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Zagreb: Spend this summer in Croatia’s vibrant capital city

Lush green parks throughout the city centre, imposing heritage buildings, real Central European cafe society and Mediterranean style hospitality. Welcome to Zagreb, Croatia’s stunning capital!

Zagreb: Spend this summer in Croatia's vibrant capital city
Zagreb at night. Photo: M.Gasparovic

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Zagreb is a city that has it all — not only is it rich in culture with plenty of museums, theatres, galleries and authentic markets, it also has a surprisingly buzzing nightlife. Not to mention its great gourmet scene, from quirky bistros to fine dining, exciting events, a wide range of accommodation choices, easy access to Croatia’s famous coast, plus some excellent shopping.

Zagreb Upper Town. Photo: J.Duval

Find out more about beautiful Zagreb

Top events in Zagreb this summer

Cest is d’Best

Cest is d'Best. Photo: J. Duval

30th May-3rd June 2018 

Bringing good vibes, positive energy, and laughter to city streets, squares, corners and parks this spring!

This urban tradition is packed with street performers, clowns, musicians, actors, and others who are there purely to put a smile on people’s faces! The PoŽuji Waiters’ Race, Dustmen Cart Race, The Slowest Bicycle Ride, and the Wandering Piano are just some of the traditional events.

Strossmartre

Zagreb Upper Town. Photo: Ddavor Rostuhar

June-September

For more than 100 days the Strossmayer Promenade in the Upper Town delivers Parisian spirit to all those who pass by. Majestic views of Zagreb will be met with a carefully-created musical programme, art installations, open-air cinema, painters, and pop-up stalls with all sorts of goodies. 

#WELOVESOUND Festival

2nd-3rd June

Over two days the festival offers fans of electronic music the chance to see performances by leading international stars. Some of the confirmed artists at the second #WELOVESOUND festival are Ricardo Villalobos, The Martinez Brothers, Sonja Moonear, and Jackmaster. Come share the magic on the dance floor by the lake.  

Design District Zagreb

14th-17th June

Dedicated to design, architecture, art, fashion, and gastronomic delights!

Expect pop-up galleries, urban gardens and picnics, art installations in streets and parks, design projects, DIY (do-it-yourself) workshops, design open days and architectural offices, creative catering facilities, a music programme and a lot of other exciting activities.

Art Pavilion. Photo: J.Duval

ZG Classic 2018

June/July

When it comes to music, this is going to be the most eclectic festival to date, gathering around 1000 performing artists, with 13 concerts by leading Croatian and international orchestras over the course of three weeks. Listen to opera under the stars, the symphonic orchestras of the Croatian Radio and Television or the Music Academy, as well as Zagreb’s best choirs.

INmusic Festival #13

INMusic Festival. Photo: J.Bucklens

25th-27th June

One of many buzzing music festivals that puts Zagreb on the map! International world headlining bands strut their stuff at Lake Jarun in our lead up to summer and this year’s headliners are Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Kills, Alice In Chains, David Byrne and many more…

The Courtyards – Each one has its own story

The Courtyards. Photo: Sanjin Kastelan 

13th-22nd June

For the fifth year in a row, the majestic courtyards of seven famous city buildings and galleries will open their doors for all to see. This is a must see if you’re in town; simply head to the Upper Town and you’ll be further entertained with a lot of great music, delicious snacks and refreshing drinks. Top urban summer fun!

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Upper Town, Zagreb. Photo: J.Duval

Where to stay?

Zagreb offers a wide range of accommodation possibilities to suit any budget or taste, from luxury five star hotels to accommodation suitable for visitors on a tighter budget. Whatever type of accommodation you choose, you will find consistent standards and quality of service.

Find out how to get to Zagreb

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The ZAGREB CARD is your best companion while in Zagreb, entitling you to fare-free public transport and free visits or discounts at over 50 different locations. You can find detailed information and a complete list of available discounts here.

This content was sponsored by Croatia National Tourist Board and Zagreb Tourist Board.

TOURISM

Sweden launches bid to become world’s top tourism destination by 2030

Forget the pyramids, the canals of Venice or the Eiffel Tower – the Swedish government has presented a plan to make Sweden the world's most attractive tourism destination by 2030 – but it's not yet clear how.

Sweden launches bid to become world's top tourism destination by 2030
Many tourists are attracted to Sweden because of its nature. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

In a press conference on Monday, Sweden’s Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation Ibrahim Baylan outlined the new strategy, which aims to make Sweden “the world’s most sustainable and attractive tourism destination built on innovation” by 2030.

Baylan referred to Sweden as a country which “is usually ranked as one of the world’s most innovative countries”, which he argued can “create value for the tourism industry”.

According to Baylan, the strategy builds on “sustainability’s three dimensions – it has to be environmentally, socially and economically sustainable”. The strategy will also “tie into the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030”, he said.

Topics covered by the new tourism strategy include the climate impact of tourism, equality and inclusion in the tourism industry and the importance of preserving shared resources such as national parks and sustainable nature tourism such as fishing and hunting.

The press release highlights the importance of natural tourism, explaining that the pandemic has led to people visiting natural and cultural environments “to a greater extent than before”, increasing wear and tear to natural areas.

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Tourism is an important industry for Sweden, providing employment in both urban and rural areas, as well as generating wealth – before the coronavirus pandemic, the tourism industry represented on average 2.7 percent of Sweden’s GDP per year. The tourism industry also employs a high amount of people from foreign backgrounds – making up over a third (34 percent) of all employees in the industry.

During the pandemic, overnight stays declined in almost every Swedish municipality, with the biggest declines seen in Sweden’s larger cities and border municipalitites.

The government’s plans also include a focus on jobs and skill development, so that workers have the right qualifications for the industry – this reflects issues currently faced by the restaurant and hotel industry in finding skilled workers in the wake of the pandemic. 

There are currently no details as to how the government will achieve this strategy, or indeed how it will measure success. But Sweden is aiming high if it wants to be the world’s most attractive tourist destination by 2030. In 2019, it was ranked the 54th top tourist destination in the world by the UN World Tourism Organisation.

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