First tourist Double-decker bus in Croatia
On 8 June 2007 the touRIst bus made its first steps and welcomed the first visitors on its Opatija-Rijeka route, telling them during their trip interesting stories about the past and present of our cities. This idea has come to life, most of all, thanks to the efforts of the City of Rijeka and the Rijeka Tourist Board in the desire to enhance what is on offer to tourists so that our guests, and also local inhabitants, can experience our cities in a totally new way.
Tourists can listen to interesting tales about the cities' past and present but also future in 10 languages: Croatian, Italian, German, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Hungarian, Chinese and Japanese. And children can listen to stories written especially for them in Croatian, Italian, German, English, French and Russian.
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Croatian national theatre
It was built in 1885 as a city theatre according to the design of the specialised Vienna Helmer and Fellner workshop, which designed similar buildings throughout the Austro-Hungary of the time.
The exterior is adorned by figurative compositions of Music and Drama by Venetian sculptor Benvenutti. The opening of the theatre was marked by a performance of Verdi's Aida. In a town which, at the time, was not supplied with electric current, the autonomous system of electric supply installed in the theatre by the Vienna Kremenczky company was a real sensation.
On the square in front of the theatre stand the statue of Croatian composer Ivan pl. Zajc and a fountain with a sculpture by D. Džamonja.
The theatre today houses the opera, the ballet and Croatian and Italian drama. Also known for some contoversial plays and excentric commissary.
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Product of the Helmer and Fellner workshop, was completed in 1885.
Quiet Neo-Renaissance decorations alternate with playful Neo-Baroque ones on its facades.
The palace illustrates the ambitions of Rijeka to imitate the Ring of Vienna and to compete with Trieste.
Today the building houses the Central City Library and the cultural centre of the Italian minority, the popular Circolo italiano di cultura.
Rijeka has street called La Guardia. Why? Simple, Fiorello la Guardia lived in the city at the begining of 20th century. Obviously, locals liked him very much and today apart of street name, there is house designated as place where he lived and worked.
Former Hungarian port
Port of Rijeka is the biggest port on Adriatic and also the most important port in Croatia, and Rijeka’s traffic route the most vital continental – nautical route in the state.
In 19th century, biggest and only hungarian port, they built railway line Budapest-Rijeka to connect city with sea.
Beautiful Transadria building in Rijeka port with number of maritime offices and supporting industries. Each time I pass by, I use this building for time and temperature measurement.
Oposite from building is passanger ferry terminal.
Rijeka is the largest port in Croatia with the total throughput close to 11 million tons of cargo in 2006, according to the Port of Rijeka Authority.
Actually we have two ports: Rijeka and Susak; in history one belonged to Italy other to Yugoslavia.
Visit Rijeka during carnival
Someone wrote about Rijeka's carnival as local custom. It's true, you should come in winter (40 days before easter) and have fun. City and surroundings are full with events about carnival.
Main characters of tradition in this part of Croatia are Zvoncari.
I copied a text about them from other site couse it's very well explained:
At Halubje, the western part of the Kastav region, in the surroundings of Rijeka, unique folk customs have maintained - "Zvončari" (bellmen) - the origin of wich dates back to prehistoric times.
The customs are typical for the regions in wich cattle was raised - we know it from the equipment of "Zvončari" as their primary task was to scare away evil spirits of winter and to stir up new spring-time cycle.
"Zvončari" have a sheepskin thrown over and a big bell, tied around their waist, on their back. On their heads they wear special stylised masks, representing strange animal heads with a red tongue stuck out and with horns. "Zvončari" wear white trousers and sailor`s striped shirts. In their hands they hold a "balta" or "bačuka" - a stylised mace. In carneval time, regardless of weather conditions, "Znončari" as a big group go from village to village in the region, following always the same schedule drawn up centuries ago.
There is a legend telling how "Zvončari" scared away Tartars or Turks when they tried to invade the region: the shepherds of that time wore sheepskin, put a mask on their heads, belted on a bell, and producing a deafening noise scared away the enemy. That is why the equipment of a "Zvončar" includes elements of arms.
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When you purchase the Rijeka Card you will receive discounts in over 130 locations in Rijeka and Opatija: in city museums,galleries and souvenir shops(50-66%), many restaurants(10-20%) and shops (10%). Along with the Card, for aprice of only 55 kuna, you will also receive a brochure full of information and a map of the city and you may also use public city transport for free for a period 48 hours.
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Peek and poke museum
Club PEEK&POKE is one of the few permanent displays of vintage computing technology in Europe. Located in the centre of the city of Rijeka and spread across 300m2 of space, it contains more than 1000 exhibits of the world and local computer history, ranging from very early calculators and game consoles to rare and obsolete computers from the nineties.
Here you will also find a library of books and magazines from that era, or you can have a drink in a lounge area where you can also take advantage of the internet connection.
Admission is 10-20 kuna. Club is open every weekday from 10AM-8PM, Saturdays from 10AM-2PM.
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Tvornica "Torpedo" (the Torpedo factory) The first European prototypes of a self-propelled torpedo were created by Giovanni Luppis, a retired naval engineer from Rijeka. The remains of this factory still exist, including a well-preserved launch ramp used for testing self propelled torpedoes on which in 1866 the first torpedo was tested.
Saint Vitus is the patron of the City of Rijeka. City of Rijeka celebrates the Day of its Patron St. Vitus every year on the 15th June. It has became the Day of City of Rijeka, signified by ceremoniously clergy and public celebration.
The Church of St. Vitus was in the period of the middle age a small and one-sided, romanic church with semi-circular apse behind the alter and covered porch. With the arrival of the Jesuits in Rijeka, it became the jesuit´s church. In 1925. Rijeka became the center of the diocese, and in 1969. the center of the archbishopric and metropolit. The representative jesuit´s Church of St. Vitus became the Cathedral of Rijeka.
- Historical Travel
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Rijeka Summer Nights
If you are looking for some cultural events during summer, you can visit Rijeka Summer Nights. It takes place during July every year ans there are lot of theater events for everyone who likes opera and all others theatrical events. More information on: http://www.hnk-zajc.hr/default.asp ->english version or http://www.rijeckeljetnenoci.com/Engl/index.htm
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Adriatic pallace - Jadrolinija
Another arhitectual masterpiece from 19th century. Jadrolinija is biggest croatian (and in ex-YU) passangers sea transportation and with rich historical role in cities life.