Hreljin Castle (Croatia)
Primorje-Gorski Kotar County See list of castles in Croazia
Built at 321 meters above sea level, Hreljin Castle and the ruins of this medieval city represent what was once a very established and famous historical center. Projecting from the steep slopes of Vinodol the citizens of this area would use this as the main passage between the sea and this feudal city. The castle dates back to the 13th century when it was still under the domination of the Frankopan family. It was eventually managed by the Austrian state Chmaber and it was during this period that people began to emigrate from Hrlejin to Rijeka. Three priests were the last to leave this settlement in 1790 in the new city of Hreljin. Today the bell tower of San Giorgio and the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary have been preserved and offer tourists and locals a taste of what once this fascinating ancient city resembled.
Various hiking and cycling routes surround this area. The hill is quite steep so a simpler option is to get to the main entrance of the ancient city of Hreljin by car and then walk down to the Plateu where the castle is located.