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- Varaždin -

Varaždin, often hailed as a hidden gem in northern Croatia, is a city renowned for its rich history, stunning Baroque architecture, and vibrant cultural scene. Located just an hour's drive north of Zagreb, Varaždin is a city where history and modernity blend seamlessly. Its Baroque buildings, tranquil spas, and a reputation for some of the best beer in the country make it an increasingly popular tourist destination.

Photos taken on November 1st, 2023

Fun fact no 1

The Varaždin Castle, a stunning medieval fortress, is a central attraction in the city. Dating back to the 14th century and expanded in the 15th century, it features Gothic architecture typical of northern Croatia. Since 1925, it has been transformed into a museum that houses paintings, furniture, weapons, and decorative objects important for Varaždin's history.

Fun fact no 2

Known as "Little Vienna," Varaždin's streets are a delightful blend of Baroque, Renaissance, Gothic, and Rococo architectural styles. The city is famous for its well-preserved historic center, colorful facades, and ornate details, offering an enchanting atmosphere for leisurely exploration.

Fun fact no 3

This annual music festival is a significant event on the classical music calendar. Held in late September and early October, the Varaždin Baroque Evenings feature concerts at various stunning locations across the city, attracting many of Croatia's most talented musicians.

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Varaždin, a city in northwest Croatia, stands as the cultural, educational, and economic heart of Varaždin County, Croatia's oldest county. Varaždin is uniquely positioned on the edge of the Pannonian Plain and the Alpine system, along the Drava River, at an elevation of 169 to 173 meters.

Boasting a moderate continental climate, Varaždin had a population of around 43,999 as per the 2021 census. The city is a significant industrial hub, ranking third in Croatia for GDP per capita. Key industries include food production, construction, textiles, metal processing, and wood industry.

Varaždin's history is rich and varied. Remarkably, the world's best-preserved Neanderthal remains were discovered in the Vindija cave near Varaždin. The city's medieval importance is evident in its role in the medieval Varaždin County and its strategic significance as a trade center, particularly during the era of Turkish conquests.

In the 16th century, as the Ottoman Empire advanced, Croatian nobles fortified the region, creating a system of border guards and fortresses known as the Military Frontier, with Varaždin as a key stronghold. The 17th and 18th centuries saw significant growth and development in Varaždin, marked by the flourishing of Baroque architecture.

The 19th century brought further development with the establishment of a railway network and various political movements. The city continued to evolve culturally and economically into the 20th century, overcoming challenges like World War I and modernizing post World War II. Varaždin's architectural and cultural landmarks, such as the Stari Grad (Old Town) fortress, now a city museum, and its Baroque churches and monasteries, draw visitors worldwide. The city's rich cultural life includes museums, galleries, a historic library, a vibrant theater scene, and festivals like the Varaždin Baroque Evenings and Špancirfest.

With a long cultural and historical heritage, especially its Baroque legacy, Varaždin is a key player in Croatia's tourism sector. The city is actively enhancing its economic and rural tourism, offering a unique blend of history and modernity to every visitor.