Castle Erdody - a beautiful structure situated in a magical park
Poto: Merica Mikuličin

One day I headed to Jastrebarsko, on the highway that I must have been on only twice before as it is usually too busy. It was easy to find the Erdody castle. At the first sight I was stunned, and spent some minutes just admiring its beauty…and then the park around it was equally captivating.

In the park you can see a stream, a lake and a number of bridges. It was recently renovated in english style, there are information plaques to lead us through …but sadly it is yet another castle in a state of decay. It has been said that it should be renovated soon, hopefully…

Castle Erdody - a beautiful structure situated in a magical park
Poto: Merica Mikuličin

The town of Jastrebarsko was first mentioned in the 13th century, shortly before it was awarded the status of a ‘free royal trading center’ by the Croato-Hungarian king Bela IV in 1257. The castle itself was built by Matija Gereb in the 15th century; in the first half of the 16th century noble Erdody family came into possession of the land, and remained so until 1922.

The castle was originally built as a water castle or Wasserburg, which means that it was once surrounded by moats – the outlines of which are still visible today, though more shallow and covered with grass. Unfortunately it is not possible to enter the castle, you can only take a peek at the inner yard which is in a decrepit state.

Despite the obvious need for renovation the castle does look magical; its two towers and the surrounding park form an attractive backdrop for photographic memories. You can visit the Jastrebarsko town museum and gallery to check a great collection of items related to the castle and the noble Erdody family.

You don’t need to go far from Zagreb, it is only a half-hour drive that leads to enjoying the rich legacy of Erdody! (Merica Mikuličin & Agata Juran / ViaNobility)

Castle Erdody - a beautiful structure situated in a magical park
Poto: Merica Mikuličin
Castle Erdody - a beautiful structure situated in a magical park
Poto: Merica Mikuličin
Castle Erdody - a beautiful structure situated in a magical park
Poto: Merica Mikuličin

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