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Gallery in Varaždin

Gallery of Old & Modern Masters

The rococo-style Sermage Palace that 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, Italian…
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 …
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…
Historic Building in Varaždin

Croatian National Theatre

This stunning theatre was built in 1873 in neo-Renaissance style, following the designs of Hermann Helmer.
Palace in Varaždin

Patačić-Puttar Palace

Check out this eye-catching mixture of baroque and classical styles. The richly decorated stone portal features the coat of arms of the Patačić family.
Museum in Varaždinske Toplice

City Museum

The city museum, in a baroque castle at the heart of Varaždinske Toplice, showcases a sculpture of Minerva from the 3rd century AD.
European in Varaždinske Toplice

Zlatne Gorice

If you have your own wheels, stop for lunch at this sparkling restored mansion, set 3km from Toplice along the old road to Varaždin. Surrounded by vineyards, it serves central European fare (think schnitzels, stews …
Castle in Zagorje

Trakošćan Castle

Trakošćan Castle, 80km northwest of Zagreb, is worth a visit for its well-presented museum and attractive grounds. The exact origin of its construction is unknown, but the first official mention dates to 1334. Not m…
Museum in Krapina

Museum of the Krapina Neanderthal

This is Krapina’s highlight, just west of the centre. Built into a vertical rock and fronted with a glass wall, this cavernous two-floor space has high-tech exhibits tracing the region's history and geology. After a…
Monastery in Krapina

Franciscan Monastery

Peek into this baroque monastery just west of the centre, which once housed a philosophy and theology school. The adjoining church has evocative frescoes by the Pauline monk Ivan Ranger in the sacristy.