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Varazdin

Varazdin

Como antigua capital de la Croacia del siglo XVIII, Varaždin cuenta con una ubicación estratégica en el río Drava, cerca de las fronteras con Eslovenia y Hungría. Un destino popular para excursiones de un día desde Zagreb, la animada ciudad barroca es un ejemplo encantador de un asentamiento croata tradicional, famoso por su exquisita arquitectura. Varaždin también es conocido por su afiliación de larga data con las artes, que se muestra en el festival de arte al aire libre de 10 días que se celebra cada agosto y las prestigiosas tardes barrocas de Varazdin que se celebran durante todo septiembre.

El punto culminante visual de Varaždin es su variedad de edificios barrocos cuidadosamente restaurados, muchos de los cuales se remontan al reinado de la ciudad como capital, y le valieron a la ciudad su apodo de "Pequeña Viena". El llamativo Ayuntamiento del siglo XVI, flanqueado por granaderos uniformados; el Sermage Palace de estilo rococó, que ahora alberga la Galería de Maestros Antiguos y Contemporáneos; y las fachadas en tonos pastel que bordean la plaza central Kralja Tomislava, son hitos notables, pero la atracción estrella es la fantástica fortaleza Stari Grad del siglo XIV, que ahora alberga el Museo de la Ciudad.

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Varazdin

The Basics

Varazdin is ideal for travelers wanting to experience a less-visited area of Croatia, far from the tourist spots of its Adriatic coastline. Those exploring independently can wander the historical center’s cobbled streets and squares; admire its cupcake-colored mansions, and watch the world go by from its al-fresco cafes and restaurants. Highlights include Varazdin’s 14th-century round-towered castle-fortress, Cathedral of the Assumption, and striking 16th-century Town Hall, one of Europe’s oldest.

Varazdin is a popular destination for day trips from places such as Zagreb. Tours typically pair a guided walk around the town’s baroque center with other, nearby attractions such as Trakoscan Castle and the folksy village of Kumrovec. Travelers staying in Varazdin, meanwhile, can explore and enjoy the surrounding countryside and Drava River on outdoor pursuits such as rafting and 4WD adventures.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Allow around three to four hours to explore Varazdin’s streets, squares, museums, and churches.
  • Old Varazdin is largely wheelchair- and stroller-accessible.
  • Bring sun protection: shade is scarce in the main square.
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How to Get There

Located about 52 miles (84 kilometers) from Zagreb, Varazdin is easy to access by self-drive car from Croatia’s capital: follow the E65/71 toll road northward before taking Exit 4 for Varazdin. Regular buses and trains also connect Zagreb with Varazdin, although they include several stops on route. Alternatively, consider a guided tour that includes round-trip travel and a guide for an illuminating and stress-free day.

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When to Get There

Varazdin is at its busiest from June to September. Plan to arrive before or after the swell of late-morning and early-afternoon tour groups if you want to sightsee when it’s quiet. The most colorful time of year is late August-early September, when the town’s annual Spancirfest festival brings entertainers, concerts, and food stalls onto the streets.

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What to See and Do in Varazdin

One of the most popular activities for Varazdin visitors is to simply stroll around to see its baroque mansions before people-watching over a coffee and pastry at one of the open-air cafes. Sights worth visiting include the fairy tale-like, red-roofed castle, the rococo Sermage Palace—home to a top-notch art gallery—and the quirky Entomological Museum, where you can peruse displays of no less than 10,000 mounted insects.

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