The Croatian capital city of Zagreb may be relatively small and compact in size, but its packed full of fabulously cool and fun recreational activities and things to see, explore and do. It’s possible to get a real taste of Zagreb with a two or three-night stay. We recommend combining your stay in Zagreb with a Croatia private tour or luxury Croatia cruise.
15 Fun Things to do in Zagreb
Step Back In Time
Take a stroll along the charming narrow alleyways of the Upper Town to get a taste of what life was once like in the city. Many of the elegant courtyards have vintage gas lamps that are lit up in the evening.
Visit Zagreb Cathedral
The majestic and monumental 13th century Neo-gothic Cathedral is the tallest building in the Croatia. The Roman Catholic Cathedral’s impressive restoration is the work of architect Herman Bollé.
Explore The Great Outdoors
Zrinjevac Park is the best starting point for an expedition of Zagreb’s parks. Half way around the U-shaped Lenuci’s Horseshoe trail you will find the Croatian National Theatre. At the Botanical Garden you can explore the English-style arboretum and lakes, and over 10,000 plant species.
Visit A Sacred Shrine
Commonly known as the Stone Gate, the shrine to Virgin Mary is where the locals go to pray and give blessings. The sacred shrine is situated at the top of Radićeva Street.
Take A Ride
Enjoy the world’s shortest cable car ride and spectacular views. When you hop on the 19th century Funicular it takes just 64 seconds to travel the 66 meters to the top.
Go For A Swim
Cool off with a dip in Jarun’s small or big lakes. The beautiful lakes are surrounded with 10km of walking and cycling trails.
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Hang Out In A Coffee Shop
Croats love to drink coffee, particularly in chic coffee shops. To experience peak time café culture in Zagreb on Saturdays, head for Bogovićeva Street. The Velvet Cafe (Dežmanov prolaz 9) and Kava Tava (Britanac 1) are alternative popular places to be seen in.
If you are a food enthusiast, check out our Taste of Croatia tour, where you will get to try delicious Croatian cuisine in Zagreb, Rovinj, Split and more!
Check Out St. Marks Church
Feast your eyes on the distinctive red-and-white checkered tiles that cover the entire the roof of St. Mark’s Church. If you take a peak inside, you find artwork by the famous sculptor Ivan Meštrović.
Meander Along The Strossmayer Promenade
As the only tree-lined avenue in Zagreb’s Upper Town, Strossmayer Promenade is the perfect location for a romantic interlude.
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, join our Croatia Food & Wine Discovery tour where you can enjoy delicious truffles in Istria and taste local wine in Zagreb.
Gaze Out Over Gradec Plateau
The Gradec Plateau is where you will find St. Catherine’s Church. It’s also the location to enjoy breathtaking views of Zagreb Cathedral.
Go Architecture Spotting
Zagreb is home to outstanding architecture in many styles. The Art Nouveau houses on Masarykova Street and the Meštrović Pavilion are fabulously awesome examples.
The Technical Museum is a popular attraction that boasts a replica of Nikola Tesla’s lab. Take a tour of his greatest inventions and enjoy hands on experimental experiences.
Expand Your Mind
The Museum Of Illusions is filled with unusual and amazing trickery to blow your mind. Check out what’s it’s like to feel like Alice In Wonderland.
Discover Croatian Naive Art
Admire the colorful artwork of self-taught peasant painters at the Museum of Croatian Naïve Art.
Explore the impressive museums and castles nearby in Zagreb on our Croatia Lakes & Cities Vacation.
Meet The Witches Of Zagreb
Learn all about the history of the local witches that were burnt at the stake. At Zagreb’s City Museum you will discover many interesting facts.
Call our Croatia travel experts on +1 (844) 879 7838 to discuss your vacation. We can recommend how to combine a trip to Zagreb with a fantastic Croatia island-hopping cruise or as part of a bespoke Croatia vacation package.
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