WELCOME TO ZAGREB!

OK, European Collaboration Summit is the best Office 365, SharePoint and Exchange conference in Europe this spring, with the coolest speakers. Price of 80 EUR is affordable, too.

But, what about Croatia? Zagreb? You have never been there, and you know nothing about it, except that it is in the European Union, that it is a beautiful country on the Mediterranean coast, and that Dubrovnik is host to the most of the "Game of thrones" scenery. Should you go there, even if it sounds appealing? How is the transport, medical care, everything?

We have put a short guide together, which should help you to get pretty well around in Croatia.

THE VENUE - HOTEL ANTUNOVIĆ

The Antunović Hotel Congress Center expands on to two floors with a total size of 2.500 m2, including 20 halls and salons.
All congress halls are high-tech equipped, they have daylight, air conditioning, a dig­ital signage system, AMX central devices managing system and free unlimited (wired and wireless) High-speed Internet without registration.

www.hotelantunovic.com
Zagrebačka Avenija 100 A, 10000 Zagreb
Phone:+385 1 2041 201


TRANSPORTATION AND ACCOMMODATION

ARRIVAL

Zagreb is reachable by plane from all major European airports within an hour or two of flight. All major airlines have direct flights to Zagreb's "Pleso" airport, with pretty affordable prices.

Zagreb’s Pleso Airport is located 17 km from the center of the city (20 min taxi ride).

ACCOMODATION

If you prefer not to stay at the conference Hotel, please use any of your favorite booking portals, like HRS, booking.com, expedia, or AirBnb to organize your accommodation. Accommodations in Zagreb are well integrated in all major travel portals.

TAXI

If you would like to explore Zagreb on your own, our advice is to take Uber. The Uber application is available for iPhone, Windows Phone and Android. Just get this application and get around without stress – we strongly recommend it!

Moreover, Eko taxi is also an option, they take credit cards (AMEX, Diners, MasterCard, Visa). Radio Taxi is also available, but they do not accept credit cards.

  Eko taxi Radio Taxi
Start price 8.80 HRK / 1.16 EUR 10.00 HRK / 1.32 EUR
Kilometer price 6.00 HRK / 0.79 EUR 6.00 HRK / 0.79 EUR
Phone +385 1 1414 (2,49 HRK or 0.33 EUR/call) +385 1 1717 (2,50 HRK or 0.33 EUR/call)
Notes Luggage will not be charged Free app for Android and iPhone (inTAXI application for Android and iPhone)



Please let us know if you have any allergies or special diet requests.

Tap water is of good quality and drinkable throughout the whole Croatia.

NIGHTLIFE

Zagreb is is famous for it's nightlife. We suggest you visit some of these places:
 

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT CROATIA

Croatia is the land of a thousand islands (1 185 islands). It has a population of 4.3 million people, spread over 56.5 thousand square kilometers. The capital, Zagreb, is the economic, traffic, cultural, and academic center and the largest city, with almost 800 thousand inhabitants. The official language is Croatian. Croats are mostly familiar with English and German. The current time zone offset is GMT +1.

CURRENCY AND PRICES

The Croatian national currency is the “Kuna“ (meaning marten) which is divided into 100 “Lipa “(meaning linden). International abbreviation for Kuna is “HRK”, and the locally used abbreviation is “Kn”.

Exchange rate list is available on this link.

1 EUR = ˜ 7,6 HRK
1 USD = ˜ 6,9 HRK

Money exchange: International ATM machines can be found everywhere (including 5 ATMs at the airport). Maximum withdrawal limit of the machine usually is 3000 Croatian Kuna per transaction (approx. EUR 400; USD 450).

Alternatives: Euros are usually not accepted. Cafes and smaller stores don't accept credit cards. It is recommended to carry smaller amounts of cash with you. Credit cards (AMEX, MasterCard, Diners, Visa) are accepted in most restaurants, big shops, and souvenir shops.

COMMUNICATION

MOBILE SERVICES

In Croatia, there are three mobile operators: T-Mobile, Vipnet and Tele2. If you would like a pre-paid SIM card with a local operator, check out the offers from T Mobile, Vipnet, Tele2, Tomato, and Bon Bon.

The phone prefix for Croatia is +385. For Zagreb (locally) it is 01; from abroad it is +3851.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

112 similar to 911 (General emergency)
112 or 94  -   Ambulance
112 or 193  -   Fire brigade
112 or 192  -   Police
1987  -   Road help
18166  -  Weather forecast

INTERNET SERVICES AT THE CONFERENCE

The conference hotel provides free broadband Internet in all rooms and free WLAN in all public areas and halls. The Conference area has full Wi-Fi coverage.

WARNING - DO NOT FORGET

  • Check if you have valid travel and health insurance for travelling abroad. EU Citizens do not need any additional insurance
  • ID card, passport and/or visa (if required).
    • EU Citizens can travel with their valid ID cards
    • US and Canadian citizens need their passports, but no visas.
    • Ctizens of countries which are neighboring Croatia, but who are not the EU citizens, need their passports, but no visas.
    • All other visitors, PLEASE CHECK YOUR VISA REQUIREMENTS ON THIS LINK
  • Personal medication, if you need any. Please let us know if you have any allergies or health problems.
  • Swimsuits (in case you would like to prolong your stay in Croatia and decide to visit the Croatian coast)

LEARN SOME CROATIAN

Even if in Croatia you can achieve pretty much anything with English, and to a lesser degree with German, of course you will make everybody pleased with few basic Croatian phrases. :) So here you go:

EnglishCroatian
Hi! Bye!Bok!
Good morning!Dobro jutro!
Good day!Dobar dan!
Good evening!Dobra večer!
Good night!Laku noć!
Goodbye!Doviđenja!
See youVidimo se!
Yes Da
NoNe
MaybeMožda
AndI
SorryOprosti
Thanks!Hvala!
You're welcomeMolim
I don't knowNe znam
FoodHrana
DrinkPiće
CoffeeKava
TeaČaj
BeerPivo
WineVino
My name is...Zovem se...
What's your name?Kako se zoveš?
I don't speak CroatianNe govorim hrvatski

YOU CAN'T HAVE ENOUGH OF CROATIA? THEN PROLONG YOUR STAY! With out partners, Elite Travel Agency, we can help you to prolong your stay in Croatia with one of the organized excursions. For all the details, please contact Branka Obuljen Stritof at participants@collaborationsummit.rocks and she will help you to get going.

The organized excursions include:

Dubrovnik

Visit gorgeous medieval Adriatic city of Dubrovnik, UNESCO Heritage, and the main scenery for the "Game of Thrones" episodes.

Zagreb Walking Tour

Excursion details: approx. 1h 30 min. Includes professional English-speaking guide. See Stone Gate and Bloody Bridge Street while you absorb everyday life in the Croatian capital city. Discover why Zagreb is becoming recognized as one of the most vibrant and popular tourist destinations in Central-Eastern Europe. Depart from ban Jelacic Square near the Cathedral.

Plitvice Lakes

We recommend a visit to Plitvice Lakes. Take a tour of the 16 crystal-blue lakes cascading into 92 spectacular waterfalls. Excursion details: Duration: approx. 11 hours. Includes a professional English-speaking guide Depart from the conference hotel. Drive to Plitvice Lakes. A guided tour of the National Park. This is the oldest (since 1949) and largest (294,82 km2) National Park in Croatia and the only National Park in Croatia on the UNESCO’s list of protected natural and cultural heritage sites (for almost 30 years). Experience the riches of sixteen wonderful interlinked azure-green colored crystalline lakes. The constant formation of the cliffs modeled the appearance of the lakes today, and is the main feature of the National Park. The water of Plitvice Lakes is prime-category drinking water (a rarity in Croatia). Walk along the forest trails, across the wooden bridges, ride on the electric boat, and take the panoramic tour bus. Free time for lunch at a nearby restaurant. Then departure from Plitvice Lakes back to the hotel.

Croatia Island Hopping

Island Hopping from Zagreb. Visit the amazing island of Hvar, the island of Marco Polo – Korcula, and the pearl of the Adriatic – Dubrovnik.