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.
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- 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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.