Zagreb Vacation Packages & Tours

The capital of Croatia, Zagreb sits along the southern slopes of Medvednica Mountain and offers an enticing mix of old and new. It was made for strolling and with a rich history, dating back more than 3,000 years, you’ll find plenty to discover along the cobbled streets of the Upper Town, like gothic-style Zagreb Cathedral and St. Mark’s Church with its colorful 13th-century roof. In the Lower Town, there’s a mix of neo-baroque, secessionist, and art deco buildings, with plenty of shops, cafes, restaurants, and pretty parks. 

Zagreb has a lively energy that can be found throughout, with pockets that feature colorful murals on what were once boring concrete walls. If you like museums, there’s a treasure trove, with more per square foot than any other city in the world. Explore everything from the Zagreb City Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art to the quirky Museum of Broken Relationships.

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Where to Stay in Zagreb

Choose the best place to stay in Zagreb by considering what you plan to do. The Upper Town, which includes the historic district, is a maze of cobbled streets between Kaptol and Gradec hills. Here you’ll not only find many restaurants, cafes, and bars, but you’ll be just steps from centuries-old landmarks and a wealth of fascinating museums. Just below the Upper Town, the Lower Town offers wide streets and serves as a hub for business, shopping, dining, and art, as well as hosting a number of picturesque parks. 

If you’re looking for the liveliest, youthful vibe, trendy Britanski trg is popular among college students. It hosts lots of terraced cafes and hip bars for people watching while enjoying coffee, a glass of wine, or a refreshing cocktail. Street fairs, festivals, and markets can often be enjoyed here too. Families might want to consider Jaron. A sprawling residential area in the western part of Zagreb, there are lots of fabulous parks and other places for kids to play.

 

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When to visit Zagreb

April through October is the main tourist season in Zagreb, with the summer months at their peak. Mid- to late spring is often idyllic while the biggest crowds have yet to arrive, making it an ideal time to enjoy comfortable sightseeing. July and August can be busy and scorching hot but by September it will start to cool down as the throngs of tourists dissipate. While it can get a bit chilly in mid-September and October, especially in the evening, it can be another great time for a visit without battling the masses.

 

Zagreb FAQ

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How many days do you need in Zagreb?

You’ll want at least two days in order to explore both Zagreb’s Upper Town and Lower Town, along with at least a few of the many museums. On the first day, you might discover the historic buildings in the Upper Town, most of which date back to the 17th and 18th centuries, stopping to enjoy an authentic dish like homemade gnocchi. Afterward, head to visitor favorites like the Museum of Broken Relationships and the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art. On your second day, explore the Lower Town, visiting the Archaeological Museum of Zagreb, the Botanical Gardens, and parks. 

What is the best time to visit Zagreb for nightlife?

While summer is the liveliest time for nightlife in many coastal cities and islands, in Zagreb, it takes off in autumn. That’s because most of the clubs and other venues are dormant during the summer with their locals departing for the coast. A visit during this season brings the chance to enjoy the very best spots, lurking in warehouses along the industrial urban fringes. 

 

What are the essential sights to see in Zagreb?

If you only have time to explore one area, you won’t want to miss the Upper Town with its cobblestone streets and medieval buildings with red-tiled roofs. It’s home to many of the top visitor attractions, including the Cathedral of Zagreb, Croatia’s second tallest building, and the most monumental sacral gothic-style building southeast of the Alps. Kaptol Square is another highlight, with many early 17th-century buildings. The most notable sight of all is St. Mark’s Church, recognized by its brightly colored tile roof that bears the coats of arms of Croatia, Zagreb City, Dalmatia, and Slavonia.

 

Is Zagreb worth visiting?

Elegant and timeless, Zagreb slowly seduces visitors with many praiseworthy highlights, from captivating architecture to vibrant food markets and a thriving café culture. What makes it stand out, even more, is that you’ll be spared a corporate tourist feel, as if you’re in a theme park. It’s a real city with the chance to delve into authentic life while discovering fascinating history and modern delights.

 

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