A CITY THAT AWAKENS ALL SENSES
Vibrant, eclectic and culturally conscious, Zagreb is a safe and easy-going city that offers countless experiences. Its excellent geographical position makes it easily reachable for travelers from even the most remote areas of Europe and beyond, and its state-of-the-art airport is only a fifteen minutes’ drive from the city center. While it geographically and culturally belongs to Central Europe, Zagreb also exudes that Mediterranean lifestyle. Its streets and squares are unique for their numerous festivals, performances and attractive events in any season of the year. Certainly among those is Advent Zagreb, which has been named the most beautiful Christmas fair for three years in a row. Located right at the foot of the Medvednica Nature Park, Zagreb is a city to everyone’s taste – adventurers can enjoy hiking and cycling trails on Medvednica, those into sports can exercise at the Jarun Lake or golf courses, and hedonists can savor the many cultural and historical treasures, lively streets littered with cafes and restaurants where one can feel the pulse of the city, as well as attractive landmarks. You don’t need to leave the center to enjoy nature and green areas, as the main streets and squares are dotted with numerous parks and lovingly kept gardens. Wandering around other parts of the city, you’ll run into many other jewels of nature, most notably the Maksimir park – the city’s biggest park, designed in the English landscaping style, which also features a zoo. Whatever direction you take, you’ll want to find out more about the city, which has thousands of faces.
A FEAST FOR YOUR PALATES
Zagreb’s peculiar gastronomy offers a mix of cultures and cuisines. Its blend of the Mediterranean and continental cuisines will pique anyone’s interest, and its many restaurants attract visitors from around the world with their long tradition and chefs, who raise the art of cooking to a world class level. A proof of that are recognitions received from the prestigious restaurant guide Gault & Millau. Enjoy various specialties at some of the most respected Croatian fine dining establishments, a proud Michelin star holder among them, and your amazing experience will be furthered by the surroundings – once you taste food surrounded by lush gardens or stunning neo-Gothic buildings, you will look at Zagreb with completely different eyes. Treat yourself to Croatia’s best wines or local craft beer or gin, the latter reaffirming its world’s best status for another year, and if you want to experience the charms of authentic Zagreb cuisine, then you must try the štrukli, Zagreb schnitzel, strudels or kremšnita cakes. Among the city’s hallmark traits are its open-air food markets, the most famous one being Dolac. Affectionately called « the belly of the city » and located at the very heart of Zagreb, this market draws in gourmet crowds on a daily basis with its many stalls of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish by local farmers from all Croatian regions, resulting in a veritable explosion of colors, sounds, aromas and scents.
RICH CULTURAL AND ARTISTIC LIFE
With more than forty museums, thirty fulltime and seasonal theaters, numerous art galleries and intriguing events and festivals, Zagreb is the true cultural capital of Croatia. You can enjoy art and culture throughout the year, and between spring and autumn, some events move out into the squares, streets and parks, transforming Zagreb into a huge multipurpose stage. Here you will witness different artistic languages and be amazed by famous venues like the Vatroslav Lisinski concert hall or the Croatian National Theater, an impressive 19th-century edifice that has hosted some of the world’s foremost artists as well as Croatia’s top talent. Zagreb also takes pride in some truly unique projects worth exploring, such as the Museum of Illusions or the Museum of Broken Relationships, where you can find fascinating collections of personal items given away by former lovers and partners from all over the world.
A SHOPPING TO EVERYONE’S TASTE
Zagreb is a city that accommodates all tastes. Whether you like small traditional crafts, peculiar boutiques or one-of-a-kind designers whose creations were worn on the Oscar red carpet, it’s all there for you. If you take a stroll through the city center, you will be greeted by shop windows of all kinds, and you are bound to find something for yourself in Ilica, Zagreb’s longest and most famous street. Lovers of antiques and art pieces will get their fix at the Britanski trg square, where a unique open-air fair takes place on weekends. A must-have souvenir for those looking for an original reminder of their visit to Zagreb would be the tie, an authentic Croatian product and a globally known fashion accessory, or the penkala pen, the first mechanical pencil in the world, created right here in Zagreb way back in 1906. If you want your souvenir to say something more, get the licitar, Zagreb’s traditional richly ornamented heart-shaped gingerbread, which you can later give to those closest to you as an expression of love.
Whether you’re visiting Zagreb for pleasure or business, you will be delighted by the range of accommodation offered by the city, which is known for its luxury and imaginative interior design, lush architecture and excellent service. From sophisticated hotels characterized by a blend of tradition and heritage to meticulously designed state-of-the-art suites that exude elegance, a unique vacation experience and Zagreb’s special atmosphere are guaranteed. You will be delighted by the fascinating stories of many of the hotels, and you’ll want to be part of their magical atmosphere, such as that of one of the oldest and grandest hotels in Croatia, the Esplanade, which was built next to the main train station back in 1925 to accommodate the passengers of the fabled Orient Express. With most of the hotels located at the very heart of Zagreb, you’ll be at a walking distance from numerous restaurants, museums, the Ilica shopping street and the historic city center, where you will enjoy many sights and attractions, such as the Upper Town and the Tkalča street, which is chock-full of cafes where Zagreb locals traditionally perform their coffee drinking rites.