Since the independence of Croatia in 1991, Zagreb has become a bustling cosmopolitan capital city boasting a rich historical and cultural heritage. The highlights lie within the thousand year old upper town of Gornji Grad. Here, one can find the Presidential Palace, the historic Church of St. Mark's displaying the Croatian, Dalmatian and Slovenian coats of arms, now an impressive emblem of the city.
Linking the upper town with the lower, is a charming funicular, said to be the shortest in Europe but well worth the 30 pence fare. The lower town of Donji Grad is the main commercial district with a variety of bars, restaurants and shops. Zagreb is not a city that will dazzle you at first sight but is certainly one you will come to appreciate.
Taking a day trip to Varazdin, one of the most beautiful Baroque towns in Croatia. En route stop off at the picturesque village of St. Ivan Zelina, centre of the wine producing region of Prigorje. Here, you can taste and buy several delicious vintages.