• Veliki Tabor castle

    Visit old castle

    Dvor Veliki Tabor
    49 216 Desinić
    Košnički Hum 1

    Tel: ++ 385 (0) 49 374 970
    ++ 385 (0) 49 374 973
    Fax: ++ 385 (0) 49 374 979
    E-mail: dvt@mhz.hr

  • Veliki Tabor castle

    Veliki Tabor is one of the best preserved late medieval and Renaissance fortified castles of continental part of Croatia

  • Veliki Tabor castle

    Important monument of the highest value

    (zero-category monument)

Living Castles

News and announcements

Srednjovjekovne svečanosti 10/17/24/ rujna 2016.

25. August, 2016.

svečani dolazak njegovog kraljevskog visočanstva Sigismunda
Luksemburškog, suđenje Veroniki Desinićkoj

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Uskrsni ponedjeljak u Velikom Taboru

23. March, 2016.

Pozivamo Vas u Dvor Veliki Tabor na manifestaciju


28. ožujka 2016. u 14,00 sati

Kuburaško društvo Desinićka kubura iz Desinića
organizira ovu manifestaciju s ciljem promocije i prezentacije tradicionalnog običaja pucanja iz kubure u Uskrsno vrijeme u Hrvatskom zagorju.

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Advent u Dvoru Veliki Tabor

09. December, 2015.

U nedjelju 13.12. u Dvoru Veliki Tabor u predblagdanskom raspoloženju obilježit ćemo treću nedjelju Došašća. Najmlađe očekuju likovne radionice i dolazak svetog Nikole. U radosnom iščekivanju Božića za sve naše posjetitelje uprizorit će se žive Božićne jaslice i paljenje treće Adventske svijeće.
Pored brojnih glazbenih izvođača pripremamo i jedno iznenađenje:
u nebo iznad Velikog Tabora puštat ćemo svjetleće lampione uz pregršt najljepših želja.

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The fort of Veliki Tabor is one of the most important cultural and historical monuments of secular architecture in continental Croatia, with a unique monumental and authentic fortification structure.

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Conservation and restauration work

While the most urgent work on the most dilapidated parts of Veliki Tabor was occasionally done in the course of the 20th century, the first systematic conservation research headed by the Croatian Conservation Institute and financed by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia began in the mid-1990s, when the Veliki Tabor castle and the courtyard porches were researched.

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The legend of Veronika of Desinić

According to legend, these parts were once ruled by powerful Count Herman II of Celje. His young son Fridrik, who often went horseback riding across his father's estate, set his eyes on a frail golden-haired maiden by the name of Veronika. They fell in love, which did not please old Herman.

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Veliki Tabor in the 20th century

27. December, 2018.

This exhibition presents the old town, its monumental architecture, refurbishment works made on the premises, and its purpose. Like wise, its owners and events that were in the castle during the 20th century.

Said period is characterised by decline of Veliki Tabor castle. But, on the other side, like with development of conscience of its great significance for the Croatian and world cultural heritage, and efforts that have been made to preserve this town for the future centuries.

Owners and principals of the Veliki Tabor castle have been constantly changed. The city had diverse, often inappropriate purpose, so duging the 20th century it was used as a prison, childrens home for war orphans, smoke house of meet factory „Sljeme“ , and as catering facility of Agricultural cooperative Desinić. In the period between the two world wars, castle was property of famous Croatian artist Oton Iveković, to whom a picturesque view of the castle and the surrounding landscape was endless inspiration for his many works of art.

For the purpose of its protection, reconstruction and revitalization, in 1980s Josip Štimac was founded in the castle Regional museum, and later was established the Society of Veliki Tabor, wrom which he was president of. He has organized numerous events - fencing tournaments, exhibitions, art colonies, concerts, falkonry – photographs of all are presented on the exhibition. Starting in 1993. the castle is an integral part of the Museums of Hrvatsko Zagorje, which have soon conducted a comprehensive archaeological research, and managened the restauration of Veliki Tabor castle under the leadership of the Croatian restoration Institute from Zagreb.

Visitors of exhibition have the opportunity to see more than 80 exhibits - numerous postcards and photos, paintings from Oton Iveković, books, magazines, items from the Ethnographic colection of Veliki Tabor castle, collected by Josip Štimac, like other Museum objects that testify about life in Veliki Tabor in that period.

Inserts of the film „Peasant uprising of 1573“ from the famous director and screenwriter Vatroslav Mimica, are displayed. The film was filmed in Veliki Tabor castle in 1975.

Many of the exhibited photographs and postcards, visitors still have not been able to see. Among them, seen for the first time, are photographs of president Josip Broz Tito, who visited Veliki Tabor with his wife Jovanka in 1968.

The author of exibition is curator Renata Dečman.

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The Kavanagh-Ballyane Family from Mali Tabor

14. November, 2015.

This exhibition features the family of Baron Kavanagh-Ballyane, once the masters of castle Mali Tabor in Hum na Sutli. The Kavanagh-Ballyane family originates from Ireland. Their ancestry shows relations with Queen Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots. They acquired ownership of Mali Tabor estate through matrilineal succession. Simon Henry Kavanagh (1784 – 1830) married Leopoldina Moscon, the granddaughter of Ana Rattkay, thus acquiring the right to half of the estate.

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20. January, 2015.

During the 10th Night of museum on January the 30th, castle Veliki Tabor saw the opening of new exhibition called "Lupinizam" by author Stephan Lupino, famous for his art photography.

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An advance reservation is required for group visits and for educational workshops

About us

Veliki Tabor Castle

Hum Košnički 1, 49 216 Desinić
Mail: dvt@mhz.hr
Reservations: rezervacije-dvt@mhz.hr


Switchboard: ++ 385 (0) 49 374 970
Reservations: ++ 385 (0) 49 374 970
Souvenir shop: ++ 385 (0) 49 374 973
Museum manager: ++ 385 (0) 49 374 971

Museum staff
Museum manager: Nadica Jagarčec
Curator: mag. hist. Renata Dečman
Senior curator: dr. sc.  Ivana Škiljan, archeologist
Museum educator: Kristina Pavlović, mag. ethnol. et. anthrop.
Senior museum technician: Siniša Žnidarec 
Museum technician: Nives Ćurković
Senior preparator: Andrea Brlobuš
Administrator, treasurer, seller: Jelena Frlić  
Cleaning service: Višnja Valek

Castle Veliki Tabor is part of the Museums of Hrvatsko zagorje.

Gornja Stubica, Samci 64
Web: www.mhz.hr
Mail: mhz@mhz.hr
Type of museum: general, museum institution consisting of five organisational units
Category: national
Coverage: republic level
Museum founder: Republic of Croatia, 1993.
Director: Jurica Sabol, curator
PIN: 11298572202
Reg. no.: 0207349
Bank account: 2390001-1100011100
IBAN: HR 3823900011100011100

Joint management board and services
Director MHZ: ++ 385 (0) 49 587 887
Accounting: ++ 385 (0) 49 587 883
Marketing: ++ 385 (0) 49 587 881
Secretarial office: ++ 385 (0) 49 587 888
Fax: ++ 385 (0) 49 587 885

Other organisational units of the Museums of Hrvatsko zagorje:

Antun Augustinčić Gallery, Klanjec

Krapina neanderthal museum, Krapina

Peasant's Revolt Museum, Gornja Stubica

"The Old Village", Museum, Kumrovec

Virtual tour 360

Walk through Veliki Tabor with 360 view


Opening hours

1st March through 31th March

  • Tuesday - Sunday: 09:00-17:00 (museum entrance closes at 16:00)

The Museum is closed on

  • Holidays (1st January, Easter Sunday, 1st November, 25th December, 26th December)


  • Only the ground floor of Museum´s exhibition is accessible to accompanied persons with disabilities.
  • Taking photographs and video footage shooting are allowed for personal use but not for publication purposes.
  • Parking: Yes

Admission fees

  • Children, students, and pensioners: 15,00 HRK
    (groups of over 30 are eligible to a discount price of 12,00 HRK) *
  • Adults: 25,00 HRK
    (groups of over 30 are eligible to a discount price of 20,00 HRK) *
  • Family ticket: 55,00 HRK (for parents with underage children)
  • Members of the Croatian Museum Society and ICOM, the International Council of Museums, are allowed to visit Veliki Tabor free of charge.
  • Person with disabilities are entitled to a discont: 20 %
  • With a Zagorje CARD: 10 %
  • Two escorts of 30 people are entitled to a free ticket
  • Children up to 3 years are entitled to a free ticket
  • The discount can only be used on a single basic
  • Credit cards accepted: Maestro, MasterCard, MasterCard electronic, Visa electronic

* Only when paying in cash or accounting

Guided tours and workshops

  • Guided tour in the Croatian language: 100,00 HRK
  • Guided tour in a foreign language (English): 150,00 HRK
  • Costumed tour: 150,00 HRK
  • Costumed tour in a foreign language: 200,00 HRK
  • Special guided tour: 250,00 HRK
  • Special guided tour in the English language: 300,00 HRK
  • Workshops: 30,00 HRK per person
  • Shows: 30,00 HRK per person

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