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Things to do in Zagreb

Chill out with the locals around Lake Jarun

Southwest of Donji grad is Zagreb’s ‘artificial sea’, which sprawls along for 2km (1.2 miles). An easy tram ride from the city centre, it is hugely popular in the summer months as people paddle around the rowing lake, relax on the shingle beach and chill out in the cafés.

Jump at the Lotrščak Tower cannon

Built to watch over the southern gate of the old town, Lotrščak Tower (tel: +385 1485 1768) is known for the almighty bang that goes off every day at noon, when a single cannon round is fired. As well as a shock, the 13th-century tower offers fantastic views of the city.

Spot a fake at the Mimara Museum

You'll do more than a few double takes in the Mimara Museum (tel: +385 148 28100; www.mimara.hr). Comprised of more than 4,000 Old Master artworks including Rembrandt, Caravaggio and Renoir, it's not entirely clear whether the pieces amassed by collector Ante Topiċ Mimara are what they say they are.

Wander the artworks of Mirogoj Cemetery

The great and good are buried in suitably over-the-top style at Mirogoj Cemetery (tel: + 385 14 6 96 700; www.gradskagroblja.hr). Effectively an open-air sculpture park, ivy-clad arcades and cupolas give a taste of what to expect; the tombs of Ivan Meštroviċ and Ivan Rendiċ are elaborate works of art.

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Hotel Jagerhorn

Founded in 1827, Jagerhorn is the city’s oldest standing hotel. After the full refurbishment in 2015 it has become one of the most luxurious places to stay in Zagreb. Whether you like to enjoy a drink by the fountain or relax in spacious rooms, Jagerhorn is an oasis of style and comfort.

Panorama Zagreb

This gleaming business hotel in Zagreb has 279 comfortable, modern and well-equipped rooms, as well as a restaurant and meeting and conference facilities. It’s great value for an uncomplicated sense of comfort.

Hotel Antunović

Hotel Antunović is 8km (5 miles) from Zagreb’s city centre and has 210 rooms and suites, with rates to suit a variety of budgets. Dining options are equally diverse with a self-service restaurant, Mediterranean eatery and pastry shop all on site. The eighth-floor spa and pool command panoramic views over Zagreb.

Hotel Dubrovnik

With a hard-to-beat location - off the main Bana Jelačića square - this 266-room Zagreb hotel also boasts a small fitness centre and an Italian restaurant. The glass building is a city landmark and the meeting place for businessmen and business travellers.

Palace Hotel

The old dame of hotels in Zagreb, Palace Hotel still oozes the old-fashioned charm that once made it the city’s best. Opened in 1891, it’s Zagreb’s first luxury hotel, and the decadent elegance of the Habsburg Empire still reigns in the plush rooms. Front rooms have fabulous views of the park, so try to get one of those for beauty in and outside.

Esplanade Zagreb

This grand 1920s hotel in Zagreb was originally built for travellers on the Orient Express and has hosted royalty, artists and politicians in its many years. It remains the epitome of old-fashioned luxury and Art Deco elegance, with 209 plush rooms, fine-dining restaurant (one of the city’s best), health club and business centre.