Zagreb, Croatia’s northwestern capital, is distinguished by its 18th- and 19th-century Austro-Hungarian architecture. At its center, Upper Town is the site of the Gothic, twin-spired Zagreb Cathedral and 13th-century St. Mark’s Church, with a colorfully tiled roof. Nearby is pedestrian-friendly Tkalčićeva Street, lined with outdoor cafes. Lower Town has the main square, Ban Jelačić, plus shops, museums and parks.
The Croatian National Theater, an opulent neo-baroque landmark, is a venue for drama, opera and ballet as well as an annual international theater festival. Zagreb is home to many museums and galleries, such as the sleek Museum of Contemporary Art; the Mimara Museum, featuring artworks by European masters; the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art, housed in an old mansion; and the quirky Museum of Broken Relationships. Jarun Lake, southwest of the center, is a summer destination for swimming, sailing, restaurants and nightclubs. Nearby Mt. Medvednica offers skiing and snowboarding in winter.