Offical Name: Republika Hrvatska (Republic of Croatia )
Form of Government: Parliamentary Democracy
Currency: Kuna Croata (HRK)
Area: 55,960 km²
Populations: 4.2 million
Other cities: Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, Pula, Rovinj, Opatija
Ancient cities, evergreen forests, sparkling lakes, long stretches of sweeping beaches, rocky coves, quaint villages, enchanting castles and unspoilt nature are some of Croatia's top attractions.
Zagreb, the vibrant capital city of Croatia, is home to some of the country's best museums, galleries, markets, restaurants, and shopping.
The city is divided into two main sections: Upper Town (Gornji Grad) and Lower Town (Donji Grad). The Upper Town is the oldest part of the city, dating back to the 11th century while the Lower Town is a modern area.
The Upper Town and the Lower Town is connected by funicular, which is one of the shortest public transport funiculars in the world, covering a distance of 66 meters and the ride takes 64 seconds.
Jelacica Square, the city's main square where the Upper and Lower Towns meet. The Square is flanked by lovely buildings dated back to the 19th century and feature different architectural styles, from post-modernism, to Art Nouveau. The Square is named after Ban Josip Jelačić (1801-1859), a military general and politician who became Ban of Croatia in 1848. You’ll find his monument standing proudly in the middle of the square. Here, you will also find the colorful Tkalciceva Street, filled with sidewalk cafes and restaurants, as well as boutique shops.
The Upper Town
The splendid cobblestone streets, captivating historical buildings, the Upper Town is truly charming part of Zagreb. The remains of town walls and towers that surrounded the Upper Town in the medieval times are still well preserved. It is home to important governmental buildings including the Parliament House and the Constitutional Court of Croatia and some of Zagreb’s top attractions.
The Lotrscak Tower
A fortified tower located in the Upper town, built in the 13th century to guard the southern gate of the Gradec town wall.
Every day, for over hundred and ten years, the cannon fires from the top of tower Lotrščak exactly at noon to give the sign for the bell-ringers of the city's churches.
Stone gate (Kamenita vrata)
The Stone Gate is the last remaining medieval gate in the city and it is the main entry into the Upper Town. In 1731 a fire destroyed much of the Upper Town, burning all the houses to the ground. At that time the Gates displayed a painting of the Mother of God, which was miraculously undamaged by that fire. To commemorate the event, grateful citizens built a chapel within the arch of the old Stone Gate.
St. Mark’s Church
One of the oldest Gothic buildings in the city dating from the 13th century, St. Mark’s Church is Zagreb’s iconic building due to its brightly colored tiled roof. On the roof, you will see the medieval coat of arms of Croatia, Dalmatia and Slavonia on the left side, and the emblem of Zagreb on the right.
Museum of Broken relationship
Devoted to break-ups. You will fascinating collections of donated personal objects and artifacts from old lovers and partners around the world, accompanied by details of the failed relationship. It received Europe's most innovative museum award in 2011.
Cathedral of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Cathedral is the most famous and tallest building in Zagreb. It is typically Gothic style, of great architectural value. Being the tallest building in the city, Its twin spires can be seen from many locations in the city.
Located just behind the main square, this open-air market is a great place to soak in local life. There are dazzling array of different stalls selling fresh fruit vegetables, meats, dairy products, local handicrafts and artisanal products. It is a very handy place to pick up some souvenirs. The stairway that leads off the marketplace will bring you to Optovina, the city’s main flower market.
The Lower Town is devoted to business, art and spacious parks. The elegant Viennese influences, is visible in the the Lower Town. The streets are mostly wide where most of the city’s museums are interlaced with parks, cafes and classy shops. The main shopping street, Ilica, the National Theatre, the Mimara museum, Roosevelt square , King Tomislav Square and Art Pavillion are located in the Lower Town.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
In Croatia's central region, the Plitvice Lakes National Park set in deep woodland forested hillsides, surrounding 16 emerald-blue lakes connected by a succession of thundering waterfalls, was granted UNESCO world heritage status in 1979.
The largest peninsula in the Adriatic, Istria is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Croatia and the Mediterranean. It enchants you with the beauty of its diversity, from beautiful coast, crystal clear blue sea and picturesque fishing port of the Adriatic to the abundant greenery of pure nature of Istria's hinterland, rolling hills, olive groves, truffle-filled forests and medieval towns.
In summer you can relax in the shade of centuries old pines and enjoy refreshing cocktails on beautiful Istrian beaches, whereas spring and autumn are perfect for visiting one of the many popular wellness centres or go for truffle hunting! The main towns along Istrian Peninsula are Pula, Rovinj, Rijeka, Opatija, Motovun and Hum.
Hum located deep in the hinterland of the Istrian peninsula , is known as the smallest town in the world, which is why it is one of the most attractive Istrian excursionist destinations.