The greatest tourist value of Varaždin is its exceptional monumental and artistic heritage gathered in one of the best preserved and richest Baroque urban units, not only in Croatia but also in the wider region. Baroque Varaždin was built according to the medieval plan, which means in a relatively small area you can find preserved traces of all historical periods. Varaždin’s historic core is adorned by preserved palaces, significant public buildings, valuable houses and villas in the style of Baroque, Rococo, Classicism and Art Nouveau, as well as one of the oldest European city halls.

Historic core

Special attention is drawn to the large complex of the Old Town, the famous fortifications built from the 14th to the 19th century. In addition to its historical and architectural value, for the people of Varaždin this complex also has a strong emotional and symbolic value.


In addition to palaces, houses and historic public buildings, the city centre is enriched by the splendour of sacral heritage. Varaždin churches, their bell towers and towers, but also the immense artistic value of the interior of churches and monasteries are an indispensable part of the story of historic Varaždin. Like everything in this beautifully charming and preserved old town – it is worth exploring.

Special attention is drawn to the large complex of the Old Town, the famous fortifications built from the 14th to the 19th century. In addition to its historical and architectural value, for the people of Varaždin this complex also has a strong emotional and symbolic value.


In addition to palaces, houses and historic public buildings, the city centre is enriched by the splendour of sacral heritage. Varaždin churches, their bell towers and towers, but also the immense artistic value of the interior of churches and monasteries are an indispensable part of the story of historic Varaždin. Like everything in this beautifully charming and preserved old town – it is worth exploring.

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STREETS

Many associate the notion of a palacewith Varaždin and its historical attire, and this is quite understandable, considering their number and beauty. All those lavish buildings, villas, houses and churches are woven into the network of streets connecting them. And while the palaces represent a wide range of styles from Baroque through Rococo to Classicism, the plan of Varaždin with its irregular, circular streets and alleys is primarily medieval.


(Almost) every street in the historic core has a story to tell or at least a nickname used by the people of Varaždin. For example, if you are looking for the street called “Dućanska” or “Kod Plaveca”, you will not find them on the map, while many people from Varaždin need to think twice if you ask them for Gundulićeva and Draškovićeva Street.

SQUARES

Fortunately, the tradition of the role that city squares play in the social life, dynamics and culture of the city, has pleasantly survived in Varaždin to the present day. The squares in the historic core of Varaždin are superb for socializing, observing, commenting, having long conversations and even longer coffee breaks – offerring views as diverse as Varaždin itself. The monumentality of the main city square – officially named after King Tomislav, but even more officially known as Korzo among the people of Varaždin, is complemented by the wide promenade of Franciscan Square. With a doubt, definitely the best view has to be from Miljenko Stančić Square, one of the most beautiful places to enjoy coffee with its Old Town as a backdrop.

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