The capital city of Croatia and the largest with a metropolitan population of over 1 million, Zagreb is located in the northwest part of the country. It is conveniently served by its own Zagreb Airport, which is just over 10 miles out of the city center so you can choose to pick up your hire car Zagreb here. HAPPYCAR, the online comparison portal, will search through and compare the prices and deals of all the best and well-known international and local car providers to find you the ideal deal for your trip, saving you the time and effort of going through each website yourself. Using our simple on line booking process, you can have your car booked in just a few clicks, with the right kind of car, insurance, and price for your best vacation.
The city dates back to the roman times, one can still experience its roman past by visiting the roman settlement in the Scitarjevo area, the first mention of the city of Zagreb dates back to the 11th century, during this period the city was divided into two parts, one for the Clergy and the cathedral and the other part for the workers, this remained until the mid-1800's when the two areas were united. The city became the capital of the newly independent Croatia following the break up of Yugoslavia.
At the heart of the city is the Trg Josipa Jelacica, the main square, there are many cafes and restaurants here where you can sit back and watch the world go by. The square is named after the man who unified the city and who also led troops against Hungary in the hope of more autonomy for his people, Ban Jelacic.
The spectacular market, Dolac Market, found in the north of the main square is a hotpot for cheap food and handcrafted ornaments, perfect for a souvenir to take home. The market is found on the border between the upper and lower parts of town.
The Lotrscak tower was built in the 13th century to protect the city’s southern gate from invading forces. There is a legend that a cannonball fired from the tower blew a rooster to bits and that this act demoralized the Turkish would be attackers that they were unsuccessful in their attack.
A short drive out of the city center with your hire car Zagreb is this rather unusual sight. Mirogoj is a cemetery, one of the most beautiful on the continent, it was opened in the 19th century. The entrance is a rather impressive building and once inside one will encounter sculptures and impressive tombs.
Having a rental car Zagreb gives you the freedom to explore the greater area of the city and also other parts of the country at your own will, without the stress and unreliability that comes with using public transport. A short trip out of the city center is the medieval fortress of Medvedgrad, found on the southern part of the Medvenica Mountain. Completion of the fort happened in 1254, it was built to protect the city from tartar invasions. Today it is a homage to those who died for the freedom of Croatia, it also offers a great view of the city and the surrounding area. Get out of the city and explore some other parts of this country such as the medieval town of Samobor only a half hour journey away, due to its size you can make a day trip to most places in Croatia, visit the stunning city of Dubrovnik, with its stunning city walls and architecture, its all possible with a car rental Zagreb through HAPPYCAR. Make your Croatian vacation dreams a reality now and book your next car hire through HAPPYCAR!