Wine in Croatia has an important role in its culture, mainly due to the fact Croatia is a Mediterranean country. History tracks wine production beginnings around 2200 B.C. when Illyrian tribes in Dalmatia have already been growing grapevines. However, Greek colonization in 5th century B.C. actually spread the craft. Continue reading Croatian Wines
Our staff decided to gather the most interesting, least known and most amazing Zagreb facts we could come across. A little bit of everything is in here so everybody will, hopefully, be pleased – but bare in mind that this is not a guidebook to Zagreb, but something meant to spark up your desire to visit it. Continue reading Amazing Zagreb Facts
Museum Night in 2016., which is the eleventh in a row, starts Friday 29.01. at 18.00 hours. As of then, more than 250 cultural institutions, museums and libraries across Croatia are opening their doors to public requiring no entrance fees, and also accompanied with special programmes through the night, lasting until 1.00 in the morning. Continue reading Night of Museums
There are many reasons why Croatia is such a seductive country, but two are maybe the most expressed ones. First one, the people, often praised for their hospitality and love towards others, and second are natural wonders this country possesses. It really is small, but almost every step of it brings something special to see – and today we bring you a complete guide to Plitvice Lakes. Continue reading A Complete Guide to Plitvice Lakes
Let’s start off with the big news: Advent in Zagreb is the best one in Europe! And no, this isn’t exaggerating – this is award given to Zagreb from European Best Destinations. In tough competition against twenty most beautiful European cities, with voters from 176 different countries, Zagreb managed to get on the top. Even the Daily Mail states: “Forget Vienna and Prague, head to Zagreb”. Apparently, our capital makes great progress each year, offering inspiring ambience to visitors. Continue reading Advent in Zagreb
Hotel President Staff has already reviewed five best cakes in Zagreb, but if we would tell you to pick a single meal that will keep you fed up through the whole day, what would it be? For lots of people, it would be a certain type of hamburger. First introduced in a restaurant in the late 19th century in Texas, USA, it spread its popularity around the world rapidly. And of course it found its way into Zagreb! Whether it’s after a business meeting or a night out, a burger always come in handy. So, here are the great 5 that will spice your stay in the capital. Continue reading Five mind-blowing Burgers in Zagreb
Good news keep coming for Hotel President in Zagreb. Last week The New York Times, probably the most well known newspaper on the globe, decided that they simply must write an article about Hotel President Pantovcak. In their weekend travel review column, called “36 Hours in Zagreb, Croatia”, they listed us as a place you should not miss on your visit to this magnificent capital of Croatia. Continue reading New York Times writes about Hotel President!
For the next six days Zagreb city center will be hosting the biggest street performers’ festival in this part of the world! You can enjoy in breathtaking shows by clowns, street performers, acrobats, musicians, actors and dancers. This festival is dedicated to turning the streets of Zagreb city center into a circus show. Continue reading Cest is d’ Best – Zagreb
Dear readers, guests and travelers, it is with great pleasure we announce that for the 5th consecutive year Hotel President Pantovcak in Zagreb has won the Certificate of Excellence 2015, awarded by international travelers and Tripadvisor. This prestigious certificate is awarded only to highest rated hotels who offer unparalleled service and travel experience. By it we are every year recignized as one of the best hotels in Zagreb and Croatia, and as such means a lot to us and we accept it with pride. Continue reading Hotel President won Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015!
In close cooperation with one of the best hotels in Zagreb, internationally famous event “Dinner in The Sky” will be hosted this year again in Zagreb city center. Get your tickets at Hotel President Pantovcak reception.
This event offers an unforgettable experience of fine dining high up in the air above the City. Exclusive atmosphere, stunning view, and the food prepared by some of the best chefs on the planet. After last year success in Zagreb and Split, this event returns to Croatia in period from 21st May to 24th May 2015.
Continue reading Dinner in the Zagreb Sky
When planning your stay, besides researching best hotels in Zagreb, it’s always worthwhile to know places to visit, what to do and most importantly, where to eat. Thankfully, your faithful staff from Hotel President Pantovcak eagerly accepted the mission of visiting several best pastry shops in Zagreb to bring you our top five cakes you can eat while staying with us.
It is well known that people living in Zagreb love pastry shops. Overtime, they became one of our city’s trademarks. Takeout our sit-down, with friends or alone, in sun, snow or rain, cakes are a great comforter and these will definitely pump up your mood! We have visited Orijent, The Cookie Factory, Amelie, Torte i to and Le Kolač.
Hotel President in Zagreb and all our staff wish you a very happy Easter! I would like to say a few words about what Easter looks like in Zagreb and Croatia, and how we celebrate this great holiday. Just a 3-4 hour ride by car from Zagreb is Dalmatia and Adriatic Sea. Here I am in Split at the moment, sitting in wonderful small café by the sea, having an espresso and a short people watching session. Crowds flow down from the main Split bazaar, everyone carrying small cardboard boxes which keep producing this high-pitched squeaking sound. Being naturally curious I follow the crowd in the opposite direction to find out what are they buying, and stumble upon countless merchants selling adorable little baby chicks and ducks. Yellow, black, little clumps of soft fur huddled together to shelter from a spring morning breeze. As it turns out, it’s a local custom in Dalmatia for every family to buy a baby chicken or duck as an Easter present for their youngest members.
Sometimes other small presents (like candy and chocolate bunnies) are hidden around the garden or house so children should find them themselves. This often results in finding previous-year presents, which were not found the year before and parents forgot that those were ever hidden in the first place. Continue reading Easter in Zagreb and Croatia – people, food and customs
Not your ordinary Thursday…
Welcome travelers, guests, adventurers, friends!
Today is a special day for us at a small boutique Hotel President Pantovcak in Zagreb, because we are finally launching our long planned Zagreb Travel Blog and Guide. Frankly, the idea has been around since our opening several years ago, but everyday life in a small hotel striving for excellence being what it is (amazing and exciting, but there never seems to be enough hours in a day), we got to its implementation only now.
When doing anything, do it right. Right?
The plan is to write both helpful and interesting articles on weekly basis, in a relaxed, witty manner, as a way of making this Zagreb travel blog a refreshment of sorts, a short escape from businesslike environment, both for you and us. We assembled for you a wonderful team of experienced local blog writers and storytellers who will show you firsthand what a magical and thrilling city Zagreb is. You can expect general Zagreb travel advice, we will review tourist attractions, popular restaurants and cafés, compare best hotels in Zagreb and Croatia, eat local food (and maybe write about it), offer informative content (like explaining Zagreb tram system, we also collected a lot of everyday questions from our guests) and cover main Zagreb events on weekly basis. Every now and then we will mix it up with some of our chosen most interesting stories from Zagreb history which will leave you breathless at times (you have been warned). In other words, we will do everything there is to do in Zagreb, so you don’t have to. But we suggest that you do. :))
This blog will keep you informed, updated and wanting to visit Zagreb (again) on first possible occasion.
Prepare yourself for an inspiring, uplifting, wildly romantic journey. Zagreb here we come!
On behalf of Hotel President Staff,
Boris Vizintin, Managing Director.