Trip to Croatia – General information

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Sights Croatia Top 10, arrival / connections in the country and further information for tourists in Croatia.

After a referendum in 1991, Croatia declared itself independent from the Yugoslavia confederation that emerged after World War II. Since Serbia under Slobodan Milosevic did not want to accept this, it led to a serious war that lasted for many years and ended in 1995 with the Dayton Treaty. To this day there are conflicts in the Serb-inhabited areas of Croatia.

Croatia is now heading west and wanted to join the EU quickly. Under pressure from old ally Austria, accession negotiations to the European Union began soon after independence.

Above all, the extradition of Croatian war criminals to the international court was a main obstacle – in Croatia they are revered as heroes in the fight for freedom.

On July 1, 2013 the time had finally come: Croatia became the 28th member of the European Union.

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The economy has been growing for several years after a difficult transition process. Tourism in particular is an important source of income. More than 10 million tourists visit the country every year. Holidaymakers are mainly drawn to the Adriatic coast and the islands in the Adriatic. The sea is quite close from Austria and southern Germany, the weather and the beaches are good. The only disadvantage: There are not very many sandy beaches in Croatia. The price level is significantly lower than in Italy, although Croatia is certainly not one of the cheapest countries in Eastern Europe. Some things are even more expensive than in Germany.

Arrival / connections in the country

You can reach Zagreb directly from Munich several times a day by train. Croatia can also be easily reached by train from Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary and Serbia. It is cheaper to travel with one of the many regular buses, some say guest worker buses. There are daily buses from Germany to the larger cities of Croatia for around just 50 euros. The buses usually run at night. In summer you can reach Croatia quite cheaply with charter flights.

Public transport within Croatia is inexpensive and plentiful. The railway network is quite thin. However, cities and villages without rail connections can be easily reached using the well-developed long-distance bus network.

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Sights in Croatia 2024 TOP 10

Zagreb: The capital of Croatia was not destroyed in the war. The architectural style of the old buildings is strongly influenced by a Habsburg style and is a major attraction. Croatia was ruled by Vienna for a long time. The Upper Town is the district with the old aristocratic palaces and is easy to reach on foot, but also with a small cable car. The upper town is overlooked by St. Mark’s Church, which is well worth seeing. The Lower Town is today’s business district with a strong nightlife. The theater, built in the neo-baroque style, is one of the most interesting sights in Zagreb. A good, cheap place to stay in Zagreb is the private youth hostel Ravnice. The centrally located hostel cost 15 euros per night in 2010 (homepage, email, tel.: + 385 +1 2332325).

Adriatic: Almost all tourists who come to Croatia are drawn to the Adriatic coast. Here you can find everything mass tourism is looking for: beaches, sun, old towns, nightlife, good restaurants and, in some cases, affordable prices. Recently there have been increasing opportunities to take part in a cruise. The most beautiful city in Croatia is Dubrovnik. The old town with its meter-thick city wall is considered one of the most worth seeing in Europe.

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