Gornji Grad – The Upper Town
The historic district of Gornji Grad was once made up of two separate towns – Gradec and Kaptol. The Upper Town is distinguished by stunning 18th and 19th century Austro-Hungarian architecture and a plethora of top tourist attractions. As you stroll along the ancient cobblestone streets, pause and admire the elegant churches, museums and parliament buildings. In contrast to the rich history and heritage that is widely on display, is the colourful Tkalciceva Street that is lined with pavement cafes, stylish boutiques and inviting restaurants.
The Roman Catholic Zagreb Cathedral is one of the most spectacular monumental sacred structures in the city. Dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and St Stephen and St Ladislaus, the 11th century cathedral boasts two ornately decorated spires that loom 108m into the sky, and a medieval design. The landmark cathedral, and Croatia’s tallest building, was partially demolished by an earthquake in 1880, and rebuilt with two additional towers. Visit the Zagreb Cathedral Treasury to admire the priceless religious treasures that date back to the 11th century.
Originally constructed to guard Gradec’s southern gate, the 13th century Lotrščak Tower is one of the city’s most recognisable sights. In days of old, the Romanesque tower featured a bell that rang out every night to alert the locals that it was time to return before the gates were closed. During the 19th century, an additional floor and windows were added to the tower. The cannon on the rooftop is fired at noon every day. When open, it’s possible to climb to the top of the tower to enjoy 360-degree sweeping vistas of the city.