|Residents :||46,946 (2011)|
|Telephone code :||(+385) 042|
|Postal code :||42,000|
|License plate :||VŽ|
|Structure and administration
|Community type :||city|
|Mayor :||Ivan Čehok|
|Coalition partner :||HNS SDP, HSU, HSLS|
|Postal address :||Trg kralja Tomislava 1
|Patron saint :||St. Nicholas|
Varaždin [ ˈʋaraʒdiːn ] ( German Warasdin ; Hungarian Varasd [ ˈvɒrɒʃd ]) is a city in northern Croatia , located on the right bank of the Drava and has 46,946 inhabitants (2011). It is the administrative seat of the county of the same name and the economic and cultural center of northern Croatia, as well as the seat of the Catholic diocese of Varaždin .
coat of arms
Blazon : “ Divided seven times by red and silver, covered with a growing, four-sided, slender, silver tower placed at a corner on an expansive base, in the right wall under a black round window a black, narrow, high arched window, in the left under a black round window three black windows (1/2), closed at the top with a protruding silver storey with square corner turrets attached to the right and left and semicircular turrets in the middle of the sides, all with black windows and black knitted tent roofs, the higher central roof additionally equipped with a black cross, accompanied the third red partition surface in front with a leaning, golden, six-pointed star , in the back with a golden waning moon . ”- On other coats of arms, the tent roofs are kneaded and crossed in gold.
Varaždin has twinned cities with the following cities:
- Montale , Italy
- Trnava , Slovakia
- Ravensburg , Germany
- Bad Radkersburg , Austria
- Ptuj , Slovenia
- Koblenz , Germany
Varaždin is now one of the most visited tourist centers in northern Croatia and, along with the capital Zagreb, belongs to the most economically developed part of Croatia.
The city offers numerous cultural and historical monuments and is surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape. The historic center of this very Central European influenced baroque town is very well preserved. The main attractions are the city center and the castle. Numerous museums, galleries and collections as well as the listed city cemetery are particularly attractive excursion destinations.
One of the landmarks of Varaždin is the city guard. In their blue uniforms, the grenadiers are present at all festive occasions in the town hall.
Varaždinske Toplice thermal springs, known throughout Croatia, are located near the town . The baroque old town attracts numerous visitors. The Varaždin Baroque Music Evenings, one of the most important Croatian concerts, have been held every year since 1971. There is also the International Wind Band Festival and the Book Days in October. Every year at the end of August there is the traditional ten-day Špancirfest festival, where international performances , acrobats , magicians , actors , dancers , musicians , clowns and baroque-style strollers perform in the streets of Varaždin.
Varaždin is now the administrative seat of the Varaždin County .
Parish Church of St. Nicholas in the city center
The city's largest employers include the clothing manufacturer Varteks , the food manufacturers Vindija and Koka dd and the metal processing company MIV dd. Recently , a free trade zone (Slobodna Zona) has also emerged. Larger companies, mainly from abroad, are currently settling here. Thanks to their tax breaks , companies such as Boxmark , OBO Bettermann , Hoegger Lebensmitteltechnik , BHS Corrugated and the local company Gumiimpex have settled there. The zone is currently being expanded to the southeast. In Varaždin there is also a stock exchange (Varaždinsko Tržiste Vrijednosnica).
Varaždin is home to the NK Varteks football club , one of the twelve teams in the Croatian football league. With clubs in the fields of handball ( RK Varteks Di Caprio and ŽRK Koka), water polo ( VK Coning Varaždin ), volleyball ( OK Varaždin ) and basketball ( KK Zagorje Tehnobeton ), a team is represented at the highest level in every important sports segment. In addition, the volleyball club became national champions in 2004 and 2005.
sons and daughters of the town
- Leon Benko (born 1983), football player
- Dražen Besek (* 1963), football player and coach
- Blaženka Divjak (* 1967), politician, Minister for Science and Education
- Mirela Durak (* 1990), table tennis player
- Kristijan Đurasek (* 1987), racing cyclist
- Vatroslav Jagić (1838-1923), linguist
- Tomislav Kocijan (* 1967), football player
- Ivan Kukuljević-Sakcinski (1816–1889), historian, writer and politician
- Maria Leitner (1892–1942), journalist and writer
- Miljenko Mumlek (born 1972), football player
- Ivan Padovec (1800–1873), guitarist and composer
- Ronny Pecik (* 1962), Austrian investor
- Istok Rodeš (* 1996), ski racer
- Marko Rog (* 1995), soccer player
- Radoslav Rogina (* 1979), racing cyclist
- Karolina Šprem (* 1984), tennis player
- Before that, Vugrinec (* 1975), football player
- City website (German)
- About festival - Špancirfest . In: Špancirfest . ( spancirfest.com [accessed September 6, 2017]).