The so-called “Vienna of Croatia” is a peaceful and quiet destination in Northern Croatia. Its appeal is not only in its architecture, but also in its lively streets and beautiful squares. Varaždin’s buildings, museums, music and flowers embellish the city and perfume the air.
The history of Varaždin dates back eight centuries. In the 18th century, it was a refuge for noblemen and wealthy locals, such as landowners, craftsmen and artists. This favorable situation made it the capital of Croatia for some time (from 1756 to 1776).
The town hosts many festivals and celebrations throughout the year. Other events, such as baroque music evenings, fairs and exhibitions are regularly organized. An old castle houses the city’s museum, which is a popular attraction in the city. The Town Hall, which serves as the provincial administration offices, dates back to the 6th century and is one of the oldest in Europe.
You can watch the changing of the Varaždin Civil Guard on Saturdays between 11 am and noon in front of the town hall. This traditional ceremony, which is more than 250 years old, is performed to the rhythm of drums. The people of Varaždin have always been the hosts of important people and have always managed to provide good food. That’s why there are many good restaurants in town with home-made recipes and local specialties. The delicious Klipić (bread or roll) is one of the most popular items on local restaurant menus.