Zagreb Culture & history

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Zagreb: 2.5-Hour Croatian Homeland War Tour

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

2. 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.

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: Nikola Tesla Technical Museum Ticket

4. 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

From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour

5. From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour

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. Marvel at the Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings and see some of the finest works by the architect Jože Plečnik. Experience the local vibe and discover 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 driving back to Zagreb to get dropped off at your hotel in the evening.

From Zagreb: Yugoslavia Memorial Sites Tour

6. From Zagreb: Yugoslavia Memorial Sites Tour

Be picked up from your accommodation in Zagreb and start your urban exploration tour. Along the way, you’ll visit places that serve as reminders of the Former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The memorial structures were all built between 1950 and the 1990s and are referred to as Spomeniks. The first stop will be Podgarić, a monument to the Revolution of the People of Moslavina. After you visit the monument, you’ll head to Jasenovac. Jasenovac was a concentration camp, where you’ll see the Stone Flower Monument and Museum of Jasenovac concentration camp. After Jasenovac, you’ll stop for lunch before heading to Petrova Gora. Petrova Gora is a hill range that's home to the Monument to the Uprising of the People of Kordun and Banija. Petrova Gora is your last stop before the drive back to Zagreb, where you’ll be dropped off at your accommodation.

From Zagreb: Varazdin Baroque Town & Trakoscan Castle

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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.

From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes Full-Day Private Tour

10. From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes Full-Day Private Tour

Depart Zagreb and journey to the small village of Rastoke near the city of Slunj. Enjoy a cup of coffee surrounded by beautiful waterfalls and a delightful river. Get an introduction to Plitvice Lakes National Park, where the locals live in harmony with nature. Take a tour of the 16 lakes inside the park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and part of the amazing rock formations of the Dinara karst area. Re-energize at a local dairy farm, where you can taste many varieties of domestic cheese before going to the Museum of Croatian War of Independence, located in the former backyard of a ruined Austro-Hungarian military base in Karlovac.

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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!