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Zagreb

Zagreb (map) is the capital and largest city of Croatia. The city has a charming medieval ‘old city’ (map) with architecture and cobbled streets reminiscent of Vienna, Budapest, Prague and other Central-European capitals.

Zagreb is a city with a rich history dating from Roman times. The oldest settlement in the vicinity of the city was the Roman Andautonia, in today’s Ščitarjevo (map).

Zagreb is also famous for its award-winning Christmas market that had been named the one in Europe for three years in a row (2015, 2016, 2017) by European Best Destinations.

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Zagreb is a compact city and can be best explored by walking. For the lower town (Donji Grad, map) the six squares of Lenuci Horshoe and the Botanical Garden can be covered in about 2 – 3 hours of walking. This area is also the home of Zagreb’s major museums, galleries and theatres.

The upper town (Gornji Grad, map) can also be covered in about 2 – 3 hours of walking and includes the cathedral, St. Mark’s Church and Square and the Museum of Broken Relationship.

The historical part of the city to the north of Ban Jelačić Square (map) is composed of the Gornji Grad and Kaptol (map), a medieval urban complex of churches, palaces, museums, galleries and government buildings that are popular with tourists on sightseeing tours. The historic district can be reached on foot, starting from the Ban Jelačić Square, the center of Zagreb, or by a funicular on nearby Tomićeva Street.

Each Saturday, (from April till the end of September), on St. Mark’s Square (map) in the Upper town, tourists can meet members of the Order of The Silver Dragon (Red Srebrnog Zmaja), who reenact famous historical conflicts between Gradec and Kaptol. It’s a great opportunity for all visitors to take photographs of authentic and fully functional historical replicas of medieval armor.

The Archaeological Museum (map) collections, today consisting of nearly 450,000 varied archaeological artefacts and monuments, have been gathered over the years from many different sources. These holdings include evidence of Croatian presence in the area.

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 BUS >   ZET | Buses and Trams

 RAIL >   Croatian Railways. There are direct services to major European cities such as Vienna (6½ hours) via Graz (4 hours), Budapest (5½ hours, €10 if bought on Hungarian Railways website), ZurichMunichSalzburg, *Ljubljana and Belgrade as well as domestic services to all major towns (except Dubrovnik). There is also an all-year-round overnight train (with sleeping compartments) between Zagreb and Split (6 hours, 8 if going overnight).

 AIRPORTS >   Zagreb Airport / Franjo Tuđman Airport

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