Zagreb © Nicolas Vollmer
Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, is the country's
economic centre and the gateway to Western Europe. The picturesque
city is situated on the slopes of Medvednica Mountain, along the
banks of the Sava River in the north of Croatia.
The core of Zagreb consists of the Gornji Grad (Upper
Town) and Donji Grad (Lower Town). The Upper Town is home to the
well-preserved medieval city, known as Gradec and Kaptol, while the
residential area covers the southern slopes of the Medvednica
Mountains. Since the 1950s, the city has grown to the south of the
Sava River and the main industrial area is in the southeast.
Besides being a commercial hub, Zagreb is a popular
tourist hotspot and an established international conference
destination. The city not only has a history dating back nearly a
thousand years but also has the efficient, modern infrastructure
that travellers would expect to find in a European capital.
Alongside the city's abundant historic monuments,
museums, and galleries, visitors will also find that Zagreb has its
fair share of high-end shops, top-quality restaurants, and modern
sport and recreation facilities.
The city's extensive transport infrastructure allows
visitors to get around with ease. Zagreb's tourist attractions are
largely historical, ranging from the Palaeolithic Veternica Cave
through to the vestiges of Roman culture and the fascinating
medieval old town.
Zagreb is well-situated as a springboard for
exploring the picturesque medieval towns of northern Croatia,
including Samobor, Vrbovec, and Karlovac. There are also plenty of
great hiking opportunities on nearby Medvednica Mountain, which
casts its 3,280-foot (1,000m) shadow over this pretty city.
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