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


Strossmayerovo Šetalište 7, Varaždin, Varaždinska, 42000, Croatia

Map It




Sight Details:

  • 12 Kn
  • Closed Mon. and public holidays

Published 05/20/2009


Book A Trip



  • CARS

What's Nearby

  • Restaurants
  • Sights
  • Hotels

See all sights in Zagreb and Environs

Subscribe to Newsletter
Sign up for Travel Tips & News
I want emails from Fodor's Travel with travel information and promotions. I can unsubscribe any time using the unsubscribe link at the end of all emails.

Thank you for your interest!

Look our for our newsletters with travel tips and special offers.