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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

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

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

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

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.

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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.

Photo: Robert Nyman@Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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

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

Superb overview of Zagreb's recent history

We did this 75 minute tour as we wanted a quick overview of the city as a starting point for our own exploring. It was an excellent introduction from a guide who knew her city and history extremely well. Very good value for money - actually worth a higher charge. Totally recommend this tour.

Almost Free Zagreb Walking Tour Reviewed by Jacqueline, 09/18/2018

Fantastic tour of Varazdin and Trakoscan Castle

Our guide was fabulous, Gorrin, because he was a history major and new everything about Croatia and the surrounding areas. On time and professional with a very comfortable ban. Spent time in Varazdin, a small town about an hour outside Zagreb with some time to explore on our own. Trakoscan Castle was located on a beautiful lake, great views with original furniture furnishings in the castle. A bit of a hike uphill to get into the Castle.

Unforgettable.A must if you are staying in Zagreb.

Filip was our guide for the tour.He did everything to make our tour interesting, enjoyable and unforgettable .We were a small party which made the tour even more pleasant.Thank you for such a great day. El pasado viernes 27 de julio, en compañía de un reducido grupo de personas, disfrute de un día inolvidable en el Lago Bled y Liubliana. Filip, nuestro guia, se preocupo en todo momento de forma muy profesional, de hacer del tour una gran experiencia. Nos hicimos una idea muy precisa de la historia y gozamos de unos paisajes privilegiados. La organización merece un 10. ROSEMARY.

From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour Reviewed by Margaret, 07/28/2018

Informative and fun tour thanks to our tour guide

The tour was an amazing experience thanks to Dino Šimunec - our tour guide. He was able to provide lots of information, was incredibly friendly to everyone and very accommodating if we wanted to explore certain spots along the way. Highly recommend this tour!

Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour from Zagreb Reviewed by Susy, 07/28/2018

Highly recommendable local guide experience

Small bike rental shop owned by a local couple, who offer ordinary bike rental, but also a shorter 2,5 hour inner-city guided tour or 4 hour tour including the suburbs. We have done many sightseeing tours by bike, but the one comes in top due to the engagement, knowledge and proud local guide, who truly loved her city and liked to communicate with people from other cultures. We also enjoyed hearing her views and experiences about Croatias situation as part of Yogoslavia and now in the EU. Worth the money and a good start in a city you dont know yet. Also our teenage sons thought it was great.

Zagreb: 2.5-Hour Highlights Bike Tour Reviewed by Majken Hauge, 07/28/2018