Croatia is mainly known for its beautiful long coastline, but the country’s capital is definitely a place worth visiting as well. With its diverse culture, rich history, magnificent architecture and delicious food, Zagreb will quickly win over any avid traveler’s heart. Check out our top 10 places to visit in Zagreb.
#1 Ban Jelacic Square
You can’t miss visiting the city’s central point – Ban Jelacic Square. It’s one of the most famous places in the city and a very popular meeting spot. Named after Ban (military governor) Josip Jelacic who abolished serfdom in Croatia in 1848, Zagreb’s main square is surrounded by lovely historical buildings, mostly dating back to the 19th century.
#2 Zagreb Cathedral
The Zagreb Cathedral, formally known as the Cathedral of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is probably the most iconic landmark in the city. This magnificent edifice survived an earthquake and many reconstructions over the years! The cathedral’s twin towers can be seen from far away and are considered crucial parts of this gothic building.
FUN FACT: Zagreb Cathedral is the tallest building in Croatia and the most monumental sacral building in Gothic style southeast of the Alps.
#3 Radiceva Street
Radiceva, the main trading street in the 19 century, called Long Street at the time, runs directly from the Ban Jelacic Square towards the Upper Town. This steep and quaint street is full of charming stores and arst & crafts shops, such as Link Gallery where you can buy handmade items, including Baggizmo bags.
#4 Ilica Street
Ilica Street, also known as the longest street in Zagreb, is the city’s main shopping street. Here you can find everything you might want – from local boutiques to world-renowned brands and delicious food. Ilica is one of the main tourist attractions for a reason; you can shop and enjoy all the modern commodities while being surrounded by beautiful historical buildings.
#5 Zagreb Eye
Zagreb Eye is an observation deck on Jelacic Square commanding a 360-degree view of the city, so you won’t miss a thing. You can enjoy the Zagreb panorama which is full of quaint historical buildings and modern ones. Zagreb really is a combination of old and new and this is probably the best spot to observe it.
#6 Tkalciceva Street
Tkalciceva Street, or Tkalca how locals call it, is a lovely pedestrian street in the center, just a few steps from the main square. It’s lined with cafés, bars and restaurants, which is why it’s usually quite crowded. Its colorful historical houses will quickly win you over!
#7 Museum of Contemporary Art
The Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art was founded in 1954, and has stood the test of time, although it is now located in a new building. It is a modern interactive museum that definitely won’t disappoint true art lovers. Its permanent display features a highly specific collection which has been accumulated over a period of fifty years. The museum is located in “New Zagreb” – the part of the city that lies on the other side of the river Sava.
#8 Zrinjevac Park
Not many cities boast such a beautiful park in their very center. This makes Zagreb is very special because Zrinjevac Park is located in the heart of the city and is a must-see for any tourist. The people of Zagreb like to relax there, hide from the sun, enjoy various concerts and performances, and just soak up the spirit of old Zagreb.
#9 Upper Town
Zagreb’s Upper Town was first settled in the 11th century and is the oldest part of the city. Its narrow winding streets serve as a testament to Zagreb as it once was. A lot of quaint buildings in the Upper Town date back to the 17th and 18th centuries!
Here you can visit many different cafés and restaurants, as well as landmarks such as St. Mark’s Church, Lotrscak Tower and the Stone Gate. As the Upper Town is located on a hill, don’t miss the amazing view of the city! You can get there by the famous funicular or on foot.
#10 Maksimir Park & ZOO Zagreb
Maksimir is the oldest park in Zagreb and a place where you can always find peace and quiet. Whether you’re in a mood for a jog or a quiet walk, or if you just want to sit down and smell the fresh air, Maksimir is the place to be. While you’re there, make sure to visit the Zagreb ZOO where you can see a lot of beautiful animals. You can also learn about them because the Zagreb Zoo often offers various courses and seminars.
Zagreb has this old European charm that everyone loves and you really feel like you’ve stepped into another century. On the other hand, it also offers everything a modern metropolis can offer. In other words, everyone will find something special for themselves in Zagreb. When you visit this beautiful city, definitely don’t miss out on our Top 10 places to visit in Zagreb!