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.
Zagreb is the capital of the Republic of Croatia
Population: 779 145 (2001)
Area: 641 km2
Altitude: Zrinjevac 122m, Grič 158m, Sljeme 1035m
Climate: continental – average summer temperature 20˚, average winter temperature 1˚
Time zone: Central European Time
International phone code: Croatia +385; Zagreb (0)1
Currency: kuna (kn)
Distances to: Vienna 370 km, Budapest 350 km, Venice 380 km, Dubrovnik 600 km, Paris 1,400 km, London 1,600 km.
Source: Zagreb Tourist Board