167°E / 45.13833; 15.73167 (Cetin Castle)
Castle 14th century Cetin.jpg
Cippico Castle Kaštel Novi, Split-Dalmatia County 1512[2] Built as a fortified summer residence by Pavao Antun Cippico, a nobleman from Trogir.[2] Kaštel Ćipiko novi 1.jpg
Čačvina Castle Čačvina, Split-Dalmatia County 1371[3]
Čakovec Castle Čakovec, Međimurje County
46°23′20″N 16°25′55″E / 46.38889°N 16.43194°E / 46.38889; 16.43194 (Čakovec Castle)
Castle 13th century Built by Count Dimitrius Csáky, after whom the city of Čakovec is named. Later owned by many other noble families, including Lacković, the Counts of Celje, Ernušt, Zrinski, Althan and Feštetić. Outside the biggest fortification in Međimurje County, inside the main palace. Stari grad Zrinskih, Čakovec - sjever.jpg
Daruvar Castle Daruvar, Bjelovar-Bilogora County
45°59′28″N 17°22′36″E / 45.99111°N 17.37667°E / 45.99111; 17.37667 (Daruvar Castle)
Castle Daruvar, Croatia.JPG
Drivenik Castle Novi Vinodolski, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County
45°14′17″N 14°38′48″E / 45.23806°N 14.64667°E / 45.23806; 14.64667 (Drivenik Castle)
Drivenik, Vinodol, Croatia.jpg
Dubovac Castle Karlovac, Karlovac County Dobovac-Karlovac.JPG
Dvigrad Draga near Pazin, Istria County Dvigrad02.JPG
Đurđevac Castle Đurđevac, Koprivnica-Križevci County
46°02′43″N 17°04′07″E / 46.04528°N 17.06861°E / 46.04528; 17.06861 (Đurđevac Castle)
Djurdjevac Castle, Croatia.JPG
Falcon Fortress
Eltz Manor Vukovar, Vukovar-Syrmia County
45°21′27″N 18°59′42″E / 45.3575358481°N 18.9949858189°E / 45.3575358481; 18.9949858189 (Eltz Manor)
Manor 1749–1751 Castle Eltz1, Vukovar.JPG
Erdödy Castle Dvorac Erdödy Jastrebarsko.jpg
Erdut Castle Erdut, Osijek-Baranja County
45°31′36″N 19°03′51″E / 45.526703°N 19.064180°E / 45.526703; 19.064180 (Erdut Castle)
Castle 14th century Erdut Castle.jpg
Feštetić Castle Pribislavec near Čakovec, Međimurje County 1870[4] Built by count Juraj Feštetić in neo-gothic style. Today houses the Pribislavec elementary school.[4] Dvorac Feštetić, Pribislavec - jugozapad.JPG
Fortress Kastel Hrvatska Kostajnica, Sisak-Moslavina County Hrvatska Kostajnica – stari grad.jpg
Fortress Nehaj Senj, Lika-Senj County Fortress 1558 SenjNehajgrad0.jpg
Frankopan Castle Krk, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Castle Baška018.jpg
Glavaš - Dinarić Fortress Vrlika, Split-Dalmatia County Fortress 15th century Glavas, strazni vez nad vsi1.jpg
Gornja Rijeka Castle Gornja Rijeka, Koprivnica-Križevci County Castle Women & children in Gornja Rijeka.jpg
Grižane Castle Grižane-Belgrad, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Castle Gradina Grizane 210907.jpg
Grobnik Castle Grobnik, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Castle 10th century From 1225 belonged to the Krčki (later renamed Frankopan) family and from the 16th century to the Zrinskis. Kaštel Grobnik - ulaz 2.jpg
Gvozdansko Castle Gvozdansko, Croatia.JPG
Hreljin Castle Hreljin gradina 110208 1.jpg
Hvar Fortress Hvarska tvrđava.JPG
Ilok Castle Ilok.JPG
Kamerlengo Castle Trogir, Split-Dalmatia County
43°30′55″N 16°14′51″E / 43.51528°N 16.24750°E / 43.51528; 16.24750 (Kamerlengo Castle)
Fortress Mid-15th century Trogir kula Kamerlengo 064.jpg
Kamičak Castle Krka National Park, Šibenik-Knin County 14th century Tvrđava Kamičak.JPG
Kaštilac Kaštel Gomilica, Split-Dalmatia County Kaštel Gomilica 2018-08-08 vstup 1.jpg
Klenovnik Castle Klenovnik, Varaždin County
46°16′22″N 16°4′36″E / 46.27278°N 16.07667°E / 46.27278; 16.07667 (Klenovnik Castle)
13th century First mentioned in the 13th century during the reign of the Croato-Hungarian king Béla IV; in the late 17th century, king Maksimilijan sold it for 20 000 forint to baron Gašpar I Drašković. Klenovnik, a Draskovich-kastély parkja. A felvétel 1895-1899 között készült. Fortepan 83120.jpg
Klis Fortress Klis, Split-Dalmatia County Fortress Klis 0807 3.jpg
Knin Fortress Fortress During the period of the early Croatian state it was an occasional residence of national rulers (Trpimir, Muncimir, Svetoslav, Držislav, Zvonimir and Petar). Knin Croatia 01.jpg
Kožljak Kršan, Istria County 13th century Kožljak Castle ruins.jpg
Kršan Kršan, Istria County 11th century Kastel Krasan, Croatia1.JPG
Lapšina Castle Dvorac Lapšina (Croatia).JPG
Ledenice Castle Ledenice Castle, Croatia (8).JPG
Lovrijenac Fortress Fort Lovrijenac,Dubrovnik,Croatia.jpg
Lužnica Castle Manor Dvorac, Zapresic.JPG
Mali Tabor Castle Castle Mali Tabor 2.jpg
Maruševec Castle Maruševec, Varaždin County Dvorac Marusevec1.JPG
Medvedgrad Zagreb, City of Zagreb
45°52′11″N 15°56′28″E / 45.86972°N 15.94111°E / 45.86972; 15.94111 (Medvedgrad)
Castle 1249–1254[5] Built on southern hillside of mountain Medvednica as a defense from Tatars, who had pillaged Zagreb in 1242. Severely damaged by earthquake in 1590 and described as a ruin by the late 17th century. Renovated in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.[6] Medvedgrad 1.jpg
Milengrad Budinščina municipality, Krapina-Zagorje County 13th century Built in the Ivanšćica mountain as a defense from Mongols, property of Cseszneky, Herkffy and Patachich families, described as a ruin by the late 17th century. Hungarian name: Milen vára.
Mirabella Fortress (Peovica) Omiš, Split-Dalmatia County Early 12th century[3] Cetina, kurz hinter Omis IMG 8228.JPG
Monkodonja Monkodonja (01).JPG
Nečven Promina, Šibenik-Knin County Fortress 14th century
Nesactium Nesactium-ruins.JPG
Nova Kraljevica Kraljevica, dvorac Nova Kraljevica, sjeverni zid.jpg
Novigrad Castle Novigrad, Zadar County Ruins of Castle of Novigrad.JPG
Novigrad na Dobri Novigrad na Dobri, Karlovac County
45°28′55″N 15°27′10″E / 45.48194°N 15.45278°E / 45.48194; 15.45278 (Castle Novigrad na Dobri)
Castle 14th century This castle once belonged to the famous Croatian family Frankopan, but after the death of its owner, Fran Krsto Frankopan, it was robbed by Austrian general Herbstein. He later sold it to the knights of the catholic Order of Malta who kept it under their rule until 1746. After them, the owners of the castle became the Croatian noble family Patačić and the members of this family lived in the castle until the beginning of 20th century. During the World War II, Novigrad na Dobri was seriously damaged but the enchanting beauty of its ruins still gives proof of its rich history. Castle Novigrad na Dobri.JPG
Novi Zrin Novi Zrin.JPG
Obrovac Castle Utvrda Fortica, Obrovac - jugoistok.jpg
Okić Fortress Okić, Samobor, Zagreb County
45°44′56″N 15°42′24″E / 45.7489218°N 15.7067853°E / 45.7489218; 15.7067853 (Okić Fortress)
Fortress Medieval Okić Fortress is rare example of preserved Romanesque architecture in continental Croatia. The town was ruled by the counts Okićki, Babonići, Bevenudi, Frankopani, Matijaš Korvin, Ivan Horvat and finally the Erdödy family, in whose time, as early as 1616, the Okić fortress became a abandoned and ruined.[7] Okic.jpg
Opeka Manor Vinica, Varaždin County
46°19′30″N 16°08′52″E / 46.32500°N 16.14778°E / 46.32500; 16.14778 (Opeka Manor)
Manor Dvorac Opeka (43).JPG
Oršić Castle in Gornja Stubica 1756[citation needed] Dvorac orsic b.JPG
Oršić Castle in Gornja Bistra
Oršić Castle in Slavetić
Oršić Castle in Jurketinec
Otočac Castle Tvrđava Fortica, Otočac (Croatia).2.JPG
Ozalj Castle Ozalj, Karlovac County
45°36′51″N 15°28′14″E / 45.61417°N 15.47056°E / 45.61417; 15.47056 (Ozalj Castle)
Mid-16th century[citation needed] The oldest part of the castle, Zrinski Palace, was built by Nikola Šubić Zrinski ten years before his death at the Battle of Szigetvár. His son Juraj IV Zrinski built the entry tower in 1599. The castle was renewed and repaired by count Theodor Batthyani (died 1813).[8] Schloss-odzak.JPG
Paz Cerovlje, Istria County 13th–17th centuries Paz Castle.jpg
Pazin Castle Pazin, Istria County 10th century Pazinski kaštel - sjeverozapad.jpg
Pejačević Castle in Našice Našice, Osijek-Baranja county Castle 1811–1812 Dvorac Pejačević. Našice.jpg
Pejačević Castle in Retfala Retfala, suburb of Osijek, Osijek-Baranja County Castle 1796–1801
Pejačević Castle in Virovitica Virovitica, Virovitica-Podravina County Castle 1800–1804 Dvorac Pejačević, Virovitica - jugozapad.JPG
Pietrapelosa Buzet, Istria County Castle 10th century Pietrapelosa.jpg
Posert Castle Cerovlje, Istria County Castle 11th–14th centuries Posert Castle.jpg
Prandau-Normann Castle Valpovo, Osijek-Baranja County
45°39′33″N 18°24′55″E / 45.65917°N 18.41528°E / 45.65917; 18.41528 (Prandau-Normann Castle)
Kapela i kula dvorca Prandau-Normann u Valpovu.jpg
Potravlje Fortress Split-Dalmatia County 14th century[3]
Prozor Fortress Early 15th century[3] Built by the Hrvatinić family, the fortress was captured by the Turks in 1523. The Turks held the fortress for two centuries, until they were expelled by the Venetians.[3] Prozor Fortress seen from town.JPG
Ribnik Castle Ribnik, Karlovac County Castle Ribnik (Sa istočne strane).png
Ružica Castle Orahovica, Virovitica-Podravina County Ružica5.JPG
Samobor Castle Samobor, Zagreb County
45°47′56″N 15°41′53″E / 45.79889°N 15.69806°E / 45.79889; 15.69806 (Samobor Castle)
SamoborCastleRuins Croatia.jpg
Sinj Fortress
Sisak Fortress Sisak, Sisak-Moslavina County
45°29′16″N 16°22′26″E / 45.48778°N 16.37389°E / 45.48778; 16.37389 (Sisak Fortress)
Fortress 1544–1550 Built according to the order of the Bishop of Zagreb, the owner of the estate, following the increasingly threatening and devastating Turkish attacks on the Kingdom of Croatia. Today it houses the local town museum. Tvrđava.sisak.JPG
Slunj Castle Slunj Old fort of the Frankopans 2004.JPG
Sokolac Castle Brinje, Lika-Senj County Sokolac Brinje 07 3.jpg
Starigrad Fortress (Fortica) Omiš, Split-Dalmatia County Omis fortice Starigrad.jpg
Skrad castle Barilović, Karlovac County
Šarengrad castle Šarengrad Šarengrad castle ruins (Castellum Athya).JPG
St. Nicholas Fortress Šibenik, Šibenik-Knin County Fortress Šibenik - Pevnosť Sv. Mikuláša.JPG
St. Michael Fort Preko, Zadar County
44°04′19″N 15°09′35″E / 44.07194°N 15.15972°E / 44.07194; 15.15972 (St. Michael Fort)
Šumber Sveta Nedelja, Istria County 13th–17th centuries Šumber Castle.jpg
Tkalec Manor Štrigova, Međimurje County Manor 18th century Dvorac Tkalec, Štrigova - jugoistok.jpg
Topana Castle
Trakošćan Castle Bednja, Varaždin County
46°15′33″N 15°57′00″E / 46.25917°N 15.95000°E / 46.25917; 15.95000 (Trakošćan Castle)
Castle Drašković family occupied the castle until the early 20th century.[9] Trakošćan 2007.JPG
Trsat Castle Rijeka, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Trsat, 24.6.2006. (6).jpg
Tržan Castle in Modruš Tržan-grad (Modruš) - jugozapad.JPG
Tvrdalj Castle Stari Grad, Split-Dalmatia County 16th century[10] Fortified summer palace of the poet Petar Hektorović Tvrdalj ribnjak starigrad hvar.jpg
Udbina Castle Udbina, Lika-Senj County 14th century Tvrđava Udbina.jpg
Veliki Bukovec Castle Veliki Bukovec, Varaždin County 1745–1755
Veliki Tabor Castle Desinić, Krapina-Zagorje County
46°09′17″N 15°39′05″E / 46.15472°N 15.65139°E / 46.15472; 15.65139 (Veliki Tabor Castle)
Castle Early 16th century[9] Perched on top of a hill, at an altitude of 334 m (1,096 ft), the castle had many owners, among them Ratkaj family and Oton Iveković, a Croatian painter. Today it houses several art and antique collections.[9][11] Veliki Tabor.jpg
Vitturi Castle Kaštel Lukšić, Split-Dalmatia County
43°33′18″N 16°22′05″E / 43.555°N 16.368°E / 43.555; 16.368 (Vitturi Castle)
Vrana Castle Vrana, Zadar County Early 12th century S19 0076 Grad Vrana.jpg
Vrgorac Castle Burgruine Vrgorac, Kroatien.JPG
Zadvarje Castle Split-Dalmatia County 1478–1482[3]
Zajezda Castle Maketa dvorca Zajezda.jpg
Zichy-Terbocz Manor Dvorac Zichy-Terbocz, Železna Gora (Croatia) - jugoistok.JPG
Zrin Castle Castle Zrin, Croatia-4.JPG
Zrinski-Frankopan Castle Severin na Kupi, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County
45°25′17″N 15°10′08″E / 45.42139°N 15.16889°E / 45.42139; 15.16889 (Castle Zrinski-Frankopan)
Castle 16th century Castle (palace) with the park in Severin na Kupi was the estate of an aristocrat family Frankopan. The castle was first mentioned in 1558. It is one store building with square ground plan and internal yard and halls with arcades, and outside corner cylindrical towers. There is the part around the castle with a chapel St. Florian. Today's Baroque palace is result of ample reconstruction made in 1803 by owner of that time Count John Oršia. Castle Zrinski ruins.JPG

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  1. ^ Coulson 2003, p. 16.
  2. ^ a b "Kastel Novi". Museum Documentation Center. Archived from the original on 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2010-06-24.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Castles of Split Dalmatia County". In Your Pocket City Guides. Archived from the original on 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2010-04-26.
  4. ^ a b (in Croatian)
  5. ^ "Contagious Middle Ages". Blinken Open Society Archives. Archived from the original on 2010-06-13. Retrieved 2010-05-23.
  6. ^ "Fortress Medvedgrad | Medieval Wall". 21 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Stari grad Okić - Samobor". (in Croatian). Grad Samobor. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  8. ^
  9. ^ a b c Oliver, Jeanne (2007). Croatia (4th ed.). Lonely Planet. p. 79. ISBN 978-1-74104-916-9.
  10. ^ Slobodan Prosperov Novak (2006), Hvar: Mjesta, Ljudi, Sudbine [Hvar: Places, People, Destiny] (in Croatian), Zagreb: Matica Hrvatska, ISBN 953-150-752-X
  11. ^ "Veliki Tabor". (in Croatian). Archived from the original on 2010-06-07. Retrieved 2010-05-23.
  • Coulson, Charles (2003), Castles in Medieval Society: Fortresses in England, France, and Ireland in the Central Middle Ages, Oxford: Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-927363-4

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