The City of Zagreb, capital of Croatia, located on the historic and political threshold between East and West Europe, illustrates both the continental and Mediterranean spirit, joining them into a new and exciting culture. Zagreb is cultural, scientific, economic, political and administrative centre of the Republic of Croatia and home to the Croatian Parliament, the Government and the President.
Baroque mansions and churches were built in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Jesuit order built St. Catherine’s Church that is considered one of the best-preserved examples of Baroque ecclesiastical splendour.
A favourable placement of the City towards the plain allowed its free growth and it expanded rapidly towards the Sava River. The development of industrial production, trade, traffic and banking strongly influenced the look of the City in the second half of the 19th century.
From Ban Jelačić Square, Praška Street leads to a series of squares – parks that represent Zagreb's version of Vienna's Ring road. The so called „Green horseshoe“ is a U-shaped park with all the important and representative buildings of civil culture. The relation between greenery, architecture of public buildings, fountains and pavilions was carefully planned.
The yellow facades and the trees of wild chestnuts reminisce of Croatia's membership in the dual Austro-Hungarian monarchy.
A few European cities have such favourable geographic position as Zagreb – only over an hour away from the sea, at the foot of the ski resort where the world cup takes place in the winter, and only four hours from the two European capitals - Vienna and Budapest.
Today, Zagreb is a modern and multicultural European city, the strong economic and tourist centre that offers a good quality of life to its citizens.