City of Zagreb

An Old City with a Young Soul

The Croatian capital Zagreb is young and playful at heart, despite the almost thousand year-old history of its old town. By day, the city beats to the pulse of its thriving businesses, letting its hair down come sunset. And despite being a thoroughly modern metropolis, the locals welcome visitors with traditional Croatian hospitality.

 

Come and visit Croatia’s political, commercial and cultural heart! Zagreb’s old town is a true feast for your senses, where you can sample some of the country’s most renowned restaurants and coffee shops in the midst of classic façades, lush gardens and striking Neo-Gothic buildings.

Matija Špelić

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A city tailored to the needs of man

Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, ranks among the oldest cities in Central Europe, as is evident from the documents dating back to 1094, when a diocese was established in this area. The city developed between the mountain of Medvednica and the river Sava. Its old center consists of the medieval Gradec – today the home of the Croatian Government and Parliament - and Kaptol, the seat of the Archbishop. Following the administrative unification of the two entities and the surrounding villages in the 19th century, the city experienced a surge in the construction of prestigious buildings, squares and fountains, as well as the establishment of beautiful park-woods and parks which today make it one of the greenest cities in Europe.

A delight to walk through, the capital of Croatia attracts visitors with the lively atmosphere of its streets, numerous coffee shops, restaurants and shopping. If you are looking for a break on your way to, or from, a seaside tourist resort, a break that would freshen up your journey, then Zagreb is the place to come to and it is waiting for you. Welcome!

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Art

Zagreb has always been Croatia's true cultural metropolis. With places of interest such as the Croatian National Theatre...

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Church of St. Mark

It was built in the 18th century on a Roman basis and completed as a hall church. The south portal is the most expressive gothic sculptural creation in this part of Europe.

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Dolac

The market place is a colorful spot and a convincing proof that Zagreb and Croatia eat natural, fresh and tasty food. 

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Gastronomy

Charming restaurants and coffee houses (Tkalčićeva street).

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Lotrščak Tower

Every day, for over hundred and ten years, the cannon fires from the top of tower Lotrščak exactly at noon in memory of an event from Zagreb history.

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Maksimir Park, an oasis of peace

Today Maksimir park is an ideal place, five minutes from downtown, where you can at least for a moment remove yourself from city noise and enjoy your break and recreation.

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Malo Jezero, Jarun

Malo Jezero, Jarun “Zagreb’s sea” is the famous nickname for Jarun Lake. The parking spaces, nearby public transport, roller skating and cycling paths make Malo Jezero (Small Lake) extremely accessible.

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SIGHTSEEING

Gornji grad (uptown) and Donji grad (downtown),

Zagreb Cathedral and

St.Mark's church

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The ancient Medvedgrad

The ancient Medvedgrad, a medieval fort built in the 13th is a special attraction on Medvednica.

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Veliko Jezero, Bundek

Alongside the beach there is a promenade, a cycling and roller-skating path and spacious green spaces.

Davor Rostuhar

Meet the charming heart of Croatia

Zagreb grew out of two medieval settlements that flourished for centuries on neighbouring hills.

With written history dating to the year 1094 when the diocese was established, Zagreb, the capital and the biggest city in Croatia, is a typical Central European town. The classicist and secessionist facades of its historical nucleus exude the lofty spirit of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but here and there one can also discern the contours of the panoramas of Prague. Almost all of the main sites of the city and cultural venues are located in the very centre, which teems with charming coffee houses, fine restaurants, garden restaurants, and lovingly tended parks like, for instance, Ribnjak, which lies beneath the walls of Kaptol with its filigree spires of the neo-Gothic cathedral, or the Lenuci green horseshoe with Zrinjevac, Zagreb, indeed, is a city tailored to man.

Julien Duval / TZG Zagreb

Stroll the streets of the metropolis and walk through history

Julien Duval / TZG Zagreb
The best way to explore the city is the slow way, gently uncovering the layers of its rich history from the streets that go up from the main Jelačić square, and the Dolac market, one of the most colourful open-air markets in this part of Europe, from Opatovina to Kaptol, or perhaps via Radićeva Street to the Stone Gate and on to Banski dvori and the colourful roof of St. Mark’s church.

Zagreb can also be explored using its blue trams. Routed in all directions and pulsating day and night like a heart in the living tissue of the city, through their windows these modern day chariots provide the most original frames for scenes to remember Zagreb. With approximately 20 theatres, 30 museums, 45 galleries and 13 art collections, a great zoo and almost a million inhabitants, Zagreb is a real Croatian metropolis, one which attracts guests of all profiles.

Antun Cerovečki
Located at the foot of the Medvednica Nature Park, whose highest peak, Sljeme, has hosted the FIS Snow Queen Trophy skiing competitions since 2005, with its large sports and recreation complex around the Jarun Lake with fully appointed regatta facilities for various types of competitions, Zagreb is not only a city of rich cultural heritage, of opera, ballet, theatres and concerts, but also a city whose name is ever more frequently entered onto the map of world sports events.
Ivo Biočina
Finally, if you are one of those who enjoy writing postcards with your fountain pen, or noting down impressions of your journeys in your notebook, remember that it is from this very town that the first fountain pen set out into the world, and that its inventor, Slavoljub Penkala, might have found inspiration in his long walks through the streets of Zagreb.

The concentration of medical experience and knowledge

Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia is a well-known congress destination that hosts half of the total number of congresses and other business gatherings in the country.