In pictures: 40 of continental Croatia's must-see spring sights

Wake up and smell the (freshly bloomed) roses all across continental Croatia

Osijek's shrub-lined Church of St. Peter and St. Paul
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© xbrchxOsijek's shrub-lined Church of St. Peter and St. Paul
Zagreb's leafy and lush Mirogoj Cemetery
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© Florian BrummZagreb's leafy and lush Mirogoj Cemetary
Varaždin city's perfectly landscaped castle
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© Grad VaraždinVaraždin city's perfectly landscaped castle
Art Pavilion and its surrounding gardens in Zagreb
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© Infinite CroatiaArt Pavilion and its surrounding gardens in Zagreb
Veliki Tabor Castle among Zagorje region forests
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© Ivo Biočina/Croatian National Tourist BoardVeliki Tabor Castle among Zagorje region forests
Zagreb's greenery-encapsuled Mimara Museum
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© dbajurinZagreb's greenery-encapsuled Mimara Museum
Venetian-like canals in Samobor adorned with flowers
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© xbrchxVenetian-like canals in Samobor adorned with flowers
Zagreb's Dolac marketplace, chock-full of springtime delights
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© Julien DuvalZagreb's Dolac marketplace, chock-full of springtime delights
Cows grazing the endless farmlands of Sisak-Moslavina county
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© ilijaaCows grazing the endless farmlands of Sisak-Moslavina county
Milanovac waterfall at Plitvice Lakes National Park
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© Dmitry MikhailovMilanovac waterfall at Plitvice Lakes National Park
Cherry blossoms at King Tomislav Square in Zagreb
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© Julien DuvalCherry blossoms at King Tomislav Square in Zagreb
Cathedral of Marija Bistrica, a village in the verduous Zagorje region
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© dreamer4787Cathedral of Marija Bistrica, a village in the verduous Zagorje region
13th-century Trakošćan Castle in the Zagorje region
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© Ivo Biočina/Croatian National Tourist Board13th-century Trakošćan Castle in the Zagorje region
Entrance to Zagreb's Maksimir Park, the first public park in southeastern Europe
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© izzzy71Entrance to Zagreb's Maksimir Park, the first public park in southeastern Europe
Rowboats in Karlovac, the city with four rivers
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© Dinko NeskusilRowboats in Karlovac, the city with four rivers
Tulips highlighting the Cathedral of Teresa of Ávila in Bjelovar city
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© Š. BrajkovićTulips highlighting the Cathedral of Teresa of Ávila in Bjelovar city
Lamp sconces graced with flowers among Baroque architecture in Varaždin city
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© xbrchxLamp sconces graced with flowers among Baroque architecture in Varaždin city
Southern entrance of Zagreb's plane tree-lined Zrinjevac Park
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© Julien DuvalSouthern entrance of Zagreb's plane tree-lined Zrinjevac Park
City centre of Čakovec, county seat of the Međimurje region
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© xbrchxCity centre of Čakovec, county seat of the Međimurje region
Danube river flowing through Ilok, Croatia's easternmost town
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© deymosDanube river flowing through Ilok, Croatia's easternmost town
Bjelovar floral city's central Eugen Kvaternik Square
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© Štefan BrajkovićBjelovar floral city's central Eugen Kvaternik Square
19th-century Croatian National Theatre and its gardens in Zagreb
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© tomas111119th-century Croatian National Theatre and its gardens in Zagreb
Štrigova village in leafy Međimurje county, bordering with Slovenia
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© xbrchxŠtrigova village in leafy Međimurje county, bordering with Slovenia
Mount Medvednica's Medvedgrad Castle overlooking Zagreb
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© Marko VrdoljakMount Medvednica's Medvedgrad Castle overlooking Zagreb
Horses grazing across the many meadows of the Lonja Field wetlands
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© Šimun AščićHorses grazing across the many meadows of the Lonja Field wetlands
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© José A. de Lucas TorreSpringtime sales at Zagreb's Dolac marketplace overlooked by street art
Trail crossing Plitvice Lakes National Park's lower lakes
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© Pascal HabermannTrail crossing Plitvice Lakes National Park's lower lakes
The manicured lawn of Bjelovar city's 19th-century railway station
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© Grad BjelovarThe manicured lawn of Bjelovar city's 19th-century railway station
Pastel-coloured houses and flowers in Karlovac's city centre
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© Denis StosićPastel-coloured houses and flowers in Karlovac's city centre
19th-century architecture in Zagreb's Maksimir Park
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© ilijaa19th-century architecture in Zagreb's Maksimir Park
Galovački Buk waterfall in Plitvice Lakes National Park
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© Ante HamersmitGalovački Buk waterfall in Plitvice Lakes National Park
Vladimir Nazor Street, Bjelovar city's garden-surrounded main avenue
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© Grad BjelovarVladimir Nazor Street, Bjelovar city's garden-surrounded main avenue
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© deymos
Klanjec town in the Zagorje region sporting views of Mount Medvednica
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© xbrchxKlanjec town in the Zagorje region sporting views of Mount Medvednica
Flowers in front of the 1943 Bjelovar Pavilion, Europe's largest stone pavilion
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© Grad BjelovarFlowers in front of the 1943 Bjelovar Pavilion, Europe's largest stone pavilion
Cherry blossoms in the Karlovac City Museum's courtyard
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© Denis StosićCherry blossoms in the Karlovac City Museum's courtyard
Fresh spring flowers on sale at Zagreb's Trešnjevka marketplace
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© Mirna PibernikFresh spring flowers on sale at Zagreb's Trešnjevka marketplace
Brown bear in the verdant Lika region
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© Kevin LanglaisBrown bear in the verdant Lika region
The Gorski Kotar region's Lokve Lake
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© Kevin LanglaisThe Gorski Kotar region's Lokve Lake
The blues and greens of Plitvice Lakes National Park
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© piccayaThe blues and greens of Plitvice Lakes National Park

Continental Croatia comes alive after winter. Rich, fertile soil and springtime sunshine combine to paint the hinterland with all shades of green, accentuated by yellows, pinks, reds and purples from freshly bloomed flowers. Our selection of 40 photos will point you to the best sights for all things green and flowerful - with a dash of culture thrown in, too. Commence your continental Croatia springtime spree.