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Ravna gora

Ravna gora

Ravna Gora is the last branch of the Alps and is a favorite picnic spot for recreationists. The lookout point on Ravna gora offers a beautiful view of the Trakošćan castle, to which you are led by hiking trails.

Galerija Toplissa

Galerija Toplissa

Povodom 80. obljetnice Zavičajnog muzeja, 2017. godine, u Varaždinskim Toplicama otvorena je Galerija Toplissa s prigodnom izložbom koja pokazuje svu raznolikost, atraktivnost i vrijednost građe u muzejskim zbirkama.

Pranger -  a pillar of shame with a stone measure

Pranger - a pillar of shame with a stone measure

In Vinica there is a pillar of “shame”, Pranger. It is a two yards tall stoned pillar. Pranger was used for roping and whipping of those who swindled with the measure (fairs have taken place in Vinica since 1580).

The bells of the St. Vid Church saved Varaždin from a catastrophe

The bells of the St. Vid Church saved Varaždin from a catastrophe

The bells of the St. Vid Church started to toll all by themselves, and the citizens woke up and defended the city.

How did the last Frankopan from the old lineage of princes from Senj die

How did the last Frankopan from the old lineage of princes from Senj die

Turks' worst enemy, Croatian ban Franjo Frankopan, died in Varaždin from scorpions oil.

A society of vine doctors

A society of vine doctors

The association of wine drinkers Pinta, founded in 1696 by the Count Baltazar Patačić, represent especially interesting part of history.

Making of a monument to Vatroslav Jagić was followed by a constant misfortune

Making of a monument to Vatroslav Jagić was followed by a constant misfortune

Many misfortunes are mentioned in a story of Vatroslav Jagić's monument.

Tragic love of Varaždin from the story of Ksaver Šandor Gjalski

Tragic love of Varaždin from the story of Ksaver Šandor Gjalski

One of the most beautiful love stories of Varaždin was told by Ksaver Šandor Gjalski.

The lavish parties of Countess Nadasdy

The lavish parties of Countess Nadasdy

Suzana Malatinsky, or Countess Drašković and later Countess Nadasdy, was known for her sumptuous balls and the story of her arrival in Varaždin is very interesting.

Medieval Christmas dinner

Medieval Christmas dinner

Do you know what was eaten and what the Varaždin Christmas meal looked like in medieval times?

Bishop Domitrović drowned in Varaždin due to a harlot

Bishop Domitrović drowned in Varaždin due to a harlot

The event from 1628 shows that not only foes, but also friends drowned in the trenches of the Old Fort.

Falling star as a doomsday messenger

Falling star as a doomsday messenger

People have always wondered when it would happen and what doomsday would look like.

The rumour circulated that 13 June, 1857 will be the doomsday, and many people of Varaždin believed it.

Adrenaline park "Vručina"

Adrenaline park "Vručina"

Adrenaline Park 'Vručina' near Ludbreg offers visitors the organization of bachelor parties, teambuilding, birthdays and numerous adrenaline activities.

Cultural center "Ivan Rabuzin"

Cultural center "Ivan Rabuzin"

The Ivan Rabuzin Cultural Center, opened in 2011, is the center of most cultural events in the City of Novi Marof.

Batthyany Castle

Batthyany Castle

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.

CineStar, Twister playroom and a bowling club

CineStar, Twister playroom and a bowling club

 Just 7 minutes drive from the center of Varaždin, Lumini Center offers a great deal of entertainment in addition to shopping.

Cluecity - Escape game on the streets of Varaždin

Cluecity - Escape game on the streets of Varaždin

Every city has hidden mysteries and secrets and is there a better way to get to know a new city than playing a game in it?

"Gaj" cinema

"Gaj" cinema

Gaj Cinema is a cult Varaždin cinema located right next to City Hall. It shows independent, European and Croatian films.

Croatian National Theatre Varaždin

Croatian National Theatre Varaždin

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.

Minerva Sports and Recreation Pools - Varaždinske Toplice

Minerva Sports and Recreation Pools - Varaždinske Toplice

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.

Topličica excursion site

Topličica excursion site

At the Topličica excursion site there is a restaurant with about 200 seats, two large pools with slides, a children's amusement park, two earthen and one asphalt tennis courts, two Ping-pong tables and a large parking lot.

Aquacity

Aquacity

Aquacity, popularly known as the "Varaždin Sea" is located three kilometers from the center of the baroque town of Varaždin. Its landscaped environment makes it an oasis for relaxation, walking, swimming and recreation.

Drava pools

Drava pools

Situated in a natural, wooded setting along the Drava River, the Drava pools attract numerous bathers looking for refreshment during the hot summer months.

City swimming pools

City swimming pools

The City Swimming Pools are a true oasis of health and enjoyment for everyone in Varaždin, its surrounding towns and all visitors looking for recreation and relaxation. 

Varaždin sports hall

Varaždin sports hall

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.

Grandma's house and grandpa's court

Grandma's house and grandpa's court

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.

Lepoglava lace gallery

Lepoglava lace gallery

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.

Galerija Prikratki

Galerija Prikratki

The Prikratki Gallery is located in the mere heart of the historic Varaždin. What makes it special is that the owner and the author of the displayed works creates eclectic works of art from the "ordinary", old metal objects, tools and machines. 

Mountaineering Museum

Mountaineering Museum

Visit the Mountaineering Museum and get to know the mining tradition and the "treasure" of Ivanec.

The Varaždin County Palace

The Varaždin County Palace

This monumental two-storey palace, built in row on the south side of the Franjevački square (St. Franciscans' Square), has the shape of an elongated rectangle which closes the inner courtyard with three connected courtyard wings.

Weather station, Varaždin

Weather station, Varaždin

The weather station in Varaždin, located next to the Alojzija Stepinca Street and Vatroslava Jagića promenade, was built in 1909. It is put up on the octogonal base with three steps.

Trakošćan Castle

Trakošćan Castle

The Trakošćan Castle is a cultural asset, a protected historic unit consisting of the castle and the surrounding buildings, a park and a forest park with a lake

Regional Museum of Varaždinske Toplice

Regional Museum of Varaždinske Toplice

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.

Darwin Butković Studio in Varaždin

Darwin Butković Studio in Varaždin

Darwin Butković was born on 24 April 1962. He graduated from the School of Applied Arts in Zagreb in 1981.

Angels museum Varaždin

Angels museum Varaždin

The Angels Museum is located in 14 Silvija Strahimira Kranjčevića Street in Varaždin. Often the motifs are the artists' trademark that we recognize without a doubt.

K10 Gallery Varaždin

K10 Gallery Varaždin

The space of K10 Gallery is intended for the KERAMEIKON collection of contemporary world's ceramics, comprised of 225 ceramic works of art from 45 countries.

"Zlatni ajngel" Gallery (Golden Angel Gallery)

"Zlatni ajngel" Gallery (Golden Angel Gallery)

The gallery is located in a charming little courtyard on house number 15, revealed by a „cimer“ (a traditional shop sign).

„World of insects“ entomological collection

„World of insects“ entomological collection

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 Museum of Firefighting

The Museum of Firefighting

Although the smallest of all city museums, the Museum has proved attractive to many visitors.

The Gallery of Old and New Masters

The Gallery of Old and New Masters

The Varaždin City Museum has been the home of the Gallery of Old and New Masters since 1939. It holds over 5300 artworks, divided into 10 collections.

Old Town Varaždin

Old Town Varaždin

At the northern edge of the historical centre of Varaždin, separated from the city by embankments and moats, is the Varaždin Old Town.

Museum Collection of Oldtimers and Old Technology

Museum Collection of Oldtimers and Old Technology

This museum is owned by a famous Croatian collector and restorer from Varaždin, Živko Skuhala.

Churches and bell towers

Churches and bell towers

There are 11 bell towers, 6 churches and 3 monasteries in the old city core. The highest tower is the tower of the Franciscan church (54,5 m) built in 1641. The patron saint of Varaždin is St. Nicholas.

Mačkova cave

Mačkova cave

Mačkova cave (The Great Cave near the village Goranci) is an important ancient and paleontological site in Croatia and this part of Europe.

Kalnik

Kalnik

This is the area of special geological and geomorphological characteristics, rich landscape and habitual diversity and cultural and historical heritage.

Trakošćan forest park

Trakošćan forest park

Trakošćan forest park is one of the most beautifully formed parks, which with its rich vegetation and interesting views creates a unique experience of intact nature.

Hiking

Hiking

Varaždin County has a long tradition of hiking.

Hunting and fishing

Hunting and fishing

The Varaždin County hunting grounds spread throughout the Drava valley and tame slopes of the surrounding hills.

Cycling

Cycling

The easiest way of getting to know the Varaždin county with all its beauties, landmarks and heritage in- on bike.

The Varaždin Cemetery

The Varaždin Cemetery

Unlike other cemeteries, the Varaždin cemetery, creaeted by the visionary soul of Herman Haller, is not only a resting place of the dead, but also a remarkable example of park architecture and a nature monument.

The Old Town

The Old Town

The City's feudal fortress known as the Old Town is the most important historical building in Varaždin.

The Sanctuary of the Most Precious Blood of Christ

The Sanctuary of the Most Precious Blood of Christ

The town of Ludbreg is known in Croatia as the Sanctuary of the Most Precious Blood of Christ.

Roman excavation site "AQUAE IASAE"

Roman excavation site "AQUAE IASAE"

Between the 1st and the 4th century AD, near a thermal water spring, there was a very important Roman settlement named Aquae Iasae in the place of today's town of Varaždinske Toplice.

The Lepoglava lace

The Lepoglava lace

The tradition of lace-making is an example of culture of the area. As the high point of the baroque tradition, lace gives a touch of festivity to everyday life.

The historic core of Varaždin

The historic core of Varaždin

In a historic necklace of Central European cities Varaždin reveals itself to its guests as a rare urban pearl. 

Drava Rafting

Drava Rafting

Experience the biological diversity of the Drava river flora and fauna from the enchanting perspective of the „Rafting Safari“.

The Roman excavation site „IOVIA“

The Roman excavation site „IOVIA“

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.

Vindija cave

Vindija cave

The Vindija cave, a protected nature monument, is located in Donja Voća Municipality. The cave is a geological, geomorphological and botanical nature monument.

Gaveznica - Kameni vrh

Gaveznica - Kameni vrh

Kameni vrh in Lepoglava is a fossile volcano formed around 22 million years ago.

Drava forest park

Drava forest park

Water vicinity has always been one of the main advantages for raising settlements. Therefore the Drava river has determined Varaždin's location and its development into an urban centre.

Arboretum Opeka

Arboretum Opeka

Arboretum Opeka, a protected natural rarity, a horticultural monument, is one of the most important nature monuments in the Varaždin County and one of the most valuable horticultural objects in Middle Europe.

Ivančica

Ivančica

The most charming mountain of northern Croatia, holding a little town of Ivanec in its hug, is a favourite destination of numerous hikers and nature lovers who visit its beautiful clearings covered in flowery meadows…

A bear's cave in St. Nicholas's Church

A bear's cave in St. Nicholas's Church

Even the locals are often surprised when they see a bear in the eastern wall of the old stone tower. The legend of a petrified bear is connected to the mere beginning of this town and its oldest church.

Where is that Trakošćan dragon?

Where is that Trakošćan dragon?

In the ancient times, at the place of the today's Trakošćan castle there was a lonely fort surrounded by vast thick forests.

Varaždin has to thank the winemakers for its free royal town status

Varaždin has to thank the winemakers for its free royal town status

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.

Varaždin's passport („Varaždinski pašuš“)

Varaždin's passport („Varaždinski pašuš“)

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.

The three nymphs of varaždinske Toplice

The three nymphs of varaždinske Toplice

The three naiads, spring nymphs on a marble relief panel dating from the 2nd century discovered in Varaždinske Toplice, could be tied to an old legend of the three beauties from Varaždinske Toplice- Božica, Margareta and Simona.

Templar monastery in Remetinec

Templar monastery in Remetinec

The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary- Queen of the Most Holy Rosary in the village of Remetinec near Novi Marof has got a long and intriguing past.

Rihard the Lionheart at Pusta Bela

Rihard the Lionheart at Pusta Bela

Bela, a lonely fortified town on the hill above the river Bednja's valley, guarded an important path even in the early Middle Ages.

Black and green turkeys were domesticated by the White Friars

Black and green turkeys were domesticated by the White Friars

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.

Juraj Drašković restores the Trakošćan Castle

Juraj Drašković restores the Trakošćan Castle

The beautiful Trakošćan castle would be a ruin if it hadn't been for Count Juraj Drašković, who decided to renew it in 1853 and make it the most beautiful castle south of Bavaria, admired by generations of visitors.

A meal for the forgiveness from marriage

A meal for the forgiveness from marriage

Many bizarre stories have been woven into Varaždin's history. One of them is definitely the story of the butcher Martin Miklec from the late 17th century.

The oldest square in Varaždin

The oldest square in Varaždin

If asked, many will say that the oldest square in Varaždin is the King Tomislav Square. However, the oldest square is the Franciscans' Square.

How the Croatian Parliament's vow was fulfilled

How the Croatian Parliament's vow was fulfilled

n September 1995 the vow that the Croatian Parliament made in 1792 was finally fulfilled. The Parliament vowed to build a votive chapel in Ludbreg if God will protect them from the plague that ravaged this part of Croatia that year.

Who was Ludbreg named after?

Who was Ludbreg named after?

This will probably never be known for sure. However, there are at least 3 legends about the name of this town, which used to be a Roman settlement Castrum Iovia.

When was the monastery in Lepoglava founded?

When was the monastery in Lepoglava founded?

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.

The most beautiful chapel of the Lepoglava area

The most beautiful chapel of the Lepoglava area

Among others built by the Paulines around Lepoglava, the Chapel of St. George in Purga stands out with its proportion and beauty. This is one of the most beautiful monuments of Baroque art in Croatia.

How Lepoglava got its name

How Lepoglava got its name

The Paulines, who ran a monastery in Lepoglava that was the nursery of our culture and art, „thought about why this place was called Lepoglava“. 

Ivanec holds the memory of the Knights Hospitaller

Ivanec holds the memory of the Knights Hospitaller

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.

The construction of city walls

The construction of city walls

Up until the middle of the 15th century the free royal town of Varaždin didn't have any fortifications to protect it from the enemy armies. After it was burnt to the ground in 1446, the citizens decided to build the walls and protect their town.

Exciting journey into the Earth's history

Exciting journey into the Earth's history

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.

Florian, resist the fire spewing!

Florian, resist the fire spewing!

Four years after the awful fire in which Varaždin was burnt down (in 1665), the citizens built St. Florian's Church at the north side of the Old Town.

A beautiful girl is still waiting for her miller

A beautiful girl is still waiting for her miller

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.

Zletište coprnic (Witches gathering site) in Črne Mlake

Zletište coprnic (Witches gathering site) in Črne Mlake

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.

Aqua Iasae

Aqua Iasae

Varaždinske Toplice, our oldest and most famous thermal spa, was famous for its thermal water even in ancient Rome.

The legend of the Earth's circles

The legend of the Earth's circles

Ludbreg is a town that many legends are tied to.

Strahinjčica

Strahinjčica

Strahinjčica is considered a very special mountain due to its great slopes, deep canyons, bare reefs and limestone rocks. Despite that it can be crossed easily.

Paragliding

Paragliding

„Why fly? That's simple. I'm not happy if there isn’t space between me and the ground. “ - Richard Bach

The Moscatelli organ in St. Mary's Church

The Moscatelli organ in St. Mary's Church

The organ in St. Mary's Church is one of the few organs in northern Croatia built in an Italian traditional style.

The Trakošćan castle and lake, a rich history dating from the 13th century

The Trakošćan castle and lake, a rich history dating from the 13th century

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.

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