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
My tour to Rastoke & Plitvice Lakes National Park was better than I expected. We had a small group of 6 people in our group and Matija our tour guide was awesome! I went on the trip solo and it was perfect. He tailored the trip to what everyone wanted to see. We were able to cover all the lakes and get the boat ride in in the allotted time. Matija is very knowledgeable. He gave us a lot of history about the area and personalized it with a bit of his family’s history. I am so glad he had his secret spots throughout the park and for his help with taking pictures for the group. I would recommend this tour to anyone who is undecided on if they should book it. It truly is money well spent. I had originally planned on driving down, visiting the park and driving back the following day and this worked out better. I would have missed out on the history and recommendations Matija gave us. ~Raquel AKA California
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!
Our guide Tomislav is very informative and welcomed all of our questions. The tour gives you the insight into the history of Croatia and how Croatia turn from 3 regions into 5 and thus changing it’s national flag with 5 code of emblems. The pace of the tour is just right with a little time for photos, especially the night view of the Cathedral.
I would recommend this tour if you have a day to spare while visiting Zagreb. Plan on a full 8am-8pm day for this activity. You get enough time to get a taste for these two sites. It made want to stay longer to visit more places around Slovenia. Our guide gave us some historical context during the ride there. He was very friendly and patient.
Our guide, tomislav, was so knowledgeable, interesting, nice and charismatic. He made the two hour tour fly by and everyone in the group had a great time. It was the perfect introduction to the city as we had limited time to see things. Definitely do not miss this tour!