Outdoors

Apart from its festivals, events, culture, gastronomy and rich history, Varaždin has yet another ace up its sleeve – beautiful nature and a rich offer of recreational and adventurous activities in its immediate or distant surroundings.

Surrender to the river
Even though it is often called the European Amazon, the freshwater pearl of Europe, the gold-bearing river, and by other flattering nicknames, we know it simply as – the Drava! Tame and wild, and researched and undiscovered at the same time, the Drava river, its banks, and nearby forests allow you to get to know and enjoy nature in various ways: SUP + RAFT + MTB + Jeep Off Road.
Surrender to the river
Even though it is often called the European Amazon, the freshwater pearl of Europe, the gold-bearing river, and by other flattering nicknames, we know it simply as – the Drava! Tame and wild, and researched and undiscovered at the same time, the Drava river, its banks, and nearby forests allow you to get to know and enjoy nature in various ways: SUP + RAFT + MTB + Jeep Off Road.
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Surrender
to the river

Even though it is often called the European Amazon, the freshwater pearl of Europe, the gold-bearing river, and by other flattering nicknames, we know it simply as – the Drava! Tame and wild, and researched and undiscovered at the same time, the Drava river, its banks, and nearby forests allow you to get to know and enjoy nature in various ways: SUP + RAFT + MTB + Jeep Off Road.

The Castle to Castle route takes you from Varaždin’s Old Town to the Trakošćan Castle, revealing the county’s abundance of beautiful features along the way. The Toplice route leads to Varaždinske Toplice, a town with the oldest thermal spa in Croatia and archaeological excavations of a Roman thermal bath.

The EuroVelo 9 cycling route passes through Slovenia (the City of Maribor) and the west side of Varaždin, whereas the EuroVelo 13 route passes through the east side of town and runs along the Slovenian – Hungarian border through Međimurje County, continuing towards Koprivnica through the immediate vicinity of Mali Bukovec.

Exploring by bike

Its excellent geographical position at the intersection of bicycle routes, its connection to important international and Croatian routes, a charming mix of the historical and the urban, availability of bike&bed accommodation, and the wide variety of offers make the town of Varaždin an attractive destination for cycle tourism and a starting point for many bike trips.

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THROUGH THE COUNTY ON TWO WHEELS

Four road bike routes and one partially off-road route can be found in Varaždin County. The partially off-roadroute is marked as RO2, whereas the other routes, leading from Varaždin to Dubrava Križovljanska, and from Varaždin to Mali Bukovec, are marked as RO1 and RO3 respectively.

The Castle to Castle route takes you from Varaždin’s Old Town to the Trakošćan Castle, revealing the county’s abundance of beautiful features along the way. The Toplice route leads to Varaždinske Toplice, a town with the oldest thermal spa in Croatia and archaeological excavations of a Roman thermal bath.

The EuroVelo 9 cycling route passes through Slovenia (the City of Maribor) and the west side of Varaždin, whereas the EuroVelo 13 route passes through the east side of town and runs along the Slovenian – Hungarian border through Međimurje County, continuing towards Koprivnica through the immediate vicinity of Mali Bukovec.

ALONG THE DRAVA RIVER ON A BIKE – Drava bike trail

The bike trail along the Drava river surprisingly passes through four countries and is approximately 710 km long in total.

The trail starts near the source of the Drava river in Toblach, Italy, and then continues for 290 km through Carinthia, Austria and passes through Slovenia for 145 km. Its Croatian section (which is not yet fully finished and marked) is 265 km long and ends in Osijek.
It is suitable for trekking, as well as mountain and electric bicycles, and it mostly passes along the banks of the Drava River.

The Varaždin part of the Drava trail reveals most of the river’s stunning features. In addition to natural beauties, the trail will give you the opportunity to see various attractions and landmarks.

Information:

Through the County on two wheels:https://bike-routes-vzz.com/biciklisticke-rute/

Varaždin Bike Routes smartphone app www.turizam-vzz.hr

Drava bike trail: www.dravabike.si

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Hiking

Although Varaždin is located in a plain, hills and mountains can be found on the southern and western parts of the region. Above the town of Ivanec in Varaždin County lies Ivanščica, the highest mountain of continental Croatia and a paradise for hikers and forest wanderers. If you want to healthy and active encounter during your time here, why not opt to climb the nearby Ravna gora or the mythical Kalnik. Kalnik’s peak with an ancient fortress, educational trail and a mountain lodge technically does not belong to the Varaždin region, but we’re sure you won’t mind.

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Ivanščica

This highest mountain of north-western Croatia is a popular hiking destination. There are several well-marked trails of varying difficulty you can take to the top, where you can find the charming and well-known mountain lodge Pasarić House. Need more reasons to climb the “Iva”? Just think of its splendid forests and how close it is of not just Varaždin, but also the historic towns of Ivanec and Lepoglava. Although this popular mountain has a gentler slope, it should not be underestimated.

Ravna Gora

Did you know that you can climb the Alps near Varaždin? The Ravna gora hill is the last branch of this mountain range and is popular among hikers primarily because of the beauty of its forests, spectacular views from the viewpoint, an abundance of great hiking trails, and two mountain lodges. It is also close to the Trakošćan castle. Ravna gora is a great spot for paragliders as well.

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Čevo

This small but fierce mountain peak is “only” 562 m high, but offers a spectacular view of the beautiful winding valley of the Bednja river, the Bela castles, and even the mountain peaks of Slovenia. Čevo is connected to Grebengrad and Ivanščica by hiking trails, and also located nearby are the remains of Pusta Bela, a fortress which, according to legend, King Richard the Lionheart used for rest on his return from the Third Crusade.

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Pokojec

Pokojec is a destination that recreationists, hikers, and climbers will not want to miss as it is home to one of the largest and most popular climbing sites in continental Croatia. It is a beautiful spot for enjoying walks in nature, and boasts a spectacular lookout and a popular mountain lodge. The water source in Belski dol is a special attraction and a great place to rest before continuing on your journey, wherever you decide to go. And there are multiple options, as the destination boasts hiking trails leading to Čevo, Grebengrad, and Ivanščica.

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Grebengrad

A wide forest road leading to one of the largest fortresses in northern Croatia, great for a visit in any part of the year, boasts the Grebengrad Mountain Lodge at its end, as well as the remains of the once-mighty fortress, and a magnificent view from Lubenjak.

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Kalnik

Kalnik is one of the mythical mountains of north-western Croatia and a place where as many as three counties meet. In addition to its historical and cultural significance, it is also an important part of the outdoor excursion offer. It is possible to get to and around Kalnik by bike, and it is also great for walks, hikes or climbs. The mountain boasts beautiful and preserved nature, broad views from its peaks, as well as the remains of a mighty fortress and a mountain lodge situated right next to it.

Čevo

This small but fierce mountain peak is “only” 562 m high, but offers a spectacular view of the beautiful winding valley of the Bednja river, the Bela castles, and even the mountain peaks of Slovenia. Čevo is connected to Grebengrad and Ivanščica by hiking trails, and also located nearby are the remains of Pusta Bela, a fortress which, according to legend, King Richard the Lionheart used for rest on his return from the Third Crusade.

Pokojec

Pokojec is a destination that recreationists, hikers, and climbers will not want to miss as it is home to one of the largest and most popular climbing sites in continental Croatia. It is a beautiful spot for enjoying walks in nature, and boasts a spectacular lookout and a popular mountain lodge. The water source in Belski dol is a special attraction and a great place to rest before continuing on your journey, wherever you decide to go. And there are multiple options, as the destination boasts hiking trails leading to Čevo, Grebengrad, and Ivanščica.

Grebengrad

A wide forest road leading to one of the largest fortresses in northern Croatia, great for a visit in any part of the year, boasts the Grebengrad Mountain Lodge at its end, as well as the remains of the once-mighty fortress, and a magnificent view from Lubenjak.

Kalnik

Kalnik is one of the mythical mountains of north-western Croatia and a place where as many as three counties meet. In addition to its historical and cultural significance, it is also an important part of the outdoor excursion offer. It is possible to get to and around Kalnik by bike, and it is also great for walks, hikes or climbs. The mountain boasts beautiful and preserved nature, broad views from its peaks, as well as the remains of a mighty fortress and a mountain lodge situated right next to it.

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Experiences in the air

Why not fly around Varaždin? Time to paraglide! The Ivanščica mountain and the Ravna gora hill are popular spots with paragliders – so if you want to add some adrenaline to your Varaždin experience – feel free to join them!

The beautiful landscapes of Ravna gora and Ivanščica and a dedicated landing site in Cvetlin make them the most attractive locations for free gliding in Croatia. National and European competitions in this sport are regularly held there, and there are a total of two starting points managed by two different clubs. Ivanščica is also an excellent paragliding destination.

Ravna gora:

“Let” Paragliding Club

tel. +385 (0)91 234 2340

tel. +385 (0)91 612 0069 – tandem paragliding

info@let.hr

“Kolibri” Free Gliding Club

tel. +385 (0)91 769 5653

FB “Kolibri” Free Gliding Club

kolibri@bednja.hr

Ivančica:

“Let” Paragliding Club

tel: +385 (0)91 234 2340

info@let.hr

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