Zagreb for the first time

Trip Start May 01, 1958
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Where I stayed
BEST WESTERN PREMIER Hotel Astoria Zagreb
Read my review - 3/5 stars
What I did
Upper Town, Lower Town, and New Town

Flag of Croatia  , Grad Zagreb,
Thursday, March 29, 2012

I have traveled to Eastern Croatia when I did a boat cruise from Budapest to the Black Sea (Sep 2004), and have visited Albania on a tour of Alexander the Great (Apr 2007).  This area of Zagreb and the Dalmatian Coast was on my places to visit for a very long time, so I was glad to be able to take advantage of a "last minute" deal with Overseas Adventure Travel.   

The tour started with three nights in Zagreb, a coach ride to Split where we embarked on our ship, the MV Artemis, and a 11-day cruise down to Athens.  The port stops in between were interesting and varied.  I hope my blog introduces this area of the world to those who have never traveled to this area, and bring back good memories for those who have visited.  

My three days in Zagreb resulted in much photo-taking, and I hope it provides the proper feel for this interesting city of Croatia.  

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MAR 28: SFO to Zagreb It was a relatively easy trip from SFO to Zagreb with a short lay-over in
Frankfurt. They were both Lufthansa flights from SFO to Frankfurt and Frankfurt to Zagreb with a 1:58PM departure from SFO, with the arrival in Zagreb on March 29 at 1:35PM. After our arrival in Zagreb, the Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) coach took us to our hotel, the Best Western Astoria, in Central Zagreb within easy walking distance to most of the sites.


ZAGREB was named from the natural spring that provided the city with drinking water, and a fountain, the Mandusevac Fountain was built above it (legend?).  Zagreb is the largest city of Croatia with a population of 1.1 million that includes Zagreb County. Zagreb is looked upon as three parts; upper town, lower town, and new town. The upper town is the historic heart of Zagreb, the lower town has the hotels, museums, and transportation, and new town is where new residentials continues to grow. The upper town also has a few museums including the Native Arts Museum. 

Croatia will become part of the European Union next year.  

The currency in Croatia is the Kuna which had an exchange rate of US$1 = 5.7kuna (Apr 2012). The population of Croatia is 4.5 million.


MAR 29: Zagreb. Walking in and around our hotel area was easy and interesting. The main train station, post office, and central park were all within a few blocks from our hotel, and the blossom season was in full bloom with white petals covering much of the central park's grounds. We were treated to welcome drinks and dinner that evening. Thunderstorms were active that night. 6,400 steps.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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MAR 30: Zagreb. During our walking tour, we walked past The Art Pavilion, Hotel Esplanade
(The Regent), Academy of Science, historic monuments, a ride on the shortest funicular in Europe, the neo-Gothic Cathedral of the Assumption, St Mark's Church, Dolac Market, Parliament, the Iron Gate, and Trg bana Jelacica with a statue of Ban Josip Jalacic (the main square) with many banks and shops. During our free time, I re-visited many of the sites we were shown on our tour, walked on other side streets between the main square and train station, and also visited the botanical garden adjacent to the Esplanade Hotel. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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MAR 31: Zagreb. Today was a free day for us, so I walked to upper town to St Mark's Square, Natural History Museum, Broken Relationships Museum (very interesting; one of a kind), Modern Gallery, the train station, and the underground shopping center near the train station.


Some briefs on a few of the sites where I visited:

Botanical Garden. Located next to the Esplanade Hotel, it has plants from around the world
numbering some ten thousand plants. It's made in an English garden-style with flowers in the central part with symmetrical patterns for walkways. It has several greenhouses, but not many
were accessible on my visit.

Native Art Museum. Art works of Croation native expression of the 20th century, it's considered the first museum of native art in the world.  There are paintings, sculptures, and drawings numbering some 1,500 works by well-known artists and also by farmers and other natives.


Museum of Broken Relationships. Another unique museum from display from around the world that provides the viewer with an emotional journey of many broken relationships expressed by the items and notations displayed.  Highly recommended for those seeking the unusual.

A brief on Nikola Tesla:   Nikola Tesla was a mechanical and electrical engineer, but more than anything else, an inventor.   He is best known for developing alternating current (AC) electrical supply system and the fields of electromagnetism which formed the basis for wireless communication and the radio.  

Tesla was born in Smiljan (now Croatia), but became an American citizen.   


For Mar 30 & 31: 6,474 steps. T:12,874
NOTE: Since my walking stride changes dependent on the walking surface, I will only show the number of steps my pedometer recorded.   It was not always accurate, because in Athens, my pedometer recorded only 125 steps, and I walked all around the Parthenon and the Plaka area.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
   

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