Official language: Croatian
Time zone: UTC+2 (summer), UTC+1 (winter)
Currency: Kuna (HRK)
Legends says that when tired warriors were marching through the city, just by the fountain Manduševac in the Lower Town, a charming girl was standing and drawing (zagrebala) water to give it to newcomers.
One of the most visited museums in Croatia is located in Zagreb. It was opened in 1954. You can see there operating steam engine from the 19th century, historic trains and cars.
If you travel with kid, step by the zoo close to park Maksimir, that is operating there since 1925. Today nearly 200 animals live there, representatives of nearly 300 species.
Though Zagreb lies on plateau, its old town is divided into Lower and Upper parts. Between them you can move via built in 1888 uspinjača, which is a cabin moving on rails down or up. Journey lasts merely a minute, but it is an extraordinary experience. Of course two levels are also connected with stairs.
In Upper Town start sightseeing from Trg sv. Mark, which makes impression of centre of a small town. Take a closer look at roof of the church of St. Mark, where there is colourful coat of arms of Croatia. On two sides of the church there is the parliament and premises of government and president of the country. If you happen to be there in the evening, make sure to wait till twilight. You will see how street lights are lighted.
Do you fancy some activity? Go by the lake Jarun in the city’s centre. It was created after yet another flooding from the local river Sava. Jarun is not only an opportunity to cool down by water, but also a great spot for practicing water sports. You can rent there canoe, boat, pedal boat or try your skills in diving.
Do you prefer to get very exhausted in Croatian heat? Take a tram that will give you a ride to the feet of the mountain range north from the city. To the mountain Medvednica, that has 1030 metres above the sea level, there is leading an asphalt path, but close by there are also demarcated pedestrian routes. It is worth to take a map with you, since denotations in upper parts of mountains can be unclear.
Citizens of Zagreb go for groceries shopping mostly to Dolac square in the Lower Town. You can get there the most tasty, growing in the sun tomatoes, full of flavour vegetables, fresh fishes and bread from local bakeries. If you get really hungry, in town houses on the square’s sides there are many eateries with tasty, local cuisine. Try kobasice domaće, home-made sausages or cevapczici – barbecued meat balls.