As the capital, Zagreb is the biggest city of the Republic of Croatia. It was established in 13th century combining the two settlements, Gradec and Kaptol, situated on the slopes of the mountain Medvednica in the north-western Croatia. The wider area of the city has a population of approximately one million.
Given its history, Zagreb has lots of monuments and significant architecture. Historical quarters are the Upper Town, Kaptol and the Down town, which contain extraordinary diversity of architecture, form the baroque to the present. The centre is surrounded with residential quarters with higher standards in the north and former worker’s quarters which are experiencing a strong re-urbanization for some time now in the south. Due to its appearance and organization, Zagreb is a typical middle-European city.
When visiting Zagreb, you must go sightseeing. Here are some recommendations:
- The Upper town, Gradec, the historical heart of the city, with St. Marko’s square (where Croatian Parliament and Government are situated) and the Church of St. Marko, the Church of St. Katarina, Zagreb city museum, number of baroque houses and palaces (Croatian history museum – the Vojković palace, “Banski dvori”, …), Stone gate (“Kamenita vrata”), the astronomical observatory (“Popov toranj”), Lotrščak tower and railway that connects the Upper town and the Down town
- Kaptol, the centre of church institutions (the Archdiocese of Zagreb, archiepiscopal seminary, …) with neo-gothic Zagreb Cathedral, number of baroque canons’ residences and several churches (St. Francis’s, St. John the Baptist’s and St. Mary’s)
- The Down Town, the urban and cultural centre of modern Zagreb, which is mostly built in the 19th and the first half of 20th century, with the main Square of ban Jelačić (and his statue), the famous shopping street Ilica, Flower square (“Cvjetni trg”), building arranged in a rectangular blocks, the uniqe green “belt” of squares – parks known as Green horseshoe (“Zelena potkova”) together with beautiful public buildings, museums, theaters, statues (especially nice is the statue of the first Croatian king Tomislav) and the main railway station at the south end
- Outside the centre, there is National university library and the Museum of modern art with their modern architecture, Maksimir park designed according to English romantic parks where the ZOO of Zagreb is situated, sport-recreative centre Jarun with artificial lake suitable for swimming and paddling, lake Bundek, and the biggest sports hall in Croatia – Arena Zagreb
- If you like mountain sports and fresh air, you can visit Medvednica, more famous by the name of the highest peak – Sljeme
There is much more Zagreb can give you, but we’ll let you discover it for yourselves.