As you set out to take a tour round Zagreb, determined to see its highlights, you’ll find that you’ll end up rather enjoying it. Sitting at one of its Viennesestyle cafés, strolling leisurely around its streets and promenading through its parks, it’s like you’re starting out on a love affair with this city and its people. And pretty soon you’ll know that this is love in its early stage, the kind that only grows stronger in time.
Zagreb is the Croatian capital, the largest city in Croatia by population. Historically, Zagreb has grown from two villages in the neighboring hills, Gradec and the Capitol, which is the heart of Zagreb, its historical center. Zagreb today is the administrative, economic, cultural, artistic and scientific center of the Croatia.
City of Zagreb is a special unique territorial, administrative and self-governing unit that has the position of county.
Archeological discoveries dating back to around 35,000 B.C. during the Stone Age have been discovered in the vicinity of present-day Zagreb while later finds show evidence of the IlIyrians' arrival in this part of Europe. The Celts later moved in from the far north, presumably in the fourth century B.C.. They were succeeded by the Romans who bulit a large urban centre called Andautonia and whose remains have been preserved in the archeological park of Ščitarjevo.
The central square of Zagreb, Ban Josip Jelačić, is the starting point for the string of urban greenery that curves in the shape of a horseshoe, Lenuzzi’s horseshoe, to be precise, named after the horticulturalist who designed and landscaped it. Starting in the centre of the city, the row of green spaces leads down to the main train station, continuing to the Botanical Gardens and ending with Marulić and Marshal Tito squares. A stroll through the open spaces is a real pleasure and a tonic for the eyes; art lovers will find real gems among the monuments, galleries and museums nestled within the flowers and greenery.
Zagreb is a treasure trove of cultural heritage with a host of museums located near each other in the greater city centre. Together, they tell a story of the cultural history of Zagreb. Let us take a stroll together through just a few of them. As we do this, let us not forget to look at the facades of the many famous buildings, visit some of the many arts galleries and enjoy a theatre performance.
Zagreb enjoys a rich cultural life. Around 30 theatres are active in the city, some with regular programmes, some occasional. Along with some 30 museums, a large number of galleries and many theatre, music and dance festivals all combine to make Zagreb a city of art. From classical to alternative, from amateur to professional, from privat to public, these different artistic outlets thehigh level of cultural awareness.