Croatia has thousands of castles spread out over the country. Some are in ruins, and others are well-maintained and used, then some are somewhere in between. The old Castle Konjščina is a historical landmark located in the village of Konjščina, just a short drive from Zagreb. The Old Castle is a must-see for any history or architecture fan. With impressive stone walls and medieval architecture, the castle is a stunning example of Croatia’s rich cultural heritage. While on a road trip or passing through, add this Croatian castle to your list of stops.
Just on the other side of Zagreb, on the other side of the mountain, Sljeme, is the Zagorje region, a beautiful rolling hills and mountain region of wines and castles. About thirty minutes from Zagreb and ten minutes from Marija Bistrica, driving up and down the hills of Zagorje either on a road trip or back road drive from Zagreb to Varaždin, it will be easy to spot Castle Konjščina, also called Selnica. The castle was once a mighty fortress protecting the region.
One of the best things about the Old Castle Konjščina is its accessibility. If you’re a fan of travel photography, the Old Castle Konjščina is a must-visit destination. You can capture breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding countryside from the castle’s battlements. And with its rustic charm and historic beauty, the court provides a stunning backdrop for any photo. Whether you’re a history buff or simply looking for a unique cultural experience, the Old Castle Konjščina is a must-visit destination in Croatia.
Originally the fortress was built at the end of the 15th century inside two motes with access only available with a draw bridge. Later it was fortified in the first half of the 16th century; at the height of its power, the hexagon star-shaped fortress stood inside three motes connected to the Selnica stream. There was also a wall built to protect against Ottoman raids. Today the motes have filled in, leaving only a field.
The town was named after the stronghold’s most notable owner, the Counts of Konjsk. In the 18th century, the property was passed to the Bishop of Zagreb and used for a granary and wine warehouse. During the 19th and 20th centuries, the castle deteriorated. In the 1990s and early 2000s, archeologists began renovating the structure. A Medieval festival started in 2007 and continues annually, celebrated on May 4th.
The author of the reconstruction is Filip Šimunjak.
Darkoantolkovic website has more on the history for detail; even more information, including the owners and their stories, can be found on Vojnakrajina. Read more about the Zagorje area Central Croatia Zagorje, Vuglec Breg Winery, which has fantastic accommodations, and try out their most famous recipe, the Zagorje Štrukli