Zagreb is the capital of city of the republic of Croatia located on the southern slopes of the Medvednica Mountain. Zagreb is very much a charming medieval city with and a popular tourist destination for its historical architecture, mediaeval monuments, buildings and interlinking cobbled streets. Zagreb also has great selection of cafes, restaurants, boutique shops and trendy nightlife so there is something here for everyone.
THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN ZAGREB
- Zagreb is a great city to explore on foot with everything being easily accessible within a short distance. The city is split into two parts. Gornji Grad (Upper Town) is the medieval core of the city and contains many historical buildings including churches and religious monuments while Donji Grad (Lower Town) contains great museums, green parks and great places to shop.
- The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Katedrala Marijina Uznesenja) is Zagreb’s most popular attraction. The cathedral has been reconstructed a few times since the 13th century but its twin spires are truly majestic in the setting sun and there are many religious artefacts to be found inside. Mirogoj is the impressive cemetery in the centre of Zagreb opened in 1876. Its heavenly arcades and Church of Christ the King are truly impressive to see as are the thousands of candles left by visitors on the 1st November which is the Croatian Day of the Dead. Mirogoj is one of the top 10 cemeteries in Europe.
- Zagreb offers many great museums including Mimara Museum with collections of more than 1,500 exhibits from the prehistoric period and hundreds of works from the most famous painters worldwide. The Archaeological Museum exhibits many collections including the Egyptian collection with its world famous Zagreb Mummy, and stone monuments dating back to the Roman era. Located just outside Zagreb in the village of Scitarjevo, is the Andautonia Archaeological Park containing the ruins of an ancient Roman town.
EATING OUT & NIGHTLIFE IN ZAGREB
There is an excellent choice of restaurants in Zagreb satisfying all tastes and wallets. Zagreb is famous for its confectionery and sweets which are very popular with locals. There are also many outlets to be found in the city centre offering a wide variety of international cuisine and a lively nightlife for those wishing to stay out into the early hours of the morning.
GETTING AROUND IN ZAGREB
Most of Zagreb’s attractions are easily accessible on foot and this is also a great way to experience the culture and vibrancy of this enchanting city. There is also an efficient public transport system of trams, buses and trains and a good option for multiple day travel is to buy the Zagreb Card which offers unlimited travel, discounts on museums and reduced prices on many other establishments including many eateries. It can be purchased at any of Zagreb’s Tourist Information Centres and also the majority of hostels too and is valid for 72 hours.
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