Things you probably didn’t know about Zagreb




We bet you know quite a few things about Zagreb, the heart of Croatia, and a growing tourist attraction to many, but, there are some really interesting facts that might let you dive deeper into the very core of this city.
Let’s discover some fun trivia together!





1. Zagreb still has less than a million people living there which is surprising for a capital of a country but take into consideration that not even Croatia in wholes hasn’t got more than 4 and a half million people living there. According to the 2011 census, 790,017 people live in Zagreb. Most people live in Sesvete municipality and the least in Brezovica municipality.

Photo by M. Švarc, National Theatre in Zagreb

2. The Zagreb Funicular (Uspinjača) that connects Lower Town with the Upper from Tomićeva Street is considered to be the shortest public railroad in the world for public transport. Its length is only 66 meters long and the run from the bottom to the top lasts for 64 seconds.

Funicular in Zagreb, photo by Matko M. Švarc


3. The cartoon series “Professor Baltazar” is the most famous project of the Zagreb School of Cartoon Film, which counts a total of 59 episodes. The rights to show the series with this unofficial symbol of the City of Zagreb have been redeemed in 30 countries and most success outside of the country has been achieved in Scandinavia.

Bakač,Zagreb, Croatia, photo by Croatian-Attractions

4. The first Croatian opera “Love and Evil” was composed by the famous Zagreb Vatroslav Lisinski, who died on City Day in 1854.

Sea of books, Park Zrinjevac, Zagreb

5. A favorite tourist resort for a break from asphalt is Lenuci horseshoe. This green decoration of the city consists of seven squares (the Square of Nikola Šubić Zrinski, Josip Juraj Strossmayer square, King Tomislav square, Dr. Ante Starčević Square, Marko Marulić square, Mažuranić square, and Theatre square) and Botanical Garden.

Photo by M. Švarc, Mirogoj ,Zagreb, Croatia


6. The most visited tourist attraction in Zagreb is its central city square. Every other tourist walks along the square of Josip Jelačić, while the city graveyard Mirogoj makes up 15 percent of visitors to the Croatian metropolis.


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


7. Jagerhorn in Ilica street is the oldest hotel in Zagreb. It was opened in 1827 and completely redecorated in 2011. It is located in the most stunning center of Zagreb, along with the Gornji grad and only two or three minutes away from the most important tourist attractions.


Zagreb Cathedral, photo by Matko M. Švarc


8. The Zagreb locals like to meet up below the clock on the main square. All city clocks are repaired and maintained by the same family of watchmakers, which includes six generations of masters. The first city clocks were imported from Austria, and later they were produced in Croatia to look like those in Vienna.


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