Zagreb offers the perfect combination of walk-able, easy to get around city. Home to world class museums and with it’s thriving cafe culture, Zagreb could be described as one giant lounge.
In recent years the city has gone from a sleepy, forgotten capital city in the former Yugoslavia to a front runner on the European destination scene offering the traveler all the good things an urban escape should. It comes as no surprise that the number of visitors flooding into the city has risen sharply.
Architecture lovers will be in awe of the mish-mash of styles; from Medieval and Baroque to Art Deco and Art Nouveau, you’ll find it all in Zagreb. Art lovers will find outdoor monuments and sculpture gardens along with museums like the Croatian Museum of Naive Art and master sculptor Ivan Mestrovic’s studio and home, Mestrovic Atelier.
Nature lovers can spend an afternoon strolling the many tree lined promenades and listening to live music in parks or enjoying the Botanical Garden.
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Moreover, history buffs will no doubt love reading about the witches burnt at the stake at the Zagreb City Museum. Then, they can examine Egyptian artifacts at the Zagreb Archaeological Museum, with one the world’s best collections of mummies.
Food lovers can try our In the belly of Zagreb walking tour. Discover some of the best places in the city to have a bite, a drop of rakija (brandy) or a coffee.
Divided into two parts, the city centre consists of the Upper Town (Gornji Grad) and Lower Town (Donji Grad):
Zagreb as it’s known today was officially born in 1850. The two hills of the city, Kaptol and Gradec and their settlements merged, forming today’s Upper Town.
Here you’ll find the Zagreb Cathedral in its perpetual state of scaffolding, a variety of museums including the multi-award winner Museum of Broken Relationships and little bistros and eateries tucked away in the leafy streets like Fajn and Mali Bar.
From the Cathedral, it’s a short bus trip to Mirogoj Cemetery, voted one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe.
Home of Art Deco, Art Nouveau architecture and Lenuci’s Green Horseshoe, Zagreb’s Lower Town runs between the Upper Town and the main train station.
In addition, you’ll find Ban Josip Jelacic Square (the city’s bustling heart) and Zagreb’s most popular green zone, Zrinjevac. Furthermore, both are just a short stroll from the five star Esplanade Hotel, built for passengers on the Orient Express.
North of Zagreb, the Zagorje region which includes Medimurje county, is known for rolling hills dotted with pastel coloured houses. Furthermore, discover romantic castles like the beauties of Trakoscan and Veliki Tabor, excellent wines and hearty meals. All sitting in unspoilt nature that’s perfect for a hike.
In Zagorje, you won’t find the inflated tourist prices of Dalmatia, or Istria and Kvarner. Moreover, north of Zagreb it’s all about charming counties where your kunas will stretch much further and give you a picturesque holiday you won’t forgot.
To explore the region try our Zagorje and Medimurje: Touring castles and Vineyards near Zagreb itinerary.
The capital city of Zagorje, Varazdin served as the capital of Croatia between 1756 and 1776. Consequently, it was during this time that it attracted the best architects, designers and town planners. They built palaces, numerous places of worship and turned it into the Baroque masterpiece seen today known as ‘little Vienna.’
With a continental climate, Zagreb can be visited any time of year.
Spring is a lovely time to visit the blooming Botanical Gardens after their Winter hibernation and other green zones around Zagreb, with live bands popping up all over the city to welcome in the season.
With Zagreb locals taking annual leave during the Summer to visit the coast, you might find that you have the city to yourself, this is a great time to visit, especially around July and August.
Not to be outdone by it’s coastal rivals, Zagreb has an array of Summer festivals to draw in the crowds, try the INmusic Festival, the street festival C’est is D’Best bringing in around 200 international performers and Zagreb Summer Evenings with concerts in the Upper Town each July.
A wonderful place to wile away a Summer afternoon, anytime from May to September is at Ljeto na Strosu, along the leafy Strossmayer Promenade in the Upper Town. You’ll find bands, dancing, artists, market stalls and wine tasting.
Autumn holds various food festivals, the Zagreb World Theatre Festival and the Zagreb Film Festival while in winter the city squares are taken over with Christmas markets selling all manner of treats, including the Zagreb pepper cookie, known as a Paprenjak and mulled wine.
It can snow in winter, sometimes quite heavily – prepare yourself.
January 1st: New Year’s Day
January 6th: Feast of the Epiphany
May 1st: Labour Day
June 4th: Feast of Corpus Christi
June 22nd: Anti-Fascist Resistance Day
June 25: Statehood Day
August 5th: Victory & Homeland Thanksgiving Day
August 15th: Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary
October 8th: Independence Day
November 1st: All Saints’ Day
December 25th: Christmas Day
December 26th: St. Stephen’s Day
Prices often fluctuate dynamically depending on capacity, seasonality and deals. We donât want to lead you astray by quoting exact prices that quickly become wrong. To give you a rough idea for budgetary planning purposes, though, we have indicated general price ranges for all points of interest.
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Getting around Zagreb is simple, while the centre is easily walk-able, there are numerous options for getting in and out, or around the city.
Zagreb’s major international and domestic airport is Franjo Tudman Airport about a 30 minute bus ride from the Zagreb Main Bus Terminal.
There are coach services available from the airport taking you to the city and vice versa. Usually there is no need to wait as coaches are timed with the arrival of aircraft.
The Zagreb Tram Network is quite extensive winding it’s way around the Lower Town and able to get you to New Zagreb easily. With trams running every 10 to 15 minutes it’s very convenient. You will probably need the tram to get from the bus or train station to Ban Jelacic Square (Number 6) or your accommodation.
You can buy tram tickets anywhere you see a kiosk.
You will need the local bus to get from the Zagreb Cathedral to Mirogoj Cemetery.
You can buy bus tickets anywhere you see a kiosk or at a bus station booth.
If you don’t know where to get off, ask the driver. Most speak English, or you can try your best Croatian.
A one way ticket will set you back about 3USD.
Car rentals are available at Zagreb airport, however be warned that renting a car within Croatia can be expensive.
If you are just staying in Zagreb, you don’t need a car. If you’ll be traveling from Zagreb to the coast, keep in mind that with overpriced road tolls and expensive petrol and gas, it can work out to be quite costly.
In Zagreb you might find it tricky to find a parking spot.