Drifting slowly along the southern slopes of the Medvednica mountain, caressing the tossing winds of the Sava River, this is Zagreb, home to a page of Roman history. The city is one of the largest regions in Europe, the capital of Croatia, and home to more than 1.07 million people.
Zagreb is an administrative department and is recognized as a global city, having one of the most beautiful climates throughout Asia and Europe. Uniquely situated near the border between Croatia and Slovenia, the department extends for more than 30 kilometers (19 miles) on its southern flank and 22 Kilometers on its eastern border.
Roman History Wheels to Life
Zagreb is a lot more than just a beautiful place to drive through, it is a breathtaking scenery of the Roman empire brought back to life. Many high-rise historical buildings, like Neboder (1358) to the most modern Mumitica (1974), located in the Istok district, blend themselves into the historical backdrop. This article will take you to a few of these places, so, just rent a car and buckle up.
The Eternal Flame
Let’s begin with a trip to Medvedgrad, a historical township recently restored, it was built in the 13th century on top of Medvednica hill. It is a beautiful eight-mile ride through the twist and turns of the folkloric countryside.
The view alone will hold you captivated as it overlooks the western terrain of the city and is also home to the Shrine of the Homeland, a memorial with an eternal flame. This is where they come, to pay tribute to those Croatians who fell during the many wars of these people. They do so customarily on national holidays.
Ghost and Castles
For those who love abandoned castles, we travel to the far-western side of Medvednica hill, where lies the ruined medieval fortress Susedgrad. It has been abandoned since the early 17th century, but it is visited during the year. Yet is a little bit more than fifteen kilometers into the famous hills.
It is one of the most visited destinations for tourists, who pause along the way to sip on juices and Croatian cuisine that is offered in restaurants and shops.
Driving to Lake Jarun
On the southwestern side of the Sava River is the large and famous lake, Jarun. The lake is about 2.25 Kilometers wide and is home to one the largest sports center in southeast Europe. In 2011, just before the opening of the Christmas Market, over 600,000 tourists visited the lake.
The drive is pushed alongside the Sava River, before delving into the urban forest and farms, that line the 18-kilometer stretch of wonderland. This is where the cameras come out and the photo albums are filled. From some of the most unique topographies to exotic animals, the drive to the lake is a natural slide show that you can’t afford to miss.
Upon arriving at the Jarun sports and leisure center, you will find all types of sporting activities: rowing, paddling, sailing, surfing, swimming, jogging, biking, roller skating, and skateboarding. You can keep enjoying Zagreb.
Where to Visit in Zagreb During December
Dreznik Grad is a beautiful Croatian village in Karlovac County, that lies about 104 Kilometers on the D1 Highway. This small village has ideal weather of about 21 C, perfect for traveling and outdoor events.
This amazing place is set in the middle of nature, with so many waterfalls, and forests, it is a great place for the family. It may take between 1 – 2 days to explore.
Places to visit
- Plitvice Lakes National Park: – Family fun, natural wonders, and great cuisine
- Kozjak: – Colonial countryside, ideal for photos, sightseeing, and nightlife
- Sastavci: – best waterfalls in Croatia, climbing, swimming, camping, and birdwatching
Where to Stay
Bed and breakfast are available in all formats in Dreznik Grad, from private rooms in a hotel to luxury suites, with ranches and villas available by residents.
Here are some that we recommend
- Apartmani Helena
- Private Accommodation Jandric
- Apartments Smirnov
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