Top things to do

Castle in Varaždin

Town Museum

This whitewashed fortress, a gem of medieval defensive architecture housed inside the Stari Grad (Old Town), is surrounded by a manicured park. Construction began in the 14th century, with the present...

Music in Varaždin

Varaždin Baroque Evenings

Varaždin is famous for its baroque music festival, Varaždin Baroque Evenings, which takes place over two weeks each September. Local and international orchestras play in the cathedral, churches and theatres...

Croatian in Varaždin


This venture by two local chefs experiments with regional cuisine using local ingredients – think foie-gras-filled puff pastry and pork belly rolled in pumpkin seeds. The downstairs covered terrace, overlooking...

Croatian in Varaždin


A notch above everywhere else in town for the quality of its menu, with dishes like Istrian steak with truffles and perch in horseradish sauce among the house specialities. There's a large wine list of over 50...

Croatian in Varaždin

Restoran Raj

This cavernous restaurant, with lots of wood accents, serves great weekly lunches (till 1.30pm), and features a meat-heavy menu (particularly pork). The drinks menu has lots of beers and rakija (grappa)...

Cemetery in Varaždin

Varaždin Cemetery

A 10-minute stroll west of Stari Grad takes you to this serene horticultural masterpiece, designed in 1905 by Viennese architect Hermann Helmer. Meander amid tombstones, avenues, promenades and over 7000 trees,...

Bar in Varaždin

My Way

This cafe-bar does a roaring trade with its seating taking over the square on sunny days. Service is on the ball and there's a huge variety of drinks to choose from, including well-priced beer (9.50KN–22KN).

Cultural in Varaždin


In late August the eclectic Špancirfest enlivens the town’s parks, streets and squares with world music, street performances, theatre, creative workshops, traditional crafts and contemporary arts.

Cafe in Varaždin

Kavana Grofica Marica

The best place in town for a coffee. Do as the locals do and pull up a seat on the pavement out front to watch the world go by.

Cathedral in Varaždin

Cathedral of the Assumption

This former Jesuit church, located southeast of Trg Kralja Tomislava, was built in 1646. The facade is distinguished by an early baroque portal bearing the coat of arms of the noble Drašković family. Occupying...

Museum in Varaždin

World of Insects

This entomological collection, housed in the classicist Hercer Palace, comprises nearly 4500 exhibits of the bug world, including 1000 different insect species. It's well set out to spark a child's interest in...

Gallery in Varaždin

Gallery of Old & Modern Masters

The rococo-style Sermage Palace, which houses the gallery, was built in 1759. Note the carved medallions on the facade and pay a quick visit to the museum, which displays portraits and landscapes from Croatian,...

Croatian in Varaždin


An old-fashioned dining room with great-value gableci (cheap, filling lunches) served on weekdays. In the evening, pick one of the traditional specialities such as baked duck with buckwheat, black pudding and...

Historic Building in Varaždin

Town Hall

This striking Romanesque-Gothic structure has been the town hall since the 16th century. Notice the town’s coat of arms at the foot of the tower and the carved portal dating from 1792. There’s a guard-changing...

Statue in Varaždin

Statue of Bishop Grgur Ninski

The sculpture of medieval Croatian bishop Grgur Ninski was made by renowned Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović; it's a copy of the artist's original bronze statue in Split. Touch the statue’s big toe and good luck...

Italian in Varaždin


Housed in a vaulted basement, this cosy pizzeria-trattoria churns out excellent pizza, pasta (from gnocchi to tagliatelle), risottos and meat mainstays. There's a lovely deck set up in the park across the street,...

Square in Varaždin

Traditional Crafts Square

Demonstrations of pottery, weaving, beekeeping and hat-making re-create the olden times here and there's a couple of market stalls where you can buy traditional locally made products.

Architecture in Varaždin

Patačić-Puttar Palace

Check out this mid-18th-century building's eye-catching mixture of baroque and classical styles. The richly decorated stone portal features the coat of arms of the Patačić family.

Waterfront in Varaždin

Drava River Waterfront

A 15-minute walk northeast of the town centre takes you to this verdant, tranquil riverfront, bordered by footpaths and several outdoor cafes where you can kick back.