8. Trakošćan Castle and Varaždin
Marvel at the splendor of baroque on a day of exploring castles and picturesque towns! Start in Trakošćan, the most famous castle in the bucolic Zagorje region. Poised in expansive dreamy gardens, the restored castle represents its faithful 19th century version, with displays of valuable baroque furniture, weapons, and other decorative and household items. Once the capital of Croatia, Varaždin has a unique baroque styled city center, which you can admire from the banks of the Drava River. Take in its forts, churches, monasteries and palaces, and get a feel for the easy going lifestyle of Croatia's northwest.