Croatia's currency is the Kuna. I was told that I shouldn't change money at the railway station because of the commission there. I then actually got my Kunas out of a ATM machine. One Euro is about 7,4 Kuna (April 07). In September 2012 one Euro is still about 7,5 Kuna.
We did change our last KM from Bosnia at the exchange office in the railway station and were quite happy with what we got (September 2012).
Luggage and bags: In Croatian tradition Advent (from the Latin word "adventus" meaning coming) is time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the nativity of Jesus at Christmas. Advents starts on the fourth Sunday before December 25. For Christians the season of Advent serves as a reminder to the second coming of the Christ.
On arrival in Zagreb, don't forget to pick up a free map of the town at the Tourist Information Office. The map includes proposals for walking routes and an overview of the tram network and the bus terminals.
The Tourist Information Office of Zagreb is located at the main square (Trg bana Jelacica 11). The staff was friendly, helpful and spoke very well English.
Luggage and bags: The statue to famous Croatian writer and poet, August Senoa, leaning against an advertisement pillar, designed by Marija Ujevic - Galetovic, stands on the corner of Vlaska and J. Branjuga street. August Senoa was a great poet and the best cronicler of Zagreb, the town where he lived Most of his life.
I brought the DK Eyewitness Travel guide to Croatia. As mentioned elsewhere, the capital city comes after the beach resorts...
As usual I did find it useful for reading prior to arrival although not so much for carrying around with me once I'd arrived. Of course it was there in my bag just in case.
This is a city guide which is published 6 time per year, so it is constantly updated. In addition, it will have information about upcoming events such as concerts or exhibitions.
You can download it in pdf format to print and bring with you, or to put on a memory stick.
My hotel distributed the printed version free to all guests. It's a great supplement to your "traditional" guidebook.
"In Your Pocket" guides started in Vilnius about 15 years ago, when visitor/tourist information was close to zero. At that time I was visiting Vilnius at least once a month, and they were great for providing ideas for restaurants etc. In fact, I'm a former advertiser in the Vilnius version.
Great to see them expanding to other places (50 cities now).
The tourist office in Zagreb is very good with providing free maps etc. You cannot buy the inyourpocket guide at kiosks but you can ask for it at the tourist office. Make sure you ask for the brochure with the self-guided walks.
The tourist office is located on Trg (Square) bana Jelacica.
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Hotel Esplanade in Mihanoviceva street is the most beautiful hotel of Zagreb, built in 1925. It is the Classic yesteryear type of hotel. It was completely renovated, few years ago, and joined to the Regent Hotel Group.
The first picture, very dear to me, was made by clasiccal film camera, while the other picture with digital one.
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The most attractive building in the Upper Town, the Vojkovic-Orsic-Rauch Mansion in Antuna Gustava Matosa street, at the present time the Croatian History Museum.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Both, the Upper and the Down Town, looks very attractibe under the night illuminations, especially some palaces and galleries. Feel free to walk, even alone, throughout this areas because you'll be very safe here.
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Fountain with the Statue of Holy Mary stands opposite to the Cathedral. On this picture there are details from the lower part and the fountain.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: During the day it is one of the bussies square in the town, while during the night it is pieceful and very safe area.
Depending on the season, be prepared for the weather.
Winter is usually very cold, and the temperature often goes below zero. So be sure to pack warm clothes (jumpers, coats, ski jackets, scarf, cap, mittens etc) and shoes suitable for snow and rain. A raincoat or an umbrella is also recommended.
Although in the last few years transitional periods like spring and autumn have practically vanished, be prepared for some heavy rain should you decide to visit us in April or October. The weather can be quite unpredictable in this period so you might expect low temperatures as well as high, and showers out of the blue. Keep that in mind while packing - bring some warm clothes but also light one.
Summer heat usually starts at the beginning of June and goes on until beginning of September. In this period be prepared for very high temperatures (30-40 C) and bring summer clothes.
Mosquito repellent is recommended, especially if the summer is hot and rainy (like this year).
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Zagreb is a continental city, but still has a beach of its own, though it's nothing comparable to the beautiful Adriatic coast. Still it is somewhat helpful to those who have to stay in the city during those hot months.
You can pretend you're on vacation somewhere on the coast if you go to lake Jarun. It's even possible to swim, so take your swimsuit, towel and the rest of your beach gear with you.
If Jarun is not exactly tempting, you can still check some of the swimming pools.
Be sure to pack for both cool and warm weather. I experienced a range in temperature from really cool to really hot in Zagreb.
Miscellaneous: Month Avg. High Avg. Low Mean Avg. Precip.
Jan 37°F 28°F 32°F 2.10 in.
Feb 42°F 32°F 37°F 1.80 in.
Mar 52°F 38°F 45°F 2.30 in.
Apr 61°F 46°F 53°F 2.50 in.
May 69°F 53°F 61°F 3.30 in.
Jun 75°F 58°F 67°F 4.00 in.
Jul 79°F 61°F 70°F 3.40 in.
Aug 77°F 61°F 69°F 3.60 in.
Sep 70°F 55°F 62°F 3.20 in.
Oct 59°F 47°F 53°F 2.70 in.
Nov 48°F 38°F 43°F 3.30 in.
Dec 39°F 31°F 35°F 2.50 in.
Miscellaneous: Pack of cards , journeys to and from Dalmatia are a bit long and can be livened up by playing cards . Also confuses the crap out of the locals who may now think there's a card game called " you're a wanker "
Zagreb can be much colder than the towns along the coast so be prepared with appropriate clothing.
Photo Equipment: Make sure you bring your photo gear so that you'll be able to capture all of Zagreb's stately buildings and interesting architectural details.
Life saving jacket if you don't wanna drown in the Jarun Lake while skinny dipping.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Deodorant. Do you wanna smell BAD, or what?
Photo Equipment: One of the dwarves looks exactly like Gimli. Quick, take a photo of him, or else nobody'll believe you!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Baseball bat for those 3 evil dwarves at Schlosserove Stube.