Perched resplendently several hundred feet above the parking lot where the tour buses come and go, the romantic white hilltop Dvor Trakošćan is set amid beautifully landscaped grounds, overlooking a lovely lake circled by a hiking trail. Croatia's most-visited castle took on its present neo-Gothic appearance during the mid-19th century, compliments of Juraj VI Drašković, whose family had already owned the castle for some 300 years and would go on to live there until
1944 (there has been a building here since the 14th century). The inside is as spectacular as the outside, with the wood-paneled rooms—a baroque room, a rococo room, a neoclassical room, and so on—filled with period furnishings and family portraits, giving you some idea of how the wealthy local aristocracy once lived. A restaurant, café, and souvenir shop occupy an uninspiring, Ministry of Culture–owned building at the foot of the hill.
3 miles northwest of the village of Bednja, Trakoščan, 42254, Croatia