Voted by the New York Times as one of the best places to visit in Croatia, we decided to make a stop at the medieval city of Varazdin. We had passed over the Croatian border 20minutes previously so we were excited to see what Croatia had in store for us.
Varazdin Old Town
Varazdin city lies on the Drava River in Northern Croatia. It is known for its Baroque and Rococo architecture and dates back to the 17th-Century, so not as old as some of the cities we’ve seen on our trip. The Sermage Palace is the highlight, along with 11 churches, three monasteries, and its cathedral. It is another pedestrian-only city with cobbled streets but much wider avenues than the medieval cities we’ve seen. The Baroque buildings are all painted shades of yellows and pinks and the big squares with open-air restaurants give it a romantic air.
I had done some research to find a suitable parking spot for Miles. We can’t just park this baby anywhere! The parking was perfect, but the parking meter wasn’t working. We were about to leave it when a lovely young girl came to our aid. Her father was Dutch, her mother Croatian and she had been living in Croatia since she was 7 years old. She still spoke fluent Dutch so when she saw our Dutch number plates she came over to help.
We learned that if the meter is not working, you simply send a text with your vehicle registration number and they charge you for the parking from the text fee! Now there’s no escaping payment!
Our stop was short and sweet as our destination for the day was Zagreb.