Varazdin - Historic Nucleus and Old Town (the Castle)
Varazdin is part of the Tentative list of Croatia in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
The Old Town of Varazdin has medieval roots, though its present appearance dates mostly from the 17th and 18th centuries. There are many baroque and rococo palaces and houses in the town. The Castle comprises a stone fort surviving since the 12th century.
Map of Varazdin - Historic Nucleus and Old Town (the Castle)Load map
The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
There is a lot and lot of history about Varaždin, but my reasoning for not recommending to inscribe this is because it's mainly regional interest and very much like other towns already on the world heritage list. It is definitely a worthy visit for a variety of reasons. The castle (pictured) is not that great but very popular. The Prassinsky-Sermage Palace is perhaps unique design, the old town in general is, like many old towns, a leisurely walk on cobble streets. Then you get the medieval churches and walls thrown in as a bonus for those who haven't seen enough in Europe already. Which is more or less my point as before: it's all sort of a mash-up of other European towns from various time periods, well preserved for sure, but nothing special enough to be considered WHS. Perhaps if it made a movie before a dozen other towns added themselves to the list it had a better chance.
2005 Added to Tentative List
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