With its population of almost a million, Zagreb is the capital of Croatia as well as its real historical gem, which has retained its uniqueness and romantic atmosphere for centuries.
Places of Interest
While in Zagreb, by all means, do not miss the historical Upper Town (Gornji Grad), the heart of which is St. Mark′s Square with the St′Marks Church from the 13th century. Its statues of Christ and Virgin Mary have been created by Czech artists from Prague. Near the square, you can also find the only preserved stone town gate. No less notable feature of the city is also an altar icon of Virgin Mary, which inexplicably remained unharmed by the fire of 1731, and therefore people from all over the world undertake a pilgrimage to the site.
As in any other city, you cannot simply miss the local markets with Dolac, established in 1925, being the biggest one. There, you can get excellent vegetables, fruit, dried figs, olive oil as well as fresh fish, seafood, or delicious varieties of Croatian cheese. The dominant feature of the Lower Town (Donji Grad) is Ban Jelačić Square and Illica Street with its many shops.
Exhibitions and museums
The Mimara museum at Roosevelt Square housing the lifelong collection of valuables by A. Mimara, a controversial Croatian art collector and philanthropist, is certainly worth the visit. It holds more than 1,500 exhibits dating from the prehistoric period up to the 20th century. The collection of European paintings, on the other hand, is presented in the Strossmayer Gallery of Old Masters. Moreover, the naïve art lovers will surely be captivated by the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art in Cirilometodska Street holding over 1,000 works of this particular art style. Quite another story is the Museum of Broken Relationships, which will take you on the emotional rollercoaster through many failed relationships.
For food lovers
Zagreb is a great destination for superb food and drink, especially wine, lovers. High-quality Croatian wines from the inland as well as various traditional specialities and goodies will certainly not leave you cold.
Those who enjoy participating at miscellaneous festivals and exhibitions should definitely not miss, for example, the Music Biennale International Festival of Contemporary Music, Animafest Zagreb World Festival of Animated Films, Eurokaz International Festival of New Theatre, PIF International Puppet Festival, Floraart International Garden Exhibition, or the traditional Zagreb International Folklore Festival, which provides extremely versatile show.
Would you like to take some rest in the midst of greenery? Zagreb′s Green Horseshoe will surely grant you that. Located in the city centre, it comprises eight parks altogether forming a letter U shape. Finally, once you are fed up with the local mosquitoes, you can visit the botanical garden full of exotic plants and little ponds.
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