Countries: Croatia
Activity: City break

Zagreb is an old Central European city. For centuries it has been a focal point of culture and science, and now of commerce and industry as well. It lies on the intersection of important routes between the Adriatic coast and Central Europe.

Zagreb can offer its visitors the Baroque atmosphere of the Upper Town, picturesque open-air markets, diverse shopping facilities, an abundant selection of crafts and a choice vernacular cuisine. Zagreb is a city of green parks and walks, with many places to visit in the beautiful surroundings.

The city will enter into the third millennium with a population of one million. In spite of the rapid development of the economy and transportation, it has retained its charm, and a relaxed feeling that makes it a genuinely human city.

Spoiled by a coastline that lies only three hours away, Zagreb’s residents have a lively appreciation of the outdoors. Even in winter, the long, refreshing stretch of park that bisects the town centre is rarely empty. With the first breaths of spring, everyone heads to their favourite outdoor café to soak up the midday sun. On weekends, Maksimir Park in the east is a major destination for bikers, strollers and joggers. In the summer, everyone who doesn’t go to the coast scurries to Jarun Lake in the southwest to swim, boat and dance the night away in a lakeside disco. When Zagreb residents head for the hills, they don’t have far to go: Mt Medvednica is only a tram ride away and offers hiking, skiing  and great views over the city.

The temples of art and history.

The treasures of history are kept and exhibited in the museums of Zagreb. Apart from objects related to the history of the city, the Zagreb museums and art collections possess exhibits from the whole world round of very considerable historical and artistic value. Things of particular rarity are the Zagreb Mummy with the world’s longest text in Etruscan, and the remains of Neanderthal prehistoric man (homo Krapinensis).


Green paths of the center.

Green parks and fountains, avenues of trees and flowers starting with Zrinjevac in the town centre. The series of parks go from town center down to the railway station, through the botanical gardens and up to Marulic and Tito Squares where the theatre stands. They are known as the Lenucci horseshoe because of the shape they form and the name of the landscape gardener who planned them. They are well provided with benches where you can rest from sightseeing and plan the next thing you want to do.

The balance of life.

It is in close proximity to Zagreb. Due to its numerous landscaped trails, mountain houses, historical monuments and recreational areas, the central part of this wooded mountain gives an impression of a spacious city park. By walking down the educational trails, you can learn about some of almost one thousand recorded plant varieties, listen to the song of around a hundred bird types, and come across numerous insects and animals. Each moment spent in the Medvednica Nature Park enriches your existence.


The symbol of city walks.

It is situated in the eastern part of the town. It was open to public in 1794 and was the first public promenade in this part of the Europe. It was named after its founder, the Zagreb bishop Maksimilian Vrhovec (1752 - 1827) who, apart from the archbishop Haulik, took the credit for its arrangement. Maksimir is arranged in the place of part of the oak woods in the middle of the 19th century

Romantic forts of the past.

Trakoscan is the most romantic and, in the opinion of many, the most beautiful castle in Croatia, of which historian Gjuro Szabo wrote: “I do not know whether I felt happier in any other park than one in Trakoscan, and not only the first time, when it enchanted me, but every time I came there.” Marusevac is a beautiful example of the Romanic neo-Gothic “fairy-tale palace”. Veliki Tabor is the ancient fortress of the Ratkay counts from the fifteenth century. This Gothic/Renaissance structure emanates the mysterious atmosphere of legends about the tragic fate of Veronika of Desinic. Miljana, a picturesque country residence of the Ratkay counts, is an example of the love and care given to the preservation of historical heritage. It was carefully renewed and enriched with a valuable inventory.


Natural and historical park.

The Stubica valley is significant in the history of this region as the focal point of battles during the peasant revolt of 1573. The natural beauty, old palaces and the abundance of thermal springs make the Stubica region an important center of inland tourism. The Orsic palace was renewed in 1973 as a part of a large monumental complex. The Museum of the Peasant Revolt is located in it. Stubicke SPA was built in 1805 on the foundations of an Antique thermal spa as a park with a bathing area. The center was constructed in 1930, and today this is both a rehabilitation and tourism center, with swimming pools and excellent facilities. Gornja stubica is known for the legend of Gubec’s linden, an ancient tree in front of the Church of St. George.

The town of pre-historic tradition.

Krapina, picturesque town in the heart of Hrvatsko Zagorje, mentioned for the first time in 1193. It was fortified town in 1330 of which only remnants have been preserved. In the middle of the 14th century it was free royal trading place, and by the end of the 15th century it was the seat of the Croatian ban. Krapina is best known by the remnants of pre-historic men of Neanderthal type, found by Dragutin Gorjanovic Kramberger in 1899, in the cave on the Husnjakovo hill. Apart from bones of twenty pre-historic men, the objects they made were also found: points, bone axe and others. Today, in front of the cave there are reconstruction of pre-historic men and animals in natural size. The permanent exhibition, i.e. the Evolution museum has been opened. The town has also the native museum of Ljudevit Gaj, who was born here in 1891 and has got his statue.

The living museum.

Samobor is a little town in a fertile valley of the Sava River, at the footings of Samobor Mountains. It is a genuine town-museum. Each house, square or street tells its history. The ruins of the medieval burg above the present town
witness the rich history as well as numerous exhibits in the Town Museum. King Bela IV gave to Samobor the charter and the status of free royal trading place. Samobor is the most developed tourist place in Zagreb County, and favourite destination of many Zagreb citizens and other guests. It is especially notable for its food and drink and attractive festivals, carnival festivities in particular. In the town vicinity there is an interesting Grgos cave and old iron, tin and gypsum mines in Rude. Some other attractive destinations are the Fairy Pits, Eco-centre Slani dol, Suban - the medicinal herb garden in Manja Vas etc.