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Zagreb Puppet Theatre

Zagreb Puppet Theatre (Ulica baruna Trenka 3, Zagreb) – this 200-seat theater, in existence for over 75 years, has entertained locals and international visitors with its innovative puppet theatrical productions.  Its main section, Great Hall, is well equipped with excellent views of the stage (an amphitheater seating).  There is also a small hall which is multi-purpose – it hosts puppet workshops, experiments, news conferences and book presentations. The Theater also has a delightful garden which in the Summer is also used for meetings and presentations, as well as banquets.  See its website for upcoming events:  www.zkl.hr


Natural Park of Uaka

Učka Nature Park (Učka Mountain) – located 2 hours via car west of Zagreb, this nature park has amongst its main attractions the unique limestone formations in the area of Vrana and at the very top of Učka, where an old tower is erected.  Mountaineers like to be photographed next to this tower.  From the summit of the mountain there are unforgettable views of the nearby islands (like Krk) and Opatija Riviera.  This park ncludes two educational trails (the Plas that passes over the top ridge of Mount Učka, and the 2-km-kong Vela draga) and the Slap hiking path.


Stadion Maksimir

Stadion Maksimir (Maksimirska cesta 128, 10000 Zagreb) – this stadium, located near a popular park of the same name, opened in 1912 and has a capacity of 35,981 seats.  This stadium holds football matches involving both the country’s teams and those from overseas.  In addition, various rock & pop concerts.

 

Secret Zagreb Walks

Secret Zagreb Walks (Kamenita 1, 10000 Zagreb) – this group conducts walking tours with visitors, showing them the hidden, unknown side of the medieval city of Zagreb.  Such tours take place after dark to maximize the effects of the storytelling done here.

Among the distinct tours offered are Zagrebarium (a steampunkish search for incredible events and amazing minds), Sleeping Dragon (a tour that covers folk tales, secretive societies and flaming disasters), and Zagreb Christmas Carol (which is its most popular seasonal tour).  See its website for details and rates for each tour:  http://tours.secret-zagreb.com/zagreb-tours/

 

Paklenica

Paklenica – located 265 km. south of Zagreb (within the Zadar area) is its greatest natural jewel:  Paklenica National Park, which covers the most attractive parts of the southern Velebit, concentrated in a mere 96 square km.  Its most striking features are two forbidding gorges – Velika and Mala Paklenica.  Among activities pursued here are hiking, rock climbing.

Medvednica Mountain

Medvednica Mountain (north of Zagreb)— Medvednica Mountain (or “Bear Mountain” in Croatian) is covered with dense beech, oak, chestnut and fir forest and it certainly is favorite excursion destination for the Zagreb citizens and their guests. The mountain is criss-crossed by numerous paths and trails, less demanding ones that are fitted with benches and information boards. This mountain’s highest peak is Sljeme (1,035 meters high).The highlight of Medvednica Mountain is Medvedgrad Castle – originally built in the 13th century, only to be ruined by an earthquake during the 16th century.  Since then, it has been largely restored.  Below the castle’s main tower Oltar Domovine (Altar of the Homeland) – dedicated to the country’s soldiers that were killed during Croatia’s war of independence.

Maksimir Zoo

Maksimir Zoo (Maksimirski perivoj bb, 10000 Zagreb) – located within the huge Maksimir Park, this zoo is home to over 2,200 animals representing 275 species (ranging from snow leopards, to red panda okapis, addax, North China leopards, chimpanzees, Diana Monkey, Pygmy Hippopotamus, and Bactrian Camels, among others.  Hours vary – see the zoo’s website for an updated schedule:  http://zgzoo.com   Admission:  30 kuna.

Krka National Park

Krka National Park (Trg Ivana Pavla II, br. 5, 22000 Šibenik) – located 3 hours via car south of Zagreb (near the Mediterranean), Krka National Park lies within Šibenik-Knin County, and covers a total area of 109 square km of the loveliest sections of the Krka River, and the lower course of the Čikola River. The Krka National Park was proclaimed in 1985 though certain sections of the Krka River were already protected as early as 1948.

Krka Park also has cultural and historical monuments. The most outstanding of these is the Franciscan monastery on the tiny island of Visovac, set in the middle of the lake widening in the river like a precious stone.  Admission:  30 kuna (adult), 20 kuna (students and children ages 7-18 years) (November – February); 90 kuna (adult), 70 kuna (students and children ages 7-18 years) (March – October).

Note:  There are boat excursions to visit Visovic Lake, Roski Slap, and Krka Monastery.  See the National Park’s website for updated pricing:   www.npkrka.hr

Hideout Festival

Hideout Festival (Zrce Beach, Novalja, Island of Pag) – located 225 km. southwest of Zagreb, at the Island of Pag (which faces the Adriatic Sea), this one-week Summer event combines carefully chosen electronic stars – selected by scene-shaping labels and promoters – with beautiful beaches, crystalline waters and a trendy partying crowd.

This event’s attendees can sip cocktails at pool-side blowouts, sail across the Adriatic Sea with first-rate DJs as your soundtrack, and discover why the Island of Pag is fast becoming the next White Isle (UK).  Expect anything and everything from House and Techno to Dubstep, Rave and Minimal dance music.  Like the “For Festival”, this event also books a lineup of both regional and international DJs.  See the Hideout website for more info:  www.hideoutfestival.com

Golf Klub Ban Jelacic

Golf Klub Ban Jelacic (Aleja Dure Jelaceca bb, 10290 Zapresic) – this golf club was oponed in 2004, and offers golfers a special charm of playing under floodlights.  It also offers excellent facilities for practicing, playing and relaxing after the game:  There’s also a club house with an outdoor terrace, reception, golf shop, restaurants, and a club room.  See its website for more details:  www.gk-banjelacic.hr


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