Welcome to Varaždin


Soak up the extraordinary refinement of its 18th-century buildings, bequeathed on the city when it was Croatia's capital and most prosperous centre, with a stroll in the pedestrian zone which radiates out from Trg Kralja Tomislava. Top off your wanders with a visit to the gleaming white, turreted Stari Grad (old town) which contains the city museum.


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$105.88 Day Trips & Excursions

Varazdin Baroque Town and Trakoscan Castle - Small Group Day Trip from Zagreb

Start your day with a pick-up from your centrally-located hotel and hop into an AC vehicle for a drive towards Varazdin. Your guide will share interesting stories about Croatia and give you a great overview. Discover the baroque gem city of Varazdin with a licensed local guide on your walking tour. Visit one of the most beautiful graveyards of Europe. Enjoy the vistas on beautiful villas and palaces you will stumble upon while strolling the streets. Visit a fairy-tale Trakoscan castle that dates back to the late 13th century.  In the castle you will see valuable collection of paintings, furniture, and weapons. Embrace the natural beauty that surrounds you and have a stroll to the picturesque lake below the castle.

$74.11 Day Trips & Excursions

Varazdin and Trakoscan Castle Small-Group Tour from Zagreb

Meet your guide at your central Zagreb hotel, and then hop aboard your air-conditioned coach and join us on our hour and a half scenic drive to Varazdin, roughly 50 miles (81km) away. As the former capital of Croatia, Varaždin is economic and cultural center of the area of Medjimurje and Hrvatsko Zagorje, it is also city of baroque, young people, music, flowers and bicycles. Varaždin has a refined architecture in abundance, and your guide will show off its best bits on your walking tour. 'Little Vienna' with rich natural legacy interwoven in parks, a must see destination, located in the North of Croatia on the southern bank of the River Drava. Hop off your coach and enjoy a leisurely paced stroll around the pretty cobblestone streets that comprise the town center. Gaze around at the resplendent Baroque buildings that throng the alleyways while hearing tales and trivia about the town. Hear how the town flourished as Croatia’s center of commerce during the late 17th century, enjoying a stint as the country’s capital before a fire snuffed out its glory nearly a century later. See top Varaždin attractions like the Cathedral of the Assumption and the Monastery of St John the Baptist, and enjoy photo stops next to interesting buildings like Varaždin Town Hall. Finish your walking tour in the center of town, and then enjoy an hour at leisure to sightsee independently or find a restaurant for lunch (own expense). Then, meet your guide at the prearranged time and continue your day trip to the town of Trakošćan, a short distance away.The town’s spectacular centerpiece is Trakošćan Castle, a magnificent fortress that’s said to date back as far as the 13th century. Head inside with your guide, and explore the castle on a tour, admiring a medley of architectural styles from Romanesque to Gothic and Baroque. Learn about the Croatian aristocracy who once lived inside the castle and admire the portraits of them that seem to hang at every twist and turn.After exploring the castle, return to your coach and relax on the journey south to Zagreb. Your tour finishes with a hotel drop-off.

$70.58 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full-Day Varaždin and Trakošćan Castle Tour from Zagreb

Starting from the meeting point in Zagreb, you'll head approximately an hour and a half northwest to TrakošćanCastle. The castle, built in the13th century on the shore of a lake, looks to be straight out of a fairy tale, complete with a drawbridge. The tour of the castle will take visitors past restored 19th-century furnishings bearing the castle's coat of arms, as well as centuries-old weapons, tapestries and portraits in the knight's room, hunting room and music salon.  Approximately an hour east-northeast lies the city of Varaždin. You'll witness the architecture and style for which this city became known as the “Capital of the Baroque”. During 17th and 18th centuries Varaždin enjoyed its golden age as the capital city of Croatia. Visit the shining star of Varaždin, the Renaissance-styled castle, Stari Grad, a UNESCO protected site. The keep also houses the Varaždin City Museum. After the museum you'll have a lunch-break in a local restaurant (not included in the price). Return to Zagreb at approximately 18:00.

$139.98 Private & Custom Tours

Zagreb Trakoscan Castle and Varazdin Private Full-Day Tour

The tour starts at your accommodation and after 1 hour driving our first stop is Trakoscan castle (13th century), perched on a small hill overlooking the large park and forest area. First we will explore the indoors of the castle and learn about the families and culture from that area. After, we will have a relaxing walk around the castle and have some free time for a coffee and enjoying the nature.After we finish exploring the castle we will start are tour to Varazdin and after 1 hour drive will arrive in that beautiful baroque town. Varaždin is one of the oldest and the most beautiful Central European cities. wing to its charm and baroque architecture Varaždin has been his­tor­i­cally dubbed ‘Little Vienna’. The city, whose rich his­tory goes back to the 12th century, was home to the region’s wealth­i­est nobles, landowners, artisans and artists, especially in the late 1700s, when the city flourished and became the capital of Croatia. In the late afternoon after 1,5 hour driving we will arrive back in Zagreb.

$376.43 Tours & Sightseeing

Trakoscan Castle and Varazdin Private Full-Day Tour

The tour starts at your accommodation and after 1 hour driving our first stop is Trakoscan castle (13th century), perched on a small hill overlooking the large park and forest area. First we will explore the indoors of the castle and learn about the families and culture from that area. After, we will have a relaxing walk around the castle and have some free time for a coffee and enjoying the nature.After  the castle we head to Varazdin with a visit to a local botanical garden on the way. About 1 hour drive and we are in Baroque Capital of Croatia. Varaždin is one of the oldest and the most beautiful Central European cities. wing to its charm and baroque architecture Varaždin has been his­tor­i­cally dubbed ‘Little Vienna’. The city, whose rich his­tory goes back to the 12th century, was home to the region’s wealth­i­est nobles, landowners, artisans and artists, especially in the late 1700s, when the city flourished and became the capital of Croatia. In the late afternoon we are back in Zagreb.

$376.43 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Hiking and Trakoscan Castle

We will pick up in your Zagreb hotel and take a 1-hour drive to charming Zagorje, a region filled with green hills, vineyards, castles and beautiful nature. Our moderate level hike starts at the parking of Hotel Trakoscan at 243 meters (797 ft) overlooking the castle. We will hike through the forest and local villages for some 2 hours until we reach our goal, the mountain hut Pusti duh at 680 meters (2230 ft) where we will have a nice break. One part of the descent will be different as we will be taking another trail than during the ascent.Another highlight of the trip is famous Trakoscan Castle. Built in the 13th century it was originally a small medieval castle. Besides excellent reconstruction, it offers valuable examples of baroque furniture, different weapons used from 15th to 19th century and other small items. Moreover, a beautiful romantic garden, built on the model of English parks, and a large lake in front of the castle is something that should not be missed. You will explore the castle at your own pace and on your own (before or after the hike), with basic information given to you by your guide. If you decide you have enough time you can decide to visit Varazdin town after the hike & castle visit, you can decide about that on spot. It's the city of baroque, flowers and music that proudly carries name of ‘Little Vienna’. This visit will extend the duration of the trip for another 2 hours approximately.The trip ends with drop off in your hotel in Zagreb.