Visit the handsome Croatian town of Varazdin and Trakoscan Castle. With a private guide you will discover the delights of Croatia’s former city, seeing Baroque architecture and an abundance of sights. After enjoying some free time in town, travel to nearby Trakoscan Castle for a tour and marvel at the splendor of one of Croatia’s finest castles.
In the morning an air-conditioned minivan will pick you up at the main meeting point in Zagreb and head up through the countryside towards Varazdin. As the former capital of Croatia and cultural heart of Medimurje region, Varazdin has a refined architecture in abundance and your guide will show you off its best bits on your walking tour. Enjoy a leisurely paced stroll around the pretty cobblestone streets that comprise the town center. Gaze around the resplendent baroque buildings that throng the alleyways while hearing tales and trivia about the town. Hear how the town flourished as Croatia’s center of commerce during the late 17th century, enjoying a stint as the country’s capital before a fire snuffed out its glory nearly a century later. See top Varazdin attractions like the Cathedral of Assumption and the Monastery of St. John the Baptist and enjoy photo stops next to interesting buildings like Varazdin Town Hall. You will visit Varazdin City Museum. Finish your walking tour in the center of town and then enjoy an hour at leisure to to sightsee independently or find a restaurant for lunch (own expense).
Then, meet your guide at the prearranged time and continue your day day trip to the town of Trakoscan, a short distance away. The town’s spectacular centerpiece is Trakoscan Castle, a magnificent fortress that’s said to date back and as far as the 13th century. Head inside with your guide and explore the castle on a tour, admiring a medley of architectural styles from Romanesque to Gothic and Baroque. Learn about the Croatia aristocracy who once lived inside the castle and admire the portraits of them that seem to hang at every twist and turn. After exploring the castle return to your minivan and relax on the journey south to Zagreb.