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Republic Of Croatia




Population 4.5 million, Area 56 540 sq. km. + territorial waters in excess of 32000 sq. km.
Borders, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Capitol city of Croatia: Zagreb with 800 000 (1.15 million metro area) is also most important commercial, industrial, banking and economic centre.

Economy: Post Industrial Service Economy, belongs to group of Developed Nations with income per head in 2005 exceeding 13 400SU$ PPP. GDP per capita (PHA$) in 2004 was 8300US$ and Average annual NET pay in Croatia is 52 000HRK (Croatian Kuna) or just over 9200US$. Annual Inflation rate is 1.8%, with unemployment being in region of 14% and falling. Croatia has 8.7Bn + 5.6Bn. (14.4Bn. US$)US$ worth of foreign exchange reserves (2004) and 27.2Bn. US$ worth of foreign debt (latest).



Tourism plays vital role and each year over 8 million foreign tourist arrive in Croatia and contribute with significant foreign exchange to national exchequer. In 2005 Croatia is excepting tourism growth of 7% and 8.5 million foreign tourist and revenue from tourism is excepted to be over 10billion US$. In 2005 Croatia was voted best country to visit by Lonely Planet Guides and Michelin travel guide. Croatia is ranked no. 15 in the world as tourist destination, by number of forigen visitors, revenue from tourism and number of nights spent in the country.



Croatia ranks as most popular foreign tourist destinations with several EU country's, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Hungary and Italy and top 5 destination in Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Slovakia, Poland and Ireland.

Country is famous for spectacular coastline, beautiful coastline cities and villages. Dubrovnik, Pula, Trogir, Split, Zadar, Sibenik, Porec, Rovinj, Umag, Korcula, Hvar, Brac, Zagreb and Varazdin are some of the names most foreign tourist recognise and visit whist in Croatia. Dubrovnik being most famous and most popular city to visit.




Main Cities

Zagreb 800 000, Split 205 000, Rijeka 170 000, Osijek 130 000, Zadar 80 000, Pula 70 000, Karlovac 62 000, Slavonski Brod 58 000, Varazdin 55 000, Dubrovnik 50 000.

Main religion is Roman Catholicism although Orthodox Christianity, Islam and Protestant faiths are also present.

Croatia has prevalent continental climate in interiors and Mediterranean climate (mild and short winters and long hot summers) along the coast.

Food

Cuisine is divided in to regions, continental where all types of meat are readily and heavily consumed and Mediterranean where Italian cuisine is well represented with fish and pasta being main diet. Croatian cuisine is quite similar to Italian and German/Central European cuisine and as such it is very diverse. Croatia is 4th largest wine grower in Europe and much of it is consumed at home but large portions end up in Europe and US. Olive oil and Lavender oil are also popular and Croatia is one of the largest producers and exporters of this oils. Croatian Fishing and Fisheries are 5th largest in Europe and export 12 000 tones tuna fish to Japanese market alone brings Croatia over 80million Euros. Dalmatian fish speciality such as fried sardines are very popular and should be tried at least once whilst in Croatia.



Tourist info

National Currency is called Kuna, and is divaded in to 100 Lipa.
Exchange rate: 1 Euro = 7.3 Kuna, 1 US Dollar = 5.6 Kuna 1GB£ = 10.5 Kuna.
Croatia has very low inflation, for past 10 years it is below 5% and very stable currency, Kuna is convertible and can be exchanged back to Euros or any other European currency.

Crime rate: Croatia has very low crime rate and belongs to one of the safest counters in Europe.
If you drive in Croatia, be informed of the fact, consumption of alcohol is not allowed if you going to drive, 0.0 % of alcohol is allowed. Fines are also high, 500kuna for minor traffic transgression, prison sentence of up to 3 moths are also envisaged if driving under influence. This rather harsh measures are primarily to reduce traffic accidents which on Croatian roads each year claim 400 lives...

Zagreb Upper Town (Gradec)


Croatia has diplomatic relations with over 100 countries in the World and 57 of them have there embassies in Zagreb. 20+ have consulates in Split (21), Rijeka (12) and Osijek (3). Croatia has no visa requirement for citizens of EU, USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zeeland, Norway, Switzerland and Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. http://www.mfa.hr - minstry of forigen and european affiairs.
Nationals of all other nations require to have visa for entry and purpose, maximum allowed stay in the country is 90 days on tourist/visitors visa and 30 day tourist visa can be obtained on border entries whith proven financial means (50 Euros per each day of a stay in the country) with Hotel Bookings and travel plans verified. For US nationals - as new US embassy is still under construction they are advised to use US General Consulate for all there enquires or US General Consulate in Split. Croatia is excepted to join EU in 2008 or 2009.


Zagreb, 800 000


Zagreb Capitol City of Croatia, is one of the most beautiful cities in Croatia and was and is popular tourist destination. In 2004, 507 000 foreign tourist arrived in the city with over 1.25 million nights spent. In its best days (1990) Zagreb was visited by over 1 million foreign tourist and was one of the most visited cities in Central Europe at the time.

Zagreb St. Mary's Cathedral


City boast's one of the largest Catholic Cathedrals in Europe and has over 50 major museums and art galleries to explore. It is a city of contrast and modernity as well as historical beauty and traditions. Zagreb upper town dates back to 15th century and has best preserved historical old town core in central Europe with more than 80% of buildings dating back to 15 and 16th century. A restoration program is under way to restore some of the oldest palaces and manor houses in upper town and open them again back for tourist.


St. Mark's Church and Lotroscak Tower (13th century) in Upper town


Very popular area of the city is Tkalciceva street, long narrow cobbled street only open to pedestrians, it is full of cafe's and restaurants of all kind, it is considered best hang out area in Zagreb and many Croatian Politicians and celebrities can be seen here during summer months.

Tkalciceva Street



Another nice area to hang out is Gajeva Street just of Ban Jelacic Squre and Teslina Street, which are full of restaurants and cafe bars. Lovers of Jazz music take a note of club BP Jazz Club, which often hosts major Jazz events in the club and is also based in Teslina Street.


What to see and do

When it comes to Museums, it is said Zagreb has per head of population more museums than any other city in Europe. There are over 25 of them and many are getting new homes, such Modern Art Museum, Natural History museum and Science and Technology museum, which are moving to larger premises and in case of Natural History it will be one of the best attractions in Zagreb once it opens its doors in 2008/9 with World Centre for Neanderthal Man, large collection of Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous dinosaurs as well as recent and present day animals, it will be an spectacular educational establishment ranking amongst the best such museums in Europe.

Mimara Museum is a must visit if you are in Zagreb and have day of, it is a large museum in city centre, large palace which serves as museum and collection some of the best artefacts collected by Ante Topic Mimara, renown collector of arts and antiquities. Collection consist some of the most valuable paintings, works by Picasso, Métis, Rubens and other masters of paintings as well as sculptures by Donatello, Mestrovic, Godan and many other renown artist. Collection has over 5000 artefacts and most of it (3000) is on permanent exhibition, with collections being exhibited by themes rather than chronologic order.

Art's Pavilion, Museum of old masters, Rubens, Van Gough, Rembrandt and Goya are all exhibited here and Strosmayer galleries only few blocks away


Arts pavilion


Mimara Museum, one of the world's best art collections, and Europe's premier museums, it holds art from all corners of the world and some of the most voluble paintings - Leonardo da Vinci, Donatelo(sculptor), Micheangelo, Remberant, Picaso, Salvadore Dali to name few.


Arts and crafts museum, impressive building very nice collection too.


Archaeological museum



Museum of Contemporary arts


Zagreb has many great museums and it would take to long to mention each one but if you do visit the city it would be great to find out for yourself more about the city and culture, I'll just mention few museums to worth a visit, Museum of Arts and Crafts, Museum of Naive Art, Strosmayer Gallery of Old Masters, Mestrovic Museum and so on.

Monument to A.G Senoa (Croat Poet)


Zagreb Zoo, is very old attraction built in 1887 by J. Strosmayer, it is one of the oldest Zoos in Europe, it is located some 5kilometers from Ban Jelacic Squre and can be reached by trams 11 and 13. Zoo is very small only 7hacters about 28 Acres but houses diverse animal collections.


Zagreb Zoo




Zagreb Botanical Gardens - 1889



Zagreb Upper Town Gornji Grad (13-18th Century)

Zagreb Upper Town goes back to 12th century, when Gradec (Upper Town) developed as small trading settlement next to Kaptol an nearby Bishopric and centre of religious affairs in medieval Croatia.

Zagreb Funicular 1884


Funicular and Lotroscak Tower


Stone Gate with St. Gorge (part of original 12th century defenses)


St. Kathrines Church, 15th Century


Gradec developed in to proper town with artisans, traders and craftsman. By 15th century fights would ensue between Gradec and Kaptol over control of the main road leading out of the both cities and tax issues. Once in 16th century fight went to the extremes and 60 people got killed in fighting, as a result of this they re-named street dividing Kaptol and Gradec "Blood Bridge", for 2 centuries bridge divided Kaptol and Gradec as bitter enemies, that is until 1774 when largest fires in History of Kaptol destroyed Cathedral and much of the Bishops Palace, artisans, traders and craftsman from Gradec offered to help rebuild the cathedral and much of the Kaptol.

Up the Bllod bridge street to Kaptol.


Street leading from Upper Town to Lower Town


In 1880 major earthquake destroy much of the Cathedral and new Gothic Cathedral was built in its place as a result St. Mary's Cathedral today dominates Zagreb. Present day Gradec and Kaptol where amalgamated in to the city of Zagreb as single entity in early 1800's.

Kaptol and view of St. Mary's Cathedral from upper town


There are loads of places to go to and to see and do, but I'll try to put few places here and entice your interest and hope you'll try to discover rest for yourself.

If visiting Zagreb, and wanting to see city and its cultural life than you will not be disappointed, city offers some of the best cultural spots in the country. With over 25 theatres and concert halls city offers varied cultural life.
National Theatre is centre of many happenings in cultural life of the city, it offers great opera, ballet and theatre performances.




Concert hall Vatroslav Lisinksy which offers some of the best classical music performances and Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra often performs pices by Karl Orff, Beethoven, Schubert and many other renowned classical composers.


Zagreb hasn't got proper Opera House and lovers of Opera might get disappointed with this fact, but if you do visit the city in few years time you would be happy to know new Opera House will be built with many other art venues along the banks of River Sava.




Another great place to visit if you have time is Maksimir is Zagreb's largest and most beautiful park and, at the same time, is a cultural and historic monument covering 316 hectares. The park was commissioned by Bishop Maksimilijan Vrhovec at the end of the 18th century. Although it was intended as a park in the French tradition, it was completed in 1843 under Bishop Juraj Haulik as a typical English landscape park. The existing oak trees were used to create open fields offering panoramic views. The park has several artificial lakes and one houses the Zagreb Zoo, which has the largest number of animals in Croatia. A long avenue leads to the central area of the park and a hillock where one finds a belvedere built in 1843. The whole park is rich in garden architecture dating from the 19th century.

There is an section of the park where major concerts and events are healed almost every bank holiday and during long summer moths free concerts are organised with major Croatian and international stars in attendance.

Maksimir Park 1787 (316hectars)


Jarun is another place in Zagreb worth visiting, it s large recreation area used by local people and often international competitions are held there, local club won 3 Olympic medals at the last Olympic games in Athens.

Jarun Lake and recreation area - 250 hectars,


webstite - http://www.jarun.hr/


Shopping, Nightlife and Where to Eat Out

Zagreb like many other major European cities has variety of entertainment and shopping opportunities. City is home to no less than 5 major shopping centres and some of the best shopping in the city can be done on Ilica and Vlaska Street with Brand names such as Benetton, Armani, Gucci, Versace and many other names can be seen. But if you really want something to remember Zagreb and Croatia try genuine Croatian tie, a home of a tie. They can be bought from Croata Shop. http://www.croata.hr/

Ilica Main Shooping area



Eating out in Zagreb is not difficult prices variety from 10$ to 100$ it all depends on your budget and needs. Zagreb has well over 500 restaurants and 1200 Café's and Bars.

eating out, one of the most popular custom's in Zagreb...




there are over 20 good quality Chinese restaurants in Zagreb


Tekenoko is Great Japanese restaurant if you like Sushi that is...

http://www.takenoko.hr

Great Italian resturant to go to in my opinion would be Trattoria Fellini

http://www.fellini.hr/home_en.asp?str=photos

If you do like Thai food than you must visit Opium restaurant, food is really great.

http://www.opium.hr/

If you would like to taste Croatian food than I would suggest Pri Zvoncu.

http://www.prizvoncu.com/


Going out clubbing in Zagreb is not difficult at all, after all Zagreb has over 50 night clubs to choose from, many have there own brand of music and some are popular for there distinct atmosphere rather than music they play. More famed ones are Best, 88, Sokol, Saloon, Tvornica, Play Club, OTV, Aquarius, SC, Piranah and so on.

OTV Night Club

http://www.otv-club.com

Pirana Club



Where to stay


If you visit Zagreb and whish to stay in one of the city's many Hotels, I'd suggest Hotel Palace which overlooks Zrinjevac Park, it is 4* hotel with feel and service of 5* Hotel and prices of 3* hotel. I stay in this Hotel every time I visit Zagreb and find reliable and friendly place. Other Hotels in Zagreb you might whish to consider are Zagreb Sheraton Towers, Westin or Regent Esplanade Hotel all 5* hotels, or if your budget is more modest you might want to consider Palace Hotel, Arcotel Allegra, As, four points Panorama or Dubrovnik Hotel, all 4* hotels with in walking distance of city centre. If you prefer 3* hotels or student accommodation Zagreb has plenty of this, for students there are 3 youth hostels, and there are many 3* and 2* hotels to stay in; Vienna, Villa Tina, Laguna and Galleria are better on this list as they provide bit more of personal touch and service with true feel of ambiance and luxury.

Hotel Regent Esplanade 5* 200 Rooms, 12 Suites, 2 Ambasador Suites, 1 Presidental Suite


Hotel Westin - 5* 412 Rooms, 42 Suites, 2 Presidential Suites.



Hotel Sheraton - 5* , - 302 Rooms, 24 Suites, 2 Presidential Suites.


Hotel Palace, very nice upper 4* Hotel, stayed in this hotel, service is very nice and personal. 120 Rooms, 4 Suites, 1 Ambassador Suite.



Zrinjevac Park - photo taken in late winter and early spring.



How to get there?

By Air,
Zagreb can be reached by many mass transit means, Zagreb International Airport is only 17km from city centre, and has daily flights to most European Capitols. Croatia Airlines, serves most cities in EU by direct flights or code sharing, although, All Italia, Air France, Iberia, British Airways, KLM, SAS, Lufthansa, Austrian Air, LOT, Aeroflot, CSA, Malev, German Wings, Tyrolean Air, Macedonian Air, Sky Europe, Malaysian Airlines and Turkish Air all fly to Zagreb on daily basis. Air Canada, Easy Jet, Ryan Air, El Al, Qantas and Delta Airlines are all planning to start flights to Zagreb sometimes this or following year. Zagreb new Airport is in plans and construction should start in early 2006 on new Airport Terminal.

Zagreb International Airport (old terminal)


By Rail,
Zagreb is well connected by Railways to Slovenia, Bosnia, Hungary, Serbia, Austria and rest of Europe.
Mimara Express Intercity train Connects Zagreb with Vienna and Prague, Drava Express goes to Budapest and German Railways runs Intercity service from Munich to Zagreb.

Zagreb Central Station



By Road,
Croatia has best network of roads and motorways in Central Europe, and Zagreb is main junction form many of this roads. City can be reached by Bus network of international links connecting Zagreb with many EU capitols, Berlin, Vienna, Munich, Budapest, Milan, Paris, Amsterdam, Stuttgart, Zurich and many more.

Why go? well why not !
 

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^ Looks beautiful, Mic! I learned *so* much, no joke!
thanx Mila, I'll need to update this bit more when I finish I hope it would be great ...

Seen your Sarajevo and Dubrovnik thread and liked it a lot...
 

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this thread is now complete, plz. make comments and suggestions. I wan't be doing surroundings as some of my friends already did and I have new thread in Euroscrapers which will cover all regions of Croatia sort of travel guide to Croatia, it is still work in progress and will take a while to complete but I hope it entices you to visit for your holidays. this thread is now complete, plz. make comments and suggestions. :)

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?p=4130764#post4130764
 

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Nice travel guide on Zagreb mic :), but I must correct the air section.

Zagreb can be reached by many mass transit means, Zagreb International Airport is only 17km from city centre, and has daily flights to most European Capitols. Croatia Airlines, serves most cities in EU by direct flights or code sharing, although, All Italia, Air France, Iberia, British Airways, KLM, SAS, Lufthansa, Austrian Air, LOT, Aeroflot, CSA, Malev, German Wings, Tyrolean Air, Macedonian Air, Sky Europe, Malaysian Airlines and Turkish Air all fly to Zagreb on daily basis. Air Canada, Easy Jet, Ryan Air, El Al, Qantas and Delta Airlines are all planning to start flights to Zagreb sometimes this or following year. Zagreb new Airport is in plans and construction should start in early 2006 on new Airport Terminal.
British Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Iberia and Sky Europe don't fly into Zagreb. Qantas, Delta and Air Canada don't have interests to fly into Zagreb. But apart from that, excellent :eek:kay:.
 

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My grandparents' and other assorted relatives farms are towards the far end of that runnway and about 1 kilometre to the left. Their village would be just off the picture.

Thanks for posting the pics, mic of Orion :)
 

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Nice travel guide on Zagreb mic :), but I must correct the air section.



British Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Iberia and Sky Europe don't fly into Zagreb. Qantas, Delta and Air Canada don't have interests to fly into Zagreb. But apart from that, excellent :eek:kay:.
Agreed... Otherwise great work :)
 

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My grandparents' and other assorted relatives farms are towards the far end of that runnway and about 1 kilometre to the left. Their village would be just off the picture.

Thanks for posting the pics, mic of Orion :)
than I have bad news for you, your relatives will lose there farms to new Runway and new terminal proposed, construction starts in mid 2006 - sometimes in April :eek: :eek:
 

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Mike, i'll kick your butt lol, speaking of Zagreb's surrouding, where did all those fabulous medieval castles disappear ? :D

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bubach_hlubach said:
Mike, i'll kick your butt lol, speaking of Zagreb's surrouding, where did all those fabulous medieval castles disappear ? :D

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lol, Bubach, blame it on Siroki Brijeg, lol they probably moved it there, to make SB most beautiful place on earth, lol...
 
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