Why to choose the Zagreb city ?
Zagreb , the capital of and largest city in Croatia , is a city of rich history and arts, entertainment and sports. With its attractions, beauty and organisational capabilities it is host to congresses and arts, sports and other events. This central European city is, in the true sense of the word, like a magnet attracting visitors who want to get to know its past and present - read on the streets of the Upper City, the somewhat younger, but no longer young, Lower City and those of New Zagreb.
Few European capitals have in their direct vicinity a nature park like Zagreb 's own Medvednica. Ideal for outings, recreation and rest year round, Medvednica and its highest peak, Sljeme, is as of 2005 the host of the FIS Snow Queen Trophy women's ski event. Sljeme is the place world-class women's skier Janica Kostelić took her first steps in skiing as did her brother Ivica Kostelić, also a successful skier.
Modern day Zagreb grew out of two medieval settlements that developed for centuries on to adjacent hills. Zagreb 's written history dates back as far as the year 1094 when a diocese was founded here. Zagreb 's university, established in the 17th century, is one of the oldest in Europe .
Zagreb 's theatres and concert halls have a rich repertoire. They are the stage of top local and many famed visiting artists from around the world. The wealth of life in the arts is reflected in the numerous theatre stagings, operas and operettas, concerts of contemporary, classical and jazz music and in the many festivals. The streets of Zagreb are - especially during the summer - the scene of events and performances that make it lively and particularly interesting. Zagreb has for over three decades played host to the Floraart International Flower Fair.
Zagreb is a member of many European associations of which FECT, the Federation of European Cities Tourist Offices and " Art Cities in Europe " deserve special mention. (HTZ)