According to DigoPaul, Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and by far the largest city with just over 800,000 inhabitants. The city has a rich history that stretches back many centuries, which today is reflected through cathedrals, historic buildings and monuments. The city also has a wonderful inland nature, and can also be visited in winter where you climb the entire city’s downhill slope which is less than 20 minutes from the center.
Croatia and Zagreb have four defined seasons, with hot and dry summers and cold and dry winters. Therefore, most tourists visit the city in the summer, when the temperatures often climb up to 25 degrees and well so. In winter there is usually snow, and very few people visit the city then unless you have a special purpose.
Recommended hotels in Zagreb
- Hotel Esplanade Zagreb-Very nice five star hotel right in the heart of Zagreb. Venerable and nice facilities with a high standard. The hotel also has its own recommended spa. Extremely good feedback from guests.
- Livris Hotel- First-class hotel with modern, bright and attractive rooms. Free breakfast included.
- Best Western Premier Hotel Astoria– Very good hotel in a central and convenient location in Zagreb. Good standard and free breakfast. The hotel receives good feedback from Norwegian guests.
Travel to Zagreb
Getting to Zagreb is often a long journey, as it can be difficult to find direct flights there from Oslo Airport. This means that you have to set aside at least 4-5 hours for the trip, even if the distance is not really that long. The official currency in Croatia and Zagreb is the Croatian kuna. A kuna corresponds to almost the same as a Norwegian krone.
The price level in Zagreb will for Norwegians be perceived as “medium”. By that we mean that it is relatively cheaper, but there are both cheaper and more expensive destinations in Europe. You can eat well and do various activities here without having to pay for the shirt. Zagreb is also considered a safe city to travel in as a tourist. It is not recommended to drink tap water, but brushing is fine.
Hotels and restaurants in Zagreb
Zagreb has many hotels in the downtown area that vary in both price and standard. If you want it, it is not a problem to get cheap accommodation, but it will probably be at the expense of the location. Some of the large, international hotel chains are also located in the city with luxury hotels.
Croatian cuisine is hardly well known to most Norwegians, but people do not go hungry in Zagreb for that reason. In fact, it is very cheap to eat out here, and one can enjoy everything from steak to seafood or Asian at the many different restaurants. In the downtown area, they are closest to each other, and you will be able to turn on the big drum with a three-course menu and good drinks without ruining yourself.
Attractions in Zagreb
Zagreb is a rich and modern city with an exciting history. In summer it is also a lush city, where you can just enjoy the time in the pleasant streets while visiting the tourist attractions.
We are the first to admit that we are not sure how to pronounce the name of this street, but what we are sure of is that it is well worth a visit! Here you will find cozy restaurants, cafes and pubs and the street is thus a perfect place to enjoy a coffee or something cold to drink. This is one of the most popular streets in Zagreb, so you may want to be in place here before 8pm if you have not reserved a table.
Cathedral and Zagreb
What is a visit to a European capital without stopping by a cathedral? Zagreb Cathedral is the tallest building in the city and has a central location right in the city center. It is built in a Gothic style and is a powerful building that most tourists want to see when they visit the Croatian capital.
Floral Square (Petar Preradovic Square)
A unique meeting place for both locals and tourists is Floral Square, popularly known as Petar Preradovic Square. It is a large, open space in the center of the city, where restaurants and cafes are located next door. Perfect for enjoying a coffee while watching the bustling crowds during the summer months.
Jarun Lake is a giant lake located right in the center of Zagreb, and is the place where you can enjoy beautiful nature. Here you can do everything from rowing to kayaking and sailing, or rural activities such as rollerblading. There are also many cafes and nightclubs, so there is always a bustling crowd around Jarun Lake in the summer.