Dis­cover Za­greb the per­fect short break des­ti­na­tion

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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

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