Republic of Croatia is an European country, situated on the borders of Central Europe and the Mediterranean, inhabited with 4,29 million people.
The territory of Croatia covers 56538 km2 of mainland and 31139 km2 of internal and territorial seas. Mountains, mostly the Dinaric Alps, separate the coast of the Adriatic sea from the Pannonian plains. Due to its specific geography there are excitingly different landscapes in Croatia within just a little more than a hundred kilometres.
Though a small country, Croatia has as many as 7 sights on the UNESCO Worlds Herritage List (
) and 8 national parks and 11 nature parks (
), making Croatia a unique place where rich cultural herritage meets breathtaking nature.
Croatia is a member of the European union since 2013 and the currency is the Croatian kuna.
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Zagreb is the capital of Croatia, located in the northwest of the country. Almost a quarter of Croatia's population lives in Zagreb. It is the cultural, scientific, economic, political and administrative centre of the Republic of Croatia, and also a home to the Croatian Parliament, Government and President.
The centre of modern Zagreb is Ban Jelačić Square. Built in 1641, it was designated as a place where fairs could be held. Most of the buildings around the square date from the 19th century and display a variety of architectural styles. Count Jelačić was a general in the Austrian army and governor (cro: Ban) of Croatia in the 19th century. He is celebrated as a national hero due to his commitment to providing autonomy for Croatia. Apart from his statue, count Jelačić is also found on the 20 kuna banknote.
In a short walking distance, the Upper town provides many of Zagreb’s most popular sites: the Cathedral, Dolac Market, Zagreb's most colorful downtown street Tkalčićeva, St Mark's Square, Catherine's Square, the Strossmayer Promenade.
The Lower town is located south of the Ban Jelačić Square. A convenient starting point for a walking tour of the Lower Town is Zrinjevac, arguably the most loved green square in Zagreb and an outdoor gallery of 19th- and 20th-century urban culture. It gets its name from the croatian count Nikola Šubić Zrinski who died during the heroic defence of Szigetvar, a Hungarian fortress besieged by the Ottoman Empire. Zrinjevac is the northernmost square of „Lenuci's Horshoe“, a line of eight green spaces laid out by municipal engineer Milan Lenuci in the 19th century.
Must see spots in the Lower town also include King Tomislav Square and the Main Railway Station, The Art Pavilion, Marulić Square, the Botanical Gardens, Croatian National Theatre and Marshal Tito Square.
Apart from its historical sites, Zagreb has numerous museums and galleries. For more information and instructions on Zagreb sightseeing and events visit
Public transport in Zagreb consists of trams and buses. Blue trams are somewhat of a symbol of Zagreb, and there are 15 daytime and 4 nightime lines. For more information visit the pages of the operator's site