Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, is a great destination for a city trip. Just two hours by plane from most major European airports, and within 25 minutes you are at the centre of Zagreb. The airport of Zagreb is new with a modern passengers terminal.
The city is located along the river Drava and underneath the mountain Medvednica, where you can go skiing in winter and hiking throughout the year as it is also a national park with beautiful nature and an old castle. Zagreb is an easy city to visit for in the centre you can reach most attractions on foot as they are situated in the pedestrian zone, but also public transport is well organized (tram and bus there is no metro/subway) and there is a good and cheap taxi service.
You can visit Zagreb throughout the year, there is always something to do and see.
In spring and summer there are many street festivals, the Christmas Advent celebration was voted best of Europe last year. The centre has an atmosphere of the Austro-Hungarian empire with many baroque buildings, parks, museums, galleries, churches and many restaurants, cafes and bars, a vibrant night life and plenty of shops.
What to see and do
The centre of Zagreb is partly traffic free and has many shopping streets, like the streets Ilica, Gundulićeva and Frankopanska, but there are also many shopping centres like Kaptol centar, Branimir Centar, Nama, Importanne Galerija and Center Cvjetni. There is also a daily market in the centre of the city, called ‘Dolac’, where you can buy fresh produce like fruit, vegetable, fish and meat, but here are also stalls that sell home made food products, souvenirs, flowers and much more.
Arena Centar – Vice Vukova 6, Zagreb
Avenue Mall – Avenija Dubrovnik 16, Zagreb
Branimir Centar – Branimirova 29, Zagreb
Centar Kaptol – Nova Ves 17, Zagreb
City Center one East – Slavonska avenija 11D, Zagreb
City Center one West – Jankomir 33, Zagreb
Cvjetni Centre – Trg P. Preradovića (Cvjetni trg), Zagreb
Garden Mall Supernova – Oporovečka 14, Zagreb
Importanne Centar – Starčevićev trg 7, Zagreb
Importanne Galleria – Iblerov trg 10, Zagreb
King Cross – Velimira Škorpika 34, Zagreb
Point – Rudeška cesta 169, Zagreb
Roses Designer Outlet – Vrankovec 1, 49223 Sveti Križ Začretje
Rotonda – Ul. Nikole Jurišića 19/1, Zagreb
Westgate Shopping City – Autocesta Zagreb-Macelj (A2) / izlaz (exit) Zabok Pojatno
Eating and Drinking
There are many restaurants taverns and bars in Zagreb where you can try delicious Croatian delicatessen and spirits. This year from 13 – 22 October 2017 there is the so-called week of the restaurants ‘Tjedan Restorani’, when many restaurants serve a special three-course menu often including a glass of wine for 100 kuna (~ 13,50 euro). On the website of tjedan restorani you can find the list of participating restaurants with links to their websites and menu offerings.
Croatian National Theatre (Hrvatsko Narodno Kazalište) | Trg Republike Hrvatske 15, 10000 Zagreb
Type of performances are opera, theatre, ballet, and you get a 10% discount when you have the ‘Zagreb card‘.
Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall | Trg Stjepana Radića 4, 10000 Zagreb
Style : Jazz, contemporary compositions, promising young Croatian musicians, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and the Croatian Radio & Television Symphony Orchestra.
KC Dražen Petrović | Savska 30, 10000 Zagreb
Sport hall where also music concerts are staged
Arena Zagreb | Ulica Vice Vukova 8, 10000 Zagreb
Largest sport hall in Croatia where sport and music concerts are held. The hall is located next to a shopping centre.
Tvornica kulture – Culture factory | Šubićeva 2, 10000 Zagreb
More information about concerts in Zagreb you can find on the website of the tourist office of Zagreb.
Parks and gardens
The Mirogoj Park Cemetery, designed by the famous architect Herman Bollé, is among the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe. Mirogoj is not only the final resting place for the deceased, but also a wonderful park and an outdoor art gallery. It has a 500m long neo-renaissance building with arcades and domes with works from Croatian painters and sculptures.
You can visit the almost 130 year old botanical garden (Botanicki vrt) of the University of Zagreb for free! The public entrance is located on the northern side, Mihanoviceva Ulica, at the end of Gundulićeva Ulica. The garden is open from March to November, but closed on the public holidays August 15th and the 1st of November. You find more info on their website.
Museums in Zagreb
Archaeological museum Zagreb
Museum of Contemporary Art
Croatian Museum of Naive Art
Ethnographic museum of Zagreb
Zagreb City Museum
Croatian Railway Museum
Croatian History Museum
Technical Museum Nikola Tesla
Natural History Museum of Zagreb
Museum of arts and Crafts
One of the must sees in Zagreb is the beautiful St. Stephanus Cathedral, a Gothic church with origins dating back to the 12th century, located in the Kapitol city quart. After the earthquake of 1880 large parts of the cathedral had to be rebuild. The entrance into the cathedral is free, for the treasury there is an entrance fee.
The oldest church in Zagreb is the St. Marcus church (Trg Sv. Marka 5) and this is one of the icons of the city mainly due to the colourful roof tiles which represent the coat of arms of Zagreb and of Croatia.