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Croatia

 

The republic of Croatia is a European parliamentary state and part of European political and cultural history. It is classified as one of the medium sized European countries such as Denmark, Slovakia or Switzerland. Croatia is a peaceful country, and one that is respectful towards its guests.

Zagreb

The historical part of the city to the north of Ban Jelačić Square is composed of the two twin - or rather rival - medieval towns, Gornji Grad and Kaptol. These two fortified, hilltop towns gave rise to the Croatian capital. Today urban complex of churches, palaces, museums, galleries and government buildings are popular spots for the tourists from all around the world on their sightseeing tours. The historic district can be reached on foot, starting from Jelačić Square, the center of Zagreb, or by a funicular on nearby Tomićeva Street.

The present-day appearance of Zagreb owes most to the rapid growth of the nineteenth century, and many of the city's buildings are grand, peach-coloured monuments to the self-esteem of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Outwardly, at least, Zagreb still shares the refined urban culture of Mitteleuropa – public transport is well organized, the streets are clean, the parks impeccably manicured – but behind the city's genteel facade teems a complex blend of central European, Mediterranean and Balkan cultures.

Zagreb is an important tourist center, not only in terms of passengers travelling from Western and Central Europe to the Adriatic Sea, but also as a travel destination itself. Since the end of the war, it has attracted millions of visitors annually. However, the city has even greater potential as many tourists that visit Croatia skip Zagreb in order to visit the beaches along the Croatian Adriatic coast and old historic cities such as Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, Pula...