Zagreb tours and excursions
The travel agency Event organises two-hour walking tours of Zagreb with a guide in period costume. The tour starts from outside the Zagreb Tourist Information Centre (TIC) on Trg Bana Jelačića, then concentrates on the Upper Town, taking in the Dolac open-market, the cathedral, St Mark's Church, and a view over the city from Lotrscak Tower. It also includes a coffee break at an old-fashioned café.
Upon request, the agency can also arrange a three-hour tour combining walking and a bus ride, plus alternatives such as 'Zagreb by Night', 'Religious Zagreb' and 'Green Zagreb'. All these tours can be booked through the TIC, through Event itself, and at some hotels.
Best known for its kremsnita (custard pie), Samobor makes a pleasant excursion, with its romantic cobbled street, elegant main square and the picturesque riverside Mala Venecija (Little Venice). The nearby Zumberak and Samobor Nature Park is criss-crossed by hiking paths. Samobor Tourist Information Centre Trg kralja Tomislava 5, SamoborTel: +385 1 336 0044.
Medvednica Nature Park
The slopes of Medvednica Nature Park are perfect for hiking. The highest peak, Sljeme (1,033m/3,389ft), offers great views and can be reached by cable car. From here, marked footpaths lead through woodland and several mountain huts offer hearty meals and basic overnight accommodation. There are also 15 mountain biking trails, and in winter it is possible to ski.Tel: +385 1 458 6317.