Zagreb Packages & Tours

Croatia’s capital and its largest city, Zagreb has a long, interesting history dating from Roman times. It’s a fascinating mix of classic Austro-Hungarian architecture and gritty socialist buildings with some of the most emblematic including St. Mark’s Church and its iconic, colourful roof, and the gothic-style Zagreb Cathedral with its soaring twin spires. Zagreb was once two different towns, but they were united in 1851 although today it’s still divided into two distinct areas, the Lower Town and the Upper Town.

The Upper Town is known for its cobbled streets and it’s where you’ll find Zagreb Cathedral and St. Mark’s Church. The Lower Town is home to art deco, neo-baroque, and secessionist buildings with many restaurants, cafes, shops, and parks to explore. This is also a city of museums, in fact, there are more here per square foot than you’ll find anywhere else.

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Where to Stay in Zagreb

The Upper and Lower towns are the most popular places to stay. In the Upper Town, the cobbled streets are lined with historical attractions, cafes, restaurants, bars, and museums that will be a short walk from your door. The Lower Town is a business, art, dining, and shopping hub with wide streets and pretty parks. 

For a trendy café scene and lively nightlife, Britanski trg has a youthful vibe, drawing many college students. It’s great for people watching and there are frequent markets and street fairs held here too. Families might consider residential Jaron with its many areas for kids to play.

 

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When to visit Zagreb

The tourist season in Zagreb is generally April through October with summer the liveliest time to be here, although it can be very hot in July and August. Many feel that April/May or September are ideal, a perfect time to avoid the biggest crowds of the year and still enjoy pleasant weather for sightseeing. While it can start to get chilly in October, it’s another good month to consider with the colourful autumn leaves making for fabulous photo-ops.

 

Zagreb FAQ

From

Natalie Our Croatia Expert

How many days do you need in Zagreb?

Both Upper Town and Lower Town deserve a day on their own so you’ll want to spend at least two days in Zagreb which will provide enough time to explore a couple of the museums and maybe the Botanical Gardens. You could easily dedicate an entire day to its many institutions like the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art, the Archaeological Museum of Zagreb, the Museum of Broken Relationships and the Zagreb City Museum.

What is the best time to visit Zagreb for nightlife?

In addition to the vibrant foliage, another reason to visit Zagreb in autumn is the nightlife. This is when it tends to be the liveliest, with locals returning to the city after spending summer along the coast. There are few places that can rival this city when it comes to the range of live music on offer and the sheer number of venues to enjoy it, from small clubs to warehouses.

What are the essential sights to see in Zagreb?

If you have to prioritise, you’ll want to head to the Upper Town where you’ll find the top sights in the city. Its cobbled streets are home to many medieval buildings with red-tiled roofs. Zagreb Cathedral dominates Kaptol Square, here since the 11th century featuring its iconic 354-foot-high spires as Croatia’s tallest building. Famous St. Mark’s Church can easily be recognised by its colourful tiled roof with Croatia’s, Zagreb’s, Dalmatia’s, and Slavonia’s coats of arms. Rising above the city, Lotrscak Tower dates back to the 13th century – every day at noon, a cannon is shot from the tower.

Is Zagreb worth visiting?

There’s no shortage of praiseworthy sights in Zagreb but instead of pre-packaged tourist attractions, this is a ‘real city’ without the mega tour buses or corporate feel. It’s a place to enjoy more authenticity, in the vibrant food markets, the café culture, the parks, and street festivals. It deserves the appreciation for slow travel, inviting one to soak up the landscapes and the impressive architecture.

 

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