The city with a tradition of almost one thousand years celebrated its 900th birthday in 1994. Zagreb University was founded in the 17th century, and it is one of the oldest in Europe.
Zagreb’s architecture, streets, squares of Upper and Lower town, open air green markets, churches and monuments are witnesses of a history that successfully resisted the fast tempo of life at the end of the last century.
World famous Zagreb souvenirs include: the ball-point pen, invented by Slavoljub Penkala from Zagreb more than 80 years ago, and the tie, an accessory named after Croatian horsemen who fought on the European fronts from the Thirty Years’ War in the 17th century up to the French Revolution, wearing characteristic scarves around their necks.
The surrounding areas of Zagreb are particularly attractive, with their rich vineyards and wine roads, Medieval and Baroque castles (the greatest concentration of castles after the Loire valley) and many health spas. (cited from zagreb.hr)
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If you want a touch of Zagreb history, imagine the following situation: you are sitting on the terrace of the Hotel Esplanade in 1930, and while a waiter is serving you a coffee in the old-fashioned cups, you are looking at the wall clock that used to be placed in the Octagon passage. Just one of many stories in Zagreb’s Retro Places with Soul.