Top attractions in Zagreb
The 7 best things to do 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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
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Planning Your 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.
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
- 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
Great experience to cycle around Zagreb for a couple of hours and learn about the city at the same time from someone very knowledgeable and who was from the city - strongly recommended!
A fantastic day spent with Patrick who was very knowledgeable about Croatia while driving and then a great guide whilst in the National Park. A must see when visiting Zagreb
Excellent and interesting tour. I learned a lot about the cultural background of the Balkans and the leadup to the Yugoslav Wars, as well as the wars themselves.
Amazing tour! The guide is knowledgeable and tells the story of Yugoslavia and the war with a lot of interesting anecdotes. I definitely recommend it!
Roberto is a really great guide! He tells a lot of interesting and fun facts about Zagreb. It’s definitely a must-do when you arrive here!