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Michael Bublé in Arena Zagreb

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Michael Bublé, one of the greatest classic jazz and soul musicians today, is coming to Zagreb. His upcoming concert in Arena Zagreb at September 16th 2019 is part of his great world tour and promotion of his new album called “Love”.

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The most famous Zagreb resident, legendary Ban Josip Jelačić

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„It was the year 903, when trouble befell our Croatia. Hedervary raised the Hungarian flags, trying to forcefully Hungarianize our Croatia. Rise, oh Ban, Croatia calls you, calls you. Rise, Ban Jelačić!

There isn’t a hero, there isn’t a Croat, like Jelačić the Ban was. But now the black earth hides him, and green grass has covered his grave“ – the lyrics of the well-known patriotic song in honour of today’s most famous inhabitant depicted on the central square in Zagreb, Ban Jelačić.

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Spectacular Snow Queen sends out stunning images from Zagreb across the world

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What do Giuliano Razzoli, Sandrine Aubert, and Mikaela Shiffrin have in common? Besides being world-class skiers, there is one thing they had in common in the past few years – a touch of sadness on their face as they were leaving the site of one very special ski race. All of them were faster than their opponents and won the race, but none of them took the precious crystal crown trophy home because they all broke it.

This precious, delicate, one-of-a-kind specially designed crown, weighing only 700 grams, consists of stylized snowflakes, ski’s tips and bindings and, thanks to its sophisticated design, takes a whole month to craft with three people heating, grinding and polishing crystal to shape it. The precious crown is given only to the finest and the most outstanding, those who win one of the most prestigious slalom races in the world, the one held on Sljeme in Zagreb. It is the only prize of this particular form in the world of sport and is, therefore, only awarded in a unique race like this one.   

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The Lisinski Concert Hall represents the musical heart of the city

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The cult location of the musical life of Zagreb is situated in the Trnje quarter. It is often called the vocal cords of Croatia and the world, putting Zagreb on the map of European and global musical metropolises. It is not merely a temple of music and a symbol of Zagreb, but also a witness of the national cultural and social life, and quite an unusual concert hall.

It has seen innumerable concerts, performances and plays. A special one takes us several years back, to the year of 1990, when the Lisinski Concert Hall hosted the greatest European musical competition – Eurosong, making its venue the centre of the best musical notes on the continent.

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With the application ‘Zagreb Be There’ start an exciting adventure in Zagreb

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A story says that in 1971, when it left the Ujević foundry and found itself in front of the magnificent building of the Croatian National Theatre and its famous fountain ‘The Spring of Life’ by Ivan Meštrović, it immediately caused a reaction in the first curious passer-by.
He stopped his car in the middle of the road, a “fićo”(Fiat 500) popular at that time, got out of it and loudly stomped his foot. He wanted to convince himself that the giant orb was indeed real.

And was it indeed real? Don’t think about the possible answer. Walk to the centre of Zagreb, Bogovićeva Street and visit the most famous modern sculpture in Zagreb! Upon arrival on the main artery of the city and the central place of the social life of Zagreb’s inhabitants you will not be able to ignore the massive golden orb, placed in the centre of the pedestrian precinct. You can only go round it, but we do recommend that you stop near this most distinguishing feature of the Lower Town and as well as one of the city’s symbols.

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Visit the famous castles of Hrvatsko Zagorje and the surroundings of Zagreb and revive historic legends

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Foto: Dvorac Veliki Tabor

A blue-eyed, golden-haired, village girl was also named the forest fairy because of her beauty, a queen of beauty of snow white complexion. She lived in the 15th century in the village of Desinić near Veliki Tabor where the powerful Croatian Ban Hermann II Count of Celje ruled. His son Frederick fell so passionately in love with the beautiful Veronika and bewitched by her, he had his own wife killed. The ban was unhappy about this and the couple fled to Slovenia, where they secretly married. However the father didn’t need too long to find them and Veronika managed to escape, whilst Frederick was imprisoned in Veliki Tabor. He spent four years locked in a tower, without windows or a door. And today it bears his name, Frederick’s Tower, and an unhappy fate also befell Veronika.

They caught her and threw her in a dungeon in Veliki Tabor. Although the ban sought to accuse her of seducing his son, after two days of questioning and deliberation, the judges ascertained that there was no guilt or crime within her, but only love for her dearly missed Frederick. “Love has never been a sin, let alone a crime. Love is one of the most beautiful of human virtues”, said the judges. But the ban was inexorable and ordered that the unfortunate Veronika be drowned, and they then bricked her body into a wall on the first floor of Veliki Tabor.

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Charming Cvjetni Square preserves famous Croatian tradition

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Do you know the name of the greatest chess player of all times? Where does he come from and what is his connection to Croatia and Zagreb? He participated in the longest game in the history of chess; he was the world chess champion from 1985 to 2000, and the number-one ranked chess player for decades. As a 13-year-old boy, he won the first place in the USSR Chess Championship in the category for players under 18, he was an excellent student of English language, enchanted with poetry, and above all with chess, a game in which he had not met his match…

His name is Gari Kasparov, Russian chess grandmaster, born in Azerbaijan, whose extraordinary chess skills have not been forgotten to this day. The big game from 1984 remains especially memorable. At the age of 21, Kasparov played against his 12 years older compatriot Anatolij Karpov, then current world champion, who could not have imagined in his wildest dreams that this young and immensely talented man would present such a challenge.

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The Tourist Flower has been awarded to HUP-Zagreb d.d. hotels in Zagreb for years

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Do you remember the popular TV show “One Thousand and One Nights”, based on the Arabian tale of the Persian queen Scheherezade, who told tales to king Shahryar for 1001 nights, interrupting them before the end in order to postpone her execution for one more day?

Then you surely remember Scheherazade, a beautiful young widow and single mother, who, in order to save her son, who had leukaemia, knocked on all doors, and finally received help from Onur, a cold-hearted rich businessman with piercing blue eyes. They were bound by the secret of the “black night”, which kindled a passionate and everlasting love. Their touching love story that ended in a marriage moved from the TV screens to the real world and earned them the title of the most famous Turkish acting couple. The many travels around the world of the loving married couple even led them to Zagreb in 2010!

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The Main Railway Station – the first station of every visit to Zagreb

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“When the kids are joined together, they are stronger more than ever, and it means that we require to be together like in choir. Tiny sparks can build big blazes, drop by drop a river raises. So let’s make a flock together, like a sparrow, chirp chirp chirp. When the hands are joined together, you can do much more than ever”, resounded long ago from the most famous train heading toward Zagreb. That was in 1931, the year when Ljuban, Draga and Pero, together with the other fourth-graders and their teacher of the elementary school in Veliko Selo on Jabukovac, set out on a field trip to Zagreb.

On their way back home, snow covered the tracks and the train got stuck in the snow. The united children rolled up their sleeves and, singing the popular verses of a song by Arsen Dedić, “When the hands are joined together, you can do much more than ever”, started to clear snow using their own hands. With their help, the train succeeded in breaking through the snowy chaos, and the children happily returned to their home.

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The exciting history of the Zagreb Tram

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Photo: Ana Kunstek

”Everyone has their tram. Mine is number eleven. Number eleven feels like a domestic animal or a pet with its blue snout. It took me to school, dancing, to the movies, on a date, to the exams, to the military, hospital, newsroom, literary evening, court…” This is what the most Zagrebian author and journalist Zvonimir Milčec once wrote in his famous memoirs and feuilletons. The experienced Zagreb connoisseur is best known for his work that he dedicated to his home town of Zagreb and he was often called the ‘good spirit of Zagreb’.

Many letters and verses he devoted exactly to these ‘blue pets’ – trams, without which transport in Zagreb today would be unthinkable. In numbers, the entire tram network consists of 116,346 metres of railway, on which 15 day and four night lines run, 179 trams and 26 trailers daily. There is a total of 256 tram stops all over the city where you can hop on a tram and join almost two million passengers being transported around the city annually. That is not all! You will get to know the exciting everyday life of Zagreb as well as the most interesting city narratives because trams are, precisely, the biggest stage in Zagreb.

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