Zagreb and Surroundings

Zagreb is both the capital and largest city of Croatia. Its unique history and culture are reflected with its medieval and baroque architecture, open-air markets, and cafe culture. Zagreb is known for being lively and vibrant, a city of parks with many tree-lined streets, and for offering a high quality of living. The city offers a variety of museums, cultural and entertainment events and hosts many sporting events throughout the year. In recent years, Zagreb has become world-famous for its beautiful Christmas market.

Zagreb’s food

Zagreb is a place where you can enjoy traditional food from all Croatian regions. Being the Capital, fresh produce is always available and there is no lack of choice. Here is a list of foods you should not miss when visiting.
Zagrebački- a variation of the Wiener Schnitzel or Cordon Bleu named after the Croatian capital.

  • Sarma – stuffed cabbage.
  • Sir i vrhnje – cottage cheese and sour cream.
  • Štrukli – dough filled with cottage cheese and sour cream.
  • Čuspajz – meat and vegetable stew.
  • Knedli – sweet potato dumplings.

Zagreb’s weather

The climate of Zagreb is classified as an oceanic climate, but with significant continental influences. Zagreb has four separate seasons. Summers are generally warm, sometimes hot. In late May it gets significantly warmer. Summer is humid and hot, with temperatures rising above 30 °C on average. Winters are cold and it can occasionally snow. Most pleasant months include: April, May, June, September, and October.

Things to Do Around Zagreb

1) Lenuci’s Horseshoe

Lenuci’s Horseshoe or the Green Horseshoe is a U-shaped system of city squares with parks and is the best way to get to know the Downtown. The horseshoe was conceived in 1882 by Croatian urbanist Milan Lenuci. The parks were designed between 1883 and 1887, at a time when today’s Donji grad formed the southern outskirts of Zagreb. The park system consists of seven squares aligned on three straight lines. Starting from the northeast and going clockwise, the horseshoe is formed by Nikola Šubić Zrinski Square (locally known as Zrinjevac), Josip Juraj Strossmayer Square, King Tomislav Square, Ante Starčević Square, Lenuci fitness park, Zagreb Botanical Garden, Marko Marulić Square, Ivan Mažuranić Square and Republic of Croatia Square.

2) Upper Town

Zagreb’s Upper Town (Gornji Grad) is a network of little streets that stretch between two hills: Kaptol and Gradec. First settled in the 11th century, it is the oldest part of Zagreb with 17th and 18th-century buildings lining narrow, winding streets. In contrast to the wide boulevards and parks of Zagreb’s Lower Town (Donji Grad), the atmosphere here is intimate and old-fashioned. The Upper Town is a delightful place to explore and hosts some of Zagreb’s most interesting museums, restaurants, bars, and cafes.

3) Dolac Market

Dolac market is Zagreb’s main open-air farmers’ market. The locals where locals buy their food. It is full of life and color. Definitely, a must-see experience when you are visiting Zagreb! Dolac market nurtures its 80+ years old tradition as Zagreb’s main open-air farmers’ market. Traders from all over Croatia color the Dolac market with locally grown produce. There is a fish market, butcheries, healthy food stands, fresh pasta vendors, bakeries, cheesemongers, flowers, souvenirs, fruit, and vegetables.

4) Zagreb’s Cathedral

Zagreb Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a Zagreb landmark. As a matter of fact, it is the most monumental sacral building in Neo-Gothic style southeast of the Alps.
The Cathedral is the tallest building in Croatia. In addition, its organ is among the top ten organs in the world. Once you get to Kaptol Square you will see it is dominated by Zagreb cathedral which has been there since the 11th century.

5) Tkalčićeva Street

Tkalčićeva Street is Zagreb’s main hub for cafes, restaurants, and casual nightlife. Also known as Tkalča (Tkalcha), it features dozens of places where you will find something to your liking. Today Tkalciceva Street continues its century-old tradition of Zagreb craftsmen and traders and is one of the most attractive streets in the city. Numerous boutiques, traditional shops, restaurants, cafes, and outdoor events will fill your day.

6) Maksimir Park

A popular green oasis for Zagreb’s inhabitants is the largest city park Maksimir, which has marked 220 years since its founding. The park was founded in the late 18th century in a dense centuries-old forest, thanks to Bishop Maximilian the noble Vrhovac, a great nature lover, in whose honor the park was named. Maksimir Park is an ideal place, five minutes from downtown, where you can at least for a moment remove yourself from city noise and enjoy your break and recreation. There are many possibilities in this respect the park offers its visitors, such as the walk along the landscaped park paths, Nordic walking, running, cycling, rowing boats on the Third Lake, and for younger visitors, there are two modern playgrounds. Maksimir Park is to Zagreb as the Bois de Boulogne is to Paris, the Tiergarten is to Berlin or the Regents Park to London.

7) Mirogoj Cemetery

The Mirogoj City Cemetery, also known as Mirogoj Cemetery, is a cemetery park that is considered to be among the more noteworthy landmarks in the city of Zagreb. An easy tram hop from the city center, the beautiful tree-lined cemetery of Mirogoj is considered one of the best landmarks of the city and, some claim, one of the most magnificent cemeteries in Europe. Founded in 1876 and designed by Hermann Bollé, few visitors reach Mirogoj, but those who do discover an expansive space filled with excellent sculptures and seemingly endless tiled arcades.

8) Saint Mark’s Church

Saint Mark’s Church is Zagreb’s iconic building due to its signature colorful tiled roof. It is one of the oldest buildings in Zagreb dating from the 13th century. Saint Mark’s uniquely colorful tiled roof was constructed in 1880 by Friedrich Schmidt and Herman Bollé. On it, you will see the medieval coat of arms of Croatia, Dalmatia, and Slavonia on the left side, and the emblem of Zagreb on the right. On the other hand, inside, you will see sculptures by Ivan Meštrović and art by Jozo Kljaković and Ljubo Babić. TIP: if you want to see the interior attend the daily mass.

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9) Museum of Broken Relationships

The Museum of Broken Relationships is the most popular museum in Zagreb. It is an emotional rollercoaster of experiences! dedicated to failed relationships. As a matter of fact, it exhibits personal objects, leftover from former owners, accompanied by their stories and emotions. Exhibits present a range of emotions and relationships. Reflect on your personal experiences and how they intertwine with the items on display. The museum is not about the items you will find. Above all else, it is about the incredible and emotional experience of human relationships.

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10) Museum of Naïve Art

The Croatian Museum of Naïve Art is a fine art museum in Zagreb, dedicated to the work of naïve artists of the 20th century. The museum holdings consist of over 1,900 works of art – paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints, mainly by Croatians but also by other well-known international artists in the genre. The focus is on Croatian artists and a few of the more highly valued independent artists. Naïve art is highly colorful and emotional. Made by self-taught painters and sculptors who developed their own unique style.

Our Cultural Activities

We offer one-to-one free walking tours of Zagreb’s city center. Led by our project manager, the walking tour introduces you to Zagreb’s rich history, culture, and cuisine. Admire architectural gems including the Downtown and Upper Town. Stroll past the Dolac Market for fresh Croatian produce, souvenirs, and other local goods. Pass by Tkalčićeva Street to experience the old Zagreb while listening to stories of the two cities (Kaptol and Gradec). See if you can spot any of the planets installed around the city. And last but not least, enjoy a glass of rakia while listening to the story of the Upper Town Witches.

After five days of lessons, it is time for the weekend and time to relax. For you and your colleagues who met at Europass, we offer trips to some of the most beautiful surrounding areas. Do not miss the opportunity to participate in these all-inclusive tours, with professional guides, tickets, and transportation included in the price of the course!

Participants can choose among any of the following excursions (the excursion is usually held on the Saturday at the end of the 1-week courses and on the first Saturday for 2-week courses):

Plitvice Lakes

The Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia’s most popular tourist attraction, was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979. Located roughly halfway between the capital city Zagreb and Zadar on the coast, the lakes are a definite must-see in Croatia. The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars, and rare bird species. The National Park covers a total area of 300 square kilometers, whilst the lakes join together over a distance of eight kilometers. It is amazing to see it in any season!

Samobor Day Trip

Samobor is a small city near Croatia’s capital, Zagreb. Here they are famous for a dessert, but if you come for the dessert you will leave with memories of much more. Friendly people, stunning nature, from the Gradna river flowing through town to the nature hikes in the hills and a beautiful Old Town. If you’re looking for the best Zagreb day trips, Samobor is the perfect full-day trip from Zagreb. This small town will amaze you with its charm and most famous Samobor kremšnita, a popular dessert with different varieties in Croatia and neighboring countries.

Sljeme Hiking Tour

Did you know that Zagreb is one of the rare capitals in Europe where you can take a hike, just 20 minutes outside of the city center? Our mountain is called Medvednica and the peak Sljeme. To get to the top, you will enjoy 81% of the natural and preserved forests. The hillsides at the foot of the Medvednica are covered by sessile oaks and common hornbeam forests, forming a ring around the whole mountain. The hike to the peak takes around 3,5 hours in one direction. For the hike, you will need hiking shoes, water, and hiking clothes.

About the Training Centre in Zagreb

The Training Centre in Zagreb is located in the very heart of the city in the Palace of Matica Hrvatska, a historical building with architectural, urban, cultural, and historical value.
The Strossmayer Square where our premises stand is full of greenery and perfect for relaxation. But then, just a couple of minutes away, you can find yourself in the busiest street of Zagreb called Ilica, where you can do all your shopping, enjoy the nice cafes and restaurants and the buzz of the city.

Our academy in Zagreb is an English school certified by the Callan Method.

We offer a wide range of activities for our members, in order to straighten the local community, like Book Club, Cook & Chat, Choir singing in English, organising Film and Music Festivals.

How to reach us

We are located in the historic city center of Zagreb and only 5 minutes on foot from the Trg Bana Josipa Jelačića (Zagreb’s Main Square)

Courses in Zagreb are held at:
Trg J. J. Strossmayera 4

All Courses

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