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Zagreb is Croatia's capital as well as its cultural, scientific and economic heart. Its compact city centre is easy to navigate on foot or by tram if you are feeling weary. The city is divided into three parts. The medieval Gornji Grad (Upper Town) is home to the Presidential Palace, historic St Mark's church and numerous museums and galleries. 19th century Donji Grad (Lower Town) is a much more lively area, packed with cafés, theatres and parks. 20th century Novi Zagreb (New Zagreb) is full of high-rises and has little to offer tourists.
The museums in Zagreb are usually open Tue-Fri 10:00am-6:00pm, Sat 10:00am-1:00pm, Sun closed.
There are about 20 permanent or seasonal theatres and stages. The Croatian National Theatre is the most impressive building among them; the most famous of concert halls is the Concert Hall "Vatroslav Lisinski", named after the composer of the first Croatian opera.
Zagreb hosts many domestic and international events which attract visitors from all over the world.
Zagreb has a moderate continental climate with warm summers and fairly cold winters. Days average above 25 °C from June to September, while winter nights are below zero from December to February. Precipitation is evenly distributed throughout the year, with a little more in summer, usually in the form of heavy showers. Snow is common in winter, though rarely very heavy.
|Avg Max||3.1 °C||6.1 °C||11.3 °C||16.4 °C||21.3 °C||24.6 °C||26.7 °C||26.2 °C||22.3 °C||16.2 °C||9.3 °C||4.4 °C|
|Avg Min||-4 °C||-2.5 °C||0.9 °C||4.9 °C||9.2 °C||12.7 °C||14.2 °C||13.7 °C||10.4 °C||5.8 °C||1.8 °C||-1.9 °C|
|Rainfall||48.6 mm||41.9 mm||51.6 mm||61.5 mm||78.8 mm||99.3 mm||81 mm||90.5 mm||82.7 mm||71.6 mm||84.8 mm||63.8 mm|
Zagreb International Airport (ZAG), also known as "Pleso", is located 14 kilometres south of the city. Croatia Airlines, the national airline, is based there and has destinations to many major cities in Europe, including Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Bol, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dubrovnik, Frankfurt, London, Munich, Paris, Podgorica, Pristina, Pula, Rome, Sarajevo, Skopje, Split, Vienna, Zadar and Zürich. Some of the low-cost airlines flying to Zagreb include Germanwings, Ryanair and Wizz Air.
Trains are not the best way to travel to/from Zagreb except some usefull international links like the ones to Belgrade and Ljubljana and there are also direct trains to/from Budapest, Vienna and Munich.
Major highways connect Zagreb to the main cities in Croatia, including Split, Dubrovnik and Rijeka, as well as to places outside the country, with direct links to Hungary and Serbia. During the 21st century, there has been a major upgrade with new highways and missing links all added to the road transport system.
There are dozens of Croatian destinations served from Zagreb, including Split, Dubrovnik, Sibenik, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Rijeka, the Istrian cities and towns, Zadar and east towards Osijek. Also, international destinations are abundant including Belgrade, Banja Luka, Sarajevo, Mostar, Ljubljana, Vienna and Budapest.
ZET provides public transport in Zagreb. It has trams, all inner-city bus lines, and most of the suburban lines.
The tram network operates 24 hours a day - from 4:00am to 12:00am there are 15 "day-time lines" (tram lines 1-9, 11-15 and 17), and from 12:00am to 4:00am there are 4 "night" lines (tram lines 31-34) which cover most of the day-time lines on a reduced (around 30-40 minute) frequency. Occasionally, buses replace trams on night lines. Tram line 3 does not operate Saturdays, Sundays and on public holidays. There are maps of the tram lines on almost every stop, so if you know the nearest stop to your destination you can simply figure out the shortest trip while you're at the stop.
As for the buses, there are 113 day-time and 4 night lines. ZET buses cover the area outside the city center, as well as some neighboring towns that administratively belong to Zagreb county. The buses use the same ticketing system as the trams.
A historic funicular railway (uspinjača in Croatian), one of the steepest and shortest in the world, operates between the lower and upper towns with a travel time of just one minute. Monthly, daily as well as single tram/bus ticket can be used, otherwise there is a 4 kn ticket for a ride. The funicular operates every 10 minutes, for a fee of 20 kn (in addition to regular tickets for everyone on board) an immediate start can be purchased.
Most of Zagreb can easialy be navigated on foot. The New Town is just north of the train station and further beyond is the Old Town area, about 10-15 minutes from the train station. The bus station is about 15-20 minutes walk from the train station or you can catch a tram.
Since 01-Jun-2013 there are automated public bicycle rental stations in Zagreb. It started with a three-month pilot period during which approx. 50 bikes were available at 6 stations in the city centre: at the main train station; in front of the Technical Museum at Savska Street; at the intersection of Petrinjska and Amruševa; at the intersection of Gundulićeva and Varšavska; in front of the National University Library; at Šubićeva Street at the green market on Kvaternik Square. The pilot was successful, three more stations have already been added, one of them in Novi Zagreb next to the Avenue Centar Mall at the tram/bus stop museum of contemparary art (muzej suvremene umjetnosti).
There are many take out, pizza-cut, sandwich bars and fast foods around the city. Most are located in the city center (main square - Ban Jelačić and surrounding blocks). There are also food chains such as the "McDonald's", "Daily Fresh", "Mlinar", "Pan Pek", and the preferred "Dubravica". Sandwich prices around the city varies from 10 to 20 kuna. You can also find many kebabs and pancake-to-go places.
Many bars are located around Flover square (Cvjetni trg), the main square (Trg Bana Josipa Jelačića), Preradovićeva, Tkalčićeva, Radićeva, Bogovićeva, and Gajeva streets.
|Ante Class-Rooms||Unska 2 b||Apartment||-|
|Apartman Jasmin||Radiceva Ulica Br 11/ 1 Kat||Apartment||-|
|Apartment & Private Room Lessi||Pavla Radica 3A,||APARTMENT||-|
|Apartment Lower Town||Petrinjska 57||Apartment||-|
|Best Western Premier Hotel Astoria||Petrinjska 71||Hotel||-|
|Old Town Zagreb||Dordiceva 24 (Ulica Ignjata Dordica)||Hostel||90|
|Buzz Hostel||Babukiceva 1b||Hostel||-|
|City Centre Hostel||Tkalčićeva 37||HOSTEL||-|
|Dizzy Daisy Backpackers||Zagrebacka Avenija 2 block 1||Hostel||-|
|Dora Hotel-Zagreb||Trnjanska 11e, Trnjanska 11e,||Hotel||-|
|Fulir Hostel Zagreb||Radiceva 3A||Hostel||-|
|Funk Hostel||Poljicka 13a||HOSTEL||-|
|Grahor||Prilaz Gjure Dezelica 34||Guesthouse||84|
|Henrik Apartments||Gunduliceva 39||Apartment||-|
|Hobo Bear Hostel||Andrije Medulica 4||Hostel||89|
|Carpe Diem Hostel||Milana Suflaja nº3||Hostel||-|
|Hostel Lika||Pasmanska 17||Hostel||88|
|Hostel Mali Mrak Zagreb||Dubicka 8||Hostel||92|
|Hotel Antunovic-Zagreb||Zagrebacka avenue 100a||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Fala||2. Trnjanske ledine 18||Hotel||86|
|Hotel I||Remetinecka cesta 106||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Phoenix||Sesvetska Cesta 29||Hotel||86|
|Best Western Hotel Stella-Zagreb||Nadinska 27||Hotel||-|
|Maksimir Hotel||Maksimirska 57/1||Hotel||-|
|Martini Hotel-Zagreb||Sesvetska cesta 109||Hotel||-|
|Nas Dom||Avenija Dubrava 176||Hotel||-|
|Hostel Nokturno||Skalinska 2a||HOSTEL||-|
|Palace Hotel||J.J.Strossmayera 10||Hotel||-|
|Paradise Hotel - Zagreb||Strokinec 26||Hotel||-|
|Apartment Sermageova||Josipa Sermagea 9 1st floor by external stairs||Apartment||-|
|Poljak Apartment||Kneza Ljudevita Posavskog 21/4||Apartment||84|
|Porin Hotel-Zagreb||Sarajevska 41, Sarajevska 41,||Hotel||-|
|Ravnice Youth Hostel||I Ravnice 38d||Hostel||84|
|Rupa pod oblacima||Selska cesta 34||Apartment||-|
|Servus Zagreb||Sorkočevićeva 5 street||Hotel||-|
|Veribo Apartments||Ivana Kukuljevica 22||apartment||-|
|Veribo Apartments Center||Palmoticeva 20||hostel||-|
|Vila Marija||Potocka 18||hostel||-|
|Youth Hostel Zagreb||Petrinjska str. 77||Hostel||80|
|Logistics Youth Center||Jakusevecka 87||HOSTEL||85|
|Penthouse Zagreb||II Vrbik 14||Apartment||-|
|Rooms Hace||X. Ravnice 25||Guesthouse||-|
|Rooms Airport Zagreb(PLESO)||Vladimira Nazora 8||Guesthouse||-|
|Near the Lake Apartment/ Apartmant Pinky||Marijana Haberlea 6/II,10000 Zagreb||Apartment||-|
|Villa Hostel & Apartments||Pantovcak 17||GUESTHOUSE||87|
|Dream Hotel||Fausta Vrancica 12 Zagreb Airport Velika Gorica||HOTEL||-|
|Apartmani Centar||Pavla Radića 3a||Apartment||-|
|Villa Maximir||Barutanski breg 47||Guesthouse||-|
|Jadranka Guesthouse||Avenija Marina Držića 15||Guesthouse||87|
|Apartments Bella and Jadranka||Avenija Marina Drzica 15||APARTMENT||-|
|Swanky Zagreb||Adam Baltazar Krceliceva 8||HOSTEL||-|
|Funk Lounge||Rendićeva 28b||HOSTEL||90|
|Happy Home Zagreb||Vrbaniceva 27||Apartment||86|
|Hotel Rebro||Kispaticeva 12||Hotel||-|
|Sobe Zagreb (Rooms Zagreb)||Cankarova 18||Apartment||81|
|Rooms Kvatric Zagreb||Ferde Livadića 19||APARTMENT||-|
|Rockefellerova Apartment||Rockfellerova 43, Zagreb 10000 Croatia||Apartment||-|
|Cute City Center Duplex||Prilaz Gjure Dezelica 76||APARTMENT||87|
|Villa Zrina||Buniceva No. 29||Apartment||-|
|Sobe Vladek||Prilaz baruna Filipovica 26||Apartment||-|
|Central Point||Miramarska Cesta 15b||Apartment||-|
|Apartmani Matea||Berislaviceva 3||Apartment||-|
|DA Svet V Boutique Apartment Zagreb||GAJE ALAGE 5 APARTMENT No 13 ZAGREB||Hostel||-|
|Ciliga Studio Apartment||Klaićeva 54||Apartment||-|
|Bigulica Apartment||Ksaverska cesta 79||Apartment||-|
|Chillout Hostel Zagreb||Tomiceva 5A||HOSTEL||88|
|Taban Hostel Zagreb Centre||Tkalciceva 82||HOSTEL||89|
|Nighty Night||Supilova 13 D||APARTMENT||-|
|5th Floor Apartment Zagreb||Prilaz Milana Marjanovica 11||APARTMENT||-|
|Rooms Madison||Savska Street 118||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|SUN VERIBO||Prevoj 65||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostel Nagusto||Tkalciceva 31||HOSTEL||-|
|Hotel Croatia||Vinogradska 20||Hotel||-|
|City Design Hostel||Zagrebacka Avenija 104||HOSTEL||-|
|The Cherry Hostel||Cernička 33||Hostel||-|
|Day and Night Hostel||Kneza Mislava 1||HOSTEL||-|
|The House Hostel Zagreb||Peljeska 5||HOSTEL||91|
|Apartment Zagreb Knezija||Antona Dolenca 8||APARTMENT||-|
|Arena Zagreb||Remetinecki Gaj 28||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Palmers Lodge Zagreb||Branimirova 25||HOSTEL||87|
|F2 Apartment||Ferenscica XI 44a||APARTMENT||-|
|Hostel Shappy||Varsavska 8||HOSTEL||-|
|Magic Apartment||Trg Kralja Tomislava 2 2||APARTMENT||-|
|Aristos Hotel - Zagreb||Cebini 33||HOTEL||-|
|Student Youth Hotel||Jarunska2||HOTEL||-|
|Apartment Meridian||Ulica Grada Vukovara 237a/IV||APARTMENT||-|
|Hostel Chic Zagreb||Pavla Hatza 10||HOSTEL||-|
|Apartment Sarema - Zagreb center||Junija Palmotica 27||APARTMENT||-|
|Apartman Kafka||Gajeva 17, 10000 Zagreb||APARTMENT||-|
|Apartment Design Maksimir||Aleja Antuna Augustinčića 16||APARTMENT||-|
|Apartman Ani||Bračka 1,||APARTMENT||-|
|Apartment Zara||Trnjanska Cesta 37/1||APARTMENT||-|
|Apartment studio Wizard Zagreb||Kornatska 1c||APARTMENT||86|
|Suncani Apartments||Buriceva 2||APARTMENT||-|
|Wi-Fi Main Square Apartment||Radiceva 11||APARTMENT||-|
|River Apartment Zagreb||Horvacanska Cesta 17||APARTMENT||-|
|Kristoforblu's Place||Kranjčevićeva 69||APARTMENT||-|
|Panorama Residence||Ulica grada Mainza 26||Hostel||-|
|Niko 2||Berislaviceva 14||Apartment||-|
|apartment - Cebalo||Ilica 55||Apartment||-|
|Plavi9 Inn B&B||Kralja Zvonimira 83||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Apartment Niko 1||Berislaviceva 14||Apartment||-|
|Maju Jaya Hostel||Slavonska Avenija 3||HOSTEL||-|
|Apartman Stipić||Vlaška 23||APARTMENT||-|
|Accomodation Tia II||Prilaz Đure Deželića 25||APARTMENT||-|
|Apartment Tia I||Prilaz Đure Deželića 25||APARTMENT||-|
|Prestige Apartment Zagreb||Vrbani 19||APARTMENT||-|
|The Brit Hostel Zagreb||Zagreb, Kaciceva 3/1-3/2||HOSTEL||-|
|1 A APP||Trnjanska cesta 63||APARTMENT||-|
|1st Choice||Mokrička 17||APARTMENT||-|
|Room Rozi||Klaiceva 9A||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Pozitiv Hostel||Kastavska 8, 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia||HOSTEL||-|
|Zagreb Center Time Inn Apartment||Vlaska 40, Zagreb Vlaska 40, Zagreb||APARTMENT||-|
|Apartment Lea||Av.Marina Držića 1710 000 ZAGREB||APARTMENT||-|
|Luxury Apartments Good Vibes****||Sv.Duh 43||APARTMENT||-|
|Apartment Srebrnjak||Srebrnjak 8, 10000 Zagreb||APARTMENT||-|
|Hostel Temza||Augusta Šenoe 24||HOSTEL||-|
|Apartments MyWay||Grmoščica srednja 26e||APARTMENT||-|
|Angela Classic Rooms||Jadranska 9, Zagreb 10000||GUESTHOUSE||85|
|Fancy hostel||Poljička 13a||Hostel||-|
|Guesthouse Sermageova||Sermagea 9||GUESTHOUSE||-|
Internet cafés are available in all major cities. They are relatively cheap and reliable. A free Wi-Fi signal can be found virtually in every city and can be found in cafés, restaurants, hotels, some libraries, schools, colleges etc. Mostly it's free, but sometimes a fee is required or you can use it for a limited time only. Internet connections with unlimited downloads costs 178 kn (€24) per month via T-Com and just 99 kn with some other providers like Metronet or Iskon.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to Croatia is: 385. To make an international call from Croatia, the code is: 00.
Croatia uses the GSM 900/1800 system for mobile phones. There are three providers, T-Mobile (also operates the Bonbon prepaid brand), Vip (also operates the Tomato prepaid brand) and Tele2. Over 98% of the country's area is covered. If you have an unlocked phone, you can buy a prepaid SIM card for 20 kn. There have been promotions in which SIM cards were given avay for free with newspapers (7 kn) and sometimes even literally handed out on the street. GSM phones bundled with T-Mobile or Vip prepaid SIM cards can be found in post offices, grocery stores and kiosks at varying prices.
An alternative to using a mobile phone is Calling Cards which can be found in postal offices and kiosks, there are two providers, Dencall and Hitme. You can buy cards from 25 kn.
Hrvatska Posta is the national postal service of Croatia and has pretty fast and reliable service throughout the country and internationally. It takes several days by airmail to other countries in Europe, but over a week to the US for example. They have a direct link to the pricelist, where you can see the prices of sending postcards, letters and parcels both domestically as well as to other countries. Post boxes are yellow in Croatia and the times of collections are indicated on the box. The opening times of post offices vary, but mostly they are open from 8:00am to 7:00pm Monday to Friday and until 2:00pm on Saturdays, though some might keep shorter or even a longer hours, just ask around. You can buy stamps here, or at newsstands. Prices start at around 10Kn for sending a letter or postcard to neighbouring countries, a few more further away. If you want to send packages internationally, it might be better to check companies like FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS. They are reliable, fast and usually not much more expensive than Croatia's postal service.
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