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Zagreb is the capital city of the Croatia
Zagreb, the capital city of the Republic of Croatia, is located in the northwest of the country, along the Sava river. Commonly described as the City with a heart, it is an integral part of the cultural circle of central Europe. Its rich cultural life is reflected through its 20 theatres, 3 concert halls, around 60 museums and art galleries.
A romantic, pleasant and safe city is the sentence which best summarizes the impressions of the ever growing number of tourists and businessmen who visit Zagreb. With unlimited possibilities for visits, musical events, art exhibitions, sporting events, interesting architecture, green parks and pedestrian zones, visitors and locals are most certainly pampered.
The city is protected from the northern winds by the mountains of Medvenica and opens up to the rest of the continent thanks to a spacious plain and the Sava River.
The best to thing to do when you arrive in the city is to plunge in its wonderful atmosphere. Getting off from the train at the Glavni Kolodor railway station in the centre of Zagreb, head to the nearby Zrinjevac Park, one of the most romantic promenades of the city and the favourite place of the art lovers. On the way to the park you’ll be able to discover exhibitions at the Art Pavillon and the Croatian Academy of Art and Science. If you are into theatres, then the Croatian National Theatre, a monumental building found in the Marshal Tito square, will fascinate you. Just north of it, stands the 13th century Lotrščak Tower, one of the hallmarks of Zagreb and the best preserved object of the city’s fortification system. You can go to the top by taking the cable car to enjoy the beautiful view over Zagreb. A hundred metres away is the Saint Mark’s Church, known for its multi-coloured roof tiles.
You’ll find spaces for recreation almost anywhere in Zagreb, however it is worth every penny to visit Maksimir Park, the biggest green area in the city. Found in the eastern part of the town, it was the first public promenade in this part of Europe. Spend the day there to visit and discover its numerous monuments and buildings of various style.
Enter the Echo Pavilion, built after 1840, and you will discover that the interior almost perfectly echoes the sounds, thus its name. Climp up to the Viewpoint, a three floor tower 17 metre-high, built in 1843. It offers a wonderful view over the lakes and the main promenade. In the finest part of the Maksimir park, you will find the Zoo, where animals from all over the world are taken care of.
After a day at the park, relax in a local restaurant and try the Kotlovina (stewed meat), an indigenous speciality of Zagreb. A very big metal dish is used to fry sausages and afterwards they are stewed in their own juice, wine and spices. The preparation is usually done outdoors.
As the day is ending, head to the Arcades of Mirogoj Cemetery and Mirogoj Park. The cemetery is among the most beautiful in Europe. Not only it is the home for those who are resting in peace, but also a beautiful park and open-air art gallery. It is also a place where all religions are mixed together and respected!
It is worth trying the Paprenjak (spiced biscuits) and the licitar (a heart-shaped biscuit) accompanied with Gvirc (a beverage made of wine and honey).
Have a tour of the Dolac market on Saturday.
Getting to and from Zagreb
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Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in Zagreb can be found.
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