You will likely enter Croatia by Zagreb. It is the capital of both the region and the country, and contains Croatia’s main airport, dominant commercial center, and more than half of the country’s population. It is Croatia’s premier cultural destination, offering museums, theaters, galleries, and educational institutions—including the University of Zagreb, which has been in continuous operation since 1669.
Zagreb is worth your time exploring, and architecture fans will love the various, sometimes opulent, styles. The Gothic Zagreb Cathedral, first completed in the 13th century and since renovated, is the tallest building in Croatia. The iconic St. Mark’s Church is Romanesque, also from the 13th century. In walking distance you will also discover Baroque, Art Nouveau, Socialist, and Modern styles.