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 What is ZIMS     Back to top
ZIMS (Zagreb International Medical Summit for Medical Students and Young Doctors) is first student summit organised by medical students in Zagreb, Croatia. Aim of this summit is to gather medical and adjacent students from Croatia, as well as from other countries. Young doctors are welcome, too. Definition of "young doctor" is here taken from EMSA Europe congress guidelines as "a person which graduated in the past year". 

During summit there are many presentations given by invited speakers and students. 

 1st ZIMS        Back to top

On October 26th-28th 2001 1st ZIMS was organised. We hosted 94 participants from 6 countries. 32 scientific papers were presented in form of oral presentation and posters. We had a contest for best lecturer and best scientific paper, and winners were rewarded. On Sunday we had a field trip to Northern Croatia, a land of myth and legends. We visited castle Traksocan, a crown jewel of North Croatia. On our way back we had a lunch in traditional local inn. Finally, we came back to Zagreb in the late afternoon. 


Participants from 1st ZIMS had to fill a survey in the end of summit. They were mostly content with what they were given here. One comment deserves to be mentioned: "All the lectures were in bad english!". Well, dear participant, we cannot help in that one. But you can. 

If you would like to see the atmosphere of 1st ZIMS, please visit 1st ZIMS webpage


1st ZIMS Organising Committee

 SSCMA & EMSA Zagreb       Back to top

SSCMA (Student Section of Croatian Medical Association) is student organisation promoting science, publishing and student activities in different fields, such as ethics. It is non-profit and non-govermental organisation oriented to students and run by students. It is located in Croatian Medical Association, Subiceva 9, Zagreb. 

EMSA Zagreb (European Medical Students' Association) is another non-profit, non-govermental and independent organisation oriented to student scientific activities within Europe. Founded 1991, EMSA Europe is roof organisation in Europe in this field. 


EMSA Europe website : http://www.emsa-europe.org


 Zagreb       Back to top

Zagreb is the capital of Croatia, has a population of around 700.000 citizens and it is known by many beautiful parks in the very heart of the city; situated on sloopes of Zagrebacka Gora mountain (Medvednica);  city comprises two big parts: Old city and New city, on other side of river Sava.  

Zagreb’s University is the biggest in the country so many young people from all over the country get their education here. Therefore in the streets you can hear many different dialects of Croatian. Don’t try to understand them! It is hopeless.
Even though the war has finished in this territory many years ago people are still asking is it safe here. Zagreb is a SAFE city! Still we have to warn you that we have European prices in Zagreb and it is not cheap city to live in! But it has its charm. You’ll see! If you come… 


Interactive map of zagreb; you have to register to see it, but it is very useful website



 Useful information    Back to top

 Do I need visa to get in Croatia?

Citizens from some countries require visa to enter Croatia, while others do not. Please check if you need visa for coming to Croatia in your embassy, or check Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 


Countries that require visa


Countries that don't require visa



Croatia lies in the central-eastern Europe, with mild climate with warm summers and moderately cold winters. However, during spring and autumn times rain is not unusuall thing here. So, please, bring your umbrella and/or raincoat so that we don't have to write an article about ZIMS induced pneumonia. Middle temperature for October is 13,7oC, but it can vary from 3oC up to 26oC. Be prepared!


CNN weather forecast for Zagreb



 How to get here?    Back to top


If you have chosen the plane as your transport, you’ll arrive at Zagreb’s Pleso International Airport, which is located 17 km out of town. Both domestic and foreign arrival and departure areas are located on the ground floor. Croatia Airlines runs a bus service from Pleso to the bus station every half an hour starting at 5:30 till 19:30. The price is 25 kn per person or cca. 3.5 EUR. Of course, you can take a taxi. That pleasure costs around 200 kn or cca. 27 EUR. 

List of flight operators includes: Croatia Airlines, Lufthansa, Swissair, SAS, Air France, British Airways, CSA, Aeroflot, LOT, Malaysia Airlines and Austrian Airlines. 





Information: +385 1 62 65 222


Train will bring you to the Zagreb’s Main Train Station (Glavni kolodvor), which is located in the centre of town, Address: trg kralja Tomislava 12. From that location it is possible to use city transports (trams and buses) to reach every part of town. The Main square named Trg bana Josipa Jelačića, the very heart of town, is only 10 minutes away by foot or 2 tram stations in northern direction (numbers 6 and 13). Taxi to that location costs around 50 kn or 7 EUR.

Train connections include: Műnchen (Euro City Mimara), Vienna (Inter City Croatia, Cibalia), Venice (Inter City Kras, Simplon, Venecija), Budapest (Drava, Maestral, Agram), Paris and Geneva (Simplon), Graz (Inter City Croatia, Zagreb) i Moscow (Agram). 



www.hznet.hr (English part of the website is under construction - try to use Croatian timetable)

Information: +385 60 333 444
International traffic: +385 1 45 77 704
Croatia Express: +385 1 4573-253, +385 1 48 11 842


Bus station is located a little bit more away from the centre (1,5 km) but it is connected with other parts of town by several tramlines; Address: Avenija Marina Drzica bb. To the Main square runs line No. 6 direction north (Črnomerec). Taxi to that direction costs around 70 kn (10 EUR). 

Daily connections are: Graz(A), München, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Dortmund, Köln, Dusseldorf(D), Zűrich(Ch), Barcs i Nagykanizsa(H), and once or few times a week you can have a bus from/to Berlin, Istanbul and some other destinations. 


Informations about departures and arrivals: tel +385 60 313 333
Answering machine: +385 60 340 340

International reservations: +385 1 6157 983


Using a car to get to Zagreb is easy if you know how to read a map. You can come from 4 main directions and it is not complicated to enter the town without lot of turning. Main road lines are: 

  • Trieste-Ljubljana-Zagreb

  • Graz-Maribor-Zagreb

  • Klagenfurt-Ljubljana-Zagreb

  • Budapest-Varazdin-Zagreb

Problem is how to drive through the centre that has one-way streets and no drive zones. 



Information for drivers: tel +385 1 46 40 800
Road service: +385 1 987

 How to move through town?   Back to top
The most common way of transport in Zagreb is the tram. There are several lines that are connecting edges of city. Plan of tramlines is available in every tram station. Trams are driving since 5:00 until 23:30 hours. At that time starts night schedule of driving. There are 4 lines that are driving by night and scheme of their routes are posted at tram stations also. One ticket costs 6 kn (0.8 EUR) and is valid only in one direction. You can buy it in the tobacco shop or from the  tram driver. The tickets are the same for trams and buses.

There are also daily tickets that cost 16 kn (2 EUR).
Buses are used sometimes as nightlines. Usually they are connecting city with the suburb areas.
Taxi is available at any time on every better-known location. Start of a taxi costs 15 kn (2 EUR), 1 km drive costs 6 kn (0,80 EUR), 1 hour waiting 40 kn (5,40 EUR). 
Sunday and holliday drives as well as drives between 22:00 and 05:00 hours have 20% higher prices.




Map of the city tram lines


Map of Zagreb with ZIMS locations and tram lines (704 Kb, so please be patient while the map downloads). 


You will find out that citizens are very polite with strangers and that younger population knows English very well so you shouldn’t have problems asking for direction or advice. 
In Zagreb there are a lot of caffe bars, pubs, nightclubs, casinos…Only, there is one problem! Most of them are open till 23:00 hours during workdays. Weekend is a bit better. Those called nightclubs work till 4:00. You’ll find Zagreb very much alive during weekend. 
Espresso costs around 5-6 kn (0,7 EUR), various juices between 10-12 kn, beers 0,3 dcl 12 kn and higher depending on mark of beer. 
In some places you will have to pay an entrance, but usually no more than 30 kn (4 EUR).
 How to phone home?
Dial: 00 – code number of your country – code number of your town without 0 – your home number.
 Mobile operators
In Croatia there are two: HT Cronet and VIPnet! Both of them have roaming service with most European countries. It would be the best if you could ask your operators whom with are the roaming contracts signed and how much does that service cost. 
 Tourist Information Centres

Trg bana Josipa Jelačića 11, 10 000 Zagreb, CROATIA
tel: +385 1 48 14 051, +385 1 48 14 052, +385 1 48 14 054
fax: +385 1 48 14 056
E-mail info: info@zagreb-touristinfo.hr

Website: www.zagreb-touristinfo.hr

 Else   Back to top
Foreign newspapers and magazines are available at Algoritam bookshop, Hotel Dubrovnik; Address: Gajeva 1 (near Trg bana Josipa Jelačića)

Last date of change: 02.05.2002. 

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