Zagreb, the capital of Croatia is a buzzing place. This could quite possibly be from all the coffee consumed in the cities vast café scene!
The history of Zagreb dates back to Roman times and the city is divided into an upper level (Gornji Grad) and lower level (Donji Grad). As you wander the city streets you can not help but notice they are dotted with beautiful architecture from cathedrals to theatres, museums, old homes (even if a bit battered and covered in graffiti) and more.
During my recent visit the city streets, markets and Ban Jelačić Square were always busy and every café was full. The main square is named after Count Josip Jelačić who ruled Croatia from 1848 to 1859 and features a central statue of him mounted on a magnificent steed (Ban was a noble title used in central and south-eastern Europe between the 7th and 20th centuries).
Zagreb is a great place for people watching and viewing day-to-day life as it passes by. Although it may not have all the sights and wonders of other European cities, it is a place you should visit when in Croatia as it’s coastal equivalents are very, very different in vibe and style.