Welcome to Zagreb, the capital city of the Republic of Croatia. Zagreb is an old Central European city. For centuries it has been a focal point of culture and science, and now of commerce and industry as well. It lies on the intersection of important routes between the Adriatic coast and Central Europe.
When the Croatian people achieved their independence in 1991, Zagreb became a capital - a political and administrative centre for the Republic of Croatia. Zagreb is also the centre of the business, academic, cultural, artistic and sporting worlds in Croatia. Many famed scientists, artists and athletes come from the city, or work in it. Zagreb can offer its visitors the Baroque atmosphere of the Upper Town, picturesque open-air markets, diverse shopping facilities, an abundant selection of crafts and a choice vernacular cuisine. Zagreb is a city of green parks and walks, with many places to visit in the beautiful surroundings. In spite of the rapid development of the economy and transportation, it has retained its charm, and a relaxed feeling that makes it a genuinely human city.
Facts and Figures
northern Croatia, on the Sava River, 170 km from the Adriatic Sea
45° 10' N, 15° 30' E situated 122 m above sea level
Central-european time (GMT+1)
Population: 790.017 (2011.)
Surface area: 650 sq. km.
Continental average summer temperature: 20 ° C
Average winter temperature: 1 ° C
The University, 19 theatres, 24 museums, 65 galleries and art collections
The museum called the "Art Collection of Ante and Wiltrud Topic Mimara" or the Mimara Museum, was founded with a donation from Ante "Mimara" Topic and opened to the public in 1987. It is located in a neo-Renaissance palace from the end of the 19th century. The holdings comprise 3,750 works of art of various techniques and materials, and different cultures and civilizations. There are about 450 pictures and drawings of famed masters of various school (Raphael, Velasquez, Rubens, Rembrant, Goya). Then there are about 200 sculptures from antiquity to 20th century, and archeological rarities from ancient Greece and Egypt.
Museum of Contemporary Art
The Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art was founded in 1954 with the aim of following, documenting, and promoting events, styles, and phenomena in contemporary art. Since its very beginnings, its goal has been to assemble a relevant collection and to operate in accordance with modern principles of museology, catering to the needs of our times. Referring to the tradition of functionalist architecture, Igor Franic planned a building that would stand on a major traffic route which is an important link between Zagreb’s historical centre and its new districts across the Sava River.
Zagreb City Museum
The Museum was established in 1907 by the Association of the Braca Hrvatskog Zmaja. It is located in a restored monumental complex (Popov toranj, the Observatory, Zakmardi Granary) of the former Convent of the Poor Clares, of 1650. The Museum deals with topics from the cultural, artistic, economic and political history of the city in a span from Roman finds until the modern period. The holdings comprise 75,000 items arranged systematically into collections of artistic and use objects characteristic of the city and its history. Since 1991. the Museum has had an a archeological collection with items found in research.
The Technical Museum was founded in 1954. The museum's holdings comprise more than 6,000 items from Croatia and abroad. The energy conversion selection shows how various kind of energy are obtained and converted. The transportation section shows the development of all kinds of transport, and the drive machines unit has the oldest machine in this part of Europe. The geology, mining and petrol section deals with the phases in which the materials are created and how they are extracted. Models of the first artificial satellites, orbital stations and spacecraft make up the Astronautics Collection.
Hrvatsko narodno kazalište
In 1895, when the Emperor Franz Joseph II opened Zagreb’s baroque temple of art with the sound of a silver hammer, that moment truly proved to be an exceptional event not only for the Croatian actors at the time but also for the city’s inhabitants.
More than one century later, the classy feel that locals and city guests sense when standing in front of this neo-baroque building and its gorgeous interior, is still preserved today. The stage, on which many drama, ballet and opera shows have been held matched, makes this masterpiece a top pick for organizing congress meetings, promotional events that will provide for a memorable experience.
ZOO vrt Zagreb
In the finest part of the Maksimir park, by the Down lake in 1925 the Zoo was arranged. Its founder and first head was professor Mijo Filipovic, natural scientist and lover of animal world.
Today the surface of 7 ha displays animal from all meridians and parallels.
The Zagreb Zoo is among middle size zoos in Europe.