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    Zagreb – a brief overview

    Zagreb is an intriguing city. Often overlooked in favour of the postcard honeypots around the coast, Croatia’s capital is nevertheless somewhere with real visitor appeal. You can find a series of fine old-world buildings, a lively arts scene and a multi-layered character that draws on influences from both the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe.

    It’s been the hub of the nation ever since the Middle Ages and has the large squares and Habsburg architecture to show for it – as well as the odd high-rise suburb. But with its buzzing café culture and easy-going air, this is a city well worth getting to know.

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    Zagreb City Museum

    Opatička 20
    10000 Zagreb
    Croatia
    Tel: +385 1 485 1361
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 1000-1800
    Sat 1100-1900
    Sun 1000-1400

    Established way back in the first decade of the 20th century, this comprehensive museum gives an overview of the city’s social, political, cultural and artistic heritage.

    Medvednica Nature Park

    Forestry Bliznec
    10000 Zagreb
    Croatia
    Tel: +385 1 458 6317
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    A vast tree-filled nature preservation on the northern borders of the city, full of mountain trails and the chance to spot wildlife such as fox and deer. For hikers, there are some great options.

    Mimara Museum

    Trg Rooseveltov 5
    10000 Zagreb
    Croatia
    Tel: +385 1 482 8100
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 1000-1900 (Jul-Sep)
    Sat 1000-1700 (Jul-Sep)
    Tue-Wed and Fri-Sat 1000-1700 (Oct-Jun)
    Thu 1000-1900 (Oct-Jun)
    Sun 1000-1400

    Occupying a broad neo-Renaissance palace, this well-reputed art museum exhibits work by some big-name Masters such as Rubens, Goya and Rembrandt. There’s also an excellent collection of art from the Far East.

    Croatian Museum of Naive Art

    Sv Ćirila i Metoda 3, Gornji Grad
    10000 Zagreb
    Croatia
    Tel: +385 1 485 1911
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 1000-1800
    Sat-Sun 1000-1300

    Specialising in ‘naive art’, a type of art characterised by a childlike simplicity, this small museum showcases some superb examples of the genre by Croatian artists.

    Mestrovic Atelier

    Mletačka ulica 8
    10000 Zagreb
    Croatia
    Tel: +385 1 485 1123
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 1000-1800
    Sat-Sun 1000-1400

    Ivan Mestrovic is arguably Croatia’s most celebrated sculptor and artist, and this atelier (or workshop) was the site of much of his endeavour. It’s an enjoyable place to visit for those with an interest in his works and methods.

    Cathedral of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    Kaptol 31
    10000 Zagreb
    Croatia
    Tel: +385 1 481 4727
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1300-1700

    A monumental place of worship dominating Kapitol Square, the city cathedral showcases a range of architectural styles. Highlights include some 13th-century frescoes and baroque altarpieces.

    Croatian National Theatre

    Trg Marsala Tita 15
    10000 Zagreb
    Croatia
    Tel: +385 1 488 8488
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    Opening times:
    Various

    A national focal point for Croatia’s opera, ballet and theatre, this stately building dates back to the 1800s, although it’s been largely rebuilt since. It remains a great place to sample the city’s cultural pulse.

    Stone Gate

    Kamenita ulica 5
    1000, Zagreb
    Croatia
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    Known locally as Kamenita Vrata, this was one of the four original entry points into the walled Old Town. It dates back to medieval times.

    Stadion Maksimir

    Maksimirska cesta 128
    10000 Zagreb
    Croatia
    Tel: +385 1 238 6111
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    Opening times:
    Various

    The home stadium of Dinamo Zagreb, the country’s top football side, this large arena makes an appealing attraction for fans of the beautiful game. Croatia has traditionally punched above its weight on the football pitch.

    Trakošćan Castle

    Trakošćan 1
    42253 Bednja
    Croatia
    Tel: +385 42 796 281
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1800 (Apr-Oct)
    Daily 0900-1600 (Nov-Mar)

    Dating back to the 13th century, this picturesque castle is located in handsome countryside north of Zagreb. It’s been beautifully preserved and contains a museum with numerous valuable artefacts.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    With a gorgeous coastline and over 1,100 islands, Croatia is one of Europe’s top seaside destinations.

    But it’s much, much more than just sea and sunshine.

    Geography

    Croatia stretches along the Adriatic coast, narrowing north-south, with a larger inland area (Slavonia) running west-east from Zagreb to the border with Serbia. The northern two-thirds of this border are formed by the River Drava, the east by the Danube, the southern part by the Sava.

    The country borders Slovenia and Hungary to the north, Serbia to the east, Montenegro to the southeast and Bosnia & Herzegovina (southeast from Zagreb; northeast from the Adriatic coastline). The coastline is highly indented, with over 1100 islands and islets lying offshore.

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    Key facts

    Population: 4475611

    Population Density (per sq km): 79

    Capital: Zagreb.

    Language

    The official language is Croatian (Hrvatski). Ethnic minorities living in Croatia also speak Serbian, Slovenian, Hungarian and Italian. People working in tourism generally speak excellent English, plus some Italian and German.

    Currency

    Kuna (HRK; symbol Kn) = 100 Lipa. Notes are in denominations of Kn1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of Kn25, 5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 lipa.

    Electricity

    220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin plugs as in most of Western Europe.

    General business opening hours

    Generally Mon-Fri 0800-1600.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2016 – December 2017 period.

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2016
    Epiphany: 06. January 2016
    Easter Sunday: 27. March 2016
    Easter Monday: 28. March 2016
    Labour Day: 01. May 2016
    Corpus Christi: 26. May 2016
    Anti-Fascist Resistance Day: 22. June 2016
    Statehood Day: 25. June 2016
    Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day: 05. August 2016
    Independence Day: 08. October 2016
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2016
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2017
    Epiphany: 06. January 2017
    Easter Sunday: 16. April 2017
    Easter Monday: 17. April 2017
    Labour Day: 01. May 2017
    Corpus Christi: 15. June 2017
    Anti-Fascist Resistance Day: 22. June 2017
    Statehood Day: 25. June 2017
    Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day: 05. August 2017
    Independence Day: 08. October 2017
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2017
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2017

    All information subject to change.

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    Nightlife in Zagreb

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    Zagreb has a young population, which in turn means there’s a feisty, fashionable element to much of the city’s nightlife.

    Whether you’re after high culture or hedonism however, there’s the kind of choice you’d expect from a capital city.

    Cafe U Dvoristu

    Ulica Jurja Žerjavića 7
    10000, Zagreb
    Croatia
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    An arty, tucked-away café-bar that draws a creative crowd – there’s a terrace for the warmer months.

    Kino Europa

    Varšavska ulica 3
    10000, Zagreb
    Croatia
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    A gorgeous cinema dating back to the 1920s, and a host venue for the city’s film festival.

    Boban

    Ulica Ljudevita Gaja 9
    10000, Zagreb
    Croatia
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    A popular restaurant-bar owned by a former international footballer.

    Maraschino Bar

    Margaretska ulica 1
    10000, Zagreb
    Croatia
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    Psychedelic décor and funky music make this bar a magnet for those in search of something fun.

    Golden Sun Casino

    Zagrebačka avenija 100
    10090, Zagreb
    Croatia
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    This is the place to head for a flutter – it’s around 15 minutes from the centre.

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    Restaurants in Zagreb

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    Croatia has become renowned for its quality fresh produce and tasty specialities, and the dining scene in Zagreb offers a mixture of traditional dishes and more modern, flair-driven cuisine – both options are worth getting excited about.

    International fare is also widely available.

    Zinfandel’s

    Mihanovićeva ulica 1
    10000, Zagreb
    Croatia
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    Price: Expensive

    The restaurant at the Esplanade Zagreb is one of the best in Croatia.

    Sofra

    Radnicka cesta 52
    10000 Zagreb
    Croatia
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    Price: Moderate

    A smart Bosnian restaurant with a strong reputation – you might catch live music.

    Agava Trattoria

    Ulica Ivana Tkalčića 39
    10000, Zagreb
    Croatia
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    Price: Moderate

    A notable option for sampling local, Mediterranean-influenced dishes at attractive prices.

    Vinodol

    Ulica Nikole Tesle 10
    10000, Zagreb
    Croatia
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    Price: Moderate

    A long-established central restaurant with a focus on national cuisine.

    Pingvin

    Ulica Nikole Tesle 7
    10000, Zagreb
    Croatia
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    Price: Cheap

    A good bet for late-night snacks and affordable sandwiches.

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    Croatia Open

    2 – 3 April 2016
    Website

    Venue: Lake Jarun.

    The first weekend in April sees an international rowing regatta come to Zagreb.

    Dance Week Festival

    26 May – 4 June 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Now in its 30th year, the Dance Week Festival is Croatia’s primary international festival showcasing contemporary dance, movement theatre and mime. Organised by the Institute for Movement and Dance, the annual festival provides a platform for choreographic living legends and upcoming performers to share ideas.

    Animafest Zagreb

    6 – 11 June 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various screening venues in Zagreb.

    Animafest Zagreb is one of Europe’s longest-running festivals celebrating animated film. The organisers reckon that this is the friendliest gathering place for filmmakers and fans of all different genres and categories of animated film. Throughout the festival week, the art and production of animated film are promoted through various perspectives, with an emphasis on the output of European filmmakers. Recent productions, retrospectives and film competitions are prominent in a programme which also includes exhibitions, lectures and panel discussions.

    Zagreb Summer Evenings

    27 June – 20 July 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues in Upper Town (Gradec).

    National and international ensembles perform in historic venues of the Upper Town on selected evenings during this popular festival. Performances include Brahms’s sonatas, piano and violin recitals, organ and chamber music which fill the summer evening air with soothing sounds. Within the same framework as the Baroque and Folk festivals, the Zagreb Summer Evenings programme of concerts complements the varied cultural fare in the Croatian capital.

    International Folklore Festival

    20 – 24 July 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues including Trg Bana Jelačića, the Ethnographic Museum and Zagreb Puppet Theatre.

    This five-day festival sees participants from various European countries don national costumes to perform folk dances in Zagreb.

    Zagreb Baroque Festival

    3 – 17 September 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    A month-long celebration of baroque music fills Zagreb’s most atmospheric and historic churches.

    Fasnik (Carnival)

    28 February 2017

    Venue: Streets of Zagreb.

    The big pre-Lent carnival parade in Zagreb takes place on Shrove Tuesday, a celebration known locally as ‘Fasnik’. The name refers to a character who is the Doer of Evil, he who is to blame for everything that went wrong during the previous year. Traditionally, Fasnik (his straw effigy, at least) is burned, drowned or hung. High-spirited revellers in fancy dress and masks congregate during the morning in front of Zagreb’s cathedral, before setting off on a noisy, colourful parade through the city. Feasting is an integral part of the day and the traditional dishes include sauerkraut, corn paste (žganci), roast beef, turkey or goose. Doughnuts (krafne) satisfy any remaining appetites.

    Zagreb Restaurant Week

    4 – 13 March 2017
    Website

    Venue: Restaurants across Zagreb.

    Zagreb once again plays host to gastronomic enthusiasts from across the world. Dozens of restaurants will offer menus at discount prices for two weeks. Book early to avoid disappointment.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Zagreb

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    Zagreb draws a mixture of regular business travellers, canny cultural tourists and fun-seeking backpackers – a mix well reflected by the city’s good range of accommodation.

    From luxury grandeur to laid-back hospitality, it gives plenty of variety.

    President Pantovcak

    Pantovčak 52
    10000 Zagreb
    Croatia
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    Category: Expensive

    An upscale design boutique hotel in the heart of the city.

    Esplanade Zagreb

    Mihanovićeva ulica 1
    10000, Zagreb
    Croatia
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    Category: Expensive

    The grande dame of the city’s hotel scene, originally built for Orient Express passengers.

    Hotel International

    Miramarska 24
    10000, Zagreb
    Croatia
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    Category: Moderate

    A large, glass-fronted hotel with modern rooms within walking distance of the city centre – splash out on a luxury 10th-floor suite for great views.

    Hotel Jägerhorn

    Ilica ulica 14
    10000, Zagreb
    Croatia
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    Category: Moderate

    A good 3-star option, and the oldest hotel still standing in Zagreb.

    Hotel Henrik Rooms and Apartments

    Gundulićeva 39
    10000, Zagreb
    Croatia
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    Category: Cheap

    Simple yet stylish bed and breakfast accommodation in a central, century-old building.

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    Climate & best time to visit Croatia

    Croatia has a varied climate, with continental climate conditions inland and Mediterranean influence on the Adriatic coast. Peak season is July – August, with temperatures in the high 20s or in the 30s in places like Split, but you can expect plenty of sunshine from roughly May to October on the coast, and the shoulder seasons (May-June and September) are among the best times to visit Croatia. Inland is also hot in the summer but can be bitterly cold in the winter with sub-zero temperatures and heavy snowfall. Winter on the coast is milder but can be quite rainy.

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    absolute maxabsolute minØ absolute minØ absolute minrelative humidityØ precipitationdays with deposit > 1mmsunshine duration
    Jan17 °C-17 °C2 °C-2 °C78 %56 mm71.8 h
    Feb20 °C-21 °C5 °C-1 °C72 %54 mm82.9 h
    Mar23 °C-11 °C10 °C2 °C65 %47 mm84.0 h
    Apr28 °C-1 °C16 °C7 °C61 %59 mm85.6 h
    May32 °C0 °C21 °C11 °C65 %86 mm106.8 h
    Jun37 °C4 °C25 °C15 °C67 %95 mm107.6 h
    Jul40 °C7 °C27 °C16 °C65 %79 mm78.6 h
    Aug37 °C7 °C26 °C16 °C66 %74 mm97.9 h
    Sep31 °C2 °C22 °C13 °C71 %70 mm76.4 h
    Oct27 °C-1 °C15 °C8 °C76 %88 mm74.3 h
    Nov25 °C-9 °C8 °C4 °C81 %89 mm82.1 h
    Dec16 °C-18 °C4 °C0 °C82 %67 mm81.3 h
    year40 °C-21 °C15 °C7 °C71 %864 mm975.0 h
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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing code: +385

    Telephone

    Telephone booths are operated by phonecards available at post offices, news stands and in some tourist shops. There are also payphone booths in many post offices.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good. Local SIM cards are also readily available, often bundled with credit and a phone.

    Internet

    Internet cafes can be found in Zagreb and other main towns. They are easy to find (start by looking in one of the tourist agencies), though the connection speed varies.

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    Shopping in Zagreb

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    Key Areas

    The city centre has a decent selection of well-known brands, with good clothes shopping on Ulica Gundulićeva and Ulica Frankopanska, although it’s the long Ulica Ilica that’s widely considered the top retail street in Zagreb. A classic Croatian souvenir is a necktie – the cravat was invented here.

    Markets

    Dolac (Gornji Grad) is the central fresh produce market and makes for an absorbing spectacle, whether you’re there to buy or just take in the atmosphere. Elsewhere, the Hrelić Flea Market (Sajmišna) takes place on Wednesdays and Sundays and is the biggest such market in the city – expect vintage goods aplenty.

    Shopping Centres

    There are plenty of options here, with Centar Kaptol (Nova Ves 17) a solid choice – it’s got a fairly exclusive feel and plays home to some big-name international chains. Another to look out for is Importanne Centar (Trg Ante Starčevića 7), which was the first mall in the city and still draws large crowds.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    People normally shake hands upon meeting and leaving.

    Smoking is generally acceptable but there are restrictions in public buildings and on public transport.

    Photography

    Certain restrictions exist.

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    Health

    Food & Drink

    Food is almost universally safe, and tap water is fine to drink.

    Other Risks

    Vaccinations against hepatitis B and tuberculosis are sometimes advised. Precautions should be taken against tick bites. For anyone planning to spend long periods of time in forested areas, carrying a pair of tick tweezers is advised, and immunisation against tick-borne encephalitis is also a possible precaution. Rabies is present. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay.

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    Visa & Immigration

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    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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