Discover Zagreb the perfect short break destination
The Croatian city is Europe’s newest must see capital city. Located by Mount Medvenica, Zagreb offers an eclectic mix of styles and culture, perfect for a memorable short break holiday.
They city’s blend of Austro-Hungarian heritage and Mediterranean lifestyle is sure to delight all visitors with its glorious architecture, diverse food on offer, cultural scene, summer festivals and rich heritage.
Divided into Upper Town and Lower Town, separated by Europe’s shortest Funicular, the city has striking, colourful buildings which line cobbled streets; in the Upper Town many are still lit by gas lamps. The wide open spaces and grand buildings are home to the National Theatre (great value opera), various universities and museums.
Compact and yet with some beautiful green spaces, Zagreb is a walkable city. From your hotel you can discover a variety of museums, including the famous Museum of Broken Relationships, or recent additions including the Museum of Illusions.
Lovers of architecture can marvel at the grand buildings designed by various architects who have left their mark on cities like Vienna and Budapest. In contrast, the streets of Upper Town lead you to a hidden café or courtyard and in the same neighbourhood the impressive and famous Saint Mark’s Church is known for its coloured tiled roof depicting the coat of arms of Croatia and Triune Kingdom of Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia.
Throughout summer and into September, characters from Zagreb’s past come to life during the Zagreb Time Machine extravaganza. Across seven locations including the majestic main square, old traditions are revived as historical figures wander. Street performers, promenade concerts and lots of dancing offering a glimpse into times gone by.
Culinary lovers can will rejoice as Zagreb’s fusion of Western Europe and Mediterranean cuisine offers something to tempt all palates. In the morning, wander through Dolac market where local producers set up shop under bright red umbrellas selling only the freshest local fruits, vegetables, cheese, jams and oils, perfect for a picnic in one of the parks that make up the city’s Green Horseshoe. Or take advantage of discounts at some of Zagreb’s top restaurants during the annual Restaurant Week event in early October.
Shoppers will like what Zagreb has to offer. Lower Town is home to some of the best boutique shopping in Croatia. As this historical home of the Cravat and modern day tie, a visit to a local tie shop is a must, complemented by a stop at one of the traditional hat shops in the heart of the city. Fans of all the labels will also be catered for, with many international brands on sale in larger stores.
Not to be missed in Zagreb, is a visit to the elegant five star Hotel Esplanade for a cocktail. As the place to be seen in Zagreb, the hotel is one of the oldest in the city, originally built to accommodate passengers stopping overnight in the city from the Orient Express. Its grand entrance way and elegant bar is the perfect way to toast the end of your holiday.
Just a short two hour flight from London, come join us in Zagreb!
For more information about Zagreb please visit www.infozagreb.hr