Varaždin Castle is a castle located in Varaždin and as such it represents one of Varaždin’s most notable landmarks. The castle is located on the northwestern outskirts of the town center. Today, it is the home of the Varaždin’s City Museum.
First written mentions of Varaždin Castle date back to the 12th century, when it was being used as a seat for Varaždin’s mayors. The late 14th century marks the period in which the castle saw major facelifts. The counts Celjski have modified it in a gothic manner, giving the central building a distinct quadrangle shape, that is still in place today. Originally the central building was surrounded by wooden palisades.
The next big upgrade Varaždin Castle has seen took place in the 16th century. Ivan Ungand, the owner of the castle at the time started work on the stone walls that surround the central building. The walls were equipped with circular towers and they were encircled with earthen ramparts and a ditch filled with water. With that, the castle has become a type of a fort called the ‘’Wasserburg’’. These upgrades were done following the designs of Domenico dell’Allio, a notable Italian builder. Towards the end of the century, the fort came under the command of the Erdody family. They modified it slightly to resemble more to a baroque style fortification.
In 1925. Varaždin Castle came under the control of the city of Varaždin as a part of the celebration of the one-millennium existence of the Croatian Kingdom. The same year Varaždin’s City Museum was opened inside its walls. The museum is famous for its collections of medieval weaponry, historical portraits, paintings, watches, porcelain, glass objects, the guild made objects and other objects which were used during the daily lives of Varaždin’s noble folk. The most esteemed are the collections of items that belonged to two of the most notable persons from Varaždin’s history, the politician and writer Ivan Kukuljević Skcinski and linguist Vatroslav Jagić. Exhibits are located in over 40 rooms that are opened for visitors.
Tours through the museum last 40 minutes on average. Organize groups can notify their arrival using the Museum’s phone number listed below.
Tel.: 385 (0)42 658-754,
Fax: 385 (0)42 658-755
Working hours of the museum are the following:
- Tuesday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM
- Saturday and Sunday, 9 AM to 1 PM
- Closed on Holidays and Mondays
The ticket price for the Museum is 25 kunas, which is approximately 3.5€ or 4$.
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