Perched 138 metres above sea level and situated in the town of the same name, Trsat Castle offers magnificent views of Rijeka and the Bay of Kvarner.
The easiest way to get to the castle is via public bus or taxi, but if you happen to be in good shape you can take the Petar Kruzic stairs from Rijeka’s city centre. There’s about 600 of them to the castle-fortress. Along the stairs are numerous Gothic and Baroque chapels acting as pilgrimage stops if you are visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of Trsat, and offer a chance to catch your breathe or at least an excuse to catch your breathe.
The castle was first mentioned in 1288 and used by the Romans as a watchtower, making it one of the oldest fortifications on the Croatian coast.
It is quite small, so you can complete your sightseeing within an hour, which leaves time to enjoy the view (particularly at sunset) with a glass of local wine at one of the cafes in the castle complex. If you happen to be here in summer, you can take in a outdoor concert, theatre performance or literary evening.
To continue enjoying the nearby town of Trsat, visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Trsat and the nearby Franciscan Monastery. The church is spectacular and one of the oldest Christian pilgrimage sites in Croatia with parts of the structure dating to 1453.