Zagreb is the capital of Croatia. It is the political, cultural and economic center of Croatia. As Rebecca West said in 1937: ‘Zagreb makes from its featureless handsomeness something that pleases like a Schubert song, a delight that begins quietly and never definitely ends. It has the endearing characteristic noticeable in many French towns of remaining a small town when it is in fact quite large’

How to get to Zagreb

An international Airport, train connections to Central Europe (like Vienna, Munich and other cities) as well as to the southern regions of Croatia and neighboring Balkan states(via the famous highway) as well as to Istria.

Picture gallery for Zagreb

Insight into history of Zagreb

Zagreb is consisted of two medieval towns, Kaptol, center of religious power and Gradec, which is now part of the Upper town. In 1242 with the declaration of the Golden Bull, to Gradec was given the status of royal free city by the Croat-Hungarian King Bela IV. He granted then the economic and administrative privileges to the inhabitants. From the 16th century onward Gradec was where the Ban, the Croat delegate of Hungary administrating Croatia and the Croat parliament carried out their interests. The violent clashes around the river Medveščak between Gradec and Kaptol marked the times, a street called the Bridge of Blood (Krvavi Most) recalls that period vividly. In 1880 a terrible earthquake struck the city and many of the major monuments date from after this time.

What to see in Zagreb

The city center of Zagreb can easily be explored by foot, although the city is quite large. Some main monuments are listed here.

Cultural life in the capital has a lot to offer, 20 museums, 16 theaters, 350 libraries, a university and lively changing programs. Because of the vast variety, Zagreb playes an important role in international life over centuries.

Nature Park, favorite destination with many weekenders, is also an interesting destination for visitors.

Places of excursions near Zagreb

In the north of Zagreb lies the region of Zagorje, with many churches, castles and country houses in wooded hills and the town of Varaždin is a baroque masterpiece. In the southwest of Zagreb you can find low mountains, and some inland national parks, which are offering beautiful swamp nature and river lands with storks and other water birds that are still finding refuge. You must have a mosquito repellents if you want to enjoy your holidays.

Sports & leisure time in Zagreb

Beaches in Zagreb

Where to eat in Zagreb

Generally the golden rules here again is that visitors should look out for where locals go, as they tend to know best. Specialties of Croatia are mentioned in the relevant section. As food in the tourist region differs from the food in the inland of Croatia, here are some specialities, which recall Austria-Hungarian influences, Cafés.

Where to stay in Zagreb

Local tourist agencies give information about private accommodation. Hostels are getting more and more and some will be mentioned here: Omladinski turistički centar in Petrinjska 77,, or Ravnice Youth Hostel 1, Ravnice 38d,, or Studentski Dom Cvjetno naselje, Odranska 8, tel 01/61-91-240. Some main hotels in Central Zagreb are Arcotel Allegra, Astoria, Central, Dubrovnik, Ilica, Jadran, Opera, Palace, Pension Jägerhorn, Regent Esplanade.

Nightlife and entertaining in Zagreb

Cultural arrangements in Zagreb

  • Calendar of arrangements for the region near Zagreb

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