Described as a little Vienna, Croatia’s capital Zagreb is a mishmash of elegant Austro-Hungarian buildings and cobbled medieval streets just waiting to be explored. Often overlooked by tourists who prefer to sun themselves on Croatia’s stunning beaches,
Zagreb is a great choice for a city break destination with a difference. Think beautiful squares packed with Art Noveau and Baroque buildings, parks full of locals soaking up the summer sun and an atmosphere that combines a mix of Balkan and Central European cultures. And even though it has all the beauty of Prague and Budapest, it doesn’t quite have the reputation – yet – meaning you’ll be able to explore to your heart’s content, minus the tourist crowds.
Natura Croatica. Croatia boasts a superb food and drink scene, and provenance is a serious business. Head here for natural/organic goodies that make for an ideal picnic (Preradovi?eva ul. 8, tel 01 485 5076).
Trg Ban Jelacica - The city's main square is a great place to just relax and take Zagreb's pulse, so recline in a pavement café and watch the crowds breeze on and off the busy trams. The main tourist office is handily here too.
You won't see much evidence of the 1990s war in Zagreb, but head south down the motorway to Karlovac and the scars are all too evident. Nearby Turanj has the country's most striking war museum.
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