If I had to name the landmark in Rijeka, it would be Trsat castle, the majestic medieval fortress perched on top of a hill overlooking the city. It’s a popular gathering point for us locals, especially on weekend afternoons; we stroll around the castle grounds and then sit down for coffee in one of the many bars in the neighbourhood.
In the 19th century the fortress was restored and expanded by Laval Nugent, an Austrian field marshal who had also built the family mausoleum that nowadays makes the very heart of the complex. Reminiscent of ancient Greek temples, Nugent’s final resting place is guarded by two menacing bronze basilisks, locally known as the Dragons of Trsat.
Don’t forget to climb the tower for a breathtaking panoramic view of Rijeka and the entire gulf of Kvarner – apart from the waterfront in the centre, this is the leading selfie spot in the city. When you’re done exploring, pop over to the café in the castle’s courtyard or take a stroll to the other side of the neighbourhood and head to the Beertija bar for a laid-back night out.