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Facts about Croatia
- Currency: Kuna (HRK)
- Timezone: 1+ UTC
- Language: Croatian
A long Adriatic coastline with dozens of islands have guaranteed Croatia a prominent place on the tourist map of Europe. This is a country which has come a long way since the dark days of the 1990s when Croatia’s struggle for independence spread conflict and mayhem well beyond the country’s borders.
Since 2013, Croatia has been a member of the European Union, though it is not due to adopt the euro for some years. Cheap prices ensure a steady stream of visitors. Many look for sun, sea and sand along the coast, but there’s much more to Croatia. The country has striking mountains and wetlands. Croatia boasts many fine cities, not least its capital Zagreb. But there are many smaller towns which deserve a visit, such as the southern port of Dubrovnik and the old city of Varazdin in northern Croatia.
The rail network in Croatia radiates out from the capital Zagreb, connecting most major cities by rail. A notable exception is Dubrovnik, which doesn’t even have a train station (the nearest rail station is Split, a 4 hr bus ride away)! Other coastal cities, such as Split and Rijeka, are easily reached by train. Although criss-crossed by major rail routes, direct international passenger trains linking Croatia with some of its neighbours are surprisingly sparse. Plan accordingly!