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While many descend on Croatia's coastline, those in the know make their way to the country's capital. It's a place to meander through the streets of the center with its colorful attractions, to enjoy the cafe culture and pop into edgy and even quirky museums.

Ban Jelačić Square

Ban Jelačić Square

Abuzz day and night, it's the perfect place to start exploring the capital. The statue in the center is Josip Jelačić, the governor (or "ban") of Croatia in the 19th century.

Zagreb Cathedral

Zagreb Cathedral

The twin spires of this Gothic cathedral are dedicated to the Assumption of Mary and Saints Ladislaus and Stephen in the 13th century and are prominent features of the city skyline.

Gornji Grad

Gornji Grad

The "Upper Town" has many of the historical sites, including the parliament building and cathedral. After some sightseeing take a seat at one of the cafes along Tkalčićeva Str.

Mirogoj Cemetery

Mirogoj Cemetery

Located at the base of Mt. Medvednica, many consider this cemetery to be one of Europe's most beautiful. Its lengthy arcade is the final resting place for well-known Croatians.

Museum of Contemporary Art
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Museum of Contemporary Art

The Collection in Motion" displays 620 works of art by 240 artists from Croatia and the world. Carsten Höller specially created the "Double Slide" for this sleek museum.

Museum of Broken Relationships
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Museum of Broken Relationships

The international collection of keepsakes reflects the heartbreaking ends of couples, each of whom has a story to tell. Maybe some jazz on Thursday nights here will ease the pain.

Lake Jarun

Lake Jarun

When the weather beckons to be outside, locals flock to the south of the city for some R&R. You'll find great cafes on the eastern side of the lake, some of which stay open late.

Planning Your Zagreb Visit

How many days to spend in Zagreb?

A full three days will allow you to see the city's top attractions. Add another day or even two if you're keen on the idea of spending some time at Lake Jarun, which offers plenty of activities to enjoy the great outdoors.

Getting around

Though it's half the fun exploring the center with your own two feet, visitors will favor the convenient and easy-to-use tram system for traveling through the center when the occasion arises. You can also take tram 5 or 7 to Lake Jarun.

Where to stay in Zagreb

To have the sightseeing activities at your fingertips, your best bet is to stay in Gornji Grad (Upper Town), or in Donji Grad (Lower Town). You'll find the various star and price categories in either area.

Good to know

  • Language
    Croatian
  • Currency
    Croatian Kuna (kn)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +385
  • Best time to visit
    March through May offer the best time to avoid tourists, humidity, and get the best deals on accommodation. Although transportation is more limited in the Spring, so if planning on seeing more of Croatia - the summer is better for more frequent bus and train connections between major cities.

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What people are saying about Zagreb

Our guide was wonderful and food was delicious

We learned so much on our tour and our guide was very easygoing and knew so much about the city. She even had a small book she had made that had pictures of the city at different points of time in history, and was able to answer all of our questions. The food was also really good.

Very good experience - highly recommended!

This was one of the most fun tours we have been on and our group size was very small & personal, only 8 max seats available. The company is very reliable and our tour guide Domagoj was very nice, funny & knowledgable of the area. Also, extremely honest - I accidentally left my iPad in the van and he met me later that evening to personally return it. This company offers one of the cheaper tours to Plitvice Lakes National Park & I highly recommend them.

Our tour guide Steve was wonderfully professional and knowledgeable

Five star service with Steve as our guide. We learnt so much about the history of Slovenia and he was very professional, knowledgeable and courteous. Highly recommended

From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour Reviewed by Jacqueline, 17/05/2019

Antonio was a good history guide & Driver for the tour

Antonio was a good history guide & Driver for the tour. He was helpful & send us back to our apartment. His knowledge for history of Slovenia & Croatian was excellent.

From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour Reviewed by Amanda, 07/05/2019

Excellent tour by Antonio to the Park. Lots of background history!

Antonio was an excellent guide and we were very lucky to have a sunny day to visit the Park. We got to see about 80-90% of the best areas during our tour, spending about 4+ hours in the Park itself. Perfect pickup and dropoff right on time. Good value!