Zagreb, Croatia

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Welcome to one of the most beautiful cities in Central Europe, Zagreb! Although located in a country plagued by war, it offers safety, a strong history, and many tourism destinations. It is considered to be "the focal point of culture and science, and now of commerce and industry as well" in Croatia.

Originally a "suburb of the ancient Roman town of Andautonia", the Mongols invaded it in 1242. It became an important city of Croatia and Slovenia, which at the present time were provinces of Hungary, in the later part of the 13th century. In the 19th century, when Croatia was fighting for independence, Zagreb became an integral part of the nationalist movement. It became the capital of the Croatian Republic of Yugoslavia in 1945. When, in 1992, Croatia became and independent state, Zagreb remained as the capital.

Zagreb has three major regions. The Upper Town, Gornji grad, is over one thousand years old. It contains most of the city's museums, galleries and churches. It is also the home of the Presidential Palace, Banski Dvori, and Sabor, the Parliament. The Lower Town, Dolnji grad, mostly developed in the 1900's, is home to most restaurants, cafes, theatres, parks, shopping, and more importantly the nightlife. Of least interest to tourist would be Novi Zagreb, which hosts many skyscrapers and nothing of major interest .

Zagreb is called "a city of museums as there are more of them per square foot than any other city in the world". Some of these are the "Strossmayer Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Ethnographic Museum, and the Mimara museum which, with almost 4,000 priceless objects, is one of the finest art galleries in Europe." Other interesting artifacts located in Zagreb are the "longest piece of writing in ancient Etruscan, and the remains of the Krapina prehistoric man."

The main square in the city is Trg Bana Jelacica. Once there all sights are within walking...
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