While many people head to the Dalmatian Coast, it would be a shame to miss Croatia’s capital, making holidays to Zagreb a definite consideration. The inland city has a history that lends itself to exploring, with fascinating Austro-Hungarian buildings standing testament to this. Visitors may be forgiven for thinking they have walked into a fairy tale, due to the spires on the architecture, but delve deeper and the heart of the city will reveal more.
Why choose Zagreb?
From museums and galleries to outdoor cafes and restaurants, there is much to enjoy in Zagreb, but its laidback feel is the real charm. It can be experienced during strolls through the city’s pedestrian streets and green spaces, providing an unusual sense of relaxation during a city break.
Attractions and activities
Among the many landmarks to seek out in Zagreb, these are some of the best:
· St Mark’s Church
This place of worship is instantly recognisable, due to its distinctive roof, which dates back to 1880. It depicts the medieval coat of arms for Croatia, Dalmatia and Slavonia on one side and the symbol of Zagreb on the other.
· Mimara Museum
Aside from being housed within a stunning palace, the Mimara Museum is home to an extensive collection of artworks. They span European schools from the beginning of the Middle Ages right up to the 20th century.
· Jarun Lake
The neighbourhood of Jarun is dominated by its vast lake, which provides the perfect place for swimming or boating in the summer or a backdrop for walks at any time of the year. Despite still being part of Zagreb, it represents a welcome breath of fresh air for those who live in the city.
Festivals and events offer an insight into the local culture and there is no shortage of them in Zagreb. Check the dates of your visit against some of the most popular, including:
· Zagreb International Folklore Festival
Held annually in mid-July, this festival sees folklore groups come from wide and far to perform in Ban Jelacic Square in the Upper Town. It is a sight to behold when they are dancing in their traditional costumes.
· Festival of New Circus
So well-respected is Zagreb’s circus festival that every year in October, performers from as far afield as Canada, Italy and Germany travel to the city to be part of it. Expect daring shows, magical turns and comic acts.
· One Take Film Festival
Only films that have been shot in a single take are permitted to be shown at this unique event in November. It is a great opportunity to celebrate an unusual art form, excluding the editing process all together.
While there are buses and trains that serve Zagreb, trams are undoubtedly the best way to get around. A comprehensive network of 15 routes will take you all over the city, but most of them stop in Bam Jelacic Square, making it a good spot to start your journey.
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