Zagreb and Environs Travel Guide

Zagreb and Environs Sights

Stari grad (Castle)

  • Strossmayerovo Šetalište 7 Map It
  • Varaždin
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 05/20/2009

Fodor's Review

Today a historical museum, Varaždin's main attraction is the massive Stari grad, which assumed its present form in the 16th century as a state-of-the-art defense fortification against the Turks, complete with moats, dikes, and bastions with low, round defense towers connected by galleries with openings for firearms. In the ensuing centuries it was often reconstructed by the families that owned it; for more than three centuries, until its 1925 purchase by the city, it belonged to the Erdödy clan. From the 12th century up until 1925, the castle served as the seat of the county prefect. You enter through the 16th-century tower gatehouse, which has a wooden drawbridge, to arrive in the internal courtyard with three levels of arcaded galleries. Indoors, there's an extensive display of antique furniture, with pieces laid out in chronological order and each room representing a specific period. Even if you don't go inside, do take a stroll around the perimeter, along a path that takes you between the outer wall and a ditch that used to be the moat.

Sight Information

Address:

Strossmayerovo Šetalište 7, Varaždin, Varaždinska, 42000, Croatia

Map It

Phone:

042-658–754

Website: www.gmv.hr/en

Sight Details:

  • 12 Kn
  • Closed Mon. and public holidays

Published 05/20/2009

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