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Welcome to zagreb_2010

  1. 1. Welcome to Zagreb, the capital city of the Republic of Croatia. Zagreb is an old Central European city. For centuries it has been a focal point of culture and science, and now of commerce and industry as well. It lies on the intersection of important routes between the Adriatic coast and Central Europe.
  2. 2. Zagreb, is a Central European city that has excellent air, road and train connections to other European and non- European cities. Facts and Figures Location: northern Croatia, on the Sava River, 170 km from the Adriatic Sea 45° 10' N, 15° 30' E situated 122 m above sea level Time: Central-european time (GMT+1) Climate and Weather: continental climate average summer temperature: 20° C average winter temperature: 1° C Population: 800 000
  3. 3. Zagreb, is one of the oldest European cities and is yet one of Europe’s youngest metropolises. The fact that the Zagreb archdiocese was founded in 1094 and that the city was proclaimed a free royal city in 1242, attests to its long history. The oldest areas, Gradec and Kaptol, from which Zagreb arose, are considered to be one of the most preserved and beautiful European city centers built in the Art Nouveau style. The Upper and Lower Towns are connected through the Kamenita vrata (Stone gate), yet another recognizable Zagreb tourist attraction that is linked to many legends and beliefs, as well as to faith and peace. When the Croatian people achieved their independence in 1991, Zagreb became a capital - a political and administrative centre for the Republic of Croatia.
  4. 4. For some, the most recognizable place in Zagreb is its neo-gothic Cathedral situated at Kaptol. Although it took many centuries to build, the Cathedral that stands today was completed at the end of the 19th century. The Cathedral’s treasury has kept priceless treasures and objects that date back from the 11 th to 19th century. The people of Zagreb are especially proud that during his first visit to the city, Pope John Paul II held a special mass inside the Zagreb Cathedral, commemorating 900 years since the founding of the Zagreb archdiocese. Many open air events and exhibitions are organized from spring to autumn. They create a very special atmosphere in the city and are a true tourist attraction. The most important cultural institutions and hotels (many of which are members of international hotel chains) are situated in the heart of the city, only walking distance depending on weather to Europe’s biggest outdoor cafe.
  5. 5. Along narrow spaces of pedestrian walkways there are many cultural and art institutions, a fine blend of the modern and traditional. Zagreb has sports and recreational areas, parks, promenades, open air festivals and one of the best preserved garden produce markets in Europe. Zagreb has exclusive hotels and congress centers, period buildings, theatres, museums, restaurants and nearby getaways.
  6. 6. Zagreb is also the hub of the business, academic, cultural, artistic and sporting worlds in Croatia. Many famed scientists, artists and athletes come from the city, or work in it. Zagreb can offer its visitors the Baroque atmosphere of the Upper Town, picturesque open-air markets, diverse shopping facilities, an abundant selection of crafts and a choice vernacular cuisine. Zagreb is a city of green parks and walks, with many places to visit in the beautiful surroundings. In spite of the rapid development of the economy and transportation, it has retained its charm, and a relaxed feeling that makes it a genuinely human city.
  7. 7. Zagreb is the starting-point of many memorable travels and memories. Its green surroundings and its fantastic connection to the scenic Adriatic coastline, by both air and highway are close by and await you. Hold your breath as mother-nature awaits you. A visit to Plitvice Lakes is a must. It is only a two hour drive from Zagreb and this natural scape of mountains and lakes will be a breathtaking experience. This phenomenon is under UNESCO protection which vindicates its worth. Visit Medvedgrad, a medieval fortified town on Medvednica, about 30 - minute drive from the center of Zagreb. Built in 1250, it is one of the largest and most impressive hilltop fortress towns in Croatia. The fortress itself is uniquely impressive and commands breathtaking views of the city of Zagreb below. Take part in a spectacular re- enactment of a medieval battle with swords, bows and arrows. Going for a coffee to Split or Dubrovnik? Take a trip to the Adriatic coast and in particular the cities of Split and Dubrovnik. Both are under UNESCO protection and are filled with an immense source of beauty deriving from the past that is appreciated in the present.
  8. 8. Zagreb has a heart, and you... you have Zagreb.

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