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Introduction

St. Mark's Church, Zagreb

St. Mark's Church, Zagreb

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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.

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Sights and Activities

Museums

The museums in Zagreb are usually open Tue-Fri 10:00am-6:00pm, Sat 10:00am-1:00pm, Sun closed.

  • Valuable historical collections are found in the Croatian Historical Museum, the Zagreb City Museum, the Museum of Arts and Crafts, the Ethnographic Museum, the Croatian School Museum, the Croatian Hunting Museum, the Croatian Sports Museum, the Croatian Post and Telecommunications Museum, the HAZU (Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences) Glyptotheque (collection of monuments), the HAZU Graphics Cabinet.
  • The Croatian Museum of Natural Sciences (Demetrova Street 1) holds the world's most extensive collection of the remains of Neanderthal man found on one site - the remains of the pre-historic man of Krapina and stone weapon and tools.
  • The Technical Museum (Savska Street 18) keeps the oldest preserved machine in this area, dating from 1830 which still operates.
  • Many visitors find the Mimara Museum (Roosevelt Square 5), housing the donation by Wiltrud and Ante Topic Mimara, very attractive. Of the total of 3,700 most various works of art, more than 1,500 exhibits constitute permanent holdings, dating from the pre-historic period up to the 20th century.
  • The HAZU Strossmayer Gallery of Old Masters (Zrinski Square 11) offers permanent holdings presenting European paintings from the 14th to the 19th centuries, and the Mestrovic Studio, (Mletacka Street 8) with sculptures, drawings, lithography portfolios and other items, is a donation of this great artist to his homeland.
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art (Catherine's Square 2) follows and presents contemporary trends in fine arts.
  • The Museum and Gallery Centre (Jezuitski Square 4) introduces on various occasions the Croatian and foreign cultural and artistic heritage.
  • The Art Pavilion (King Tomislav Square 22) is the oldest exhibition complex in the Slavic south with regularly organized exhibitions. The exhibitions are also held in the impressive Mestrovic's building on Hrvatskih Velikana Square - the Home of the Croatian Fine Artists.
  • The Museum of Naive Art (Cirilometodska Street 3) disposes of more than one thousand works by a hundred and odd authors of the Croatian naive art. The World Centre "Wonder of Croatian Naive Art" (Ban Jelacic Square 12) exhibits masterpieces of the Croatian naive art as well as works of new generation of artists. The Modern Gallery (Hebrangova Street 1) comprises all relevant fine artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.

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.

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Events and Festivals

Zagreb hosts many domestic and international events which attract visitors from all over the world.

  • Film festivals are becoming increasingly popular. They show non-Holywood films rarely shown in cineplexes.
  • Animafest - The World Festival of Animated Film used to run every second year, but since 2005 it is annual. It is dedicated to short animated films and longer feature films. The short edition of 18th Animafest will be held in Zagreb from May 31 to June 5, 2008.
  • Zagreb Spring Jazz Review (24-29 April).
  • Zagreb's International Days of Jazz (late October).
  • Zagreb Summer Festival (June-July).
  • International Folklore Festival in Zagreb.
  • EUROKAZ is a theatre festival held.

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Weather

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.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max3.1 °C6.1 °C11.3 °C16.4 °C21.3 °C24.6 °C26.7 °C26.2 °C22.3 °C16.2 °C9.3 °C4.4 °C
Avg Min-4 °C-2.5 °C0.9 °C4.9 °C9.2 °C12.7 °C14.2 °C13.7 °C10.4 °C5.8 °C1.8 °C-1.9 °C
Rainfall48.6 mm41.9 mm51.6 mm61.5 mm78.8 mm99.3 mm81 mm90.5 mm82.7 mm71.6 mm84.8 mm63.8 mm
Rain Days10.81011.212.713.213.610.910.49.810.212.212.1

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Getting There

By Plane

International:
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.

Domestic:
Zagreb is linked to the coastal cities of Dubrovnik, Split, Rijeka, Zadar and Pula by the national carrier Croatia Airlines.

By Train

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.

By Car

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.

By Bus

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.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

ZET provides public transport in Zagreb. It has trams, all inner-city bus lines, and most of the suburban lines.

By Foot

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.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Ante Class-RoomsUnska 2 bApartment88
Apartman JasminRadiceva Ulica Br 11/ 1 KatApartment93
Apartment & Private Room LessiPavla Radica 3A,APARTMENT90
Apartment Lower TownPetrinjska 57Apartment-
Best Western Premier Hotel AstoriaPetrinjska 71Hotel-
Old Town ZagrebDordiceva 24 (Ulica Ignjata Dordica)Hostel93
Buzz HostelBabukiceva 1bHostel86
CentarGunduliceva 43Guesthouse85
City Centre HostelTkalčićeva 37HOSTEL-
Dizzy Daisy BackpackersZagrebacka Avenija 2 block 1Hostel-
Dora Hotel-ZagrebTrnjanska 11e, Trnjanska 11e,Hotel-
Fulir Hostel ZagrebRadiceva 3AHostel87
Funk HostelPoljicka 13aHOSTEL-
GrahorPrilaz Gjure Dezelica 34Guesthouse87
Henrik ApartmentsGunduliceva 39Apartment75
Hobo Bear HostelAndrije Medulica 4Hostel94
Carpe Diem HostelMilana Suflaja nº3Hostel-
Hostel LikaPasmanska 17Hostel89
Hostel Mali Mrak ZagrebDubicka 8Hostel94
Hotel Antunovic-ZagrebZagrebacka avenue 100aHotel-
Hotel Fala2. Trnjanske ledine 18Hotel89
Hotel IRemetinecka cesta 106Hotel-
Hotel PhoenixSesvetska Cesta 29Hotel83
Best Western Hotel Stella-ZagrebNadinska 27Hotel-
Maksimir HotelMaksimirska 57/1Hotel-
Martini Hotel-ZagrebSesvetska cesta 109Hotel-
Nas DomAvenija Dubrava 176Hotel-
Hostel NokturnoSkalinska 2aHOSTEL88
Palace HotelJ.J.Strossmayera 10Hotel-
Paradise Hotel - ZagrebStrokinec 26Hotel-
Apartment SermageovaJosipa Sermagea 9 1st floor by external stairsApartment87
Poljak ApartmentKneza Ljudevita Posavskog 21/4Apartment84
Porin Hotel-ZagrebSarajevska 41, Sarajevska 41,Hotel-
Ravnice Youth HostelI Ravnice 38dHostel87
Rupa pod oblacimaSelska cesta 34Apartment-
Servus ZagrebSorkočevićeva 5 streetHotel76
Veribo ApartmentsIvana Kukuljevica 22apartment-
Veribo Apartments CenterPalmoticeva 20hostel-
Vila MarijaPotocka 18hostel85
Youth Hostel ZagrebPetrinjska str. 77Hostel82
Logistics Youth CenterJakusevecka 87HOSTEL78
Penthouse ZagrebII Vrbik 14Apartment-
Rooms HaceX. Ravnice 25Guesthouse-
Rooms Airport Zagreb(PLESO)Vladimira Nazora 8Guesthouse91
Near the Lake Apartment/ Apartmant PinkyMarijana Haberlea 6/II,10000 ZagrebApartment-
Villa Hostel & ApartmentsPantovcak 17GUESTHOUSE88
Dream HotelFausta Vrancica 12 Zagreb Airport Velika GoricaHOTEL-
Apartmani CentarPavla Radića 3aApartment-
Villa MaximirBarutanski breg 47Guesthouse-
Jadranka GuesthouseAvenija Marina Držića 15Guesthouse-
Apartments Bella and JadrankaAvenija Marina Drzica 15APARTMENT89
Swanky ZagrebAdam Baltazar Krceliceva 8HOSTEL-
Funk LoungeRendićeva 28bHOSTEL91
Happy Home ZagrebVrbaniceva 27Apartment88
Hotel RebroKispaticeva 12Hotel-
Sobe Zagreb (Rooms Zagreb)Cankarova 18Apartment85
Rooms Kvatric ZagrebFerde Livadića 19APARTMENT85
Rockefellerova ApartmentRockfellerova 43, Zagreb 10000 CroatiaApartment89
Cute City Center DuplexPrilaz Gjure Dezelica 76APARTMENT88
Villa ZrinaBuniceva No. 29Apartment-
Sobe VladekPrilaz baruna Filipovica 26Apartment-
Central PointMiramarska Cesta 15bApartment85
Apartmani MateaBerislaviceva 3Apartment-
DA Svet V Boutique Apartment ZagrebGAJE ALAGE 5 APARTMENT No 13 ZAGREBHostel-
Ciliga Studio ApartmentKlaićeva 54Apartment-
Bigulica ApartmentKsaverska cesta 79Apartment-
Chillout Hostel ZagrebTomiceva 5AHOSTEL92
Taban Hostel Zagreb CentreTkalciceva 82HOSTEL90
Nighty NightSupilova 13 DAPARTMENT-
5th Floor Apartment ZagrebPrilaz Milana Marjanovica 11APARTMENT-
Rooms MadisonSavska Street 118GUESTHOUSE-
SUN VERIBOPrevoj 65Guesthouse-
Hostel NagustoTkalciceva 31HOSTEL-
Hotel CroatiaVinogradska 20Hotel-
City Design HostelZagrebacka Avenija 104HOSTEL-
The Cherry HostelCernička 33Hostel-
Day and Night HostelKneza Mislava 1HOSTEL86
The House Hostel ZagrebPeljeska 5HOSTEL90
Apartment Zagreb KnezijaAntona Dolenca 8APARTMENT-
Arena ZagrebRemetinecki Gaj 28GUESTHOUSE-
Palmers Lodge ZagrebBranimirova 25HOSTEL88
F2 ApartmentFerenscica XI 44aAPARTMENT-
Hostel ShappyVarsavska 8HOSTEL-
Magic ApartmentTrg Kralja Tomislava 2 2APARTMENT-
Aristos Hotel - ZagrebCebini 33HOTEL-
Student Youth HotelJarunska2HOTEL-
SobesSupilova 30GUESTHOUSE-
Apartment MeridianUlica Grada Vukovara 237a/IVAPARTMENT-
Hostel Chic ZagrebPavla Hatza 10HOSTEL-
Apartment Sarema - Zagreb centerJunija Palmotica 27APARTMENT-
Apartman KafkaGajeva 17, 10000 ZagrebAPARTMENT-
Apartment Design MaksimirAleja Antuna Augustinčića 16APARTMENT-
Apartman AniBračka 1,APARTMENT-
Apartment ZaraTrnjanska Cesta 37/1APARTMENT-
Apartment studio Wizard ZagrebKornatska 1cAPARTMENT-
Suncani ApartmentsBuriceva 2APARTMENT-
Wi-Fi Main Square ApartmentRadiceva 11APARTMENT-
River Apartment ZagrebHorvacanska Cesta 17APARTMENT-
Kristoforblu's PlaceKranjčevićeva 69APARTMENT-
Panorama ResidenceUlica grada Mainza 26Hostel-
Niko 2Berislaviceva 14Apartment-
apartment - CebaloIlica 55Apartment-
Plavi9 Inn B&BKralja Zvonimira 83GUESTHOUSE-
Apartment Niko 1Berislaviceva 14Apartment-
Maju Jaya HostelSlavonska Avenija 3HOSTEL-
Apartman StipićVlaška 23APARTMENT-
Accomodation Tia IIPrilaz Đure Deželića 25APARTMENT-
Apartment Tia IPrilaz Đure Deželića 25APARTMENT-
Prestige Apartment ZagrebVrbani 19APARTMENT-
The Brit Hostel ZagrebZagreb, Kaciceva 3/1-3/2HOSTEL-
1 A APPTrnjanska cesta 63APARTMENT-
1st ChoiceMokrička 17APARTMENT-
Room RoziKlaiceva 9AGUESTHOUSE-
Pozitiv HostelKastavska 8, 10 000 Zagreb, CroatiaHOSTEL-
Zagreb Center Time Inn ApartmentVlaska 40, Zagreb Vlaska 40, ZagrebAPARTMENT-
Apartment LeaAv.Marina Držića 1710 000 ZAGREBAPARTMENT-
Luxury Apartments Good Vibes****Sv.Duh 43APARTMENT-
Apartment SrebrnjakSrebrnjak 8, 10000 ZagrebAPARTMENT-
Hostel TemzaAugusta Šenoe 24HOSTEL-
Apartments MyWayGrmoščica srednja 26eAPARTMENT-
Angela Classic RoomsJadranska 9, Zagreb 10000GUESTHOUSE-
Fancy hostelPoljička 13aHostel-
Guesthouse SermageovaSermagea 9GUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

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.

Phone

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.

Post

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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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 45.815005
  • Longitude: 15.978501

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