One of the largest and oldest European fortresses, the ancient Knin fortress has been capturing the hearts of visitors quickly and easily with its mysterious beauty and enthralling them with its untold stories. A walk along the Fortress is not an ordinary one. It is a walk through time accompanied by the old walls and bastions, a walk that excites the imagination and creates an unforgettable experience.
Its building started in the 9th century. Throughout the centuries, it has been conquered, destroyed and rebuilt by the Hungarians, Turks, Venetians, French, and Austrians, as well as the Croatian medieval peers.
The Knin Fortress may be divided into five parts. The oldest part or the oldest town is the Upper Town or Kastel Knin. It was built in the 9th century when the Croatian medieval castrum was formed. There was the seat of an old Croatian state and kings. There are also the remains of the fortress built during the dynasty of the Croatian rulers, which, for now, may only be attributed to Knin. Bridges from Kastel Knin lead to Kastel Lab, which houses a metal pole with a Croatian flag and a monument to the first Croatian President dr. Franjo Tudjman.
From Lab, the visitors may go down to Gariste, Belvedere, and the Lower Town, and the Fortress is entered via the moving wooden bridge. Nowadays, this mixture of different cultures and construction styles has been on a visitor’s palm.
And when you finish your walk through time, the Fortress awaits you with its museums and galleries, the memorial of famous Knin citizens, the monument to the first Croatian President and dinner on the roof of the city, exactly one hundred meters above the city with a view to the Knin field surrounded by mighty mountains.