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Capital Croatia - Zagreb in springtime

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A May 2003 trip to Zagreb by SaraP

Glorious Zagreb  Photo, Zagreb, Croatia More Photos
Quote: War-torn, deprived, shattered? Not a bit of it - Zagreb is capital to a 12-year old republic, thriving on its new independence and keen to show off its glories and history.

Capital Croatia - Zagreb in springtime

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Overview

Glorious Zagreb  Photo, Zagreb, Croatia
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Zagreb, capital city of the Republic of Croatia since independence in 1991, is an old-style central European city. For centuries a focal point of culture and science, it now has international pretensions and seeks to exploit its position at the intersection of important routes between the Adriatic coast and Central Europe. It's the country's political and administrative centre and hub of the business, academic, cultural, artistic and sporting worlds in Croatia. More than that, it's simply lovely - a thriving smorgasbord of Baroque atmosphere, picturesque open-air markets, diverse shopping opportunities including an abundant selection of crafts and picturesque fruit and vegetable markets, many...Read More

Hotel Dubrovnik

Hotel | "Hotel Dubrovnik, Zagreb"

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This holds itself out as a business hotel and charges accordingly, but actually seems to cater primarily for tourist groups, particularly coach parties of German and American travellers. On the plus side, it's very big and unlikely to run short on rooms even in the busy season. It's also right on the main square with easy access to all of the outdoor cafes and amenities that this entails and, though rather unattractive inside and oddly laid out (rather too many walls of Perspex blocks for my liking although they do at least make it quite light inside), it has the usual minibar/TV/AC facilities you'd expect (though, being picky, again not quite commensurate with the price). Despite apparently havi...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 28, 2003

Hotel Dubrovnik
Gateva 1 Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia
(385) 148-3555

Zagreb outdoors - the city as a gallery

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Story/Tip

A spookily real statue of Marija Zagorda  Photo, Zagreb, Croatia
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If you're out and about, mooching around the city, this is perfect way to brush up on your history and see it in context . . . certainly there as as many celebrated Croatian figures as you could possibly want to see in the "flesh" and this is a much nicer way than visiting an indoor museum and wasting good weather! The variety is enormous (and spread out) : There are rulers and fighters . . . Coming out of the railway station onto Trg Kralja Tomislava, you'll see King Tomislav (photo attached to history entry below), the first king of medieval Croatia, who ruled from 910 and 928, on horseback (one raised hoof traditionally means the rider was injured in battle -- 2 raised mean...Read More

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King Tomislav Photo, Zagreb, Croatia
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The earliest records are of Roman settlement in Scitarjevo (Andautonia) which declined on the arrival of the first Croats in 600 BC (check out the Roman remains around the cathedral of St Stephen). The first known Croatian king, Tomislav (you'll see his impressive horseback statue on the open park right outside the main station -- cue photo below), ruled the Zagreb area as part of the Croatian state from 879 onwards. Today's Zagreb derives from two once-competing medieval settlements on neighbouring hills. In 1094, a diocese was founded by Hungarian king, Ladislas, on Kaptol and later, in 1242, neighbouring Gradec(pronounced "Gradech") was proclaimed a free royal city by the Hungarian-Croat king...Read More

Touring the Upper Town

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The twin settlements which make up Zagreb's hilly Upper Town are Gradec (to the east) and Kaptol (to the west). Kaptol has been a settlement for approaching a millennium (though few of the buildings date back that far thanks to the prevalence of earthquakes) and Gradec in the 1400s. Together they form the oldest part of the city. You can either climb slowly from the Lower Town via the Dolac Market into Kaptol by heading towards the cathedral spires or, slightly more spectacularly, take the 1888 funicular up to the foot of the Lotrscak Tower and straight into Gradec. Assuming the latter route, head up into the Tower (via the door on the main street towards St Mark's - the door by the funicular ex...Read More