Zagreb is a bit of an overlooked jewel. The capital/largest city of Croatia is home to nearly 800,000 people and a medieval old town that comfortably competes with the likes of Vienna and Prague. Yet the amount of tourists venturing here is only a fraction of those arriving each year in the other two cities. With Croatia joining the European Union in 2013 however, the city is likely to start playing catch-up and become a hot favorite for European city-trippers.
The cultural cores of the city are the Gornji grad (upper town) and Donji grad (lower town). The former is the medieval part of town, built there were the land starts to rise against the Medvednica mountain. The narrow cobble stone streets here are rising and lined with quirky shops, bars, cafés and a wealth of Habsburg-era buildings. Center stage is taken by the neo-gothic Zagreb cathedral, apparently the highest building in all of Croatia, but the colorful Dolac farmer's market on Ban Jelačić Square is worth a visit too.
All of the history on show here with the packed trams crossing through streets and squares makes for an interesting combination of the old and the new.
In the lower part of town you will find parks and museums - for instance the Archaeological Museum. [Review by travelindicator]
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- Zagreb is a city in Croatia's region of Grad Zagreb. It has a population of 792,875, is situated at an altitude of 440ft and the best airport to fly into is ZAG (Pleso, Zagreb)
- The currency used in Croatia is the Croatian kuna (HRK)
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