It was a beautiful but cold day, the 24th of December 2018 when we made a stop in Varaždin, an hour north of Zagreb. It turned out a pleasant surprise, like the stops we made the days before: Passau in Germany, a swim at Terme Radenci and, just at the opposite site of the border in Slovenia, in Ormož, where we had some terrific pizza and ćevapčići and slept in the van for the night. From Ormož it was only a half an hour drive to Varaždin, just enough to warm us up, that foggy cold morning. On arrival in Varaždin, the sun would beat the fog soon, with some nice photos as result. Later that day we moved on and would also visit Marija Bistrica and end our trip on the Medvednica Mountain in Zagreb. Here we would spend the Christmas days.

The twelfth century built castle with an icerink in front of it. This way our visit to Varaždin contributed to our winterfairytale Christmas feelings where we were looking for.  

Varaždin, 1926. Photo: Kurt Hielscher.

Varaždin, 24th of February 2018. Photo: Casper Molenaar.

The Castle from the opposite site.

We even met Santa Clause!!

We have a special connection with this famous statue of Grgur Ninski by the hand of Ivan Meštrović. After we saw it before on several occasions in Split and later also in Nin, it was also special to see it here in Varaždin.

With close to 50.000 inhabitants, Varaždin is known for its baroque, pastel colored buildings and therefore also called 'Little Vienna'. For a short period in the 18th century, Varaždin was the capital of Croatia.

Gasstation in Varaždin.


Time to play in the park!

Below: view on Varaždin.

In the footsteps of  Kurt Hielscher