As I have mentioned before I have a great fascination with castles; who doesn’t right? Since everyone likes castles I decided to explore the local ones and I ended up visiting three. The castle of Ozalj in Croatia, the Rajhenburg castle in Brestanica and of course, the castle of Metlika which I had visited when I first moved to Metlika. What’s my first impression after visiting all three? But of course how cool it would be to have a castle day or weekend combining these three (or maybe more) castles. When I visit places I usually end up thinking about their cultural value and how it could be used in tourism. Sadly my studies are always in the back of my head and sometimes I have a lesser experience as a tourist myself because I keep having the thoughts mentioned above.
Despite my roaming thoughts I had a great experience visiting the local castles. First of all, because usually they are not just a visit to a castle; I found myself roaming in abandoned buildings, sitting in great cafes or restaurants and of course admiring the pristine and extraordinary nature. More specifically, I think that each castle is a must because despite their similarities they still retain individuality and a special ambience.
The Castle in Brestanica for starters, might not seem as something special since it is quite small and it only has a restaurant on its premises but if you decide to walk around, the location offers a great promenade that leads you to an abandoned building that used to be (according to my sources) a mental hospital. I think the photos speak by themselves about the vibe of the place but I have to also say that I had a great experience there.
As for the Ozalj castle I believe that it is a lovely place to visit. As I understand it has recently been restored and it is to the least, stunning. Positioned, of course, on a hill and surrounded by the lovely river, it offers to the visitor a feeling of calmness and a sense of belonging. It also hosts a museum and a library in its premises, which through lack of time I did not visit.
Lastly the castle in Metlika has to be my favorite and not because I am promoting Metlika on this blog but because I wake up to its view every morning and it is far more familiar for me. The Metlikian castle, as I call it, might not look much on the first site but it is a very interesting piece of history and it hosts very interesting pieces of modern culture in its premises. The first time I visited the castle was because I was to be guided around its museum and what I remember is that within an hour I was able to absorb around 2.000 years of history, which says a lot about the museum itself. At the same time the castle can be interesting to those of you who are not interested in museums because it is surrounded by very beautiful nature and you can combine a walk through the forest with an excellent glass of wine at the castle’s wine bar.
I think in all three cases the pictures transfer the message that I possibly fail to convey through my writing. I really hope that you take the time to visit all three if you haven’t done so yet.