Zagreb

Zagreb is the capital of the Republic of Croatia and a medieval European city. It had been the focal point of culture, trade and industry for centuries. It is situated in the continental part of the Republic of Croatia, at the intersection of major routes between the Adriatic coast and Central Europe.
Even though it possesses all attributes of a Central European city by its geographic location, Zagreb is adorned by charming cafés with open terraces that are characteristic for the Mediterranean way of life.
 
 

Country
The Republic of Croatia                                                

Language

Croatian

Currency
kuna, for exchange rate click here

Time zone
UTC+1  

Sights, culture, science and art

  • The Ban Josip Jelačić square – the main square
  • The Upper Town (Gradec) is a medieval part of town which is also the most attractive part to the visitors since it contains many historical sights. One can enter the Upper Town passing through the medieval Stone gate –the only preserved gate to the city of Zagreb. In the passage of the Stone gate there is a beautiful little baroque chapel of the Holy Mother.
  • St. Mark’s Square is the central part of the Upper Town dominated by St. Mark’s Church built in the middle of the 13th century. Although the interior of the church is richly decorated and it contains many valuables, the most interesting detail is the picturesque roof displaying the coat of arms of the Kingdom of Croatia, Dalmatia and Slavonia and the City of Zagreb. It was designed by a famous architect, Herman Bollé and it was built in 1882.
  • The tower of Lotršćak was built in the 13th century. The cannon is fired every day at noon from the top of the Lotršćak tower.
  • The Zagreb cathedral - The building of this magnificent cathedral started in 1094 godine in the romanic-gothic style and it ended in 1217, and it was destroyed by the Tatars in 1242. In 1263 it got renewed by the bishop Timotej in the gothic style and it was fortified in the 16th century. In the 17th century, a fortified renaissance watchtower was erected on the south side, and was used as a military observation point, because of the Ottoman threat.In 1880, the cathedral was severely damaged in an earthquake. The main nave collapsed and the tower was damaged beyond repair. The restoration of the cathedral in the neogothic style was made by Hermann Bollé, bringing the cathedral to its present form. As part of that restoration, two spires of 108 m (354 ft) height were raised on the western side, both of which are in the process of being restored during a massive general restoration of the cathedral.
  • Medvedgrad – a fortress situated on the slopes of the Medvednica mountain above the city of Zagreb. It was constructed in 13th century to defend the city from the Tatar raids. Medvedgrad had great historic significance and is the center stage of many legends and stories that are still being told.
Zagreb card – you can find more information about it here.

Gastronomy

The cuisine of Zagreb is based on hearty meat dishes, with sides of beans, hearty soups and cabbage-based salads. Bread is often maize or barley or both. Filling and tasty, the cuisine from this part of the world is more like peasant fare than anything else. Homemade cheese, polenta, game and local fresh-water fish are staples in Zagorje.
Austrian influence is most prevalent, especially in the delicate pastries.

Shopping

There are many shopping malls in Zagreb, among of the biggest ones are: Avenue Mall, City Centre One, King Cross and there are two Outlet centers in the outskirts of the town: Rosis and Helena.
You can find many lovely boutiques in the centre of town as well.

Night life

If you wish to go clubbing in Zagreb, you can choose among many pubs and restaurants, such as:

  • Hemingway
  • Saloon
  • lounge bar Peoples
  • pubs and restaurants at the lake Jarun

Sport

  • city stadium Maksimir
  • swimming pools: Šalata, Mladost, Utrine
  • golf&country club Zagreb
  • Sports and recreation center Jarun

Transportation

Public transportation
  • tram network
  • city buses
Tickets can be purchased in the vehicles, at the kiosks or by sending a text message: ZG to the number 8585.

From the airport to the town
  • Plesoprijevoz buses
  • taxi service

Events in Zagreb and its surroundings


    • From Kaptol to Kaptol - 24 March, Zagreb - Čazma
    Participants in this international athletic marathon put their stamina to the test on a route longer than 60 kilometres, from the Zagreb cathedral to the Čazma cathedral.

    • Anglers to their city - 23 and 24 March, Koprivnica
    Discover the hidden treasures of Podravina, get to know the cultural and historical heritage of northwest Croatia, experience the beauty of the spring landscape and treat yourself to traditional food and high quality wines. Visit the angling event and taste specialties made from river fish.

    • The day of the centre of the world -1 April and 8 May, Ludbreg
    Every year the citizens of Ludbreg stage this event on the Day of the City. The event is based on the belief that the town of Ludbreg is in the centre of the world.

    • Zagreb Wine Gourmet Weekend 2013 - 19 and 20 April, Zagreb
    The international festival of oenology and gastronomy takes place in the Glyptotheque of HAZU and the Kaptol shopping centre. It is the place for Croatian and foreign manufacturers, business people and wine and food aficionados to meet.

    • Zagreb’s time machine - 20 April – 28 September, Zagreb
    Promenade concerts in Zrinjevac and Maksimir parks, music in Tkalčićeva Street and in the Upper Town, characters from our past, village women selling their produce at Dolac Market and folklore performances will conjure up the spirit of the city and the warmth of its citizens, like it was once upon a time…

    • St. George’s day in Turopolje - 23 - 29 April, Velika Gorica
    All over continental Croatia, 23 April is the day for festivities which draw their inspiration from ancient popular customs. Particularly impressive are the traditional St. George’s bonfires.

    • St. Mark’s Festival – 28 April – 11 May, Zagreb
    Festival organizers have again announced concerts by Croatian and foreign soloists and ensembles in Zagreb’s Upper Town. Their music will take your breath away.

    • 10th Swimming Festival - 28 April, Zagreb
    This is an international swimming competition in the following categories: younger junior girls, cadets, younger cadets and beginners.

    • Depeche Mode in Zagreb – 23 May , Zagreb
    The mega popular band Depeche Mode will hold a concert at Maksimir Stadium. They will promote their most recent, 13th studio album which will be released this spring. This will be their first live appearance since 2010.

    • The Secret of Grič - May - September (Friday - Saturday), Zagreb
    A tour of the Upper Town late in the evening has been designed for citizens and visitors of Zagreb who wish to get to know the capital’s historic and somewhat mysterious side

    • International knights’ tournament in Sveta Helena - 17 – 19 May, Sveti Ivan Zelina
    You do not have to be a mere observer of knights’ fights at this tournament; you can try your hand at archery, take a ride in a horse and carriage or try horseback riding.

    • The City of Zagreb Open Championship and the 12TH Matija Ljubek memorial race – 25 May
    Every year, the Jarun athletic and recreational grounds are the venue of the Matija Ljubek 1000 meter one-man kayak memorial race.
    This discipline is one of the most interesting ones and the awards are really attractive.

    • St. Urban’s – Days of wine in Zrinski County – 25 May – 2 June, Međimurje Wine Road
    Wine tasting rooms along the Međimurje Wine Road is the place where you can enjoy vintage wines and the traditional culinary specialties of Međimurje.

    • Vinodar – wine exhibition - 2 – 9 June, Daruvar
    From an urban settlement, the city becomes transformed into a centre of trade which offers its visitors a wine exhibition, a rich offer of food and a traditional arts and crafts fair.

    • Cest is d’best - 3- 12 June, Zagreb
    This festival transforms the streets in downtown Zagreb into a bright and optimistic world of circus and street theatre.

    • Animafest Zagreb 2013 - 4 – 9 June
    The world festival of animated movies is dedicated to feature animated movies lasting no less than 60 minutes.


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