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22 Terrific Things To Do In Zagreb, Croatia

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Zagreb, Croatia is a fascinating place to visit. The capital of Croatia manages to be simultaneously historic and modern. The city boasts fantastic architecture and brutalist structures, a traditional market and a slew of craft beer bars, fine art galleries and quirky museums. Although it is often overlooked and a somewhat underrated Croatian travel destination, there is a long list of great things to do in Zagreb!

 

Zagreb, Croatia: Top Destination

We often rave about Croatia; if asked about the country, we are likely to go on and on about the translucent sea, splendid nature, historic towns and buzzing cities. There’s a good chance we will gush over the cuisine and talk extensively about how passionate the Croatians are.

And, when asked which cities we recommend people visit, we always suggest Zagreb as a top Croatia destination. Really? It’s inland. Is Zagreb worth visiting? Yes, it is! And our list of the Best Things To Do In Zagreb proves it!

 

How To Plan a Trip to Zagreb

In this article, we are featuring the top Zagreb sights to see – but there is so much more to planning a trip to Zagreb than deciding what to do. You also need to sort out the details of your travel plans. 

While we do share tips for how to get there and where to stay, our Guide to Planning a Croatia Vacation covers more need-to-know details about visiting the country. 

Of course, you will also need to keep all of your travel info organized – and our printable Travel Planner can help you do it! The 26-page planner is ready to print, so you can get started right away!

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Things To Do in Zagreb, Croatia

Our Zagreb Travel Guide includes our list of the top recommendations of what to do in Zagreb, suggestions on where to stay in Zagreb as well as other Zagreb facts and information.

Although our list of things to do in Zagreb is numbered, they are not ranked – as we think a Zagreb visit wouldn’t be complete without doing them all. So let’s get started, shall we?

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#1 Size Up The Zagreb Cathedral

View of Cathedral from Gradec Plateau in Zagreb, Croatia

The two landmark Gothic spires of the Zagreb Cathedral reach the height of 355 feet, making the church the tallest building in Croatia – and one of the top Zagreb tourist attractions. It is a sight you will most likely catch a glimpse of before arriving at the church steps (although one of the spires will surely be under restoration).

The church – formally called the Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary – was built in the year 1093 when the Diocese of Zagreb was established. However, the church was rebuilt in the 13th century, surrounded by fortifications in the 15th century (some of which still remain) and heavily damaged by an earthquake in 1880. Since then, reconstruction of the church has been almost constant.

Take a peek inside to look at the tomb of Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac behind the altar. Admire the artwork and ponder the chandeliers, which reportedly came from a Las Vegas casino.

 

#2 Wander the Streets of Old Town Zagreb: Gradec and Kaptol

Sunset on St. Mark's Church in Zagreb, Croatia

If you are wondering what to see in Zagreb, the Old Town is the best place to start. Today’s Zagreb Old Town is the melding of two smaller towns: Kaptol (where the Zagreb Cathedral stands) and Gradec, the Upper Town. Dating to the 11th and 13th centuries, the two towns were separated by a stream (that has since been diverted and covered). 

 

Old Town Zagreb Things To See

Gradec was a hill-topping town surrounded by city walls and protective watchtowers. Today, the Gradec cobblestone streets are ideal for a stroll when sightseeing Zagreb. At the center of the Upper Town is St. Mark’s Church Zagreb.

St. Mark’s has a colorfully tiled rooftop that stands out among the orange-tiled rooftops of the rest of the Zagreb Old Town. The tiles were laid on the church roof in 1880 and are in the design of the coats of arms for Zagreb and the Triune Kingdom of Croatia.

The church sits in the middle of (aptly named) St. Mark’s Square, which is ringed by ornate buildings which house the Croatian government offices.

For the best sightseeing in Zagreb Old Town, use our detailed Free Zagreb Self-Guided Walking Tour.

 

#3 Shop at the Dolac Market

One of the unique things to do in Zagreb is to shop at the historic outdoor market. Unlike other city markets that have become touristic, travelers will join locals at the Zagreb Dolac Market where Zagrebians have been shopping since 1926.

In the raised outdoor market, you will find tables piled high with in-season fruits and vegetables. Shade will be provided by the iconic and colorfully striped umbrellas – a symbol of the City of Zagreb.

Take the stairs underground to peruse the choice of meat and cheese. At the Dolac Market, you can assemble a picnic lunch – a must-do in Zagreb!

Join a small group Zagreb Food Tour to get a taste of local Croatian specialties with a local guide! 

 

#4 Sip Croatian Craft Beer

Pint of Nova Runda Craft Beer in Split, Croatia

Zagreb’s craft beer scene has evolved since our first visit to the city in 2014 – and sipping a Croatian craft beer has become one of the top Zagreb things to do! New breweries and taprooms are continually coming on the scene, offering a taste of Croatia’s inventive and tasty local brews.

The beers from Nova Runda (try the APA or C4!) remain at the top of our list, but we also like what LD Brewery, Varionica and Tap B (from Split) are brewing.

 

Craft Beer Bars: What To Do Zagreb

It used to be that there were only a few craft beer bars in Zagreb and we had to seek them out like detectives on a dead-end case…but that is no longer the situation. Dedicated Zagreb craft beer bars have sprung up all over the city.

We highly recommend you check out the bars on Opatovina Street – nicknamed Zagreb’s Craft Beer Lane – where you will find Craft Room and Tolkien’s House among others.

For local brews from the Medvedgrad Brewery (one of the long-time craft breweries in Zagreb), go to Mali Medo on Tkalciceva Street or pop into the Ilica location in the Upper Town. 

Outside of the Zagreb Old Town, try Ro & Do, Hopla Craft Beer Bar (formally Hop In, near the bus station) and Harat’s Beer Boutique.

 

#5 Visit The Zagreb Main Square (Ban Jelacic Square)

Advent on the Main Square, Ban Jelacic Square, during Christmas in Zagreb, Croatia

At the heart of city center Zagreb is Ban Josip Jelacic Square, named for a Croatian hero. The statue of Jelacic on a horse stands in the center of the square (although during the Yugoslavia era, it was dismantled and kept in a cellar) and it definitely ranks as one of the things to see in Zagreb.

The statue and nearby clock are popular meeting spots for locals and starting points for Zagreb city tours. The busy and expansive main square dates to the 17th century and today a steady stream of trams pass by the square moving people through the vibrant city.

Learn more about the Upper and Lower Towns on a private Zagreb walking tour to the city sights!

 

#6 Join the Zagreb Evening Stroll on Tkalciceva

Statue on Tkalciceva Street, Zagreb, Croatia

Tkalciceva Street – once a flowing river that marked the border between Kaptol and Gradec, which was filled in with gravel in the late 1800s – is a café-lined pedestrian-only lane stretching from Jelacic Square to Mala Ulica (Little Street).

Hand-holding couples, families pushing strollers and dog-walkers parade up and down Tkalciceva each evening.

The street is one of our top Zagreb places to visit for people watching and, on sunny days, it is a fine place to idle the afternoon away in one of the many cafes.

 

#7 Light a Candle in the Stone Gate Chapel

Open air chapel inside Stone Gate in Zagreb, Croatia

Stone Gate is the only remaining gate of Gradec, which leads from the Upper Town to the picturesque Radiceva Street. But, it’s not the historic gate itself that makes it a Zagreb must-see: it’s the open-air chapel that resides inside the gate.

According to legend, there was a fire in 1731 that destroyed the (then) wooden gate. However, the fire peculiarly left a painting that was hanging inside the gate, “The Virgin and Child,” completely intact.

The painting in now enshrined inside Stone Gate and people come to pray and give thanks to the Virgin Mary by lighting candles, leaving flowers and mounting engraved plaques on the walls.

 

#8 Step Back in Time in Zagreb’s Gric Tunnel

The Gric Tunnel is one of the cool places to go in Zagreb. The tunnel is open every day (for free!) for pedestrians to travel from one side of Gradec to the other without having to hike over the hill.

 

History of Zagreb Gric Tunnel

Built during World War II as a bomb shelter, the Gric (Gradec) Tunnel runs through the hill beneath the Upper Town.

With a length of 1,150 feet, the tunnel has six exits. Shortly after the tunnel was completed, it fell into disuse. The tunnel was shuttered until 1993 when it hosted Croatia’s first rave, but further plans for the tunnel were stalled.

In 2015, renovation of the Gric Tunnel finally commenced and reopened to the public in 2016 as a Zagreb tourist attraction. The tunnel is used for special events, like the Advent Christmas Market. During a recent visit, the tunnel housed a free museum exhibiting the history of Zagreb.

 

#9 Get a Bird’s Eye View from Zagreb 360

Ban Josip Jelacic Square in Zagreb, Croatia

The Zagreb 360 observation deck occupies the 16th floor of a ‘skyscraper’ on Jelacic Square – making it one of the best places to visit in Zagreb for a view.

Standing 600 feet above sea level, the open-air outdoor walkway allows guests the opportunity to take Zagreb photos or sit at one of the alfresco tables to sip cocktails in the clouds.

Even better, Zagreb 360 tickets are valid for multiple re-entry in a single day – meaning you can visit the viewing platform during daylight hours (and possibly see all the way to Slovenia) and then return after dark to see the city lights. Buy your Zagreb 360 tickets ahead of time! 

 

#10 Linger Over a Cup of Croatian Coffee

Cup of coffee at cafe in Zagreb, Croatia

Coffee isn’t just a drink in Croatia – it’s part of life. But, it’s not really the drink itself; it’s in the Croatian café culture that provides a cool experience in Zagreb. Forget coffee-on-the-go; even in the buzzing capital city, people slow down to savor coffee, conversation and people watching.

A group of friends can linger at a café for hours – often switching from coffee to beer…and then back to coffee before they get up to leave.

City visitors should definitely include a Croatian coffee experience on their Zagreb What To Do list. In fact, one of our favorite Zagreb activities is to find a café – at the Dolac Market or Cvjetni Square – and simply drink in the culture. 

Read more from a local about the Croatia Cafe Culture.

 

#11 Creep Around the Zagreb Mirogoj Cemetery

Famous architecture at Mirogoj Cemetery in Zagreb, Croatia

Established in 1876, the Mirogoj Cemetery is a landmark and – somewhat oddly – one of the top Zagreb attractions. The burial grounds resemble a park (just a park that happens to have a lot of gravestones) and feature ornate arcades and monuments.

The Zagreb Cemetery was designed by Herman Bolle, one of Zagreb’s famous architects. The cemetery is not designated to one religion, so in addition to the Christian Cross that graces headstones, you will also see the Star of David and Crescent Moon and Star.

Many of Croatia’s most famous people have been laid to rest at Mirogoj Cemetery, including the first president of Croatia, Franjo Tudman and NBA star Dražen Petrović.

The Zagreb BIG Tour takes visitors to sights outside of the city center – including Mirogoj Cemetery – and ends with a Old Town walking tour. 

 

#12 Discover Hidden Gems on the trails of Medvednica

Dirt hiking trail in Medvednice Nature Park in Zagreb, Croatia

Just north of the city center is Medvednica – a mountainous, forest-covered nature park that tops our list of Zagreb things to do and see in the outdoors.

Easily accessible by tram from the Zagreb center, there are several intertwining trails for hikers to tromp around the woods. The tallest peak at Medvednica, Sljeme, stands at 3,396 feet, but we have yet to make the climb to the top (and now there’s a new Zagerb cable car so we don’t have to!).

Within the 88-square-mile park, there are waterfalls, a cave, a mine, and the Medvedgrad Fort (some call it a castle) that provides stunning views of Zagreb.

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#13 Breathe in Nature at Zagreb’s Maksimir Park

Vidikovac, cafe, at Maksimir Park in Zagreb, Croatia

Less strenuous and closer to the Zagreb city center (but still abundant in nature) is Maksimir Park. The tranquil park opened in 1794 and ranks as the oldest park in Zagreb, Croatia.

The park features a grand entrance, multiple turtle-filled ponds and dozens of trails that weave through the forest. Also at the park is a zoo – another one of the Zagreb top attractions. Visiting the park is one of the fun things to do in Zagreb with kids. 

 

#14 Journey through the City on a Zagreb Tram

The first trams in Zagreb were horse-pulled cars, but 20 years later – in 1910 – the electric tram was introduced to the city. Today, more than 200 million people ride the trams annually.

The fleet of tram cars range from old-and-rattling to new-and-sleek. While the trams are an essential part of the traffic flow in the city, they are also one of the Zagreb sights that can’t be missed (quite literally if you spend any time in Jelacic Square!).

 

Riding Trams: Zagreb Sights from Jelacic Square

  • To Maksimir Park: Use Tram 11 (toward Dubec) or 12 (toward Dubrava) and exit at Bukovacka.
  • To Medvednica Park: Use Tram 14 (toward Mihaljevac) and exit at Mihaljevac (last stop); from there you can walk into the park or take Bus 140 to Tomislav Dom. 
  • To the Bus Station: Use Tram 6 (toward Sopot) and exit at Autobusni Kolodvor.
  • If you aren’t interested in leaving Old Town Zagreb, at least hop on an old-school tram for a few stops to Tomislav Square (use Tram 6 toward Sopot and ride two stops to Galvani Kolodvor) and walk back to the Zagreb city center through the gorgeous park surrounded by some of the best architecture in Zagreb.

Tickets can be purchased from the driver (or in advance from a Tisak); you need one for each ride and it is required to validate the ticket at the front entrance of the tram by inserting the ticket in the yellow box. A short-ride ticket (less expensive than a regular ticket) can be used for each of our recommended rides. 

 

#15 Marvel at the Architecture on Zagreb’s Green Horseshoe

Art Pavilion and fountain on Green Horseshoe in Zagreb, Croatia

One of the top things to do in Zagreb, Croatia is to spend time wandering through the Green Horseshoe. Comprised of eight connected city squares (designed in a U-shape), the Green Horseshoe Park is in the heart of Zagreb.

The eight squares – Zrinjevac, Josip Juraj Strossmayer Park, King Tomislav, Ante Starcevic, Lenuci Fitness Park, Marko Marulic, Ivan Mazuranic and Republic of Croatia – are connected on the southern end by the Zagreb Botanical Garden.

 

What To See: Zagreb Green Horseshoe

Designed and built in the 1880s, the Green Horseshoe is home to outstanding architecture.

Many of the top Zagreb Museums, like the Archeological Museum, Modern Gallery, Art Pavilion, Croatian State Archives, the Ethnographic Museum and Arts and Crafts Museum are located on the Green Horseshoe.

Some of the most beautiful buildings to seek out are the famed Esplanade Zagreb Hotel, the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences and the stunning yellow Croatian National Theater. Keep an eye out for fountains, sculptures and monuments, which are found throughout the squares of the Green Horseshoe.

Lining the streets that surround the squares are historic mansions of Croatia’s wealthy citizens (although most now house individual apartments). Wandering through the Green Horseshoe is one of the things to do in Zagreb, Croatia where you are certain to be among locals.

 

#16 Ride the World’s Shortest Funicular

Funicular Lower Station in Zagreb, Croatia

Perhaps more a novelty than a necessity, a ride on the World’s Shortest Funicular is simply a fun thing to do in Zagreb.

The funicular was built in 1890 (initially using steam engines to power the car up the 217 feet of track) to access the Upper Town without having to make the climb. It takes less than a minute for the car to ascend from Llica Street to Stossmayer Promenade – at a steep 52% incline.

 

#17 Seek Out Zagreb Street Art 

Street art culture is gaining momentum worldwide and there are some fantastic examples in Zagreb, as well. With the addition of the Whale Mural on the wall of the Art Gallery building in Gradec, more visitors and locals have become curious about the Zagreb street art scene. Seeking out street art is one of the fun and free things to do in Zagreb. 

Interested visitors should check out the Art Park, which is somewhat hidden in the Zagreb city center (find the stairs from Strossmayer Promenade). 

Outside of Old Town Zagreb, street art is quite prevalent at the Student Center and Medika.

We were fortunate to have a local artist (also our Airbnb host!) guide us through a Zagreb city tour of the street art. You can contact him for a tour…and a place to stay!

Use this link to Google Maps of Street Art locations (Whale Mural, Art Park, Student Center and Medika).

 

#18 Climb to the Top of Kula Lotrscak

Lookout Tower Kula Lotrscak in Zagreb, Croatia

The 13th century Kula Lotrscak lookout tower stands stoically at the top of the Zagreb funicular beside the entrance to Strossmayer Promenade in Gradec. For just a few dollars, guests can climb the defense tower’s spiral staircase for fantastic city views, especially of Gradec and St. Mark’s Church Zagreb.

Every day at noon, a Zagreb cannon is shot from the fourth floor to signal mid-day. The sound can be heard throughout the Zagreb Old Town and beyond, so be prepared for that!

 

#19 Attend Mass at St. Mark’s Church Zagreb

St. Mark's Church during Christmas in Zagreb, Croatia

Although many people pass by (and take the required Zagreb photos of) St. Mark’s Church Zagreb, few actually go inside. The church is not open to the public for touring, but it is open for mass when you can get a look inside the historic church.

During our visit, mass times were Monday-Friday at 6pm; Saturday at 7:30pm; Sunday at 10:30am and 6pm – but check the schedule during your trip to confirm. 

 

#20 Indulge In Amazing Croatian Food

Croatian cuisine is some of our favorite around the world – and, as such, we think eating local fare is one of the best things to do in Zagreb, Croatia. While much of the gastronomy is heavy on meat and carbs, we balance our visit to Zagreb with eating a satisfying meal and then taking a walk in one of the many city parks. 

We are highlighting a few of our favorite restaurants in Zagreb; travelers going on to Split will want to read our top picks for Split Restaurants, too.

 

Burek

Burek is an indulgent meat pastry featuring spiced ground meat rolled into flaky phyllo dough. The best place to get burek in Zagreb is at a small shop at the Dolac Market that is simply called Burek (map).

Eaten as a hardy breakfast or a satisfying lunch, burek is often consumed with yogurt (but we prefer it without). It’s cheap and fast, but they often sell out…so get there early. 

 

Cevapi u Somunu

Cevapi – little grilled sausages – are another one of the top Balkan staples. The best way to eat cevapi is in a sandwich topped with raw onion, ajvar sauce (roasted red pepper) and kajmak (clotted cream). 

One of the best restaurants in Zagreb for the calorie-laden, fast food dish is Cevapi u Somunu (map).

 

La Struk

A dish unique to Zagreb is Strukli, a doughy, cheesy meal served in a baking dish. Sometimes called Zagorski Strukli, the dish has been added to the Croatian Intangible Heritage List. 

In Zagreb, the best place to eat strukli is at La Struk. The cozy interior is as simple as the menu: salty or sweet, cooked or baked with four variations: walnuts, apples, blueberries or truffles.

 

Heritage Croatian Street Food

A fun little deli-style restaurant, Heritage prepares finger-food snacks using traditional Croatian ingredients. Travelers short on time and looking for things to do in Zagreb in a day can taste a variety of local flavors at Heritage (map).

 

Submarine Burgers

A burger-craze has raged through Zagreb and all of Croatia. While certainly not to exclusive the region, they are cooking up some tasty gourmet burgers throughout the capital. Our top recommendation for a Zagreb burger is Submarine (actually, oddly named…as only burgers are on the menu!). 

A link to Google Maps of our favorite places to eat in Zagreb.

 

#21 Visit  Zagreb Museums

There are numerous Zagreb museums that visitors could spend hours getting lost in. Museums in Zagreb cover history, art, relationships and hangovers – among other topics. In fact, quirky museums is one of the things Zagreb is famous for. 

While we generally prefer to be in the outdoors, there are a few Zagreb museums that intrigued us enough to spend a few hours indoors…and we highly recommend that fellow travelers do the same!

 

Zagreb Museum of Broken Relationships

Not an ordinary museum, the displays at the Broken Relationships Museum are everyday objects accompanied by stories of failed relationships. The museum is one of the top attractions in Zagreb.

The exhibits – everything from letters to voodoo dolls to a treadmill – are items that the donor associated with their heartbreak. Some stories had me laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes, while other stories simply made me want to cry. 

 

Zagreb 80s Museum

Croatians have a deep affection for the 1980s (as evidenced by their love of 80s hair bands and classic rock). When guests step inside the 80s Museum in Zagreb, it is literally like stepping back in time.

Visitors tour a ‘house’ that is decorated in all things 80s – from Walkman cassette players to a Yugoslavia Zastava car. 

 

Museum of Hangovers

One of the amusing museums in Zagreb, the Museum of Hangovers features funny stories and exhibits about drunkenness. The small museum offers visitors a shot of local rakija liquor…and a chance to win free entry by tossing darts with drunk glasses on. 

 

Museum of Illusions

The fun, interactive Museum of Illusions is an entertaining place to spend an afternoon in the city. Visitors are challenged with mind games, puzzles and optical illusions – and encouraged to snap photos. We have not yet visited the Illusions Museum in Zagreb, but we did go to the one in Split.

 

Chocolate Museum Zagreb

A learning and tasting journey through the history of chocolate, the Chocolate Museum is a sweet place to visit in Zagreb! 

 

More Museums in Zagreb

The Art Pavilion in Zagreb, Mimara Museum and the National Museum of Modern Art are a few of the city’s best art museums. 

Travelers looking for more quirky things to do in Zagreb can also check out the Mushroom Museum or the Cannabis Museum.

Other museums that are dedicated to specific topics are the Nikola Tesla Technical Museum (an interactive science museum) and the Dražen Petrović Memorial Center (featuring the life of the basketball player). Note: Unfortunately, the poignant Museum of War Photography has closed. 

 

#22 Attend Amazing Zagreb Events

As the capital city of Croatia, there is always something going on – and attending an event is one of the top things to do in Zagreb. A list of Zagreb upcoming events can be found at the Zagreb Tourist Information office (located on Jelacic Square | Website).

We have attended numerous events while visiting Zagreb – including the awarding-winning Zagreb Advent festival. It’s one of the best things to do in Zagreb in December!

We have also been to the Burger Fest (where we ate way too many burgers!), the Bas Nas Music and Food Fest and Cest is d’Best. Other Zagreb events include concerts, Zagreb BeerFest and City Food Festival. 

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Top Travel Tips for Zagreb, Croatia Things To Do

Architecture in the city of Zagreb, Croatia

Now that you know what to do in Zagreb, we have a few more tips for visiting the city! 

Pro Tip: Get (and stay) organized for your trip to Croatia by using our Trip Planning Printables!

 

Fun Zagreb Facts

  • Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and is the largest city in the country with a population of about 800,000 residents. 
  • The language is Croatian, but many people in the city (especially the younger generations) speak excellent English. 
  • The currency is the Kuna (however it is expected that Croatia will switch to the Euro in 2023). Check the current conversion rate
  • The Zagreb Tourist Information Office is located on Jelacic Square. They provide an array of free and helpful brochures, as well as a handy Zagreb tourist map. (Offical Toursit Board Website)

 

How Many Days in Zagreb? 

Many people think one day in Zagreb is enough to see the city sights, but we think you need more time in Croatia’s capital.

We recommend at least two full days – but if you are planning day trips from Zagreb (which we highlight next), three to five days would be ideal. There are just so many places to see in Zagreb – and once you get there, you won’t want to miss out! 

 

Day Trips from Zagreb

After a full dose of Zagreb sightseeing, go further afield to explore the region on one of the many day trips from Zagreb.

The most popular day trip is from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park. We have visited the famous waterfall park twice – once in winter and a trip in the autumn – and think it is well-worth the effort to see the magnificent tumbling waterfalls. Book your tour!

A few of our other favorite cities to visit on Zagreb day trips are: Samobor, Krapina, Varazdin. All of these cities can be reached by public transportation, but for the sake of time and ease of travel, consider taking an organized Zagreb tour.

For more day trip ideas and the best tours, read our complete guide to Day Trips from Zagreb

 

Where To Stay in Zagreb, Croatia

Fountain at the historic Hotel Esplanade in Zagreb, Croatia

The best place to stay in Zagreb is in or close to the historic Old Town. Travelers have a choice of vacation rentals and hotels to fit all budgets. 

When we visit Zagreb, we usually stay for a week or longer, so we typically stay in an Airbnb Apartment. We have found that staying in apartments is often less expensive than hotel rooms – with the added benefit of a kitchen and, usually, more space. 

 

Best Zagreb Hotels

There are many hotels in Zagreb, Croatia to choose from in – or close to – the city center. We are highlighting a few of the top picks for the best hotels in the city. Before you start your search (we recommend using Booking.com), use our tips for Finding the Best Hotels at the Best Prices.

 

Hotel Academia

We love this modern hotel situated in the Zagreb Old Town at the top of Tkalciceva Street. Offering spacious rooms with balconies, the sleek hotel gets rave reviews for the welcoming staff and excellent breakfast. Check rates and availability for your stay!

 

Hotel Jagerhorn

Standing at the oldest hotel in Zagreb, Hotel Jagerhorn is housed in a historic building – but has recently been renovated with modern conveniences. The hotel sits in the Old Town and features an included breakfast and elegant courtyard. Check rates for your stay!

 

Esplanade Zagreb Hotel

The stylish Esplanade 5-star hotel is a historic hotel designed in the art noveau style. The ambiance of the hotel is felt throughout. Top amenities are the on site restaurants, fitness center and sun terrace. Check availability!

 

Zagreb Hostels

Budget travelers can search for hostels in Zagreb – like The Dots Hostel and Swanky Mint Hostel – where they offer stylish rooms at great rates.

 

Getting to Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb can be reached by plane, train, bus or car.

 

Zagreb Airport

The airport in Zagreb (ZAG) is serviced by major European carriers, but some flight routes are seasonal. Unfortunately, there are no non-stop flights to Zagreb from the United States. 

Our preferred method of getting anywhere is by flying (we are JetSetting Fools, after all!) and we have flown to/from Zagreb and Zurich, London, Skopje, Amsterdam and Warsaw (to name just a few!).

When we do need to purchase plane tickets, we start our search for the best deals on airline tickets on Skyscanner. Before you start your search, be sure to read our tips on Getting the Best Flight Deals

 

How To Get from the Zagreb Airport to the City Center

The Franjo Tudman Zagreb Airport is located 15km (9 miles) outside the city center. Visitors can take the Airport Bus to the city, terminating at the main Zagreb bus station. From the Zagreb Bus Station use Tram 6 (toward Crnomerec) and depart at Jelacic Square to get to the city center. 

Alternatively, use a taxi, Uber or book a private transfer into the city. 

 

How to Get Around Zagreb

The best way to get around Zagreb city center is on your own two feet. The city is very walkable and a car is not necessary for sightseeing in Zagreb center. For sights that are further afield, visitors can use the trams, local buses, Uber or taxis. 

To travel beyond Zagreb, visitors may want to consider renting a car. It can often save time and money (especially when traveling with more than two people) – and a car rental allows for greater discovery.  

 

What To Pack for Your Zagreb, Croatia Trip

We are sharing a few tips on items you will want to pack for your trip to Zagreb. You can find all of our advice on our Travel Packing blog page. If you need a packing list, download our Free Printable Packing List here!

 

Comfortable Shoes

Zagreb is a walkable city (it’s why we created a Free Self-Guided Zagreb Walking Tour!) – but only if you have the right travel shoes! I like to wear lightweight and versatile shoes for city exploration – and Kris wears his Men’s Merrell Trail Shoes

 

Real Camera for Travel

We’re certain you’ll be snapping tons of photos during your trip. Rather than relying on your mobile phone to capture the sights, upgrade to an actual camera for higher quality photo. We travel with a Canon Rebel (which takes amazing photos and is a great budget camera).

 

Day Bag Essentials

Pack your favorite day bag for travel to carry everything you will need during your days of Zagreb sightseeing. Also, it’s a good idea to carry a city map and/or guidebook.

 

Croatia Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must! It can cover you in the case of trip cancellations and if you get sick while traveling abroad. Check the coverage and affordable policies offered at World Nomads.

 

Start planning your trip to Croatia! Search for the lowest airfares, the best accommodations and fun things to do…then start packing!  Want more travel planning tips? Head over to our Travel Planning page for more information and tips on traveling – and for country-specific information, take a look at our Travel Guides page!

 

More Tips For Your Trip To Croatia

It’s time to plan your vacation to Croatia! Get started with our detailed guides to all the Top Croatian Destinations

Find all of our helpful Croatia destination guides on our Croatia Travel Page.

 

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6 thoughts on “22 Terrific Things To Do In Zagreb, Croatia

  1. Karen Benetti

    Hi jet setters! This is the second time I’ve read your blog! I went to Preko from Zadar and read your thoughts and went 2 more times as well! Next week we will be in Zagreb and we will be there a month so we will c all of your 22 things to see in Zagreb so thank you very much!

    • Hi Karen,
      We’re pleased you’re loving Croatia and that we can assist in your travels! Enjoy Zagreb, for a month, we’re zealous!
      Cheers & Travel well,
      Sarah & Kris

  2. I have a two day Zagreb trip planned in March and to be honest, I think I might need to figure out how to extend the trip because who knew there were so many things you can do there, ha-ha. Anyways, thank you for the wonderful and VERY informative guide.

  3. Great suggestions. I visited last year, but unfortunately I didn’t have an awful lot of time so couldn’t do much. However I did go up Zagreb 360, visit the Cathedral and also went to Plitvice Lakes for the day which was great. Next visit I’ll try some of your other ideas.

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