Venue, Accommodation & Accessibility
Zagreb is the capital and the largest city in Croatia. It is one of 28 EU capitals. It is situated along the Sava river, at the southern slopes of the mountain called Medvednica. The population of the City of Zagreb with surroundings is above 1 million inhabitants. In tourist magazines and events, due to its hospitality, it is positioned under the motto: "Zagreb - the City with a Million Hearts!".
The majority of its citizens are Croats (93% of the city's population) and declared as Roman Catholics (around 80%). The climate in Zagreb is continental with four seasons simmilar to Central European cities. The average daily mean temperature in winter is around 1 °C (from December to February) and in summer 22.0 °C. The local currency is called kuna. And approximate exchange rate is 1 EUR = 7.4 kunas.
The first recorded appearance of the name Zagreb is dated to 1094, at which time the city existed as two different city centers Kaptol, inhabited mainly by clergy and housing Zagreb Cathedral, and Gradec, inhabited mainly by craftsmen and merchants. Gradec and Kaptol were united in 1851. The name Zagreb appears to have been first recorded in 1134. There is a famous legend on the origin of the city name. Is says that a city governor was thirsty and ordered a girl named Manda to take water from Manduševac well (a fountain in the main city square i.e. Ban Jelačić Square) by using the sentence: "Zagrabi, Mando!" which means:"Scoop it up, Manda!". Anyhow, the history of Zagreb is very rich and somehow complicated, for instance during Austria-Hungary Empire, Zagreb was more known outside Croatia by its Austrian German exonym "Agram", but the name "Zagreb" prevailed over the time. During the 1991–1995 Croatian War of Independence, Zagreb was a scene of some sporadic fighting. However, in comparison to cities in eastern parts of Croatia, it suffered rather small damage. In May 1995, it was targeted twice by Yugoslavian Army air attacks.
If you want to bring home an original and a durable souvenir from Zagreb, search for: a red Licitar hearts (Licitarsko srce), a necktie (because Croatia is the homeland of a necktie, in Croatian called: kravata) and a red umbrella of Sestine (Šestinski kišobran).
There is a huge variety of accommodation possibilities in Zagreb. Starting from around 60 hotels from budget ones to extremely exclusive. Many of them such as Esplanade, Hotel Dubrovnik, Hotel Central, Westin, Sheraton, Hotel Palace, Hotel Garden or Hotel Jadran are located less than 20 minutes by foot or by tram from the venue of the Conference.
Also, there are around 20 hostels, numerous Pensions and Private accommodation.
Zagreb has an airport Pleso nearby. Just 17 km from the centre, 20-25 minutes by car. If you are arriving by plane, it is recommended to use local taxi service or Uber or Bolt . It cost around 25 EUR to get to the very center (the main square).
Zagreb is well connected with European cities by train and bus lines. The Main Railway station is in walking distance to the main square (5 minutes by foot). The main bus station is around 10 minutes distance from the main square by tram.
For getting around city there are numerous tram lines. Tram ticket for one round (valid for one and a half hour) costs 10 kunas (i.e. less than 1.5 EUR), also there is a daily ticket (valid for 24 hours) which costs 30 kunas (i.e. around 4 EUR).