Capital of Croatia
Zagreb an Imperial City

I've been to Zagreb, the Capital of Croatia when it was still part of Yugoslavia and went back years later to see the great advance of this Imperial City as the Capital of an Independent Country.

This is an important European Capital of close to one million inhabitants. When you visit this glorious city you bring back memories of Budapest, Prague and Vienna that where part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Croatia covers practically all the Dalmatian Coast on the Adriatic Sea all the way to the border with Montenegro, another one of the former republics.

The Croatian National Theater in Zagreb

The Croatian National Theater in Zagreb

A Central European Capital

Being strategically located in Central Europe it can be accessed by train, by bus, by plane or private car at any moment from any of the neighboring countries.

This city is best visited by walking and more walking.

This is the way my wife and I like to visit a city.

The city is divided into two:

Upper Town of Gornji Grad home to monuments, churches, theaters and cinemas, restaurants.

Lower Town or Donji Grad home to parks, museums and shopping.

Zagreb Attractions

Croatian National Theater

This building and the surrounding ones are a typical representation of the neo-baroque style of Zagreb. Completed in 1895 under the auspices of Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph I, it was designed by the famous Viennese architects Fellner and Helmer.

It is Zagreb’s most elegant building it is a source of pride to the citizens of Zagreb in particular and the the Croatian People in general.

Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Katedrala Marijina Uznesenja and it’s the most visited spot in Zagreb and was built and rebuilt since ancient times. It has maintained the medieval style.

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Aerial View of the Upper Town of Gornji Grad

Capital of Croatia Attractions

St Marks Church

Crkva Svetog Marka as it is called in Croatian has a distinctive roof design depicting the coat of arms of Croatia, Dalmatia, Savonia and Zagreb. Since the beginning ion the 11th Century it has gone through many renovations.

The statues of the the twelve apostles welcome you at the entrance including those of Jesus, Maria and Mark. The interior features frescoes by Jozo Kljakovic and sculptures by famous Croatian artist Ivan Mestrovic.

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Aerial View of the Capital of Croatia

Zagreb is full of Attractions for the visitor

Mirogoj Cemetery

This amazingly designed cemetery is located a little out of the center of town and is accessible by public transportation. It is considered one of the Top Ten Cemeteries in Europe and was designed by Hermann Bolle in 1876. The look reminds of renaissance style and ornate structure.

Mount Medvednica

This is a Nature Park built on the slopes of Mount Medvednica. It serves the population in all seasons. During spring and summer is an outdoors meeting center and during winters is ideal for skiing and sliding down the slopes of the mountain. A cable car and ski equipment is provided by the park. In the mountain is located the Veternica Caves with many prehistoric remains of ancient eras.

Jarun Lake

This like formed by the sources of Sava River is the main spot for water activities near the city. It is located just southwest of Zagreb. The visitor may engage in water sports like rowing, surfing, swimming, sailing and land sports like jogging, skating and skateboarding.

Around the lake you’ll find many restaurants and nightclubs that are open until late at night. By the way this lake can be easily access by tram from the city.

Maksimir Park

This is home to the Zagreb City Zoo and its located east to the city in its biggest park.

This is a perfect place to spend the day and evening with the kids, that can watch the attractions and animals while the adults enjoy a relaxed atmosphere.

The access to the park, built around the end of the 18th Century, is free of charge except for the Zoo.

The Maksimir Park which houses the Zagreb City Zoo is located to east of Zagreb and is the city biggest park.

Trg Bana Jelacica

The Jelacic Square is the center square of the Capital of Croatia, named after Josip Jelacic. It is near the Dolac Market.

It is the intersection of many important streets and it is restricted as a pedestriam mall. No vehicles are allowed but it is accessible by tram.

The Tower of Lotrscak

Kula Lotrscak in Croatian is a 13th Century fortification to protect the outskirts of the city.

You may see aan awe inspiring view of the city oned you climb up the tower. On top you’ll find a gift shop and an exhibition center.

For more information go to Zagreb Tourism

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Mirogoj Cemetery among the Top Ten in Europe

Andautonia Archaeological Park

This archaeological site is located near the village of Scitarjevo, near Zagreb. These are the remains of the Roman City of Andautonia. The digs discovered that it was a rich and cultural center during their era.

While excavations are still going on, tourists are welcome to visit the Roman Ruins including colonnades, baths, streets. The city of Scitarjevo is also worth your visit.

Stone Gate

Kamenita Vrata or Stone Gate one of the five gates in Gornji Grad which were built to guard Gradec. In fact it is the only surviving gate.

When a great part of the city was destroyed Stone Gate which was embedded with a painting of Mary and Jesus was miraculously saved. People still come here to pray.

I am sure you enjoyed our virtual tour of Zagreb, the Capital of Croatia.

City Center of Zagreb, the Capital of Croatia

City Center of Zagreb, the Capital of Croatia

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