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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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!
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.
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.
The Gradec Plateau is where you will find St. Catherine’s Church. It’s also the location to enjoy breathtaking views of Zagreb Cathedral.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lydia August 16th, 2019
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There are many beautiful green open spaces and elegant parks in the heart of Zagreb. These lush areas of foliage strikingly contrast with the urban city’s magnificent monuments, architecture and historic culture. To enjoy a uniquely different vacation in Croatia explore the well-trodden routes around the city, and admire cultivated greenery and scenery in the parks and semi-wild forests that lead you directly to Medvednica Mountain.
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When it comes to park life in Zagreb’s Lower Town you really are spoilt for choice. There are 7 stunning parks that are interwoven into a green horseshoe shape. Zrinjevac Park is a popular place to begin your exploration of the city’s greenscapes. The park also hosts outdoor events and festivals throughout the year.
The U-shaped Lenuci’s trail takes you on a tour of fragrant flowerbeds and directs you to a lush lily covered pond. Find yourself a shady spot under a leafy tree and spent some quality time daydreaming about your exciting adventures in Croatia. Stop off for a while at the Botanical Garden. The elegant garden boasts an English-style arboretum, and over 10,000 plant species.
If you prefer to spend time in a stunning natural beauty spot that is a little more intimate in size, head for Rokovo. The tiny peaceful and tranquil park has a charming sculptured fountain and is home to the 17th century Church of St Roch.
Established in 1787, Maksimir is the oldest public park in the city of Zagreb. The park was originally designed to give the local people somewhere beautiful to relax and unwind. The preserved park covers 316 hectares and is modeled on the open green spaces of the English countryside.
This majestic public greenscape of Maksimir is part of Croatia’s cultural heritage and also home to an impressive collection of plant and animal species. The park’s densely forested areas are surrounded with tree-lined avenues. When you pay a visit, you can also discover its 5 lakes, numerous follies, mock Swish chalet, children’s playground and café.
Zagreb’s fabulous Tuškanac Forest invites you to reconnect with nature. The semi-wild scenic spot has no landscaped lawns or signposts to show you the way. On your ramble around Tuškanac Forest, you can completely lose yourself and explore the forgotten wilderness that boasts nooks and winding trails. The expansive woody green area forms the early slope of Medvednica Mountain and presents nature at its very best.
Many of Zagreb’s local residents head for Jelenovac Forest whenever they want to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy city. The verdant forest covers around 50 hectares, and is named after an influential 14th century judge’s son, who once owned the land.
The forest has plenty of marked walking trails that lead you to breathtaking areas where you can see ornamental like arrangements of gigantic oak, beech and acacia trees. Pack up a tasty picnic and hunt out your perfect relaxation zone in Jelenovac Forest.
Out Croatia travel experts can help you plan a bespoke itinerary, unique to your needs and desired pace. Combine a visit to vibrant Zagreb with other cities on Croatian private tour. Call us today on (844) 879 7838 to find our more.
Lydia June 11th, 2019