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A 10-15 minute hike from the center of Samobor's old town lies the Samobor Castle. Perched high on a hilltop overlooking the town, the castle was constructed by supporters of the Czech king Ottokar II of Bohemia, and was intended to protect the town, a vital market on the eastern European trade routes. Hungarian forces of King Stephan V under the command of Okic captured the town and laid claim to the town's tax revenue. The castle underwent major fortification and renovation in the 16th century, and by the 17th and 18th centuries, as the threat of war in the region subsided, it was taken over by a number of wealthy families and renovated as a grand villa. The last of these families abandoned the castle/villa in the 18th century, and from that point on it deteriorated to its present state. The castle was purchased for 236 dollars in today's prices. The castle is unadorned in terms of information, save one sign at the entrance, and it is unsupervised. A walk up a rather steep pathway (actually, there are two) rewards visitors with a view of these magnificent ruins.

Crkva sv. MihaelWell on the Path to Samobor CastleStriking out from town we walked about 15 minutes to reach Crvka sv. Mihael (the Church of St. Michael), shown in the photo to the left. From there it is a rather steep fifteen minute ascent up a hillside trail to reach the castle entrance. Alternately, there is a slight less steep path from a parking lot off the main road from Samobor. This path features a fountain where visitors can get a drink and catch their breath before continuing up the hillside. The fountain is shown in the photo to the right. The features of the Samobor Castle ruins are described in the virtual tour below.

Virtual Tour of Samobor Castle
Castle EntranceSnap Content
Virtual Reality Tour for VR Headsets:

QR CodeThere is also a version of this tour designed specifically for VR headsets such as Google
Cardboard, and it works with both iPhone and Android devices. It may be accessed by scanning
on the QR code to the left. If you are viewing this on a mobile phone, you may access the VR tour by following this link.

For iOS devices
: scan QR code with your device's camera app, tap on the prompt to open Safari. Select "Allow Device Motion" and the next prompt, "Allow Access to Motion Orientation." Turn the device to landscape mode and a split screen will appear. When the screen turns white, swipe up for fullscreen mode, and place in headset. Here is a video of how to do this--it is simpler than it sounds! [The video opens in a new window--close when done to return to this page]

For Android devices: Open the camera app and use the built-in scanner to scan the QR code above. Confirm that you want to open the website, and wait for it to load--it should load in stereo view. Select the fullscreen ("X" option) from the menu at the bottom. Turn the device to landscape mode and you are ready to go. Here is a video of how to do this--it is simpler than it sounds! [The video opens in a new window--close when done to return to this page]

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