The story of Zagreb begins as follows “once upon a time there were two fortified medieval towns on top of two neighbouring hills”... Today, Zagreb is the cultural, scientific, economic, political and administrative centre of Croatia, comprising almost a quarter of its entire population. Most tourists enjoy the laid-back feeling of Zagreb, with its endless coffee-sipping-and-talking in the sun-bathed cafés. Here are some things about Zagreb you might find interesting!
- Total area of 641 square kilometres with an estimated population of around 810 000 residents.
- River Sava is dividing Zagreb in two parts – old and new part of the city (also called New Zagreb).
- Mountain Medvednica guards the city in the north. You can see its majestic green hills from any corner of the city.
- Zagreb boasts most museums per capita in the world.
- Zagreb Cathedral is currently the tallest building in Croatia – 105 meters in height.
- In Zagreb you can take a ride in the shortest public-transport funicular in the world.
- Don’t worry about public transportation because 15 day- and 4 night-tram lines operate regularly.
- Zagreb is one of the three cities in Europe that still have functional gas light – 214 active gas lanterns are manually turned on in the evening and switched off in the morning by gas lamp men.
- Don’t get scared when you hear a cannon sound in the middle of the day – it is an actual cannon that fires every single day marking the noon since 1877.
- Take a walk through the green heart of Zagreb – Lenuci Horseshoe. It is a U-shaped complex consisting of seven squares and parks in the centre of Zagreb.
- Visit Maksimir, the oldest public park in South-Eastern Europe. Its big meadows, several creeks and five lakes are home to various plant and animal species.
- Don’t get chills if someone recommends you to go to Zagreb’s cemetery. Mirogoj is a beautiful park and an art gallery of sculptures by famous Croatian artists. It is especially spectacular in autumn when the outer wall is covered by beautiful leaves that change colours daily.
- Zagreb is becoming the hotspot of incredible street art, so you can find beautiful artworks in the streets of Zagreb.
- Zagreb coffee culture reaches its peak every Saturday morning when the social phenomenon called špica occurs. Instead of sleeping in, locals dress up and head downtown to go for a walk through the city centre and meet for a coffee with friends.