Zagreb Croatia - City Guide

Zagreb
Zagreb

Situated on the banks of the Sava River beside the Medvednica mountain range in the North, Zagreb is Croatia’s capital city, and what a city it is too. Not only is it the country’s economic centre, it is also home to a multitude of cultural delights including parks, museums, art galleries and shopping facilities.

Zagreb itself is a lesson in history, with its Roman roots quite apparent as you wonder around the city. You will also discover the charming old town districts of Gradec and Kaptol, complete with medieval buildings and architecture, and the fascinating Veternica Cave, the fourth longest cave in Croatia, which dates back to pre-historic times.

Covering an area of 650 square kilometers, Zagreb is Croatia’s largest city and has a population is in excess of 780,000, with a further 90,000 people living in the residential areas towards the southern part of the mountains. Its popularity continues to grow with Croatians and visitors alike, half a million of whom visit the area each year. Home to the University of Zagreb, founded in 1961, and many excellent polytechnics, the city has a large academic community, with many of the country’s leading scientists and artists originating from or residing in the area.

http://www.zagreb-touristinfo.hr/ - Official tourist site for Zagreb (see top right button for English).

Zagreb’s geographic position makes it an obvious stop-off for traffic travelling between central Europe and the coastal areas of the Adriatic. The city itself also provides residents and tourists with an excellent public transport system.

Tourists are spoilt for choice when it comes to activities. As well as the many historical attractions, Zagreb offers its visitors a choice of excellent restaurants serving local and international dishes, open air markets, 10 theatres, 14 art galleries and 21 museums, including the Museum of Temporary Art, the Mimara Museum and the Croatian Museum of Natural Sciences, which houses the remains and tools of the famous Krapina Man, the most extensive collection of Neanderthal remains in the world.

Weather-wise, the climate is typically continental reaching temperatures in excess of 20C in summer, and as low as 1C during the winter months.

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