Travel Split Guide

Split is the largest city on the Adriatic Coast and the second largest city in Croatia. Rich with history, this city was first settled in 295 AD by the Roman Emperor Diocletian who built for himself a gargantuan and grand palace. Split was later occupied by the Venetians, the Austrians and the French before joining Yugoslavia and was later occupied by the Italians. Split has recently become accessible by air by some of Europes more affordable airlines and its popularity amongst travelers has subsequently grown.

The most interesting sight in Split is the aforementioned Diocletian Palace. Built over a period of many years and used for centuries as a Roman getaway; this palace is the basis for the entire city of Split. Adopted, along with the inner city which surrounds the palace, by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in the 1970s, this palace is the most important piece of Roman architecture in the Adriatic. It is built of local limestone with imported sphinxes and columns from Egypt and marble from Greece.

The most popular and beautiful part of the palace is the garland-decorated Arch in the center and the Ethnographic museum is also worth visiting. The palace contains many buildings, a statue of Grfur Ninski by Croatia's most famous sculptor, Ivan Mestrovic, various cult temples and Diocletian's mausoleum. Guided tours are available daily in many languages.

In addition to those museums found within the walls of the palace; Split is home to a Maritime Museum, the Museum of Croatian Archeological Monuments, the Museum of Croatia and the Mestrovic Gallery-held in Mestrovic's summer home which was designed by the man himself. A surprisingly popular destination in Split is their soccer stadium, Poljud. Because the residents of Split are such dedicated fans of their local team, Hajduk, even non-sports fans cannot help but be taken in by the football fervor of Split.

Located on the coast, Split is serviced by numerous ferries taking day-trippers to the local islands. Also an easy train ride from Zagreb, Split is highly accessible. For those who want to get away from the Yacht crowd of the Islands or the relatively fast-pace of Zagreb; Split is a beautiful and fun city filled with high quality restaurants, scenery and fun-loving people.

Auch die deutschen lieben einen Kroatien Urlaub.