39 Facts About Zagreb


Zagreb is a city with a rich history dating from Roman times.

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The name "Zagreb" is recorded in 1134, in reference to the foundation of the settlement at Kaptol in 1094.

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Zagreb has special status as a Croatian administrative division and is a consolidated city-county, and is administratively subdivided into 17 city districts.

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Zagreb is considered a global city with a Beta-rating from the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.

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Zagreb is the seat of the central government, administrative bodies, and almost all government ministries.

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Zagreb is the most important transport hub in Croatia where Central Europe, the Mediterranean and Southeast Europe meet, making the Zagreb area the centre of the road, rail and air networks of Croatia.

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Oldest settlement located near today's Zagreb was a Roman town of Andautonia, now Scitarjevo, which existed between the 1st and the 5th century AD.

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The first recorded appearance of the name Zagreb is dated to 1094, at which time the city existed as two different city centers: the smaller, eastern Kaptol, inhabited mainly by clergy and housing Zagreb Cathedral, and the larger, western Gradec, inhabited mainly by craftsmen and merchants.

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Zagreb became Croatian capital in 1557, with city being chosen as the seat of the Ban of Croatia in 1621 under ban Nikola IX Frankopan.

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From 1945 until 1990, Zagreb was the capital of the Socialist Republic of Croatia, one of the six constituent socialist republics of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

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Climate of Zagreb is classified as an oceanic climate, but with significant continental influences and very closely bordering on a humid continental climate as well as a humid subtropical climate .

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Wider Zagreb area has been continuously inhabited since the prehistoric period, as witnessed by archaeological findings in the Veternica cave from the Paleolithic and excavation of the remains of the Roman Andautonia near the present village of Scitarjevo.

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Zagreb is by far the largest city in Croatia in terms of area and population.

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In 1997, the City of Zagreb itself was given special County status, separating it from Zagreb County, although it remains the administrative centre of both.

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Zagreb is the capital of the Republic of Croatia, its political center and the center of various state institutions.

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Current mayor of Zagreb is Tomislav Tomasevic, elected in the 2021 Zagreb local elections, the second round of which was held on 30 May 2021.

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Zagreb Assembly is composed of 51 representatives, elected in the 2021 Zagreb local elections.

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Zagreb Assembly is composed of 51 representatives, elected in the 2021 Zagreb local elections.

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City Assembly is the representative body of the citizens of the City of Zagreb elected for a four-year term on the basis of universal suffrage in direct elections by secret ballot using proportional system with d'Hondt method in a manner specified by law.

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Zagreb is an important tourist center, not only in terms of passengers traveling from the rest of Europe to the Adriatic Sea, but as a travel destination itself.

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Zagreb is famous for its award-winning Christmas market that had been named the one in Europe for three years in a row by European Best Destinations.

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Capital is known for its top Restaurants in Zagreb that offer more than traditional Croatian food and classic dishes.

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Zagreb's offerings include crystal, china and ceramics, wicker or straw baskets, and top-quality Croatian wines and gastronomic products.

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Notable Zagreb souvenirs are the tie or cravat, an accessory named after Croats who wore characteristic scarves around their necks in the Thirty Years' War in the 17th century and the ball-point pen, a tool developed from the inventions by Slavoljub Eduard Penkala, an inventor and a citizen of Zagreb.

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Many Zagreb restaurants offer various specialties of national and international cuisine.

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Zagreb's museums reflect the history, art, and culture not only of Zagreb and Croatia, but of Europe and the world.

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Museum of the City of Zagreb was established in 1907 by the Association of the Braca Hrvatskog Zmaja.

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Zagreb has been, and is, hosting some of the most popular mainstream artists, in the past few years their concerts held the Rolling Stones, U2, Eric Clapton, Deep Purple, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Roger Waters, Depeche Mode, Prodigy, Beyonce, Nick Cave, Jamiroquai, Manu Chao, Massive Attack, Metallica, Snoop Dogg, Lady Gaga, Duran Duran as well as some of world most recognised underground artists such as Dimmu Borgir, Sepultura, Melvins, Mastodon and many more.

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The Croatian National Theater in Zagreb was built in 1895 and opened by emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria.

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Hippodrome Zagreb offers recreational horseback riding opportunities, while horse races are held every weekend during the warmer part of the year.

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In year 2021 Zagreb was the host city of Croatia Rally, round three of 2021 World Rally Championship.

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Archdiocese of Zagreb is a metropolitan see of the Catholic Church in Croatia, serving as its religious center.

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The Catholic Church is the largest religious organisation in Zagreb, Catholicism being the predominant religion of Croatia, with over 1.

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Zagreb is the Episcopal see of the Metropolitanate of Zagreb and Ljubljana of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

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Zagreb is an international trade and business centre, as well as an essential transport hub placed at the crossroads of Central Europe, the Mediterranean and the Southeast Europe.

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A3 forms a part of the Pan-European Corridor X The highway starts at the Bregana border crossing, bypasses Zagreb forming the southern arch of the Zagreb bypass, and ends at Lipovac near the Bajakovo border crossing.

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Zagreb has an extensive tram network with 15 day and 4 night lines covering much of the inner- and middle-suburbs of the city.

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Zagreb has 136 primary schools and 100 secondary schools including 30 gymnasia.

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Zagreb is the seat of two private universities: the Catholic University of Croatia and the Libertas International University; as well as numerous public and private polytechnics, colleges, and higher professional schools.

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