A quick getaway to Croatia’s capital


Old architecture, botanical gardens and folklore are just a few draws for visitors venturing to Croatia’s capital during the summer months.

Performers get ready to showcase various dances during the International Folklore Festival in Zagreb, Croatia, July 16-20.

Performers get ready to showcase various dances during the International Folklore Festival in Zagreb, Croatia, July 16-20.

A recent trip to this writer’s favorite European city allowed a chance to experience more of its rich tradition and festivities liven the country’s largest city.

More than one million people populate the metropolitan area of Zagreb, and its history dates back to the 11th century.


The city has an abundance of old architecture that includes neo-gothic, Romanesque and Art Nouveau. Such structures surround Jelacic Square, the city’s main square, and others are visible sights near the train station.

The Zagreb Botanicial Gardens lie in the center of the city. Its design invites visitors to while away the time embracing the serene beauty expressed in numerous plant varieties from all over the world. The canvas of color and landscape invite photographers, whether novice and professional, to capture the natural scenes.

Folk dancers perform for the audience in Jelacic Square.

Folk dancers perform for the audience in Jelacic Square.

During a recent visit the city held a five-day International Folklore Festival from July 16-20. The event included folk dancers and performers from countries all over the world, including Russia, the United States and Mexico. Each day the performances were held in Jelacic Square. The festival drew large joyful crowds of spectators enjoying a wide variety of folk dances and performers in colorful ensemble. The dancers from Moscow were impressive. The group of performers were graceful, executing fluid and precise movements, reminiscent of ballet dancers.

Zagreb is just one of many beautiful places to visit in Croatia. This writer highly recommends it to any travelers looking to discover a destination off the beaten path.