Franjevaèka Crkva or The Franciscan Church of St. John the Baptist was built on the site of a medieval church of Knights Hospitallers. The tower, 54,5 m. of heith, was erected in 1.641, and it's the tallest of the city.
Arboretum Opeka is large and scenic park in English landscape style at the edge of village Vinica, near Varazdin. It is famous for its collection of variety of coniferous trees (like Thuja, Taxodium, Taxus...) - some of them grew into remarkable size - and wonderful broadleaf trees, a unique collection in this part of Europe. It's believed to be the most significant arboretum in Croatia on the 64 acres large area. Most scenic will be in the autumn when trees become colored and thus being in dramatic contrast to the coniferous trees and shrubs.
There are vast meadows and a fish pond, shaded paths, abandoned pool and many birds. Area borders to the forest and has important ecological and aesthetic role. When I visited the park for my fisrt time, there weren't many people there and it was silent all around, a pleasant and nice feeling. But sometimes there may be lots of visitors, old and young - on weekends on nice sunny day when lots of Varazdinians will come to enjoy the park. And isn't it then sad to see slow but continuous decline of once beautiful building from 19th century, a small castle? Nowadays it's only bare walls, 'decorated' with ugly graffiti. However, its details remind us of it's powerful days long time ago. I hope future generations of Panonnians will take better care of their heritage - or it will be gone forever.
Fist burials at Varazdin cemetery (Varazdinsko groblje) date back to 1773 and it was long time an ordinary place untill Herman Haller had an idea to make it more beautiful and park-like with large trees and alleys for citizens to stroll through. He had supervised its construction and design between 1905 and 1947 when it got the form for which it later became one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe and a member of Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe. It's nowsadays protected cultural and natural park.
Now the cemetery grows larger and its new design seems to be something different than Haller's idea. Some (many) people say that it doesn't fit in the place.
For its old part it's still beautiful and feels serene, green and quiet place with trees, monuments, old graves and recent graves. Trimmed Thuja takes form of columns of large cubes with more and less changing shapes, evergreen and unforgettable. It's one of the landmarks of Varazdin; I believe you shouldn't miss it.
The staute of the Gregory of Nin (Grgur Ninski) is replica of the same statue in Split made by world known Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic.
Gregory of Nin was a 10th-century bishop that strongly opposed the Pope and official circles of the Church and introduced the Croatian language in the religious services after the Great Assembly in 926. Until that time, services were held only in Latin, not being understandable to the majority of the population. Not only that this was important for Croatian language and culture but it also made the religion stronger within the Croatian nation.
Varazdin chatedrale is one of the most important early barok chatedrale in Croatia. The building of the chatedrale started 1642. It is situated in the centre of the city, and gives wonderful place to visit if you come to this city. Especially if you go to see interior of the chatedrale.
The town hall of Varazdin is one of the oldest town halls in Europe (1523.). It was built in gothic style, after big fire (1776.) rebuilt in renaissance style followed by baroque style and todays it is in classicist style. If you come in right tme, you can se a guard-changing ceremony.
Due to frequent fires, inhabitants of Varaždin built a votive church of St. Florian in 1669. As probably known, in christian belive Saint Florian is protector against the fire.Today's appearance of the church dates from the Rococo restoration in 1777.
The Ursuline sisters bought this house and the church grounds in the mid of the 18th century, to build a convent and the girl's school, marking the beginning of their long educational tradition.
The Ursuline sisters arrived from Bratislava in 1703 at the invitation of the Draškovic family. The single-nave baroque church was built in 1712, with the tower added in 1726. The tower is one of the mosr charming in the town.
The Cathedral of St. Mary to Heaven Ascended is an early-Baroque church from the 17th century. The Cathedral was built on Duke Gašpar Draskovic initiative. The stone portal bears his coat of arms.
Once a Jesuit and Pauline church, it becomes cathedral in 1997 when the Varaždin See was founded.
This is the look of the main entrance and the portal of the Parish church of S. Nicholas.
The statue of St. Nicholas, patron saint of the town, stands right above the portal of the church. The front facade is decorated by the remains of the previous older church which stood on this site.
There are a lot of beautiful churches in the medieval centre of the town.
The Baroque church consecrated to bishop St. Nicholas, saint patron of the town, was erected in 1761 in the place of a former one. Varaždin constructor Matija Mayerhofer started the construction which Adam Poch finished. Remains of the old building and the town's coat of arms were built in the 16th century Gothic part of the tower.
Varazdin castle was encircled by defensive bastions and water channels. When there was no more need for such defensive structures they were transformed into a green area.
The paths of Strossmayerovo setaliste (walkway) make the circle around the Old Town - on its lower sections you can catch the sun or run around while the upper sections are especially attractive since they offer the best views to the white walls and red roofs of the Castle.
During the 19th century not only the nice palaces and theatres were built. As everywhere else in Europe, it was time for Varazdin to get its first public park, a walkway (setaliste) as a green oasis in the town to promenade and enjoy in the fresh air.
One can choose between the shade of the numerous tree species (some exotic) and the paths and benches catching the healthy rays of sun. It may not be as popular to promenade here as it was during the 19th century but Vatroslav Jagic park still remains a nice 19th century green detail that greets you as you approach from the train station.
Varazdin is usually called "the baroque city", but it is not only baroque buildings that it has to offer (although, to be honest, most of the older buildings were destroyed in numerous fires).
The street leading to the main train station is full of beautiful villas built at the turn of the century (19/20), most featuring beautiful secession details.
If you arrive by train this short walk along the pedestrianized street is a nice introduction to Varazdin.