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Due to become a full member of the EU on 01/07/13 / Currency the kuna

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Zagreb History  Overview

Zagreb dates as far back as 1094 when the Hungarian King Ladislaus created a diocese for a bishop north of today’s Zagreb Cathedral. In the 17th & 18th centuries Zagreb was badly damaged by fire and the plaque.

In 1776 it became the seat of Government as a prelude to the Croatian National Revival. In the 1860 it developed industrially as rail services were introduced. After both World Wars its population grew dramatically and the city expanded. Most buildings in the city have been built since 1880 when the city was devastated by an earthquake.

Sightseeing and Attractions in Zagreb

Zagreb is the Croatian capital and is Croatia’s largest city with a population of around 792,000 people. Zagreb dates back as far as 1094 and much of the city suffered horrific damage in the 17th and 18th century Fires and the Plague. Modern day Zagreb has plenty of attractions to keep you entertained. Culture Vultures will adore their National Theatre whilst those interested in Religion are likely to enjoy the splendour of the imposing Zagreb Cathedral and St Mark’s Church.

The Zagreb Zoo houses some fascinating wildlife and is usually a big favourite amongst children and animal lovers. The beautiful Jarun Lake and Park Zrinjevac offer relaxing, scenic walks and picnics as well as adventurous water sports for thrill seekers/

The Kaptol (Zagreb) Cathedral of the Virgin Mary and St Stephen –  Zagreb Kaptol 31 This Cathedral is probably the Croatian capital’s most famous building.  This splendid Cathedral was built in the middle ages. It has been described on many occasions as a Neo-Gothic masterpiece but also features  a traditionally classic Catholic interior. It was built in 1906 by Austrian architect Hermann Bolle and is the tallest building in the city. Its distinctive spires can be seen from various locations across Zagreb.

In the 20th century two Neo-Gothic bell towers were added to the original building. Each of the towers has its own architectural identity, there is a metre or so difference in their height as well.The church is dedicated to the Assumption of Mary as well as King Stephen I , King of Hungary. The current bishop is Josip Bozanic. Open 10 am till 5 pm  and 1 till 5 pm on Sunday’s. website

St Marks Church,  Saint Mark’s Square  Zagreb Trg Svetog Marka 5 Zagreb tel no: 485-1161 – St Marks is the Paris church of Old Zagreb. It’s a Roman Catholic place of worship which was originally built in the 13th century. It was designed with a Late Gothic style but has some Romanesque features as well. The Church underwent major renovation during the  second half of the 14th century.  Notable features are The coat of arms of Zagreb which is on the Church’s Southern roof. The interior is classically designed in a traditionally Catholic style with religious paintings decorating the walls. There are multi coloured tiles on the roof. this unique and imaginative piece of design depicts the coat of arms of Zagreb website

The Croatian National Theatre Zagreb 15 Marshal Tita Square tel no: 482-85-11 -bThis National institution was  built in 1895  in a Neo-Baroque style. The building is rather imposing  and would not be out of place in parts of East Berlin. It is complimented by several other equally attractive buildings close by. The Theatre is said to be opened in October of 1895. It is a National Theatre, Opera and ballet house. The building was designed by renowned Austrian architects Fellner and Helmer.

The theatre underwent drastic renovation in the late 1960’s. The Theatre has witnessed the talents of many International artists such as Franz Lizst, Peter Brook and leading innovator of the romantic period,  German Composer Richard Strauss. Theatre tickets cost around 130 n/a

The Jarun / Jarun Lake Zagreb – The Jarun is a man made lake complete with a beautiful  beach, which is a refreshing environment in the middle of a city. The lake is the location of the Jarun Sports and  Leisure centre where you can partake in various leisure activities. There is Sailing, Surfing, swimming, biking and rowing. The lake is surrounded by trendy night clubs, restaurants and Cafe’s.  Weather permitting its an idyllic setting for a spot of bird and nature observation. Trams 5 and 17 run between 4 am and 11 pm website

The National Universities Library Zagreb Hrvatse Bratske Zajednice 4   – This educational and literary centre is a modern building on the Picturesque River Sava  and is round the corner from Novi Zagreb. It’s a modern building but despite this  handicap it is  aesthetically attractive. It is the both the National Library of Croatia and the central library of the university of Zagreb. The library was founded sometime around 1605 and contains an estimated 2.5 million books. The building itself is the fine craftsmanship of architect Velimir Neidhardt Openinig hours are 8 am till 9 pm Mon-Fri and 8 am till 3 pm on Saturday. Evening hours are  Mon-Fri 9 pm till Midnight. website

Novi Zagreb Zagreb ovi – Zagreb literally translates as ”New Zagreb” and is  south of the Sava River. It is mostly residential with  apartments and tower blocks which were built during the Socialist Era[ 1945-1990]. It may not have the prestige of central Zagreb but praise has been heaped on Novi for having an abundance of Parks, Greenery and an efficient road network.  It has been described as a ”Grey Zone of Cold War Housing”.  Croatian basketball club KK Zagreb was previously known as OKK Novi Zagreb from 1976 till 1991 website n/a

Park Zrinjevac Zagreb Zrinjevac Zagreb  – Zrinevac is a famous  park and square in the heart of the Lower town. It’s a very old and beautiful park  with a curiously English landscape that is often found in English cities such as Bath and Cheltenham in Gloucestershire. The Centre piece of this park is the  Music Pavilion built in 1891 and the Hermann Bolle fountain which was built in honour of the much revered Austrian architect   a few years afterwards. Many visitors felt that This scenic Park was the most spectacular part of Zagreb. website n/a

Zagreb Zoo, Maskimir Park Zagreb – This 17 acre Zoo opened its doors to the public in 1925. The Zoo has a moral conscience and is a participant in the European Endangered Species Programme. The Zoo’s director is Davorka Maljkovic. They have an estimated 2,225 animals here and 275 different species. An estimated 350,000 people visit the Zoo every year. The Animal enclosures include Snow Leopards, Chimpanzee’s, A Red Panda Okapi and the Pygmy Hippopotamus. Opening times are 9 am till 5 pm and Entry fee for Adults is 30 Kuna’s and 20 Kunas for Children aged between 7 and 14 years old/ website

Arts and Crafts Museum, Zagreb trg Marsala Tita 10 – The building itself is a work of art.  There are many art display’s and exhibitions.  They are renowned for hosting special events and festivals in the summer. One of the main features is their Altar pieces from the 15th and 16th centuries. The museum houses furnishings, church wares and  textiles from a variety of different cultures and historical periods. Many found that the Museum was well designed and it was easy to find the displays you wanted to see. The museum focuses on the lifestyles of the Croatian aristocracy throughout history.  Entry fee is very cheap at about 2 Euro’s. Opening times are 10 am till 7 pm, Thurs 10 am till 10 pm, Sunday 10 am till 2 pm and closed on Monday’s. website

Eating Out In Restaurants in Zagreb

There appears to be fewer restaurants in Zagreb than one would expect in a Capital City and the scope of choice in international cuisine is also limited in comparative terms. Most restaurants seem to be closed on Sundays. Our first good discovery was Ivica i Marica at Tkalciceva 70, which offers the most delicious deserts which are made out wholemeal flour and brown sugar. The cakes are very palatable and this is healthy eating!

ZaloGajnica ‘Pothodnik’ at TRG A Starcevica in the Immportanne Centre is a very modest looking establishment which serves very good samma (cabbage leaves with mince meat and rice) stuffed peppers. Their pita and cakes are all fresh and home-baked

ZaloGajnica ‘Kod Duje’ at Marticeva 62 sells similar food and very warming meat stews.Fellini at Savaska 90 offers fine Italian food accompanied by an equally good wine list. Tel: 617 75 45. The most impressive find was Dida at Petrova 176 Tel: 233 56 93 which sells what is reported to be the best Konoba in town and has a broad selection of Dalmatian Cuisine, supported by an excellent local wine list.

Crime and Personal Safety & Security In Zagreb & Croatia  In major cities pick pockets can be a problem. A legacy of the recent wars remains In some isolated rural areas and in the mountains where unexploded land mines which may still pose a danger. Visitors to these areas should not move away from roads and pavements unless led by an experienced guide.

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