Varazdin’s Stari Grad is one of northeastern Croatia’s most popular tourist attractions; the well-preserved castle also houses the town’s historical museum, which displays furniture, weapons and paintings. Today, Stari Grad castle enjoys the status of a UNESCO protected site. Try to plan a trip to Varazdin at the end of August, when the town hosts the Špancir Fest, a 10-day festival during which the town is flooded with street performers, musicians and artists.
The shining star in the Baroque town of Varazdin (coined “Little Vienna”) is its sprawling white castle, Stari Grad. This medieval fortress was first built in the 12th century, and modified with additions such as rounded towers during the 14th to 16th centuries, when it was eventually transformed into a Renaissance-style fortress. Throughout its history, a number of aristocratic families owned the castle, including the Vitovec family, the Counts of Celje and Baron Ivan Ungnad.