While You Are Here
There is plenty to see and do for visitors of all ages to the beautiful area around Varaždin. Laid back or adventurous, we can help you select from a range of activities to ensure your stay at the Old Oak House is truly memorable.
Other options exist for day trips to Slovenia and Hungary and Croatia's world renowned Plitvice Lakes UNESCO World Heritage site.
A guided wine tour with lunch is always a winner. Our local vineyards are small, tended by generations of families who haven’t yet succumbed to established ideas about the “right” way to make wine. Wines draw their distinctiveness from hill to hill and from farm to farm. Sealed with cork or bottle cap, the wine will be bursting with fruit, fragrance and sunshine.
” . ..Croatia really was the discovery of this year: some great white wines, both dry and dessert with bags of character and a whole bouquet of varieties and styles …." Decanter World Wine Awards.
For history and culture buffs. Croatia is a land of palaces and castles and rich traditions reflecting its turbulent history at this crossroads between East and West. Visit Trakoscan castle, the best preserved, most picturesque castle in Croatia remodeled in the Romantic revival style and compared to Ludwig of Bavaria’s fantasy Castle Neuschwanstein. Tour the castle and take a leisurely stroll around its ornamental lake followed by a drive up Ravna Gora peak for a picnic lunch with wine and stunning views over Slovenia and Hungary.
The perfect family outing with stops for swimming and a BBQ. Take a leisurely paddle down the Drava River, a tributary of the Danube and described by the World Wildlife Fund as the Amazon of Europe. This stunning landscape is among Europe’s most ecologically important and biologically diverse riverine areas. It is a hot spot of rare natural habitats which are home to many endangered species such as the white-tailed eagle and little tern. Keep your eyes open for otters and beavers.
Varaždin is an ideal base for an activity holiday. Situated by the river Drava it is surrounded by the gentle foothills of the Alps. Cycle or trek through vineyards, villages, forests and hills past ancient forts and castles to the highest points in the county for spectacular views over the borders to Slovenia and Hungary. Additional options include an introduction to simple rock climbing or scrambling at Kalnik, a thirteenth century ruined castle with stunning panoramic views of the Pannonian plan.
Horse riding through the meadows and beech forests of Mt. Ivanscica is not to be missed. Leafy trails take you past medieval castle ruins, through rural hamlets and vineyards. Our partner has a range of quality horses: gentle for beginners and lively for those wanting a more spirited ride. Hacks can be arranged from a few hours to multi-day treks. Ask Amanda.
Soak up the atmosphere in one of Europe’s trendiest and most vibrant capital cities in the company of one of our expert guides. Discover the distinctive charms of what is really two towns, Upper and Lower towns, connected by a historic funicular railway. Choose to go by skegway, bike or foot and let a local guide tell you the story of this fascinating city and show you their favourite places including the famous Tkalciceva Street with its street cafés, restaurants, gourmet shops and galleries.