Croatia’s capital often gets overlooked in favour of its coastal destinations, but those who do visit find a vibrant metropolis overflowing with cultural sights. Zagreb is split into 3 parts, and tourists are drawn to the historical and political landmarks of the Upper Town and the cafes, restaurants and theatres of the Lower Town. Zagreb is a great walking city – the best way to soak up the atmosphere is to venture out on foot!
Zagreb has lots of things to see, so make sure you have an itinerary planned! Start at Ban Jelacic Square, Zagreb’s main square where there’s a tourist information office, beautiful buildings and a statue of Josip Jelacic, the square’s namesake. From here, visit the Presidential Palace, St Mark’s Church, and the Croatian parliament building, and check out the city views from Lotrscak Tower, where a cannon is fired daily at noon.
History buffs will be in their element – Zagreb has more museums per square foot than any city in the world! The most impressive are the Archaeological Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art, but the most famous is the Museum of Broken Relationships, its pieces donated by the public along with brief notes of commentary. For a quick lunch stop by Dolac Market, a traditional outdoor market selling tasty fast food, fresh Croatian produce and crafts.
If you visit Zagreb in summer, make time for a day trip to Lake Jarun. Locals and tourists alike flock here when it’s hot to take a cooling swim in the lake, and there are also watersports on offer and beaches to sunbathe on. Lake Jarun also hosts the INmusic festival and has waterside bars and clubs. In winter you can have a day of skiing on Mount Medvednica, or hiking is possible year-round.