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Things to Know
As the capital of Croatia, Zagreb is a city with a population of over one million people. It is home to the Croatian parliament, and is the country’s central financial and transportation hub, but also its cultural, educational, and scientific heart. The city is divided into three parts: the thousand-year old Gornji Grad (Upper Town) which includes the Presidential Palace, the iconic St. Mark’s Church, the Croatian Parliament as well as many museums and galleries; the 19th century Donji Grad (Lower Town) with its shops, restaurants, cafes, theaters and parks; and the modern post-World War II area of Novi Zagreb (New Zagreb) which is full of high-rise buildings. Zagreb is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city that will certainly fulfill your expectations.
Things to See
Gornji Grad
Zagreb's Upper Town, is the ideal place to begin exploring the city; this historical neighborhood is dotted by landmarks such as the Zagreb Cathedral, the church of St. Mark, and the Croatian Parliament. A highlight of the Upper Town is Tkalciceva Street – a beautiful pedestrian street lined with cafes, restaurants, and traditional shops.
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cathedral
This cathedral is Zagreb’s most iconic landmark; its twin spires can be seen from just about anywhere across the city. Inside, visitors can admire a series of frescoes that date back to the 13th century, its baroque marble altar, and the tomb of Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac by Ivan Mestrovic.
Mirogoj Cemetery
The Mirogoj Cemetery is considered to be one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe. The cemetery looks like a fortress on the outside and is inspiringly calm on the inside; lush gardens dotted with sculptures and beautifully designed tombs - some of which are works by famous Croatian sculptors.
Museum of Broken Relationships
A one-of-a-kind museum that holds a fascinating collection of personal objects and mementos from past lovers and partners, each accompanied by details of the failed relationship.
The Art Pavilion
Distinguished by its colorful yellow art-nouveau style exterior, the pavilion is used to host exhibitions of contemporary art and contains important works by revered Croatian sculptor, Ivan Mestrovic.
Botanical Gardens
Located in the heart of the city, the botanical garden is a perfect place to relax. Here you will have the chance to admire about 10,000 plant species and a wide array of bird and animal life.
Museum of Contemporary Art
The Museum of Contemporary Art is one of the finest museums in Zagreb. Housed in a stunning building, the museum is home to about 5000 pieces of contemporary art by Croatian and international artists.
Lotrscak Tower
One of Zagreb’s most historic buildings, the tower was built in the 13th century to protect the southern city gate. Climb the tower for stunning panoramic views of Zagreb.
Jarun Lake
Tucked inside the River Sava, Jarun is an artificial lake ideal for all kinds of outdoor activities such as cycling, swimming and team sports.
Things to Do
Visit the Zagreb Eye Observation Deck
Situated on the 16th floor of a skyscraper in the center of Zagreb, the observation deck offers panoramic views of the city’s most important landmarks.
Visit Dolac Market
Dolac Market is Zagreb’s buzzing center of commercial activity. Traders from all over the country sell their produce in this lively outdoor marketplace that has been standing in the same place since the 1930’s.
Hop Aboard a Blue Tram
Make your way across the city on one of Zagreb’s iconic blue trams. Experience its authentic vibe, and see some of the lesser-known parts of Zagreb.
INmusic Festival
Held at Lake Jarun every June, this three-day festival is one of Croatia’s most spectacular musical events. Over 90,000 visitors from all over the world and an amazing line up of artists take part in the festival.
Shopping at Ilica Street
Ilica Street is one of the longest and busiest shopping streets in Zagreb; lined with shops and boutiques it’s a paradise for shopping lovers.
Walk Through the Gric Tunnel
Built during World War II as a bomb shelter, and located under Zagreb’s city center, this pedestrian promenade was restored in 2016 and is now a tourist attraction and events venue.