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|— City —|
|Motto: Probitati et bonis artibus|
|• Mayor||elect Goran Habuš (HNS-LD)|
|• City||59.45 km2 (22.95 sq mi)|
|• Urban||34.22 km2 (13.21 sq mi)|
|Elevation||173 m (568 ft)|
|• Density||790/km2 ( 2,000/sq mi)|
|• Urban density||1,100/km2 ( 2,900/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Postal code||42 000|
|Patron saints||St. Nicholas|
Varaždin (Croatian pronunciation: [v̞âraʒdiːn] Hungarian: Varasd, German: Warasdin, Kajkavian: Varáždin) is a city in North Croatia, 81 km (50 mi) north of Zagreb on the highway A4. The total population is 47,055, with 38,746 on 34.22 km2 (13.21 sq mi) of the city settlement itself (2011). The centre of Varaždin county is located near the Drava river, at . It's mainly known for its baroque buildings, textile, food and IT industry.
The total population of the city is 47,055 and it includes the following settlements:
The total area is 59.45 km2 (22.95 sq mi) (2001).
Varaždin was declared a free royal borough in 1209 by the Hungarian King Andrew II. The town became the economic and military centre of northern Croatia. Due to Turkish raids, the town was structured defensively around the old fortress, and acquired the shape of a typical medieval Wasserburg. In the early 13th century, the Knights Hospitaller (Croatian: Ivanovci) came to Varaždin, where they built the church and a monastery.
At the end of the 14th century, Varaždin fortress passed to the hands of the Counts of Celje. Over the following centuries Varaždin had several owners, the most influential being Beatrice Frankopan, Margrave Georg of Brandenburg, who built the town hall; the last was Baron Ivan Ungnad, who reinforced the existing fortification. At the end of the 16th century Count Thomas Erdödy became its owner, assuming the hereditary position of Varaždin prefects (župan), and the fortress remained in the ownership of the Erdödy family until 1925.
In 1756, the Ban Francis Nadásdy chose Varaždin as his official residence, and Varaždin became the capital of all of Croatia. It hosted the Croatian Sabor and the Royal Croatian Council founded by Empress Maria Theresa.
The periods of the Reformation and the counter-reformation had a great influence on Varaždin. With the arrival of the Jesuits, the school (gymnasium) and the convent were founded, and churches and monasteries were built in the baroque style. In the 18th century Varaždin was the seat of many Croatian noblemen, and in 1756 it became the Croatian administrative centre. The fire of 1776 destroyed most of the town, resulting in the administrative institutions moving back to Zagreb.
By the 19th century Varaždin had been completely rebuilt and expanded, with flourishing crafts and trade, and later the manufacture of silk and bricks. The theatre, music school, and fire department were founded.
In the 20th century Varaždin developed into the industrial centre of Northwestern Croatia. The textile manufacturer Tivar was founded in 1918. In the Croatian War of Independence, 1991, Varaždin suffered directly for only for a few days, because the huge Yugoslav People's Army base quickly surrendered, resulting in a minimal number of casualties, and providing weapons (worth $600m) for the Croatian army.
Monuments and Sights 
Varaždin represents the best preserved and richest urban complex in continental Croatia.
The Old Town (fortress) is an example of medieval defensive buildings. Construction began in the 14th century, and in the following century the rounded towers, typical of Gothic architecture in Croatia, were added. Today it houses the Town Museum. The fortress is depicted on the reverse of the Croatian 5 kuna banknote, issued in 1993 and 2001.
In 1523, Margrave Georg of Brandenburg built the town hall in late baroque style, with the Varaždin coat of arms at the foot of the tower, and it has continued in its function until the present day. There is a guard-changing ceremony every Saturday.
Varaždin's Cathedral, a former Jesuit church, was built in 1647, and is distinguished by its baroque entrance, eighteenth-century altar, and paintings.
There are many baroque and rococo palaces and houses in the town. Worth particular mention is Varaždin's Croatian National Theatre, built in 1873 and designed by the famous Viennese architects Herman Helmer and Ferdinand Fellner.
A baroque-music festival has been held annually in Varaždin since 1971 (Baroque Evenings), and attracts some of the finest musicians and their fans from Croatia and the world. Recommended to visitors is also the historical street festival Špancir fest every September.
The city features its old city guard, named Purgari, in various city ceremonies as well as the weekly ceremony of the 'change of the guards' in front of the city hall. Additionally, Varaždin police officers patrol on bicycles in the warmer months.
The Old Town (Stari Grad) 
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Churches and monasteries 
- Parish Church of St. Nicholas
- Jesuit Monastery and the Church of St. Mary, today the Cathedral
- Franciscan Monastery and the Church of St. John the Baptist
- Ursuline Monastery and the Church of the Nativity
- Capuchin Monastery and the Church of the Holy Trinity
- Chapel of St. Florian
- Chapel of St. Vitus
- Chapel of St. Fabian and Sebastian
- Chapel of St. Rochus
- Orthodox Church of St. George
Baroque palaces 
- Town Hall
- Bužan Palace
- Drašković Palace
- Eggersdorfer Palace
- Erdődy Palace
- Erdödy-Oršić Palace
- Herzer Palace
- Hinterholzer Palace
- Janković Palace
- Keglević Palace
- Palace of the Varaždin County
- Palace of the Zagreb Kaptol
- Patačić Palace
- Patačić-Puttar Palace
- Petković Palace
- Prašinski-Sermage Palace
- Pauline Mansion
Varaždin cemetery 
The cemetery date back to 1773 and it was long time an ordinary place until 1905, when Herman Haller had an idea to make it more beautiful and park-like with large trees and alleys for citizens to stroll through. The reconstruction of the cemetery was done between 1905 and 1947 when it got the form for which it later became one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe. It is an outstanding example of landscape architecture and protected cultural and natural park.
- Varaždin Baroque Evenings
- International Children and Youth Animation Film Festival VAFI, since 2010 .
|Climate data for Varaždin|
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−0.7
|Precipitation mm (inches)||41.3
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||76.6||105.5||147.6||184.7||241.5||251.4||281.7||257.2||193.7||146.5||82.8||61.6||2,030.8|
|Source: Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service|
Varaždin is one of the few Croatian cities whose industry did not directly suffer from the war in 1991. Besides textile giant Varteks, it also has nationally important food (Vindija), metal, and construction industries. The Information Technology and financial and banking sector as are well developed. Further economic development has been encouraged with the creation of a free investment zone.
The city of Varaždin is easily accessible by major roads from all sides. The road infrastructure is good and the main highway connection is A4, connecting the Hungary border-crossing point in Goričan with Zagreb, as well as the coast of the Adriatic Sea via A1/A6. A2 is also accessible through the Zagorje region. In addition to the highways, there is also an east-west state route connecting the city to the Slovenian border, and Koprivnica, Osijek and the east part of Croatia. The city is connected to the suburbs and villages surrounding it with a public transportation system of buses. The city also has a train and bus station, which are both located about a 10 minute walk from the center. The trains are mainly used for cargo, due to the lack of investment in the country's train infrastructure. Varaždin's bus service is of high quality and use, it offers regular service to many local, domestic and international routes, as well as many additional seasonal routes to the Adriatic Sea. There is also taxi service available on-call which is situated by the bus station. In the outskirts of the city there is also a small recreational airport, used mainly for sightseeing and farming purposes.
Today Varaždin is a popular destination for the summer holidays. In the summer time, actions are taken to attract hundreds of thousands of tourists that come to Varaždin and its surroundings for the holidays. The city has numerous areas of interests ranging from cultural areas (reflected by many museums, galleries and theaters in the area), shopping centers in the downtown core, various sports and recreation facilities, also a rich history in cuisine. The close of the Varaždin Touristic Season is brought down by two annual festivals. The annual Špancir Fest begins at the end of August and ends in September (lasts for 10 days). At this time the city welcomes artists, street performers, musicians and vendors for what is called "the street walking festival".
The city is home to the Varaždin's Baroque Evenings festival (Varaždinske Barokne Večeri), inaugurated in 1971: it honors baroque music and its culture which holds a special place in Varaždin's identity.
Varaždin is also the host of the "Radar festival", which hosts concerts at the end of summer. It has already hosted musical stars such as Bob Dylan, Carlos Santana, The Animals, Manic Steet Preachers, Solomon Burke & many more.
Varaždin is a city of numerous professional and semi-professional sports clubs. Varaždin was also one of the hosts of the 2009 World Men's Handball Championship which was held in Croatia. The games were held in newly built Varaždin Arena located near the Drava River.
- Football: NK Varaždin, NK Sloboda Marlex
- Handball: RK Varteks Di Caprio, RK Koka
- Basketball: KK Vindi
- Volleyball: OK Varaždin
- Tenis: TK Varaždin
- BK Vindija
- KK Varteks
- Hockey: "KHL Varaždin"
- Wrestling: "Vindija"
- Waterpolo: "Coning"
- Badminton: "BK KAJ"
- Bicycling: "BD Sloga"
- Track and Field: "TK Marathon 95"
Varaždin has a rich and developed system of education, especially for a city of its size. It has seven elementary schools, 10 high schools (2 public gymnasiums, 2 private gymnasiums, trade schools, and other specialized high schools for various paths), 4 higher schools (equivalent to college) and 2 faculties (Faculty of Organization and Information Technology and Geotechnical faculty) that are part of the University of Zagreb.
Notable people 
This list contains some of the notable people who were either born in Varaždin, lived in the city for a longer time or were in some significant way related to it.
- Ivan Belostenec - linguist, lexicographer
- Vatroslav Bogdanović - member of the Parliament
- Slavko Brankov - actor
- Valent Cibel - writer
- Baltazar Dvorničić Napuly - Catholic cleric and lawyer
- Juraj Habdelić - writer
- Rudolf Horvat - historian, writer and politician
- Hermann II of Celje - count
- Branko Ivanković - football manager
- Vatroslav Jagić - philologist, linguist
- Marija Jurić Zagorka - journalist, dramatist and novelist
- Ljubomir Kerekeš - actor
- Vjekoslav Klaić - writer and historian
- Ferdinand Konščak - explorer, cartographer
- Željko Krajan - tennis coach and former player
- Ivan Kukuljević Sakcinski - historian, politician, writer
- John the Baptist Lalangue - physician, writer
- Tomislav Lipljin - actor, kajkavian writer
- Samuel Louis Mosinger - prominent businessman, merchant and member of the "Varaždin charity society"
- Emil Milihram - World Champion Kayaker
- Miljenko Mumlek - footballer
- Ivan Padovec - guitar virtuoso
- Franjo Rački - historian, politician and writer
- Vjekoslav Rosenberg-Ružić - composer, conductor and music educator
- Silvester Sabolčki - footballer
- Tadija Smičiklas - historian and politician
- Ignacije Szentmartony - theologian
- Ksaver Šandor Gjalski - writer and civil servant
- Karolina Šprem - tennis player
- Krsto Ungnad - baron/mayor
- Željko Vincek - track and field athlete
- Davor Vugrinec - footballer
- Davor Bobić - composer
- Gabrijela Horvatova - actress
- Robert Herjavec - business man
- Radoslav Rogina - cyclist
- Kristijan Đurasek - cyclist
- Vjekoslav Grabarić - journalist, specialist in African affairs; Daily Vjesnik; BBC London; weekly Danas
International relations 
Twin towns — Sister cities 
Varaždin is twinned with:
See also 
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Varaždin
- Tentative list of World Heritage Sites in Croatia
- Varaždin County (former)
- "Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011, First Results by Settlements" (HTML). Statistical Reports (in Croatian and English) (Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics) (1441). June 2011. ISSN 1332-0297. Retrieved 2011-08-23.
- Croatian National Bank. Features of Kuna Banknotes: 5 kuna (1993 issue) & 5 kuna (2001 issue). – Retrieved on 30 March 2009.
- "Srednje mjesečne vrijednosti klimatoloških elemenata" (in Croatian). Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service. Retrieved 2011-01-20.
- Cresswell, Peterjon; Atkins, Ismay; Dunn, Lily (10 July 2006). Time Out Croatia (First ed.). London, Berkeley & Toronto: Time Out Group Ltd & Ebury Publishing, Random House Ltd. 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SV1V 2SA. ISBN 978-1-904978-70-1. Retrieved 10 March 2010.
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