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Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and the country’s largest city. It was founded in the 17th century as a result of the merging of two cities, Kaptol and Gradec. The former appeared on the map in the 11th century, and the latter did so two centuries later. The city’s medieval architecture is well preserved, and there are still two clearly defined centres. Zagreb is perfect for those who love walking down narrow streets. The concentration of places of interest is high here, and cafes with terraces and flowers create a cosy atmosphere. Spring, when everything is in bloom, is the best time to visit. Summers are not too hot, though, with an average temperature of +21ºC.

Zagreb, with its old churches, monasteries, museums, galleries, and well-groomed parks, can impress even the most sophisticated traveller, so we recommend taking a closer look in this direction.

The most convenient way to get there is to fly. Aeroflot operates direct flights from Moscow to Zagreb (duration:about 3 hours), arriving at Zagreb Airport, which is only 10km from the city centre.

The cheapest tickets sell out quickly, so book early to get the best deals. Another way to save money is to buy a return ticket.


What to see

Start your walk in Kaptol, on the main square of the Lower Town, a historic district. The Zagreb Cathedral is located here. Its spires are visible from almost any part of the city. The Archbishop's Palace and a Franciscan monastery with the Church of St. Francis of Assisi are also part of this neighbourhood.

The Church of St. Mark is a landmark in the former Gradec area. In the course of numerous reconstructions, it has come to include Romanesque, Baroque, and Gothic elements. The Banski Dvori presidential palace is not far from the church.

If you want to learn more about the country’s history, check out the Croatian History Museum, and don’t miss the Zagreb City Museum to get familiar with the history of the city. If you’re an art lover, visit the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art. The Museum of Broken Relationships may be a touching experience, particularly for an English speaker.

There are a lot of green spaces in Zagreb. For example, Maksimir Park is the biggest park in Croatia. Here, you’ll find beautiful alleys in English landscape style, lakes, alpine gardens and even a zoo. It’s an odd thing to suggest a walk in a cemetery, but Mirogoj Cemetery is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe, a real outdoor museum, with sculptures, chapels, gates, mausoleums and ivy-covered walls.

If you prefer more traditional entertainment, such as going to restaurants, there are a lot of them in Zagreb. Most restaurants offer Croatian dishes with an Italian accent and Mediterranean charm. Reasonable prices and friendly hosts perfectly complement the delicious cuisine.