The Old Town of Ludbreg consists of a square-shaped castle and two outbuildings. Around the castle you can still see glipmses of a defence moat, to which the water came from the Bednja river. The castle has a ground floor plus three additional floors, first of which is significantly higher.
The Croatian National Theatre in Varaždin has three scenes (a big scene and two chambers), and the repertoire usually includes national dramatics, especially the first performances of Croatian writers. There are also classics, Central European playwrights, and the peculiarity of the repertoire is the performance of classical works in the Kajkavian dialect.
Indoor and outdoor swimming pools in Varaždinske Toplice offer numerous attractions for their visitors. Waterpark includes water attractions such as a waterslide, a fast canal, a water mushroom and a whirlpool.
The idyllic surroundings of the forest on the banks of the River Drava is the location for the Varaždin Sports Hall. The Varaždin Sports Hall is home to a number of sports such as basketball, handball, volleyball and various bowling clubs. In addition to sporting facilities, the Varaždin Sports Hall is ideal for concerts, fairs and other such events.
Almost in the center of the city of Ludbreg, in the street of Ivan Gundulić, in a row of ordinary looking houses, "Grandma's house" with "Grandpa's court" is located. The house preserves the valuable and rich heritage of the Ludbreg area from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
A centuries-old tradition of lace-making in Lepoglava has created and preserved a very peculiar form of lace-making: the Lepoglava čace. The beauty and magic, which are velieved to have been brought to Croatia by the Pauline order, can be enjoyed in the Lepoglava lace selling gallery.
The Regional Museum of Varaždinske Toplice was founded in 1937 by Josip Čabrijan, a pharmacist from Varaždinske Toplice. The museum is located on the ground floor of the Old Town in the center of Varaždinske Toplice.
The classicist Hercer Palace was built in 1791. The Hercer family crest was carved in stone above the main entrance. During the 18th century the family became exceedingly wealthy through its running of the post office and bought their way into the nobility.
The town of Ludbreg is one of the oldest settlements in Croatia. That little town in Podravina region has developed on the crossroads of roads leading from the East to the West and from the north to the south, and all the traders had to pass over the river Bednja.
Grapevine was probably grown in the Varaždin area as early as in the Roman times, and historical sources say that the citizens of Varaždin have had their own vineyards for years and they care about them very much.
When Varaždin's public notary Krunoslav Čolo started offering the Varaždin passport to the visitors of the Špancirfest festival on his stand, it soon became an attractive town souvenir that many eminent Croatian and European politicians who visited the festival brought back to their homes. However, Varaždin indeed issued passports in the past.
In the Hrvatsko Zagorje traditional cuisine turkey is definitiely the most valued delicacy and an essential part of festive holiday tables. Zagorje turkey is highly valued for its delicious taste and high quality meat, so it had the reputation of a superior delicacy far from the hills of Zagorje region.
In one of their crusades in the late 15th century, the Turks burnt down the monastery in Lepoglava, with all the records of the founding and its first years burning in the fire. Therefore the exact year when this famous Pauline monastery was built will forever remain unknown.
Ivanec and Ivančica, Ivanečko Polje or the Ivanšček creek are only few of the names in the Ivanec area that remind and hold the memory of the Knights Hospitaller, who came to Croatia in mid-12th century.
Apart from a remarkable cultural wealth left to us by the Paulines, Lepoglava hides a valuable mineral treasure, a semi-precious stone agate, which can be found only around Gaveznica, our only inactive volcano, that will tell you an exciting story of our planet's history.
There is always an old legend or at least a spooky story tied to vast, dark forests, passed on the younger generations. The paka forest near Novi Marof, stretching along the Kalnik hills, hides many legends, one of which being the one of Crna Paka (Black Paka) and the old Gradišče fort.
The slopes of the Ivančica mountain, covered by thick forest, have always entertained the folks' imagination, and many of the creepy stories about supernatural beings were kept until today.
The Trakošćan castle was built in the late 13th century as part of the northwest Croatia defense system. It served as a smaller observation point for observing the road from Ptuj to the Bednja valley.