The capital of Croatia, Zagreb is the country's economic centre and gateway to Western Europe. The picturesque city is situated on the slopes of Medvednica Mountain, along the banks of the Sava River in the north of Croatia.
The core of Zagreb consists of Gornji Grad (Upper Town) and Donji Grad (Lower Town). Gradec and Kaptol form the most distinct areas of the well-preserved medieval city, while the residential area covers the southern slopes of the Medvednica Mountains.
Besides being a commercial hub, Zagreb is a popular tourist hotspot and an established international conference destination. Not only does it have a history dating back nearly a thousand years, but it also enjoys the efficient infrastructure expected from a modern European capital. But tourist attractions in Zagreb are largely from the past, ranging from the Palaeolithic Veternica Cave through to the vestiges of Roman culture and a fascinating medieval old town.
Alongside the city's abundant monuments, museums and galleries, visitors will also find that Zagreb has its fair share of high-end shops, top-quality restaurants, and modern sport and recreation facilities.
An extensive transport infrastructure allows travellers to get around with ease. The city is also well situated as a springboard for exploring the picturesque medieval towns of northern Croatia, such as Samobor, Vrbovec and Karlovac. There are plenty of great hiking opportunities on nearby Medvednica Mountain, which casts its 3,280-foot (1,000m) shadow over Zagreb.