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Get to know Varazdin

Photo: Varazdin Tourist Board
The City of Varaždin is located in the North of Croatia on the southern bank of the River Drava. The City is at an altitude between 169 and 173 meters. Varaždin is located at 16° 20’16” east longitude, and 46° 18’30” north latitude. The average annual temperature is 10° C, and the average humidity is 78%. The city lies along the Drava River on a fertile alluvial plain that slopes towards the River Drava from the southwest to the northeast. The plain slightly elevates in Haloze and Varaždin – Toplice Hills. This creates a region defined by natural borders located at the crossroads of Styria, Međimurje, Zagorje and upper Drava Valley.
Varaždin has approximately 50,000 inhabitants, and is the cultural, educational, economic, sporting and tourist center of Northwestern Croatia. It holds 11 ‘Green Flowers’, the national awards for the most ordered city of inland Croatia.

Top attractions in Varazdin that you must visit

The Varazdin Civil Guard ‘Purgari’ 

As befits the first capital of Croatia, Varaždin has for the past two and a half centuries been watched over by the Varaždin Civil Guard. They were recognized by the Austrian Empress Maria Theresa in a statute of 1750. It is an honour to be a member of the Varaždin Civil Guard. A member can only be a man born in Varaždin who is proud of its honour and irreproachably honest. In their blue grenadier uniforms and tall fur hats, these handsome ‘Purgari’ play a part in many secular and religious events. However, the most attractive aspect of the ‘Purgari’ is the ceremonial changing of the guard, which is staged most Saturdays in front of the Varaždin City Hall.

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Purgari

City market

Fresh food and groceries which are prepared daily are becoming a more important part of everyday life, and in the Varaždin market this trend is confirmed. In the flurry of trading you can buy fruit and vegetables, as well as other culinary delights that arrive fresh every morning from family farms in Varaždin and its surroundings. The label ‘Made in Varaždin’ is a guarantee of the quality of the product. Produce legislation, faster lifestyles and a growing number of shopping centres are limiting the markets activities and breaking the habit of going to market. In Varaždin this kind of trading is still valued as a part of a healthy lifestyle. This popular Market place colloquially known as ‘Plac’ provides cottage cheeses, sour creams, vegetables, spices and even the occasional domestic turkey hidden from the inspectors. Even imported oranges look healthier ‘vu Varaždinu na placu’ (‘In the Market in Varaždin’). And when the ‘kumicas’ (‘Market ladies’) are angry and you feel they are cheating on the scales, you know you’ll be back because the smell of grandma’s kitchen starts right here: on the ‘Plac’.

‘Plac’

‘Tales from Varazdin’s Courtyards’

The courtyards and gardens in the Historic Core of Varaždin are halfway between the hustle and bustle of the public streets and the intimacy of the adjoining houses, and they preserve Varaždin’s history, the destiny of its residents and their untold stories, anecdotes and secrets that are known only by the chosen few. The courtyards within the Historic Core of Varaždin are amongst the City’s most valuable tourist assets and reflect the lifestyle of their inhabitants. The courtyards act as a terrace for residents and are the first place a visitor is welcomed. These once partially enclosed spaces are now priceless items of charm and human warmth under the open sky and surrounded by walls and fences.

 The Traditional Crafts Square

Fresh food and groceries which are prepared daily are becoming a more important part of everyday life, and in the Varaždin market this trend is confirmed. In the flurry of trading you can buy fruit and vegetables, as well as other culinary delights that arrive fresh every morning from family farms in Varaždin and its surroundings. The label ‘Made in Varaždin’ is a guarantee of the quality of the product. Produce legislation, faster lifestyles and a growing number of shopping centres are limiting the markets activities and breaking the habit of going to market. In Varaždin this kind of trading is still valued as a part of a healthy lifestyle. This popular Market place colloquially known as ‘Plac’ provides cottage cheeses, sour creams, vegetables, spices and even the occasional domestic turkey hidden from the inspectors. Even imported oranges look healthier ‘vu Varaždinu na placu’ (‘In the Market in Varaždin’). And when the ‘kumicas’ (‘Market ladies’) are angry and you feel they are cheating on the scales, you know you’ll be back because the smell of grandma’s kitchen starts right here: on the ‘Plac’.

‘Craftsmen’

 

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