An exciting cultural hub, Zagreb is said to have the most museums per capita in the world—and they represent all interests. From the Archaeological Museum, the beautiful Art Pavilion (Umjetnički Paviljon), the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art, the intimate Atelier Meštrović, and the Image of War photography museum, to the eclectic Museum of Broken Relationships, museum hopping is a pastime in itself.
Zagreb is known for education and medical innovation. The University of Zagreb has been in continuous operation since 1669. One of Europe’s oldest educational institutions, it hosts 70,000 students every year in 31 disciplines all the way through post-graduate studies.
And how many travelers know that Zagreb was a main station on the Simplon Orient Express route, made popular by Agatha Christie, Graham Greene, and none other than James Bond?! The Simplon route ran from 1919 through 1977 (with a break during the First and Second World Wars). It was literally the luxurious link from west to east for the elite of European society, running from Paris to Constantinople (present day Istanbul). The art deco Esplanade Hotel, located next to the Glavni kolodvor (train station), was built in 1925 for Orient Express patrons and today still exudes opulence and style; its fascinating history and guest list of rich and famous reads like a novel in itself.