Welcome to Zagreb, the capital city of the Republic of Croatia.
Zagreb is an old Central European city.
The city of Zagreb, capital of Croatia, on the historic and political threshold between East and West, illustrates both the continental and Mediterranean spirit of the nation it spearheads. Zagreb is the cultural, scientific, economic, political and administrative centre of the Republic of Croatia, and is home to the Croatian Parliament, Government and President. Its favourable location between the Pannonian plain, the edge of the Alps and the Dinaric range has allowed it to become a crossing point for mass international communication.
The city is protected from the cold northern winds by the mountain of Medvednica and opens up to the rest of the world thanks to a spacious plain and the Sava river. Zagreb, with a population of nearly one million, contains almost a quarter of the entire population of Croatia. Over the centuries, the city was inhabited by people coming from all over Europe; and, in recent years, by people coming from different parts of Croatia, ensuring a rich cultural life. Zagreb is a safe city whose doors are always open; a city with a tumultuous history teeming with interesting personalities; a city that warmly invites all those who wish to get to know it, and a city that will surely fulfill your expectations. In this city, you can easily meet remarkable people, make new friends and enjoy special moments.
The façades of Zagreb’s buildings reflect the ebb and flow of history, while its streets and squares bear witness to the coming together of the many cultures that have shaped the identity of this laid-back capital.
Licitars are colorfully decorated biscuits made of sweet honey dough that are part of Croatia's cultural heritage. They are a traditional symbol of the Croatian capital of Zagreb. They are used as an ornamental gift and the souvenir. In 2010, UNESCO added the Gingerbread craft from Northern Croatia to the "Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage" for Croatian culture.
It is located in the northwest of the country, along the Sava river, at the southern slopes of the Medvednica mountain. Zagreb lies at an elevation of approximately 122 m (400 ft) above sea level.
Zagreb metropolitan area population is slightly above 1.1 million inhabitants and it makes approximately a quarter of a total population of Croatia. The transport connections, concentration of industry, scientific, and research institutionsand industrial tradition underlie its leading economic position in Croatia.
Zagreb is the seat of the central government, administrative bodies, and almost all government ministries. Almost all of the largest Croatian companies, media, and scientific institutions have their headquarters in the city.
Zagreb is the most important transport hub in Croatia where Central Europe, the Mediterranean and Southeast Europe meet, making the Zagreb area the centre of the road, rail and air networks of Croatia. It is a city known for its diverse economy, high quality of living, museums, sporting, and entertainment events.
Major international road routes are:
Like all major cities in the world, Zagreb has an airport nearby. Just 17 km from the centre, 20-25 minutes by car, the modern Pleso Airport will offer you all the necessary facilities and services, whether you’re a local or a tourist, so your journey through our city can start and end pleasantly.
Located in the vicinity of Velika Gorica, Pleso Airport is a centre for every renowned airline, numerous rent-a-car offices, and restaurants. It has a large and secure parking lot, which adds to your comfort and makes your stay in our city carefree.
Back in 1890, when construction started on Zagreb's Main Railway Station, it wasn't just an ordinary construction, but the realization of an architectural vision from which arose a 200-meter-long neoclassicist building, full of sculptures and decorations, and which is now a protected cultural heritage of Croatia and a symbol of Zagreb’s architectural legacy.
Beside its primary function, receiving passengers, the Main Railway Station, like all modern stations, offers other amenities to modern travelers: cloakroom, seat reservation office, information booth, money exchange, restaurants, advertizing, lost and found office and car transport by rail.
The bus terminal is on Marin Držić Avenue, and it’s only a few minutes away from Ban Josip Jelačić Square by tram (line 6).