Zagreb Upper Town
The Upper Town, formerly called Gradec, has kept its old appearance to a great extent, and includes a number of Zagreb sites. Located on the slope of the Medvednica Mountain, it was fortified with walls and towers in the 13th century, and many legends are associated with it, like the ones of the Bloody Bride and Stone Gates – the only remaining out of four gates to Gradec, where there is still a unique and frequented shrine covered with devotional plates.
As the core of modern Zagreb, the Upper Town still plays an important role, not only on the tourism map of the city, but also as the seat of the Croatian Parliament and the Croatian Government that are located in its very centre, next to the Church of St. Mark.
Among many Zagreb sites located in the Upper Town, one should mention the medieval Lotrščak Tower erected in the 13th century at the south entrance to the former Gradec. One of the landmarks of Zagreb, the Tower is the best preserved part of the former city fortification.
An interesting fact is that the Tower used to be leased to the citizens, provided that it can be used for defence purposes, and today, the Tower, with its beautiful view over Zagreb, contains a museum and a souvenir shop, as well as the „Grič cannon“ which is fired every day to mark midday.
Tkalčićeva street in Zagreb, lovingly referred to as Tkalča, developed between the two oldest Zagreb neighbourhoods, Kaptol and Gradec, at the place of the former stream surrounded by mills and arched by bridges, the most famous one being the legendary Bloody Bridge.
Tkalča has been the home of craftsmen and merchants for centuries, and today it is a picturesque promenade most famous for art galleries, pleasant coffee shops and festivals that have transformed it into one of the most popular places for going out of citizens and tourists alike.
Manduševac Fountain is among the most famous Zagreb sites and the city’s landmark, and due to its location and historical background, it is a favourite site both of the citizens and those who come for a weekend in Zagreb.
The fountain is located at the Ban Jelačić Square at the former spring associated with the legend of the naming of Zagreb. According to the legend, the names of Manduševac and Zagreb originated from a random encounter of a young man and a young woman at the spring and his plea "Manda, scoop" (Croatian: zagrabiti).
Ilica is the most famous Zagreb street and a favourite place for shopping in the old part of Zagreb due to a number of prestigious clothes and shoe stores.
Dating back to the 15th century, this street is also one of the longest Zagreb streets, passing through the main square and dividing the centre of Zagreb into the Upper and the Lower towns. Some say that the name originates from the stream of the same name from which the potters dug out the clay for making pots.
This highest peak of the Medvednica Nature Park that can be reached by car or foot, is only 17 kilometres away from Zagreb, and is visited by many people who decide to spend a weekend in Zagreb. Apart from hiking and cycling paths, Sljeme is criss-crossed with ski runs, and the newly built one offers an unforgettable pleasure of recreational night skiing that contributes to the Zagreb night life during winter.
Ski competitions also take place at Sljeme, among others, the FIS World Ski Cup for women.
Hikers and nature lovers like to stop for refreshments at one of its mountain shelters that offer traditional Zagorje cuisine, and the culinary map of Sljeme also includes taverns and restaurants.
The Museum of Contemporary Art is a lively place of creation, representation, interpretation and preservation of all forms of contemporary art. Its purpose is to encourage and foster understanding of contemporary art through innovative and creative use of exhibitions and collections, thus allowing diverse groups of visitors to learn through entertainment. The emphasis is placed on the development of the working process with artists and the audience, rather than on displaying a final exhibition product.
Built back in 1895, this famous Zagreb Art Temple Baroque building is the Croatian National Theatre. It is surrounded by many buildings of high architectural value, which represent the late 19th and early 20th century architecture. The repertoire of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb boasts a rich and diverse offer, of world and national work.
Many consider the Zagreb Botanical Garden as their favourite park in Zagreb, due to its location at the heart of the city and its unique charm. This protected monument of garden architecture was founded in 1889 for the purpose of university lectures and is a home of autochthonic plant varieties from different parts of Croatia as well as a number of plant varieties from the sub-Mediterranean, Mediterranean and Alpine regions.
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