Varaždin, Aquae Iasae and Trakošćan Castle

On our morning drive to Varaždin we will take a stop in the small town of Varaždinske Toplice (Spa). Here use to be a Roman settlement in the 3rd ct. B.C. known as Aquae Iasae with the thermal spring that is in use for more than 2000 years. Beautifully situated, surrounded by green hills, the remnants of the Roman complex belong to one of the best preserved archaeological sites in central Croatia, and has kept a part of the magical atmosphere of olden days.
Just half an hour drive and we will arrive to wonderful Baroque town of Varaždin that used to be a seat of Croatian ban and the parliament for a while (1767-1776). With your tour guide take a walk through the town centre with the Old Town castle from 14th ct. and enjoy outstanding views of the aristocratic palaces, the City Hall and beautiful Baroque churches. After a lunch in one of the restaurants with excellent food we will take a look at the town cemetery designed at the end of the 19th ct. to the image of Versailles and Schönbrunn.
A drive through villages and green hills and arrival to Trakošćan, one of the most romantic castles in Croatia, situated above the lake, with beautiful woods that surrounds it. The castle originally dates from 13th ct., and in 16th ct. as a gift of the king Maximilian becomes the property of the Croatian well-known counts family Drašković. In the 19th ct. the owners renovated the castle in Neo-Gothic style, with romantic, fairy tale like lake and park. Visit to the castle interior where you can get a real sense of the way of living of the counts and aristocrats in Croatia in 19.th Ct. Have a pleasant walk by the lake and forest, enjoy fresh air and beautiful scenery. Return drive to Zagreb.

Information & Options:

  • Duration (approximate): 8 hours (with return drive to Zagreb)
  • Included services: tourist van/coach drive, certified travel guide in English, touring and sightseeing as described, entrance tickets for Aqua Iasae and Trakošćan castle, expert guidance on the archaeological site, lunch (drinks not included), organizational costs
  • Not included: individual orders and services that are not under “included”, travel insurance
  • Optional services: expert curator guidance in Varaždin museum

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Photo: CNTB, Zoran Jelača

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