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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Holiday Season in Zagreb



The Holiday Season in Zagreb
Things to See, Hear and Taste during the Advent


A visit to the capital of Croatia and its thousand year history during the holiday season begins with a stroll around its neighborhoods: King Tomislav Square and Zrinjevac Park, with its fountains. From the park, a short walk on Praska street leads to the main square called Trg Bana Jelacica.

At the Cathedral, there is a Live Nativity Scene: stables, farm animals, realistic costumes and amateur actors impersonating the Holy Family, the Three Kings and the shepherds. The walk ends with a glass of warm cinnamon wine at one of the advent stands.

Zrinjevac Park
A music pavilion with a Christmas Fairy-Tale Look Christmas Classics and Waltzes

The Old Upper Town Gradec hill and the well-preserved 13th Century Stone Gate, part of defense walls, St. Mark’s church with its famed multicolor roof, the Parliament buildings, St. Catherine’s church and the Lotrščak tower. Nearby, a Promenade with a great view of downtown Zagreb.

Samobor is a small town 20 km from Zagreb. The main square includes an 18th century manor housing the Samobor museum, St. Anastasia’s baroque church with beautiful altars and famous wall paintings. The Marton Gallery, Croatia’s first private museum, holds a collection of arts & crafts.

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Trakošćan Varaždin and Marija Bistrica Trakoščan Castle and Varaždin, once the capital of Croatia, has a well-preserved baroque urban complex. Marija Bistrica is the country’s’s most famous shrine; where people come to forgive or find the strength to forgive! The Eco Village Gradunje near Zagreb is a great place to dine and taste domestic wines and liqueurs.

Veliki Tabor is a fortress and a museum dating from  the 12th century. The collection  includes old vehicles, ethnographic items, the first manufacture of medicines, swords and armor, paintings and pottery, as well as a presentation of the noble Ratkaj family that used to own the castle.

The Ethno Village of Kumrovec Staro Selo Museum is the only open-air museum in Croatia. The restored and reconstructed buildings include 25 residential houses, 9 farm buildings and 8 smaller structures (2 corn sheds, 2 pigsties, and 4 wells), covering a total area of 12,640 square meters.

Krapina City and the Neanderthal museum The main museum attraction is the authentic reconstruction of a Neanderthal family of 17 people. The archaeological site on a hill called Husnjak had over eight hundred fossil remains of 75 Neanderthals along with tools and weapons, making it one of the most significant in Europe.



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