Even beyond Croatian borders, Varaždin, the former capital of Croatia, is known as the capital of baroque, art and music. It is an important economic, cultural and tourist centre of northwestern Croatia and it was the first city in the country to have a fire brigade. Today it attracts visitors from both Croatia and the rest of Europe offering the opportunity for a unique stroll through its historic city centre with an inspiring experience of the past in synergy with the present. Find out here what you can see and explore in Varaždin.
If you want to extend your stay in a city that will inspire, amaze and enchant you, be sure to book a room at the newly renovated Hotel Turist Varaždin.
From now on in a new guise, the hotel exudes elegance and offers guests even more comfort. In addition, in the new Hedona wellness centre you can relax, rest and recharge your batteries with a wide range of wellness facilities and saunas.
If you prefer a slightly more casual style, the Angelus restaurant in the very centre of the city is the right place for you.
The easiest way to get around in Varaždin is by foot. So start your stroll in Varaždin's Old Town, where you will return to the chivalric time of knights with numerous historical exhibits, from shields, old guns, art and furniture to fashion from past times. All these you will discover in the city museum within the Old Town.
If you are a nature lover and are interested in everything that walks and flies, and has six or eight legs, then the Entomology Department at Herzer Palace is the right place for you — explore the exciting museum exhibition “World of Insects”!
Be sure not to miss a visit to Varaždin chatedral, one of the most famous early Baroque sacral buildings in northern Croatia built between 1642 and 1646 by the Jesuits.
The first cathedral organ was installed back in 1649, and after the fire in 1665, it was replaced with a new one. In 1747, Varaždin organist Josip Papa rebuilt the new organ, and between 1988 and 1998 it was replaced by the fifth one whose quality and strength are responsible for lavish performances, especially during concerts during the famous Varaždin Baroque Evenings.
If you want to hear the sound of this impressive instrument in a slightly different edition, we can organize an intimate evergreen concert just for you. It is a truly remarkable experience — timeless music in an environment of impressive baroque grandeur!
Lovers of horticulture and park design cannot bypass the Varaždin cemetery, which has given Varaždin the title of the city with the most beautiful cemetery in this part of Europe.
If you visit Varaždin at the end of August, do not miss Špancirfest – the longest running festival of good vibes — food, drinks, theatre, music, and creativity in Croatia. And to help even the youngest visitors have a good time, there's the must-see Vindiland for heaps of play, laughter and fun.