City of Zagreb in December – favorite locations

After few beauty reviews and nail ideas for winter time. I think it is time for one travel post.

Travel & tourism in one hand is my love & work.

Those who are ever been in Croatia know how small country is it. When someone mentions name Croatia most people think Dubrovnik or Opatija (sun & sea), but we have so much more to show and give. For the futures posts I will try to tell a little bit more of my country. I choose to start with Zagreb because it is the capital city.

I love when I can get lost in a city. What I mean is going for a walk and let your thoughts go around you.

If you are nature lover you have so many parks to see and each park seems to have its own story only the problem is that you can’t see it on some touristic board by some park (only in some guide books). I have chosen to write a few words about Zrinjevac. The reason that I have decided to write few words about Zrinjevac because, this year is the 450th anniversary of Nikole Šubić Zrinjskog.

 Zrinjevac is also known as square of Nikole Šubić Zrinjskog. Zrinjevac is an inevitable part of the city’s tourist visits and one of the most recognizable symbols of the city of Zagreb. If you ask yourself who is that person? I will say he was a Croatian nobleman and general in the service of the Habsburg, ban of Croatia from 1542-56, and member of the Zrinski noble family. He was known across Europe for his involvement with the Siege of Szigetvár and is today seen as a hero by both Hungarians and Croats. Zrinski’s last battle was made the subject of a tragedy, Zrinyi: Ein Trauerspiel, by Theodor Körner. Not so many people know, but he is very respected in Japanies culture. In honor of samurai death of Nikola Subic Zrinski, Japanese male choirs often perform an aria from the opera “Nikola Šubič-Zrinski” which was taught in 1919, after the Croatian sailors (then serving in the Austro-Hungarian navy) retreating from Siberia to homeland, but the ship had run aground near Shimonoseki southwest of Honshu in Japan. During the repair of the ship, the sailors were kept in Kobe, near Osaka, about two months, where they learned the local population the song “In the fight, the battle!” Therefore, on 26st February 2006 in Hall Kokugian in Tokyo, Japanese male choir of 1,000 people, conducted by maestro Katsuaki Kozaijem sang the “U BOJ”, which was the world record of its kind of singing. This concert was attended by 10,000 people, a sponsor of the concert, among others, it was the Croatian Embassy in Japan. In the middle of the park is a music pavilion built in 1891. You will also find three fountains in park, but this is story on its own. The story name is “the mushroom” and it is one of symbols of Zagreb too.

There is also something for kids name of that corner is Welcome to Rudolf. In this section there are trains and roundabouts which are designed especially for children that section like the whole city is surrounded by various booths of local products and handicrafts.

 If you go on upper town (Gradec) of Zagreb you can see the panoramic view of the city, but I prefer the view from Sljeme in my opinion it is much better. Gradec was given a royal charter by King Béla IV in 1242. The royal charter, also called the Golden Bull, was a very important document by which Gradec was declared and proclaimed, “a free royal city on Gradec, the hill of Zagreb”. This act made Gradec a feudal holding responsible directly to the king. The citizens were given rights of different kinds; among other things they were entitled to elect their own city magistrate fulfilling the role of mayor. They were also entitled to manage their own affairs. Today in upper town is situated local government unit.

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