By Bianca Anjuli
Zagreb
Croatia
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Zagreb has been the capital of Croatia, since its inception in 1991. Croatia's largest city, the first known recording of the name, Zagreb, was in the late 11th century and since has grown to become a pioneering and economic strong point in the region. It is the epicenter of a young country, yet the greater area surrounding Zagreb has been established and occupied since Paleolithic times. Today, the city of Zagreb has come to position itself as an important tourist destination. Many travelers pass through on their way to the Adriatic Sea, but the capital city itself is full of the cultural and historical, ancient and modern. It has a story to tell, all it's own.

For any visitor headed to Croatia's capital city, Zagreb Airport (ZAG) known to locals as Pleso Airport is situated only ten miles southeast of Zagreb, making the commute in to the city a short one. Through EscapeWizard.com you can choose your dates for travel, flights, and select accommodation for your trip to Zagreb! Click on the following link to book your flight with EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). For more information on where to stay in Zagreb, click on the next link to see your accommodation options and finalize your plans with EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

With such cultural allure and history, Zagreb has plenty to see and do regardless of the time you have to spend there. You planned your trip, are finally in Zagreb, and have a few days to spare before you head out to the Adriatic coast. What does EscapeWizard.com suggest you do? Just walking around the city itself affords visitors the chance to see the numerous parks, Zagreb Botanical Gardens and experience the architecture, and monuments, all threads in the tapestry of the rich heritage of the city and the lands surrounding it. If one even has the opportunity to venture into the nearby greater Zagreb, they will find themselves romanced by the Medieval and Baroque castles, wine roads, and gorgeous vineyards of the area. EscapeWizard.com also suggests the many Health Spas in the surrounding area for those travelers looking to disconnect in an ideal setting.

In exploring the city of Zagreb, visitors come to learn of its rich culture in the arts with 3 concert halls, more than 20 theaters and some 60 art galleries and museums, public and private. The Arts and Crafts Museum, in Marshal Tito Square, is an important stop to make. Housing over 160,000 exhibits it is able to highlight and truly touches on the history and evolved material and artisanal culture of Croatia, Zagreb and what came before. The Municipal Museum of Zagreb speaks to the occupation and political history of Zagreb since Roman times. Another highlight is the Museum of Contemporary Art, the largest in the country that is home to well over 12,000 pieces of art. For some of your favorite classics, such as Carravaggio and Van Dyck, head to the Mimara Museum for 3,700 masterpieces and whose own 19th century architecture is worth a peek. Whilst exploring the city make sure to take in the statue Prizemljeno Sunce (the Grounded Sun), and the two Statues of St. George, one at Kamenita Vrata, and the other can also be found at Marshal Tito Square.

With the extensive public transportation system, moving around Zagreb City and county is no trouble at all. Jump on the tram or bus, travel through the city and try out local eateries and bars. Make sure to find the right place to get a taste of the famous Croat grappa, as some places serve up to 30 different flavors. When its time to go out for a good time, the night scene in Zagreb is very lively and has a variety of options. Visitors can find what suits their needs all over the city. Thinking about picking up souvenirs for friends and family back home? The shopping scene in Zagreb is full of open-air markets, boutiques and shopping malls. The fashion is modern and the options are plentiful. EscapeWizard.com suggests you think about picking up a neck tie or cravat, named for Croatian horsemen who wore scarves around there necks from the 17th century to the French Revolution. Some visitors prefer to take home a simple or luxury ball-point pen, invented by Slavoljub Penkala from Zagreb, more than 80 years ago. What ever you choose, the Croat capital has so much to offer!

Zagreb is a city that continues to grow. Through its continued evolution, it shines as it pushes itself upward in the 21st century. It never loses grip with its proud history, and continues to wish to share its story with the world and the almost one million visitors that pass through every year. With EscapeWizard.com you can plan the perfect trip to Zagreb, Croatia for you and yours. Click the above links to get started today.
Hotels in Zagreb
By Anna Falardeau
DoubleTree by Hilton Zagreb
Ulica Grada Vukovara 269a, Zagreb, 10000, Croatia
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In the center of the commercial sector of Zagreb, this DoubleTree hotel is in the ideal location for an exotic Croatian vacation. Check in is at 2 p.m. and the hotel offers luggage hold if you get there early.  The Zagreb International Airport (also known as Pleso Airport) is only 12 miles away, and after flying in, you can order a taxi through the hotel or take a city bus or train to a station within walking distance of the Double Tree if you don’t have a car. Self-parking is available, though there will be no valet on duty and fees may apply. The historical area of Zagreb is within a short bus or tram ride of the hotel, but don’t worry if you don’t make it out that far because a lot of history is sprinkled throughout the city center. While you’re sightseeing, take a ride on the world’s shortest cable car, Uspinjaca, for a fun story to tell your friends.

Book your stay in a spacious king deluxe room or comfortable king room for a cushy king-sized bed. Or, get a twin room that’s great for children or those nights that you would rather have your sleep to yourself. Suites are available as well. All rooms include a satellite LCD TV and complimentary Wi-Fi, convenient for those on business or wanting to stay connected throughout their stay. The spacious, modern bathrooms feature a separate bathtub and walk-in shower with handheld head for easy access and comfort.

Get out of your room and leave the kids with a hotel babysitter while mom heads to the beauty salon, or take everyone to the pool or solarium. Try a sightseeing tour provided through the Double Tree or get some exercise in the fitness room and spa. Here one business? They’ve got you covered with everything from a complimentary business center to secretarial services to video conferencing options.

Come the end of you’re trip, you won’t want to leave. But, when your time’s up, check out at noon. Baggage storage is available, so don’t stress any left luggage. Designed for your comfort, located for your convenience – this hotel is the perfect place to stay so book your trip now with EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl)!
Hotels in Zagreb
By Sarah Hay
Westin Zagreb
Ulica Izidora Krnjavog 1, Zagreb, Croatia
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If you’re visiting Zagreb, Croatia’s most popular city, on business or pleasure, you’ll find a gem of a hotel nestled in the heart of the city, at the Westin Zagreb. Located next door to the world-renowned National Theater and Opera House, as well as the Mimara Museum, the hotel is also an easy spot from which to stroll through the local outdoor markets, Central Square, boutiques, and Zagreb’s bustling business district. The Westin has drawn international visitors for years, including dignitaries, royalty, and global leaders.

Once you step foot into one of the hotel’s 378 guest rooms, you’ll understand why so many guests fall in love with the Westin Zagreb. A Westin Heavenly® bed greets you, and in-room movies and complimentary high speed Internet access will help ease you into relaxation mode, as will the Heavenly Shower/Bath®, along with bathrobes, slippers, bathroom telephone, and 24-hour room service. All rooms also feature mini bars and coffee makers, business desks, voicemail, and connecting rooms are available, upon request.

Because you’re at a Westin, you can look forward to unique offerings only found here, such as the Westin Kids Club®, a WestinWORKOUT® gym on premise, and a completely redone wellness center, which offers a heated indoor pool, Finnish and Turkish saunas, 16 different massage treatment options, spa treatments, and a complete beauty salon. If you’re in need of reservations for any event or dining experience, the 24-hour front desk and concierge service are always happy to help you, and the Westin Zagreb will even care for your little ones while you sightsee, as the hotel offers a childcare service as well.

If you’d like to dine in, the hotel has a restaurant, café, and lounge and terrace on site, and if you’re looking to host an event at the Westin, there are 13 meeting spaces available, which can accommodate up to 1,000 guests, and offers complimentary wireless high speed Internet service. Consider yourself invited to the best hidden gem in Croatia; the Westin Zagreb. And let EscapeWizard.com find a spot at that gem for a lot less than you think, by clicking here: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Zagreb
By Katelyn Mohney
Sheraton Zagreb Hotel
Kneza Borne 2, Zagreb, Croatia
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The Sheraton Zagreb Hotel is located less than 11 miles from the Pleso Airport. Experience all that is offered by Zagreb, Croatia while staying in the luxurious Sheraton Zagreb Hotel. The Zagreb Museum, Concert Hall and the Opera House are all located within walking distance of the hotel. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted by a doorman who will be pleased to assist you with luggage and escort you to your room. Check-in is at 1 p.m. and check-out ends at 12 p.m.

Choose a guest room, connecting guest rooms or a suite for your stay. All rooms are furnished with the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed, which provides guests with place to gain a comfortable rest and a peaceful night’s sleep from which you are certain to wake well-rested. Climate can be controlled by guests with the thermostat and air-conditioning located in every room to ensure maximum comfort. Rooms include hairdryer, iron, ironing board, desk with desk chair, telephone, coffee and tea maker, and trouser press. There is plenty to look forward to when spending a night in, with 24-hour room service and a television with satellite and cable channels and the potential for in-room movie rental.

Guests will enjoy a comfortable swim in the hotel’s heated indoor pool. Guests will want to take advantage of access to the sauna and whirlpool. At night, enjoy a delicious meal at one of the various dining options found within the hotel, and afterwards, if you are feeling lucky, stop by the casino. Keep up with your fitness routine at the fitness center and relax and rejuvenate with a massage after a long day.

The Sheraton Zagreb Hotel invites guests to explore the wonders of Zagreb, Croatia, both inside and outside of the hotel. EscapeWizard.com can assist potential visitors in booking a room today; simply follow this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Zagreb
By Doree Simon
Panorama Hotel
Trg Kresimira Cosica 9, Zagreb, Croatia
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At the Panorama Hotel (formally the Four Points by Sheraton Panorama Zagreb), guests are invited to experience the capital of Croatia in luxury and comfort. Located in the middle of Zagreb’s business center and directly on the Sports Square, this welcoming hotel offers conveniences to all types of travelers. With the help of the reputable Four Points staff and the conveniences offered throughout the hotel, guests are sure to have a wonderful time exploring the historic city of Zagreb.

Each rooms at Panorama Hotel comes standard with modern conveniences including a telephone with international direct dialing, coffee maker, mini-bar, complimentary high speed internet access, satellite and cable television channels, and breathtaking views of the buzzing city and the gorgeous mountains. Guests also have easy access to the city center, shopping, and local attractions such as Tkalciceva Street, the Cathedral, and Dolac Open Market.

The Panorama Hotel provides modern amenities for all travelers. Get a hair cut at the barber shop or beauty salon, clean your clothes in the laundry facilities, and keep your things safe in Panorama Hotel’s safe deposit boxes. Enjoy international cuisine at the on-site restaurant Sestine, or grab a drink in the lobby bar.

With six different meeting spaces and easy access to the corporate offices of many companies including Raiffeissen Education Center and the Croatian Olympic Committee, business travelers will find it easy to work at Panorama Hotel.

The hotel’s friendly staff is available 24/7 to help guests with transportation arrangements, check-in at 1 p.m. and check-out at 12 p.m., and anything else they might need while in Croatia. Just click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to let EscapeWizard.com help you book your next stay at the Panorama Hotel!