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The 7 best things to do 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.

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

Beautiful tour with a friendly and knowledgeable guide

Amazing little tour! The guide and driver were very knowledgeable and kept you entertained throughout the whole drive, the village tour and the tour of the lakes. Pick Up and Drop Off were efficient and easy to access and the stop in the town of Rastoke was a lovely addition to the tour. Lakes were stunning and this tour covers a lot of ground in a short period of time. Be prepared to take photos as you walk and lots of crowds but that has nothing to do with the tour itself. We arrived at the lakes just before the crowds which was great and stopped at a lovely restaurant on the way back that had great food. Our guide was Marinsko and he did a great job. Great value for your money and a very memorable experience, highly recommend.

Incredible tour with Mat!! Such a phenomenal experience

I am so glad we decided to book a guided tour for plitvice lakes and our tour guide, Mat, really made the day for us. We got stuck in traffic due to an event so he talked so passionately about Croatia, answered all of our questions. He was lovely and so funny and really had a great sense of humour throughout the day. Mat’s English was excellent and he made lots of recommendations for our time in Zagreb. During the tour, Mat took us around the whole park and knew the best routes to skip all the queues so we could have the best experience possible. He also spoke about the different lakes and rocks which made the day even more interesting! What an amazing experience- worth every penny! Mat really made the day for us!

Mia gave an exceptional and educative tour!

The Croatian Homeland War Tour was excellent. Mia, our guide, was exceptionally well informed and clearly an expert in Croatian history. The tour is an engaging mix of visiting the city's tunnels and an authentic bomb shelter, narration and history provided by the guide, and a video explaining pertinent events. We did the tour after exploring much of the city and it helped to tie together many of the places we had seen. Highly recommend this tour. So engaging and educative. Mia is excellent at what she does!

Zagreb: 2.5-Hour Croatian Homeland War Tour Reviewed by Jennifer, 07/02/2019

Excellent way of seeing the lakes and getting from Zagreb to Split

A long day out (12+ hours). The Plitvice Lakes were fabulous albeit rather crowded. We stopped at a service station and a village on the way to the lakes and then felt a bit rushed at the lakes and very rushed when we transferred buses for the final journey to Split so would rather have skipped one of those stops. Our guide, Marinko was very good, particularly handling a largish group (27) of people of very mixed abilities.

Memorable tour of Plitvice Lakes with terrific tour guide Karlo

Had an amazing small groups tour with Karlos our guide to Rastoke & Plitvice Lakes. Incredible day with fantastic sights & company. Karlos was very knowledgable about both areas we were visiting but also about Croatia. He was very easy to relate to & made everyone feel comfortable - Our bus load of 4 different couples from around the world became good friends throughout the course of the door.