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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

Trouble-free and Pleasurable Day with Andre and Alan

Alan (driver) and Andre (guide) were wonderful in transporting us to Plitvice Lakes for a gorgeous, safe, and stress-free visit. Afterwards, there were no options to lunch anywhere but where we were taken which is most unfortunate. However, the staff in the restaurant were quick and efficient. After a late lunch, luggage was transferred to another bus for a comfortable and uneventful transfer to Zagreb. Excellent service and I really enjoyed the day. Much thanks to Alan and especially Andre, an excellent guide! I highly recommend this particular trip.

Split or Trogir to Zagreb with Full-Day Plitvice Lakes Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 07/09/2018

Antonio was an amazing guide - fantastic, well-organized tour

Antonio for RoundAbout Tours was an amazing guide - Funny, informative and very passionate about what he was talking about. Very handy with pickup from your accommodation and border crossing dealt with. The tour to Ljubljana and Bled is a perfect day out overall. I would really recommend if you're considering it.

From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour Reviewed by Matt, 07/01/2018

Amazing!! Excellent tour with excellent guide!

Antonio was an amazing guide. So passionate and so knowledgeable. From start to finish the customer service was exceptional. Response to email questions prompt...a phone call advising delay in pick up. I would highly recommend this company and this tour! Thank you so much Antonia for sharing your passion!!

From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour Reviewed by Vicki, 06/20/2018

A must to do to understand a very important side of Croatian history

Kristina was a great guide; explaining very well all the main points touched during the tour.

Zagreb: Croatian Homeland War Tour Reviewed by Ramiro Alberto, 06/18/2018

One of the worlds most beautiful natural places.

Any one living should visit this beautiful natural wonderland. Luka our tour guide was extremely attentive to us as a group, knowledgeable about Croatia, its history, the Plitvice Lakes & the importance of maintaining the natural biodiversity of the National Park. The tour travel arrangements, vehicle & ticket entry to park were exactly as advertised & on time. Overall, this tour is excellent value for money & a “must see”in Croatia.