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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.

Ban Jelačić Square

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.

Zagreb Cathedral

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.

Gornji Grad

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.

Mirogoj Cemetery

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.

Museum of Contemporary Art
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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.

Museum of Broken Relationships
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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.

Lake Jarun

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 Zagreb 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.

Getting around

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

  • Language
    Croatian
  • Currency
    Croatian Kuna (kn)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +385
  • 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

We had an AMAZING trip not to mention the weather cooperated with us it had been raining the days leading up to our tour. Mario and Maja were amazing and very friendly and Maja was a WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE!!!! We almost had a private tour as we only had 2 other people on our tour. Plitvice Lakes was almost empty also with maybe 20 tourists all together that we saw while we were there including the 6 of us (4 tourists and 2 guides). Crazy!!!! Granted it was off season and the grounds were not green and lush but it wasn't short being gorgeous. The lakes and falls just kept getting more and more gorgeous at every turn. We were so lucky as we had front row at every site. Could not have asked for a more perfect day!!!!

Rastoke & Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour from Zagreb Reviewed by Antoinette, 03/11/2020

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.

Fantastic day trip to Ljubljana and Lake Bled. The guide was knowledgeable and very interesting, telling us lots of interesting facts and stories about Croatia, Slovenia and the areas we visited. Ljubljana was a beautiful little city (well worth a visit!) and happened to have a great market and little festival on while we were there. Lake Bled was stunning! Beautiful scenery - the little boat trip across to the island was great and the castle had fantastic views. Overall a great experience.

From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 03/03/2020

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.

This tour is wonderful. The park is stunning and more than worth a visit. Our guide was Luca and he was excellent. Very knowledgeable, entertaining, helpful, and engaging. Going in the off-season was nice as well because the park wasn’t crowded at all and still such an amazing place to see! Highly recommend it.