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.
- CurrencyCroatian Kuna (kn)
- Time ZoneUTC (+02:00)
- Country Code+385
- Best time to visitMarch 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
Antonio was an excellent guide and we were very lucky to have a sunny day to visit the Park. We got to see about 80-90% of the best areas during our tour, spending about 4+ hours in the Park itself. Perfect pickup and dropoff right on time. Good value!
The guide was excellent. He was very knowledgable and a very nice guy. Enjoyed the tour thoroughly. Even though there were only two of us in the small group tour, Petros did not cancel the tour and we are most appreciative of this. We had only three days in Zagreb so we are glad to be able to visit these places. Slovenia is a beautiful country and we would like ot revisit the places again.
Kristina (the guide) was really good, very knowledgeable and was able to share her own experiences aswell which made it more realistic. The history of the war was told using pictures which helped to visual the countries, leaders etc. Would definitely recommend and Kristina was an excellent guide. 5*
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.
It was only 3 of us so it was like almost a private tour. Very patience and knowledgeable guide.