Zagreb Culture & history

Our most recommended Zagreb Culture & history

Zagreb: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Museum of Broken Relationships

1. Zagreb: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Museum of Broken Relationships

Gain entry with skip-the-line tickets and go on an emotional journey around the world through hundreds of break-ups and discover that art can be found in everyday life and objects. The Museum of Broken Relationships offers a unique public space that connects people in their joint experience of feeling love and heartache. Feel welcomed by friendly staff who are there to answer every question you may have. Begin exploring the displays which counts around 100 stories donated by people from all over the world as a way to bring closure to a broken relationship.  You are invited on an empathetic journey to the depths of the human heart to explore our ultimate need for love and connection despite the difficulties that go with it. It is a desire to connect you in meaningful ways across growing divides of class, community, and culture that seem to define the world.

From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour

2. From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour

Explore the city of Ljubljana and the iconic Lake Bled on a guided sightseeing tour from Zagreb. Marvel at the Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings, hop on a boat on the lake and soak in the panoramic views of the surroundings before driving back to Zagreb. Depart Zagreb in the morning and head to the capital city of Slovenia to take a guided tour of the old city center of Ljubljana. See some of the finest works by the architect Jože Plečnik before experiencing the local vibe and discovering where the residents buy their food. Hear why Napoleon was one of the city's most popular politicians, why Slovenia lives with love in its name, and how the iconic Triple Bridge got its name. Have free time to explore the hidden spots on your own. Continue to the Alpine resort of Bled and go to the old castle perched on top of a steep cliff above the lake. Take in the spectacular views of the surroundings from the terraces and then board a traditional boat to reach the only true island in Slovenia. Ring the fortune bell and soak up the sun and fresh mountain air before being dropped off at your hotel in the evening.

Zagreb: Museum of Illusions Entrance Ticket

3. Zagreb: Museum of Illusions Entrance Ticket

Book your entrance ticket for Zagreb’s Museum of Illusions and get access to over 70 exhibits including one of the largest hologram exhibitions in Europe.  Defy gravity in a room where water flows uphill and see your friends grow or shrink right before your eyes. Get lost in a maze of mirrors, serve somebody`s head on a tray, or climb up onto the ceiling.  Watch each optical illusion and carefully view each installation. They are entertaining and brilliant reminders that our perception of the world is sometimes just a perception.  Be amazed by awesome tricks that will teach you about vision, perception, the human brain, and science. Learn why it easier to perceive why your eyes and see things that your brain cannot understand.  Visit the playroom, which contains intriguing and educational games and puzzles. at the end of your visit, make sure you take a photo of your accomplishment in the Rotated Room.

Zagreb: 2.5-Hour Croatian Homeland War Tour

4. Zagreb: 2.5-Hour Croatian Homeland War Tour

Discover how it was to live in Zagreb during the turbulent years of its recent history on this walking tour with a local guide. Get a closer look at the Croatian Homeland War as you visit sights such as a basement used as a shelter during air raids. First, visit the World War II underground tunnels presenting the history of Croatia and Zagreb through the 20th century including World War II, almost 50 years of communist Yugoslavia, and the fall of communism in Croatia through the Homeland War. The tour finishes in the basement used by locals as a shelter during the air raids on Zagreb. Learn about the details of the Homeland War presented through a video presentation.

Zagreb: Nikola Tesla Technical Museum Ticket

5. Zagreb: Nikola Tesla Technical Museum Ticket

Experience the technology of the past and play with the idea of how it may impacts the present and future of our lives. Walk through the underground mine and witness the visionary ideas of Nikola Tesla by participating in interactive demonstrations in Tesla's cabinet. Visit the permanent exhibition that features thematic units such as: - Transformation of energy - Aeroplane engines - Transportation department - Firefighting - Geology and oil - Geodetics - Cadastre - The mine - Demonstration laboratory - Radioactive waste - Astronautics and Planetarium - Foundations of agriculture - Apiary - Renewable energy sources and energy efficiency

Zagreb: City Walking Tour

6. Zagreb: City Walking Tour

Take a stroll with us for a couple of hours as we show you the highlights of Zagreb. Your guide will have the local insights and handy tips to leave you wanting to explore some more. Start the tour at Zagreb’s famous Zrinjevac Park which will give you some great selfies and photo opportunities. From the park, continue to Bogovićeva street, known for its bars and restaurants. Next, you will walk across Ban Jelačić square to the next stop at the historic Zagreb Cathedral. After the Cathedral, walk through Dolac Farmers Market to the WW2 tunnels for some more recent history about the city. Enjoy a small rest on the funicular to the top of Grič Hill. At the top of the hill is Gradec (the upper town) where you can take in beautiful panoramic views of the city. From Gradec, descend to Tkalčićeva Street. The street is also famous for its bars and restaurants, so you can decide where to stop for a snack. Finish the tour in Ban Jelačić Square.

Medieval Zagreb Night Tour

7. Medieval Zagreb Night Tour

This dark Zagreb tour is a journey into the past. While the tour guide will present you with problems that bothered people in Zagreb a couple of centuries ago, the virtual guide is going to help you experience the way those problems affected real people's lives. Learn how kings, queens, witches, peasants, and prostitutes met their fate throughout a tour that combines fact with fiction. Your tour starts at the Ban Jelačić Square from where the group is taken into an old basement where dark spirits await. The route covers the exact locations of many gruesome historical events. Executions, torture, epidemics, adultery, witch-hunts, rape and murder - the city streets hide dark secrets of the past waiting to be unraveled. Find out whether or not there will be a happy ending or if the darkness of the past is too thick. All of this will be discovered throughout a tour which brings a new and innovative concept to Zagreb's tour guiding scene.

From Zagreb: Varazdin Baroque Town & Trakoscan Castle

8. From Zagreb: Varazdin Baroque Town & Trakoscan Castle

Start your day with a pick-up from your centrally located hotel or Park Zrinjevac. Hop-in an AC vehicle for a drive towards the baroque town of Varazdin. Your guide will share interesting stories on the way. Discover the baroque gem Varazdin with a local licensed guide. Visit one of the most beautiful graveyards of Europe. Go on a walking tour from the Old Town fortress to the city hall, cathedral and parish Church of St. Nicholas. After the tour, your will be given free time for your own activities. Drive to Trakoscan Castle. The fairy tale castle dates back to the late 13th century but was reconstructed in the 19th century in the Romantic spirit by the noble Draskovic family. In the castle, you will see a valuable collection of paintings, furniture and weapons. Return to Zagreb in the late afternoon hours.

Zagreb: Day Trip Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle, & Ljubljana

9. Zagreb: Day Trip Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle, & Ljubljana

Make the most of your time in Zagreb with a private day trip. Ride an electric train through Postojna Cave, learn about the history of Predjama Castle, and spend some time exploring the largest city of Slovenia, Ljubljana. Be picked up from your accommodation by your guide. Sit back and relax as you enjoy the scenic ride through the countryside on the way to Postojna Cave. Admire the impressive stalagmites and stalactites formations and ride on an electric tourist train through the tunnels.  See a cave-dwelling aquatic salamander at the conservation aquarium in the cave before heading to Predjama castle. Capture some pictures of this Renaissance castle which stands at the mouth of a cave. Hear about the history of this castle and take a stroll through its hidden passages.  Continue to the capital city of Ljubljana. Follow your guide on a walking tour and take some free time to explore more or do some shopping at one of the boutiques. Return to your accommodations in Zagreb.

Zagreb: 2.5-Hour Cycle Back to Socialism Tour

10. Zagreb: 2.5-Hour Cycle Back to Socialism Tour

After meeting for the beginning of your tour in the city center, you will begin your lovely adventure. From here, cycle through the lower town, partially strolling the Green Horseshoe area, as the neighboring landscape transforms to a completely different surrounding. You will witness a very sudden change in the blink of eye. Crossing the river will cause you to enter the Balkan zone, safely cycling on long ago established cycling lanes. Here you'll get to see the development of the city since the post-World War II era, mainly through that "mystical" time of communism, seeing how it breathes today as it remains the main housing area of Zagreb. New Zagreb is currently also a cradle of a very vivacious Croatian contemporary art scene. You will cycle through the "sleeping over" area of the city, check the Contemporary Art Museum and shady and often very peaceful Bundek park with lakes. While cycling back over the bridge you'll have one of the loveliest sights on the city, and realize why Zagreb is such a city to love, complete with the mountains in the background.

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What people are saying about Zagreb

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 692 reviews

It was an overwhelming experience. Just by reading the signs and then watching the items you could feel and understand the feelings the person was experiencing. If you are hopelessly romantic I highly recommend it. If you are not but you want to see and feel love and heartbreak in a different and special way, I still highly recommend it.

Everything was perfect! Our guide Antonio was very friendly and organised. He was explaining everything very well. The mini bus he was driving it was very smooth and comfortable. Slovenia was beautiful and you have many things to see in the city. The lake bled was stunning. I absolutely recommend it!!

Highly recommend. A great day to see Slovenia in a day. Without stress. Everything was planned and organized for us. Our guide Dino was great. He gave us some historical knowledge during the ride there and he gave us all informations ee needed to enjoy the trip to the highest. Great experience.

Very emotional visit, i got to learn about other peoples’ stories and heartbreaks and remember my own while sharing sweet words on the book of memories. It s a different kind of museum to try.

Our tour guide was very nice, funny, and well informed. Thanks for a great itinerary!