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 Gothic-Renaiss…
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 around t…
Croatian in Varaždin

Bedem

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 gras…
Croatian in Varaždin

Palatin

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 wines…
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) varieties. D…
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, incl…
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 (9.50–22KN).
Cultural in Varaždin

Špancirfest

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 the c…