Trakošćan Castle and Varaždin
Marvel at the splendor of baroque in this day of castles and pictoresque towns! Start in Trakošćan, the best known castle in the bucolic Zagorje region. Poised in expansive dreamy gardens, the restored castle today represents its faithful 19th century version, with displays of valuable baroque furniture, weapons, and other decorative and household items. Then head to the banks of Drava River, to marvel at the baroque center of Varaždin, once the capital of Croatia. Take in its forts, churches, monasteries and palaces, and get a feel for easy going living of Croatia's northwest.