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.
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
Luka was my fabulous guide on this tour. We started in 1914 and ended in 1991 with Croatia’s independence. The tour of course focuses on war, politics, and military history. Some art and culture are tied in the tour to give tourist a deeper understanding of the long struggle between the Baltic nations and within Croatia itself. I learned a lot about the great political figures in the former Yugoslavia and Croatia like Tito and Milošević. Overall, excellent tour especially if you are interested in the regions political history. Luka has a natural gift for sharing knowledge and telling history in a way that is interesting and exciting. His formal education and personal experiences contribute to the tour’s richness. I wish every city had a Luka. That being said, well worth the money and time. 5/5
Plitvice Lakes are a must see when in Croatia, and this is a brilliant and efficient way to get from Split to Zagreb Andrei our guide was great and kindly chaperoned us right to the door of the hotel in Zagreb, such a great way to transfer between cities with luggage! It felt like we really got to see a good deal of the lakes even though it felt a tad rushed at times (I would suggest slowing down slightly and allotting some time for eating lunch/ stopping to just soak up the atmosphere in the park) - I'd still highly recommend this tour and think there's no better way to transfer.
This was an absolute amazing tour! Luca is such a knowledgeable guy in regards to Croatian history. This tour is a combination of historical and cultural facts about former Yugoslavia that will make you understand better the present moment and why the Balkans are such a interesting region. Not gonna spoil it for you but if you get a change to be in Zagreb in our outside of Covid times you should definitely book this your! Thank you Luca!
Fantastic trip! My driver was prompt, friendly, and knowledgeable. Plus, I appreciated all the offers to be my camera man. The convenience of a private drive to Rastoke, Plitvice, and then ending in Split from Zagreb was great. Highly recommend. I would even consider skipping Rastoke and the boat ride to check out the upper lakes also.
A private tour is the only way to go! If you can afford it, the experience is well worth the cost.