Favorite thing: We found this beautiful sundial in one of the city squares. When we checked the time against our modern newfangled clock thingies (watches), we found that it was super accurate. We decided we would like one, but could not figure out how to attach them to our wrists...any ideas.
The one.storey angle Ritz House, with a Renaissance arcature on the first floor is one of the oldest houses in Vara?din. The stone lintel beneath the porch with carved I.A. monogram and the year 1540, has been preserved.
The house is situated on the main square of the town.
Favorite thing: Zdenka said we would love this town and she was right. It was quiet, clean and lovely. This was one of the main streets in the old town section that was closed to motorized traffic and you could wander the street without having to dodge cars. The day we arrived it was also Sunday, so it was even more quiet than usual and many of the shops were closed, but for seeing the architectural and design elements of this city if was fine.
Favorite thing: Here you can see some of the beautiful old buildings in the center of the old town. It is amazing that roofs of this type are still holding up and the buidlings are being used, not as well preserved museums or protected buildings, but as everyday dwellings.
While walkng around the old town center in Varazdin we came across this beautiful door on the entrance to a small church. Above the door it says:
"Deo Labores Consecramus", I would think this is Latin, can anyone give a translation??
But anyway loved the detail in the wood and also the ironwork.
Okay, okay, so we don't REALLY know if she is, or was, a virgin. But that was what we decided to call her when we came across her in the center square of Varazdin. But the question of her virginity aside, what type of store or establishment would be likely to have a "sign" like this over its door.
When we were there it was closed so we could not check. If anyone knows, please let ME know so I can put in a word for them here.
Whatever, the statue itself is quite eye catching as we had never seen a mermaid with a split tail (and for other "reasons" of course !!!)
Varazdin Tourist Office probably offers loads of free brochures and maps and you can also buy some local souvenirs, books, CDs and DVDs they have on display. But the Tourist office can also be closed on Sundays, which is not something that should happen in a serious tourist place.
Ah well, after all - my impression was that people of Varazdin love to enjoy their town themselves and are not trying too hard to attract loads of tourists. Don't let this stop you if you are in the area - most information about Varazdin is also available online here:
This very pictoresque palace, which is situated on the oldest square of the town, belonged to the well known Sermage Family. The look of the front facade attracts so much and you'll click on your camera without hesitation.
Fondest memory: The harmonious Rococo palace, which stood on Stancicev trg, takes the today appearance in the mid of the 18th century. Its owner in the 17th century was baron Prassintzky and later the Sermage family.
Draskovic palace is situated on the eastern side of the Tomislav Square. It belonged to the Counts of Draskovic, who had very important role in the history of Croatia.
The house is built in Rococo style in the second half of the 18th century. The Croatian ban Franjo Nadesdy lives in it from 1756, he selected Varaždin for his seat making it the capital of Croatia until the great 1776 fire.
The axis of the main front was a mid -18th century stone portal feauturing coat of arms of the Draskovic family.
Favorite thing: When strolling around the old core of the town, you may noticed a number of very attractive palaces with beautifuly decorated gateways. The one on the picture, designed in the Baroque style, belongs to the one-storey angle Patacic - Putar Palace which is situated right opposite to the theatre. Worth of note is also very elegant glass veranda on the first floor.
* Tourist board: Varazdin
Address: Ivana Padovca 3
- Tel.: (+385) (0)42 21 09 87
- Fax: (+385) (0)42 210 985
- Internet: www.tourism-varazdin.hr
- E. mail: email@example.com
* County Tourist Board: Varazdin
Address: Franjevacki trg 7
- Tel.: (+385) (0)42 390 544
- Fax: (+385) (0)42 390 544
- Internet: www.turizam-vzz.hr
- E. mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't forget to check the Weather before the visit. Two links:
The Baroque styled Old Town Hall dominate the northern part of the Main Square of the town. Even today, it is the seat of the Town Council.
From the roof-top of the building rises the watch-tower with the clock.
Trg Kralja Tomislava, the King Tomislav Square, is the very heart of the old core of the town. From here you can easilly rich all major sights of the town, which are located no more then 5 minutes walking. Just take the round clock tour and you'll find all sights mentioned on this page.
Fondest memory: The people of Varazdin is very friendly and helpfull, do not hesitate to ask them anything you need to know about their city.
Favorite thing: Located outside the city walls, this magnificient palace was erected by Counts Erdody in the mid-18th century in the baroque style of the period of Maria Theresia. The palace was reconstructed and turned into Capuchin barraks around 1850, by Vara?din master builder Franciscus Arnold. Nowadyas it houses Music school of Vara?din, one of the best of kind in Croatia.