THINGS TO DO IN ZAGREB – highlights of Croatia attractions

Zagreb – packed with interesting content – this medieval but modern European town has always something for everyone’s taste. Every year, an increasing number of curious tourists visit our city, enjoy the offer and share experiences with their closest friends helping us to spread a good voice about this charming city destination, so this year Lonely Planet has added Zagreb to a list of top destinations.

Photo by M. Švarc, Vlaška street in Zagreb
Photo by M. Švarc, Vlaška street in Zagreb

STAYCATION IN ZAGREB

Here is the answer to our favorite question  THINGS TO DO IN ZAGREB. Let’s start with culture .. Cultural content is abundant, so in the center of the city, there are more than twenty museums and fifty galleries. It is hard to distinguish which we would recommend visiting because the choice is great and the offer is fascinating, but among the tourists, the favorite are Mimara Museum, Zagreb City Museum, Klovićevi Dvori, MSU, Archaeological Museum… An extremely popular tourist attraction in Zagreb is a newer, but very famous museum with the innovative idea called the Museum of Broken Relationships that delights the youngest visitors who are not overly interested in the typical museum setup. A regular Zagreb tour usually begins or ends at the Ban Jelačić Square and goes along to the Zagreb Cathedral via the Dolac market to the Upper Town.

Croatian State Archives, photo by M. Mihaljević, photo credit by TB of Zagreb
Croatian State Archives, photo by M. Mihaljević, photo credit by TB of Zagreb

LOVER AND UPPER TOWN

In Lower Town, visitors like to visit Croatian National Theater, Nikola Šubić Zrinski Square, and Botanical Garden. When we are a short distance away from the city center, it is advisable to visit Maksimir with its Zoo, an ideal place for the younger ones, and for those who love recreation Lake Jarun or Bundek. Mirogoj is a beautiful cemetery that we like to call “Outdoor Museum.”

Mirogoj cemetery, Zagreb, photo by J. Duval, photo credit by TB of Zagreb
Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb, photo by J. Duval, photo credit by TB of Zagreb

The list of events and manifestations is steadily growing, besides attractions and cultural events, there are some sports and music events, a good selection of cinemas in the narrower and wider center, theatrical performances…

Petrica Kerempuh Square, Opatovina, Upper town, Zagreb, Croatia, Boytronic photography
Petrica Kerempuh Square, Opatovina, Upper town, Zagreb, Croatia, Boytronic photography

We think it’s important for shopping lovers to emphasize before your arrival, that Zagreb has a strong offer of shopping centers and a wide range of boutiques. Ilica street is ideal for those who do not like shopping centers. Apart from boutiques, there are also shops with traditional delicacies, souvenir shops, bakeries, markets…

Zrinjevac pavilion, Zagreb, Croatia, photo by Matko M. Švarc
Zrinjevac pavilion, Zagreb, Croatia, photo by Matko M. Švarc

For those who prefer luxurious boutiques in one place, we recommend a shopping center located at Kaptol named after its location – Kaptol Center. Also nearby is the Importanne Center and Importanne Galleria, while the other larger shopping centers are away from the center.

Maksimir, Zagreb, photo by Matko M. Švarc
Maksimir, Zagreb, photo by Matko M. Švarc

Excellent choice of accommodation includes apartments, hotels, and hostels, and the most popular among tourists are certainly Dubrovnik hotel on the main square, Esplanade Zagreb Hotel, Sheraton, The Westin, and many others,

Dolac market, Zagreb, photo by j.duval, photo credit by TB of Zagreb
Dolac market, Zagreb, photo by j.duval, photo credit by TB of Zagreb

More affordable accommodation in hostels can be found at Chillout Hostel Zagreb, The Wallaby House Hostel close to the main bus station, Hostel Shappy, Swanky Mint, and much more.

National Theatre, Zagreb, Photo by M. Švarc
National Theatre, Zagreb, Photo by M. Švarc

In the gastronomic offer you can find traditional dishes and worldwide specialties, and the favorite little alley among the tourists with affordable food prices near the main square is called Skalinska street so when you are tired of sightseeing, indulge in a pleasant atmosphere, and you won’t even feel the expense.

Have a GREAT Zagreb!

Croatian Attractions – highlights of your holiday!

St. Mark's Square, Zagreb, photo by Matko M. Švarc
St. Mark’s Square, Zagreb, photo by Matko M. Švarc

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