Zagreb

About Zagreb

Zagreb is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Croatia. It is located in the northwest of the country, along the Sava river, at the southern slopes of the Medvednica mountain.

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How to arrive in Zagreb? 

In Zagreb you can arrive with car, bus, train or plain.

Airport Zagreb is the biggest airport in Croatia, even the biggest plane in the world Antonov 225 landed there.

 What to do in Zagreb?

To feel the atmosphere and charm of Zagreb You can use the cabriolet city bus, organized on the principle “hop on – hop off”. Ticket is valid for 24 hours and You can go on and off the bus as many times as You want. Buses have virtual tourist guide on 8 different languages.

If You would like to explore Zagreb in Your own way, just rent a segway, nextbike or electric bike, it’s perfect for moving trough the city.

The tourist community also offers different tours like Zagreb Ghost Tour, Sleeping Dragon Tour or night tour – secret of Grič.

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Zagreb has a long history, first buildings date back to the time of Roman empire.
It is divided in two parts – Upper and Lower town. Two parts of the town are connected with funicula that started with work on 08.10.1980. Part of the Upper town is Kaptol, divided on Bishop and Gradec. The central part of Gradec is Marko’s square  where You can see the church of St. Marko built in 13. century in Romanian style, and the second half rebuilt in 14 century in neo ghotic style after the earthquake   The most important goverment buildings Banski dvori and Croatian Parliament surround the square.

Zagreb-square-of-st-marko

Banski dvori is a historical building which was the home of the Croatian viceroys in 1809. until 1918. In the year of 1990. it became a main building of president of Croatian Republic and Croatian Government. In the year 1991. the building was hit by the bomb and badly damaged. Facade was rebuilt in 2008. and the building is on the list of protected cultural goods in Croatia.

The Cathedral of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the most impressive sacral building in Gothic style south-east of the Alps. The cathedral was badly damage in 1880. in the earthquake.  The cathedral contains a relief of Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac with Christ, done by the Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović. The Cathedral was also visited by Pope Benedict XVI. on 5 June 2011 were he celebrated Sunday Vespers and prayed infront of the tomb of Blessed Aloysius Stepinac. The cathedral is shown on the Croatian 1000 kuna banknote.

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Ban Jelačić square is the central square of the city, also known as the “Jelačić plac”. The square exist since 17th century, its first name was Harmica. On the square you can see a large statue of ban Josip Jelačić on a horse and the Mandušević fountain. It is the most common meeting place for people in Zagreb.

zagreb-jelacic-square

Maksimir Park is Zagreb’s oldest public park. It forms part of the city’s cultural heritage and is a habitat for many different plant and animal species. In Maksimir you can also visit the ZOO and is a great place to spend a day with children.

Jarun Lake is a recreational area based around a large lake where locals go to relax, exercise – and party! The centerpiece of area is the actual lake itself, which is used for windsurfing and has a large rowing section with spectator stands. There are also shingle beaches surrounding the water, alongside which are several bars that get very crowded during the weekends but are also nice for a sunny lunchtime snack. All the bars there are considered ‘fancy’ places and usually play commercial music.

maksimir-park-zagreb

Bundek is also a great place for taking a break from urban center. You can play sports or have a barbecue.
You can also go to hippodrome to see horse racing.

The Croatian National Theater in Zagreb (Hrvatsko narodno kazalište u Zagrebu), commonly referred to as HNK Zagreb, is a theater, opera and ballet house. The theater was first established as the Croatian National Theater in 1860. and in 1895 it moved to the new purpose-built building on marshal Tito Square in Zagreb’s Lower Town, where it is based today.

HNK-Zagreb

Ilica is the largest street in the Zagreb where You can find many restaurants, shops and bars. If You have enough time you should visit Zrinjevac and Cvjetni trg (Flower square) or one of the many museums that are nice to see: Mimara Museum, Archeological museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Pavilion, Croatian Museum of Naive Art, Modern Gallery, Museum of Broken Relationships.
The imposing mountain overlooking Zagreb is Medvednica. It is a place of preserved fortress Medvedgrad from which You can have a fascinating view of the city.

 

Where to eat, sleep and go out

Zagreb has many restaurants, sandwich bars, fast foods and pizza places.
Restaurants: Okrugljak, 5/4 (fancy restaurant),
Pizza place: Baschieria 2, Pizzeria2

Places to go out: Industrial vintage bar, the Best, Aquarius

In Zagreb You can find accommodation for every budget. There are hostels, hotels and private apartments.

 

 

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