Welcome to Varaždin!

Varaždin is a town in which the very first handball match in Croatia took place on 25 May 1930. It is an economically and culturally developed centre, located in north-west Croatia. It is situated on very busy European crossroads and besides its favorable position it also has a rich monumental and cultural heritage.

Varaždin is one of the oldest Croatian towns, whose historical name (Garestin) was firstly mentioned on 20 August 1181, in a document of the Croatian-Hungarian King Bela lll.

Varaždin is also one of the first Croatian towns which got the status of a free royal town. This privilege was given to the Varaždin people by King Andria Arpadović ll in 1209 and was reconfirmed in a legal document by King Bela lV in 1220.

As early as the 15th century Varaždin had become an important commercial, crafts and trade, social, administrative and traffic centre of the north-west Croatia. Although in the mentioned period from the 16th to the 17th century the Croatian Parliament had its sessions in Varaždin several times, the town of Varaždin had its biggest social, political and economical boom in the second half of the 18th century.

Today Varaždin can be distinguished by an extraordinary monumental and artistic heritage and by one of the best preserved and richest baroque urban entirety in the continental part of Croatia.

With 46,946 inhabitants and an average annual temperature of 10 degrees Celsius, the city of Varaždin is one of the most attractive destinations to live in or to visit in Croatia. 

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