The Essence of Zagreb: Unveiling the Best of Croatia's Capital

The Essence of Zagreb: Unveiling the Best of Croatia's Capital



A rich history

What is now the heart of Croatia and its biggest city by a large margin, has a rich history dating back all the way to Roman times. Where the great city of Zagreb now sits, there was once a Roman settlement. Still the first true recording of the name of Zagreb was in 1094. At that point Zagreb was nowhere near the united bustling city it is today, it was two separate medieval settlements, Gradec and Kaptol. These two neighboring villages did not originally get along, not only that but there were frequent conflicts between the two sides. So much so that a notorious bridge between Gradec and Kaptol became known as the Bloody Bridge. Over time the two sides mended fences and finally became the city of Zagreb in 1850. Through its history the city went through several transformations. It was constantly evolving in its architecture and in its importance. The city's architecture was a combination of countless styles and influences, from all over the world. As time went on the city became the crossroads of both the cultural and educational revolution.

No matter what, it stands tall

One major characteristic of Zagreb and its people is their resilience. Through the years the capital city of Croatia often was the target of great misfortune. This makes it even more impressive that the city kept developing and growing, no matter what. From all the way to the 13th century, someone was attacking the area where Zagreb today lies. The Tatars, later the Hungarians, the city was always something conquering nations wanted to have. Still, they never quite had the fortune of taking over the city, no matter how hard they tried. But wars and conflicts were the least of the city's worries. The real devastation of the city started in the 17th and 18th century with a destructive fire and a plague. Still the worst came in 1880 with the great Zagreb earthquake. All of these events damaged the infrastructure of the city and cost many lives but no matter the odds Zagreb kept recovering and growing. 

The aftermath of the 1880 earthquake

A city like no other

This one of a kind city was touched by so much through its long history. From both World Wars to the Homeland war, there are countless examples of sites of historical heritage all over the city. This has all added a special kind of magic to the city, it is a perfect combination of the past and the future. Ban Jelačić square, the literal heart of the city, is the perfect example of  this. At the same time you can see truly important historical monuments and buildings while also passing by countless cafe shops, restaurants, and so many stores it boggles the mind. It is basically the Times Square of the Balkans. But that is nowhere near close to all the things one can experience in Zagreb. Just a few minutes to any side of the square can lead you into a crazy adventure. From underground tunnels, to the shortest funicular in the world and finally the Zagreb Cathedral. And that is just the city center.  A city bustling with life where the countless events never stop. 

If you truly wish to explore the best Zagreb can offer, then you have come to the right place. After this tour, you will be as close to a Zagreb local as you can be.

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