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Samobor Castle, Samobor

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Samobor Castle is a ruined castle atop of Tepec hill in Samobor, Croatia. It lies only a 10-minute walk away from the city centre. Remains of the old castle moat are still visible, as well as the massive entrance and most of the walls.
The castle was built on a hill above the crossroads of then important routes in the northwestern corner of the Sava valley, above the medieval market town of Samobor. The castle was erected by the supporters of Czech king, Ottokar II of Bohemia, between 1260 and 1264, who was then in a war with Hungarian king Stephen V. Croatian-Hungarian forces under command of duke of Okić soon retook the castle, for which he was granted the city of Samobor, as well as the privilege to collect local taxes.
The fortification was originaly a stone fortress built on solid rock - in an irregular and indented layout, which consists of three parts, out of which the central core represents the oldest part of the castle. In the southeastern part of the core there was a high guard tower (nowadays in ruins), which is the only remaining original part of Ottokar castle. Just next to the guard tower lies a semicircular tower with a small gothic chapel of St. Ana which is estimated to be built in third decade of 16th century.
In the third decade of the 16th century, reshaping of a castle begint which was done by a gradual expansion of the core towards the north. The fortification thus became an elongated trapezoidal courtyard surrounded by a strong defensive wall and with a pentagonal tower on its ends. Throughout 17th and 18th century, the castle was upgraded and reconstructed. The last building inside the fortress was a three storey house on its southern side, which along with castle's upper parts forms a courtyard. Its facades are divided by Tuscan columned porches, and its interior is rich with the equipment. This move transformed a castle from its original fortificational function into a countryside baroque styled castle. Last residents left the castle in the end of 18th century, which triggered the gradual castle's decadence into a shape that it is today.
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  • We arrived to Samobor by bicycles, and after a rest, we visited this castle! Just WOW! It was a sunny day and we were in great company so this trip worth 10 stars :) you can feel some magic amongst.....  more »
  • You can get to Samobor from Zagreb by bus, around 45 mins. The bus can be taken from the main bus station. if you are in the centre of Zagreb, take the tram no. 6 to the bus station and switch to the....  more »
  • If you like explore, walk around the woods and claim some steps? This is the perfect castle for you. Since is on the top of the mountain. The castle is very old around 1200s once you reach the castle you can have fun exploring each corner walking around the different levels of the castle. The views of Samobor town are amazing. Highly recommend it to visit this place
  • This is a really place. The climb might be a little much for some but it is totally worth it. There are panoramic view from the top and there are epic photo opportunity. If you're in Samobor, you have to go. Don't miss it.

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