Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb is the capital of the Republic of Croatia. It is also the country’s largest city as well as its economic, cultural, sporting, cinematic, and governmental hub. Located on the Medvednica Mountain’s southern slopes along the Sava River banks, the city has played an important role in the life of the country.

Zagreb is the capital of the Republic of Croatia. It is also the country’s largest city as well as its economic, cultural, sporting, cinematic, and governmental hub. Located on the Medvednica Mountain’s southern slopes along the Sava River banks, the city has played an important role in the life of the country.


Culturally, Zagreb is a very traditional and very old European city. It has many historical monuments that tell visitors the story of its long history. For many years Zagreb has been the economic gateway that connects the Western and Central Europe through the Adriatic Sea – thanks to its favorable geographic location on the Pannonian Basin.

Geographically, the city is divided into three parts: the upper town, the lower town, and the new Zagreb. The upper town composes of the Gonji grad, which is already a thousand years old. Here, one will find the Presidential Palace, the Croatian Parliament, and many of the galleries and museums in the city. The lower town is where the 19th century Donji grad is situated. Most of the theaters, parks, shops, restaurants, and cafes in the city are found here. The new Zagreb, also called the Novi Zagreb, is a modern post-war area where many high-rise buildings erect.

Etymology

The city’s name came from different stories and myths, but the truest interpretation was that it coming from an Italian name, “Zagabria”. This theory tells of a rich Venetian daughter who fell in love with a Hungarian who is also rich. The two got married and resided close to St. Gabriel Abbey; the saint’s Venetian dialectal name is Za Gabria, which later on became Zagreb.

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Demographics

Zagreb is Croatia’s largest city, with most people living in the city proper. In 2006, the city saw a balloon of its population from 77,145 people in its 2011 census to 804,900 (and counting!). Majority of the locals are Croats, making up 92% of its population. Ethnic minorities include Serbs, Bosniaks, Muslims, Albanians, Slovenes, Roma, Macedonians, and Montenegrins.

Climate

There is a continental climate in Zagreb, with four distinct seasons. The extreme ones happen during summers and winters, where the city gets very hot and very cold, respectively.