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Museum in Varaždin

Town Museum

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

Bedem

The most exciting culinary experience in town, Bedem is a venture by two local chefs experimenting with regional cuisine using local ingredients – think foie-gras-filled puff pastry and pork belly rolled in pumpkin …
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). Food choices are varied though, as is the drinks menu, with lots o…
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…
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.
Square in Varaždin

Traditional Crafts Square

Demonstrations of pottery, weaving, beekeeping and hat-making re-create the olden times here.
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…
Church in Varaždin

Franciscan Church & Monastery of St John the Baptist

Built in 1650 in baroque style on the site of an earlier structure, this church contains the town’s tallest tower (54.5m) and houses an ancient pharmacy ornamented with 18th-century ceiling frescoes. Next door is a …
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…
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, Ital…