The Croatian National Tourist Board has divided Croatia into six distinct tourist regions, and Zagreb is one of these six regions.
Zagreb is the capital and largest city in Croatia, and also one of the largest cities in South-Eastern Europe by both area and population size. For the year 2018, the estimated population was well over 800,000 for the city proper, and 1.1 million for the whole Zagreb urban area. This means that roughly one quarter of the country’s total population live here.
Zagreb has a distinct flair of Central European city life to it, making it in many regards similar to cities such as Prague and Budapest. The old town on the hill is well-preserved and includes many beautiful examples of architecture from centuries past. North of Ban Jelačić Square you’ll find a medieval urban complex of palaces and churches, and buildings that today houses museums and galleries.
Zagreb is not just an important tourist destination in itself; it also functions as transport hub for visitors on their way to the Adriatic Sea. Data show that roughly one million foreigners arrive here each year, chiefly from Austria, Germany and Italy.
Examples of recurring cultural events in Zagreb
An annual documentary film festival in Zagreb, established in 2005. The festival, which is organized by a Zagreb-based film production company called Factum, is usually held in February.
Festival of the Zagreb Philharmonic
Zagreb has a renowned philharmonic orchestra and this festival is a great chance to enjoy their musical performances.
The World Festival of Animated Films takes place in Zagreb every even-numbered year.
An international festival for avant-garde music is held in Zagreb every odd-numbered year.
This is an exhibition of flowers and floral art that takes place in late May or early June.
The oldest Croatian pop-musical festival.
The Day of the City of Zagreb
This day is celebrated with various festivities on 16 November each year. The focal point for the celebrations is the lake Jarun near the southwestern part of the city.
Museum of the City of Zagreb
Museum of the City of Zagreb is located in Opatička Street, in a restored monumental complex of a former Poor Clares Convent. This museum exhibits various aspects of the city’s long and illustrious history, including culture, economy and politics, from the days of the Romans to the modern era.
Croatian Natural History Museum
Among other things, this museum hold one of the world’s most notable collections of Neanderthal remains and tools. They come from a site located near Krapina in northern Croatia.
The Archaeological museum in Zagreb houses approximately 400,000 artifacts and monuments. Not all of them are Croatian; there is for instance a lot of Egyptian artifacts here, including a mummy that was purchased from Alexandria and ended up in Zagreb in the 19th century. The bandages on this mummy are adorned with the world’s oldest surviving Etruscan inscription.
This is the most comprehensive collection of paintings, sculptures and drawings made by 19th and 20th century Croatian artists. The museum is located in the Vranyczany Palace, overlooking the Zrinjevac Park in the city center. There is also a secondary gallery at Margaretska 3.