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    Zagreb is an old Central European city. For centuries it has been a focal point of culture and science, and now of commerce and industry as well. It lies on the intersection of important routes between the Adriatic coast and Central Europe.

    When the Croatian people achieved their independence in 1991, Zagreb became a capital - a political and administrative centre for the Republic of Croatia. Zagreb is also the hub of the business, academic, cultural, artistic and sporting worlds in Croatia. Many famed scientists, artists and athletes come from the city, or work in it. Zagreb can offer its visitors the Baroque atmosphere of the Upper Town, picturesque open-air markets, diverse shopping facili­ties, an abundant selection of crafts and a choice vernacular cuisine. Zagreb is a city of green parks and walks, with many places to visit in the beautiful surroundings. The city will enter into the third millennium with a population of one million. In spite of the rapid development of the economy and transportation, it has retained its charm, and a relaxed feeling that makes it a genuinely human city.


    northern Croatia, on the Sava River, 170 km from the Adriatic Sea
    45° 10' N, 15° 30' E
    situated 122 m above sea level


    Central-european time (GMT+1)
    Climate and Weather:
    continental climate
    average summer temperature: 20° C
    average winter temperature: 1° C


    779,145 (2001)
    Surface area:
    650 sq. km.


    The University
    10 theatres
    21 museums
    14 galleries
    12 art collections


    Zagreb offers a vast number of museums and galleries to suit all interests.
    The treasures of history are kept and exhibited in the museums of Zagreb. Apart from objects related to the history of the city, the Zagreb museums and art collections possess exhibits from the whole world round of very considerable historical and artistic value. Things of particular rarity are the Zagreb Mummy with the world's longest text in Etruscan, and the remains of Neanderthal prehistoric man (homo Krapinensis).

    The 66 metre long funicular in Zagreb is the shortest cable car in the world, which the citizens of Zagreb have been using since 1890 to go between the Upper and Lower Towns. Today it is a protected cultural monument and one of the most interesting attractions for many tourists.