The Old Town (fortress) is an example of medieval defensive buildings. The fortress was first mentioned in the 12th century and it is believed it was then the seat of the mayors of Varazdin. At the end of the 14th century came into possession of the Counts of Celje, when was rebuilt in the Gothic style. From that time comes a central rectangular object, which originally contained a wooden palisade. The most extensive fortress changes were in the 16th century, when it was reconstructed into a modern Renaissance fortification.
This fortress, from ancient times called Old Town, the most important historical buildings of Varazdin, is the center of aristocratic estate, owner and legally separate from the free royal town of Varazdin. The present fort was built of 14 to 19 the century. The oldest part of the central tower Bench and canopy in its ground floor are the most beautiful examples of Gothic secular plastic in the North Croatian. For the wars with the Turks in the 16th century, rebuilt in the Renaissance Wasserburg, a fortress – the castle is surrounded by high earthen walls with bastions surrounded by a double belt of water. Turnover in the second half of the 16th century carried Italian architects from around Coma headed by the emperor built the fortress in the Slavonian frontier Domenico del Lalli. During the past was having many important noble family; the Counts of Celje, John Ungnada, George of Brandenburg and Croatian Ban Thomas Erdödyja and his successors. In 1925. become the property of the city of Varazdin.
In honor of the millennium anniversary of the Croatian kingdom was opened in the Old Town 1925th The Varazdin Municipal Museum. In its premises are situated the oldest collection, Cultural Department, whose numerous collections in our time set out in stylish rooms. Are the most valuable collection of guild items, furniture, historical portraits, weapons, paintings, clocks, porcelain and glass along with many other objects of everyday life Varazdin nobility and wealthy citizens and visitors today can see the 40-odd museum rooms. Especially valuable are the collections of artifacts from the legacy of two celebrated Varazdin, politician and writer John Kukuljevića Sakcinskog and linguist Vatroslava Jagića.
Varazdin is one of the few Croatian cities whose industry did not directly suffer from the war in 1991. Besides textile giant Varteks, it also has nationally important food (Vindija), metal, and construction industries. The Information Technology and financial and banking sector as are well developed. Further economic development has been encouraged with the creation of a free investment zone.The city of Varazdin is easily accessible by major roads from all sides. The road infrastructure is good and the main highway connection is A4, connecting the Hungary border-crossing point in Gorican with Zagreb as well as the coast of the Adriatic sea via A1/A6 highway. The city is connected to the suburbs and villages surrounding it with a public transportation system of buses. The city also has a train and bus station, which are both located about a 10-minute walk from the center. The trains are mainly used for cargo, due to the lack of investment in the country's train infrastructure. Varaždin's bus service is of high quality and use, it offers regular service to many local, domestic and international routes, as well as many additional seasonal routes to the Adriatic sea. There is also taxi service available on-call which is situated by the bus station. In the outskirts of the city there is also a small recreational airport, used mainly for sightseeing and farming purposes. Today Varazdin is a popular destination for the summer holidays.