Varazdin is one of the most important tourist centres in northern Croatia. The variety of cultural and historical offerings in the city and its surroundings, as well as the beautiful countryside, attract many visitors the whole year round.
The urban heart of this Central European Baroque town, which is often compared with Vienna, is very well preserved. The old town fortification, the central part of the town, numerous museums, galleries and collections as well as the Varazdin cemetery, protected as a horticultural monument, represent the main tourist attractions.
The Town Museum is situated in Stari Grad and distinguished by many exhibits related to the history of the Varazdin region from the pre-historic period up to the present day. The unique collection of more than ten thousand stuffed insects, gathered by Franjo Koscec Esq., accommodated in the Entomological Department in Herzer Palace, also deserves a special mention.
Numerous cultural and entertainment events are also of importance: The most significant are the Varazdin Baroque Evenings - one of the greatest musical events in Croatia. Other important events are the International Festival of Wind Orchestras, the Days of the Book (in October) and many more.
One of the landmarks of the town is the Varazdin guard, the so called "purgari", dressed in their nice blue grenadier uniforms, who stand by the Town Hall during significant ceremonies.
The town offers a variety of sports and recreational facilities, in particular those within the stadium of FC "Varteks", member of the Croatian first football division.
A haven for gourmets
The Drava river and Varazdin Lake represent a heaven for anglers, with pike-perch, pike and carp being the main catch.
The cuisine of Varazdin is popular and renowned, and the "Varazdin klipici" (bakery product) are the most represented and simplest speciality of the town.
Buckwheat porridge, turkey with "mlinci" (kind of pasta), "strukli" (cottage cheese strudel), "zlevka" (traditional folk cake), venison, and the exquisite Varazdin wine and the Varazdin beer, "Knaput", can satisfy even the most demanding taste.