The administrative, commercial and historical centre of Varazdin County is Varazdin, known for its lovingly restored baroque architecture in the town centre. It was once the capital of Croatia and retains a strong sense of civic pride. The baroque music festival of Varazdin, Varazdin Baroque Evenings, each September is one of Croatia's most prestigious musical events.
Nestled in the wooded hills around Varazdin is the Varazdinske Toplice spa which has been going strong since the 1st century. Unlike many of Croatia's other spas, this one is part of an attractive small town. There are also remains of a Roman settlement and accommodation on site in the Hotel Minerva.
Another highlight of Varazdin county is Trakoscan castle, Croatia's most atmospheric and romantic castle. Not only does the castle offer a fascinating insight to the lives of the medieval aristocrats that owned it but the surroundings have been beautifully landscaped.
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