While coastal Dubrovnik and Split may be more well-known Croatian Adriatic destinations, the country’s capital offers much to explore. Ottoman, Austrian, and Hungarian influences combine with all aspects of Croatian life to form one of the most unique yet still under-the-radar cities in modern Europe. Regularly visiting my relatives in Zagreb, I never realized how lucky I was to be surrounded by such history and culture until I reached adulthood. Now buzzing after Croatia’s semi-final World Cup win, it’s never been a more prime time to visit the city. Here are the places to add to your itinerary.
Where to Stay
Hotel Esplanade is Zagreb’s most iconic hotel. Situated steps away from the main railway station, it used to be the stopover point for wealthy travelers making their way across the continent on the Orient Express. These days it’s a luxury hotel with 208 rooms and suites featuring an elegant, art-deco style. If you're looking to stay in the very heart of Zagreb, look no further than Hotel President Pantovcak, a boutique hotel featuring a delightful garden and rooms filled with modern art and antiques.