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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
  • Currency
    Croatian Kuna (kn)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
  • 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

The tour to Plitvice Lakes was excellent! Highly recommend it.

The tour was well organized and our guide, Thomaslav was friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining. Although it was a long day, there was no lag in the activities, sightseeing and conversation. We learned about Croatia's history, culture and society. Plitvice Lakes is beautiful. The combination of walking and short boat ride was a good mix and the trails are easy hiking. Well worth the ticket price for the small group tour.

Very knowledgeable guide. I really enjoyed it.

It was only 3 of us so it was like almost a private tour. Very patience and knowledgeable guide.

Zagreb: 2.5-Hour Walking Tour with Funicular Ride Reviewed by Andres, 10/26/2018

Super comprehensive and objective history of Croatia/Yugoslavia

Kristina was fantastic - she taught us everything we wanted to know about Croatia’s and its part of Yugoslavian history, and get this, i’m not even an history buff! She used visuals like a poster book and maximised her use of time well, taking questions while walking and explaining things during stops. The tour actually lasted just over 3 hours and it ended inside the war memorial museum in Zagreb. If you want to understand Croatia’s history, you cannot miss this! SO worth the price!

Zagreb: 2.5-Hour Croatian Homeland War Tour Reviewed by Farah, 10/13/2018

I’m 20-something and hate history; BUT I LOVED THIS TOUR!

Seriously enjoyed this tour so, so much! My bestie and I went our first day in town knowing we only had a day and a half in Zagreb and were sooo so glad we did. We found out so many interesting little tidbits and short cuts about/around the city and navigated our short time in Zagreb like pros! It made us wish we had done this in Split and Dubrovnik as well, but it wouldn’t have been the same without our tour guide, Mija. She’s a real treat and you can tell she is passionate about her city and knows her stuff. I normally wouldn’t care for a walking tour, but couldn’t ignore all the positive reviews. Just book it right now! Can not recommend enough.

Zagreb: 2.5-Hour Walking Tour with Funicular Ride Reviewed by Elizabeth, 09/28/2018

Great way to combine transfer and major tourist site

Guides were very friendly, knowledgeable and had a good sense of humour. They worked with everyone individually to ensure they got to their accommodation . Even the poor weather didn’t affect the day. May be a good idea to have ponchos for sale at bus for bad weather to save paying extra at Plitvice Park

Transfer from Zagreb & Plitvice Lakes Trip Reviewed by Terry, 09/24/2018