Zagreb is the capital and biggest city in Croatia. The cultural and economic hub of the country boasts Austro-Hungarian heritage, and impressive landmark attractions that date back centuries. The city centre is adorned with stunning classicist and secessionist facades and beautiful green parks. On every street corner there is a museum, gallery, theatre or elegant restaurant. If you’re a history lover, Zagreb features a wealth of attractions to interest and entertain you. There are more museums in the city than in any other city in the world.
Situated in the heart of Zagreb is the historic Old Town, which is divided into two halves – Gornji (Upper Town) and Donji Grad (Lower Town). On a tour of the Upper Town, admire the magnificent Gothic architecture of the twin-spire Zagreb Cathedral and the charming and iconic 13th century church of St Mark. In the Lower Town, head for the main square of Ban Jelacic and soak up the vibe as you relax and watch the world go by. The pedestrianised zone of Tkalčićeva Street is lined with chic alfresco coffee bars, shops and restaurants.
Zagreb is the perfect destination for a weekend city break or a vacation that combines visits to other places. Its prime location and transport links makes it easy to access sights that are situated a little off the beaten track. If you prefer to stay in the city, Zagreb offers a diverse variety of entertainment options that you can enjoy throughout the day. Visit the museums, galleries and historic landmarks, enjoy lunch in a stylish restaurant, and venture to the shopping district for some retail therapy. You have the entire evening to explore the city’s cultural attractions, to visit the vibrant bars, and to enjoy the authentic Croatian cuisine that is served in the popular local restaurants.
Explore the two halves of Zagreb
The city of Zagreb is divided into two halves. Gornji (the Upper Town) is the romantic historic core and boasts 11th century architecture, landmark monuments, ancient cobblestone streets and quaint houses with red tile roofs. Explore the twin settlements of Gradec and Kaptol, and meander along the city’s main street, Illica. To really get a feel for life in Zagreb, take a tour of Donji Grad (the Lower Town). The vibrant district is where the locals like to hang out.
Absorb The Culture
Zagreb is home to a plethora of museums that in total feature more than 3.6 million exhibits. As you wander through the ancient historic streets you won’t have to go too far before you discover one of the city’s hottest cultural hubs. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art and admire the work of famous and local artists. In the Archaeological Museum you will find treasures that date back centuries. The Museum of Broken Relationships boasts a unique and quirky display of donated items.
Enjoy Some Retail Therapy
A shopping expedition to Ilica Street provides an opportunity to enjoy some retail therapy Zagreb style. The bustling street is the city centre’s main shopping drag and it features a diverse selection of shops and stores for you to explore. Alongside the prestigious and expensive designer clothes and shoe shops there are independent boutiques and internationally well-known retail outlets. Browse the colourful displays and shop for souvenirs to take back home as a reminder of your unforgettable holiday in Croatia.
Soak up the historic atmosphere
Lined with trees and dotted with flowerbeds, King Tomislav Square is the perfect location to soak up Zagreb’s historic atmosphere. The elegant square was originally named after King Franz Joseph I. Following the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire it was renamed in honour of King Tomislav, who is attributed with the unification of the kingdom of Croatia. A monumental statue of Croatia’s first King is proudly displayed in the square. Sit on a bench and watch the people of Zagreb pass by.
Situated on Tkalčićeva Street, in the centre of the city, is Restaurant Agava. The stylish eatery features a cosy interior with large windows that overlook the bustling main street, and an outdoor terrace. The décor is classically modern with a large selection of decorative wall art on display. On the menu, there are authentic Mediterranean and Croatian dishes, and an extensive wine list. Order the delicious risotto that is infused with thyme, pear and sheep’s cheese from the island of Pag.
Lanterna na Dolcu
The Lanterna na Dolcu restaurant prides itself on serving only high quality cuisine that is made from locally sourced, fresh ingredients every day. On the diverse menu you will find many tempting dishes that are inspired by the traditions of the local area. Some of the traditional meat and fish recipes date back to1865. The cosy 40-seater restaurant is owned by two brothers and boasts a friendly family vibe. It also has an elegant alfresco terrace that overlooks Zagreb Cathedral.
Otto & Frank
Otto & Frank is situated in a pedestrianised area of the city and is the ideal place to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. The stylish bistro serves up hearty, comforting and appetising brunch, burgers and salads that boast a Croatian twist. The restaurant is locally famous for its fabulous carrot cake and creatively crafted cocktails. Otto & Frank boasts an informal setting and indoor and outdoor seating. Although the menu is compact, there are plenty of diverse food choices available.
- Book your luxury holiday in Croatia at Hotel President Pantovcak located in the heart of Zagreb’s busy city centre and currently ranked in the top 10 small hotels in Croatia. The award winning 4 star property boasts exceptional service and offers a relaxing ambience and first class facilities.
- Book your holiday in Croatia at Hotel Jagerhorn the oldest standing hotel situated in the heart of the city of Zagreb. Opened in 1827, the 3 star hotel is an iconic part of Zagreb’s social and cultural heritage.
- Book your luxury holiday to Croatia at the 5 star Esplanade Zagreb Hotel, located in the heart of Zagreb’s historical old town, and offering guests a premium level of service and amenities.
- Book your luxury holiday in Croatia at the Double Tree by Hilton, conveniently located on Ulica grada Vukovara, in the heart of Zagreb’s business and shopping district. The luxurious hotel offers stylishly modern and spacious accommodation with spectacular views over the historical city centre.
- Book your luxury holiday to Croatia at the Best Western Hotel Astoria a 4 star hotel situated in the heart of Zagreb and offering spacious and luxurious accommodation in a convenient city centre setting.
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