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The Croatian capital is a city that’s on the rise again. After the terrible War of the Balkans, Zagreb and Croatia are emerging as one of the best alternative destinations in Europe. Its medieval old town reminds visitors of some of the most important cities in Central Europe, with narrow cobbled street and buildings of great architectonic value that evoke to better times. Find your apartments in Zagreb and come and discover a city that’s shining once again.
What not to miss Zagreb
In the old town of Zagreb is where most of the points of interest, bars and restaurants are. In the upper part you can find monuments such as the Stone Gate, the old gate from where you could access the city that now has become a shrine of the Virgin Mary, or the sculpture of St George (Sveti Juraj in Croatian) slaying the dragon. Also don’t miss out on the Mirogoj cemetery north of the city, a complex of great architectonic and natural beauty that’s perfect for a nice afternoon stroll (in no way morbid) and see the beautiful gravestones of some of the most prominent figures in Croatian history. The views of the city from Strossmayerovo šetalište are also something not to be missed, as isn’t the Mimara Museum, which contains thousands of works by some of the most important artists in history such as Rembrandt, Caravaggio or Velázquez.
The districts of Zagreb
The old town is divided in two parts: the upper part,Gornji Grad and the lower one, Donji Grad. All tourist interest in the city gathers in these two districts although the area that goes from there to the river Sava is where the city expanded in the 18th century, what today is known as Novi Zagreb, while west of there is Trešnjevka, a residential area. However, it’s the odl town where it’s best to rent cheap apartments in Zagreb because this is where most of the city’s beauty lies
When to visit Zagreb
Not being by the coast, Zagreb doesn’t have the same climate as Split or Dubrovnik. In general, temperatures are lower and are at about 70ºF in summer and close to 35ºF in winter. That’s why visiting the city between May and September is the best plan, as rain is not as commonplace and the sun brings a beautiful shine to the city.
Getting around Zagreb
Zagreb Airport is the most important one in the whole country and it connects the city with the whole world. Inside the city, its tram system is comfortable and easy to use. Make sure you buy a Zagreb Card during your holidays in Zagreb that will give you unlimited transport in the city for just 90 kunas (12€-$16) during 72 hours. It’s also advisable to see the city by renting a bicycle
Popular festivals in Zagreb
The International Folklore Festival takes place in June, a festival that gathers folkloric groups from Croatia and Europe that present performances, exhibitions along with music and dance. In October, don’t miss out on the Film Festival that has been growing in popularity and reputation since its inauguration in 2003.