Zagreb Basic Information
If you’re into all things ancient, you’re going to love this – Zagreb has the largest collection of Neanderthal man remnants in the world. To get an insight into the life of prehistoric man, go to the Croatian Museum of Natural Sciences. Want to know more about the wonderful Zagreb? Read on.
Aussies travelling to Croatia on holiday do not require a visa to enter the country and are permitted to stay for up to 90 days. Just remember to have a current passport with at least 6 months validity and a return ticket home or a ticket for onward travel and sufficient money for your stay. If you’re not staying in a hotel, you’ll need to register where you’re staying with a police station within a day of your arrival. If you don’t register, you risk a fine or deportation. Please be aware that this information is just a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local Embassy or Consulate of Croatia.
Croatia uses the Croatian Kuna as currency. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the Croatian Kuna fluctuates constantly, so it's a good idea to check the rate before purchasing cash. You can change your currency before you leave or change your Aussie dollars in exchange offices or banks in Zagreb. There are exchange offices in the Importanne Centar. For safe spending while overseas, consider using a credit or debit card.
Croatian cuisine is divided into many regions and they’re all drool-worthy. You’ll find many dishes are widespread, but some are only common to the area. If you want to try the local cuisine in Zagreb, ask for traditional Zagorje cuisine. Start with an entrée of cheese štrukli, a famous pie-like dish, and then try the classic rustic stew brodet of many kinds of fish with onion and garlic, and burek, a classic cheese- or meat-filled pastry. Another favourite is cevapcici – a spicy meatball dish served with flat bread. Finish with a little rozata – a flan-like dessert made from caramel custard and served with maraschino liqueur. A few things to note when you’re dining out; grilled specialities are called roštilja, prženo means 'fried', pečeno means 'roasted' and pod pekom means it’s cooked in a stone oven. If you feel like getting handy in the kitchen while you’re there, you should definitely check out the farmers markets – there are over 20 of them in town!
There’s a bunch of great bars, clubs, pubs and alternative venues to check out in Zagreb. For something a little bit different, head to AKC Medika. This converted pharmaceutical factory is pretty much an anarchist squat blasting punk, ska and jazz. The crowd looks pretty crazy, but they’re friendly. And you don’t need to look like a punk – all sorts of people hang here. If clubbing is more your scene, check out Aquarius on Lake Jarun. From Thursday to Saturday you can listen to R'n'B, hip hop and international hits. But if you’d just prefer to kick back with a pint, check in to Bikers Beer Factory – it’s pretty much a backyard with garages and motorbikes everywhere. There’s a jukebox plus plenty of beers from all over the world to sample.