Zagreb which is the capital city of Croatia is located in the region of Prigorje. The city is not merely the administrative capital but is also the hub of culture and commerce of Croatia. The city is inhabited by more than 784,900 people and the number of people living in the metropolitan area is around 1 million. The city lies in the heart of the Medvednica Mountains in between the two banks of the River Sava.
The name of the present day Zagreb comes from zagrabiti which belongs to Slavic tongue. The name has many legends linked to it and there are different opinions to which one is the most authentic. The city can be traced back to the reign of Hungarians who inhabited the land around a centrally built Cathedral. The then called Gornji Grad is the best preserved area of the entire country and is now called the Upper Town of Zagreb.
In the main square of the Upper town is the Gothic church of St. Mark which was built between the late 14th and early 15th century. The bell tower was added to the church after several years. The climate of the city is variable with very warm summers and very cold winters. The people of Zagreb tolerate snowfall each year from December to March and rain during the fall season.
Most important business in Croatia is the manufacturing of machinery that is run on both large and small scales.
The Žrtava Fašizma Square is the place where most industries are located and these include beverages, textile, pharmaceutical and electric appliance and device manufacturers. Zagreb has the advantage of lying midway between Central and Eastern Europe and the GDP of the city is the highest in Croatia. The leading companies of the country have housed their headquarters in the Zagreb and thus all important financial decisions are controlled from this city.