Top attractions in Zagreb
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- CurrencyCroatian Kuna (kn)
- Time ZoneUTC (+02:00)
- Country Code+385
- Best time to visitMarch 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
Hi, our guide was BRUNO. He was very helpful, supportive, informative. We stayed 7 days in croatia and the day we went to slovenia was one of the best days. Thanks once again BRUNO for making the day great.
Everything was very well taken care of. Marko provided local tips, guided everybody with patience & we finished the trip very well. Worth every penny & more.
Dora was an excellent guide and by the end of the tour we felt that we had a good overview of Croatia's history over the last century. This is enhancing the tour we are now doing through the country.
We found this walk very well planned and well organized. Our guide Maja did an excellent job of explaining the main attractions with historical background but what made it more personal were her anecdotes from her childhood as a Croatian. She spent time interacting with people from the group individually as well. This walk was so worth it! We highly recommend it as ‘must do’ activity when come to Zagreb!
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.