Walking is one of the best ways to explore all of Zagreb’s picturesque historical sites, hidden alleys & lanes and especially the main square in the city. You can learn more about the neighbourhood on these walking tours as well as discover the main sights and attractions at your own pace.
The centre of Zagreb is divided into two parts: Gornji Grad (Upper Town) and Donji Grad (Lower Town). Because of its historical structures, churches and religious monuments, Gornji Grad has great historic value attached to it and is literally a tourist’s paradise. Donji Grad, on the other hand, mostly contains shops, cafes, museums, and parks. Some attractions that are far away from the city are easily accessible by bus or tram.
Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Katedrala Marijina Uznesenja) ( Wikipedia )
Formerly known as St. Stephen's Cathedral, The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven and to Saints Stephen and Ladislaus. The typically Gothic cathedral is known as Katedrala Marijina Uznesenja in Croatian but English speaking tourists often refer to it as the Zagreb Cathedral. Its twin spires, which can be seen from many parts of the city, make it the most visited attraction in Zagreb. The location has always been occupied by a Cathedral from ancient times. The first Cathedral was destroyed during the Tartar attack in the 13th century and the present cathedral was built during the latter part of the 13th century. But what we see today does not represent the original construction, as many renovations have altered the look of the building. The main reason behind the renovation was the immense damage done by the 1880 earthquake, completely destroying the dome and the bell tower. But the restoration has retained the medieval design. When you visit the Cathedral you will get to see various objects related to religious art and clothing.
Address: Kaptol ulica 31 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Tel.: +385 1 4814727
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St. Mark’s Church
(Crkva Svetog Marka) ( Wikipedia )
St. Mark's Church is easily recognizable by the chequered design on its roof depicting the coat of arms of Croatia, Dalmatia, Savonia, and Zagreb city. The church was built as early as the 13th century and since then, many renovations have completely altered the structure. But some remains like a Romanesque window, and a Gothic doorway by Ivan Parler from its original design can still been seen. When you enter the doorway, you can get to view the artistic statues of the twelve apostles, including those of infant Jesus, Mary and St. Mark. The interior of the church is beautifully decorated with sculptures by famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic and frescoes painted by Jozo Kljakovic.
Address: Trg Svetog Marka 5 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Tel.: +385 1 4851611
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Mirogoj Cemetery ( Visit Site )
Located a little away from Zagreb city centre, but easily accessible by public transport, is the beautiful and 'heavenly' Mirogoj Cemetery. Designed by Hermann Bollé in 1876 at the base of Mount Medvednica, the cemetery is counted among the top 10 cemeteries of Europe. The cemetery tour isn’t spooky, but instead reminds us of a Neo-Renaissance castle with its vine covered walls, arcades & chapels; ornate structures and greenery spread around 7 acres of its space. Many of Croatia’s distinguished families and famous people are buried here like Petar Preradovic and Stjepan Radic.
Address: Mirogoj bb, Zagreb 10000, Croatia
Tel.: +385 1 4696700
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(Nature Park Medvednica) ( Visit Site )
The Medvednica Nature Park, established in 1981 is situated on the slopes of Mount Medvednica. In the summers, the park with its walking and hiking trails is popular with locals who enjoy the outdoors and want a way to escape their daily routine. While in the winters, the well-manicured slopes of the mountain provide ample opportunities for skiing and snowboarding. All provisions regarding this activity, such as accommodation and skiing equipment is provided by the park.
Hiking the Sljeme Mountain, Medvednica's highest peak, is a great way to keep fit, if you are an outdoors person. But for others there is an easy way up with a cable car starting from Bliznec to the summit of Sljeme. Another superb attraction well worth a visit is the Veternica cave system, which is home to large bat colonies as well as contains prehistoric remains from the Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic eras. The forest is best visited in the summers when you get to see the land laded with wildflowers and pale golden leaves.
Address: Medvednica Nature Park, Bliznec b.b., Zagreb 10000, Croatia
Tel.: +385 1 4586317
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Jarun Lake ( Wikipedia )
Jarun Lake, situated southwest of Zagreb in the neighbourhood of Jarun, is formed by an inlet of the Sava River. The lake is the primary spot for many outdoor activities such as boating, rowing, sailing, windsurfing, swimming, jogging, skating and skateboarding. On the outskirts of the lake, there are many restaurants and nightclubs that remain open well into the early hours of the morning. The lake can be easily accessed by a tram.
Address: Farther Afield, Jarun, Zagreb, Croatia
(Zagreb City Zoo) ( Visit Site )
Mishamir Park which houses the Zagreb City Zoo is located to the east of Zagreb and is the city’s biggest park. Also, it is one of the most visited family attractions in Zagreb. People, who want to enjoy a relaxed evening, head for the park while kids love watching the animals get up to their funny antics. The park opened in the late 18th century and encompasses five lakes and a cafe along with the Zagreb City Zoo. The whole area can be accessed free of charge (except for the zoo)
Address: Maksimir Park, Zagreb, Croatia
Tel.: +385 1 2302198
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Andautonia Archaeological Park ( Visit Site )
Andautonia Park is an archaeological attraction located near the village of Scitarjevo, close to Zagreb. The area is located on the remains of the ancient Roman town of Andautonia which dates back to the 1st century AD. The excavations of the site indicate it was a rich cultural and administrative centre during that era. The site is still being dug, but the place is open to tourists who can explore the 2,500 sq metres of archaeological ruins including its streets, city baths, and colonnades. The village of Scitarjevo is also worth visiting where you can get a glimpse of traditional Croatian wooden houses.
Address: Scitarjevo, Zagreb, Croatia
Tel.: +385 1 4800009, +385 99 4557571
The Tower of Lotrscak
(Kula Lotrscak) ( Wikipedia )
The Tower of Lotrscak (Kula Lotrscak) is a fortification tower that was built in the 13th century to protect Gradec's southern town wall. Once upon a time, the tower included bells that rung at night when all gates were supposed to be closed. Once the gates were closed, people who were left outside would have to remain there until the next day. In the 19th century, additions were made to the tower in the form of a fourth floor and a canon, which is even today fired every noon to mark midday. You can get to see a stunning view of the city once you climb the tower. Atop, there is an exhibition gallery and a gift shop.
Address: Strossmayerovo šetalište 9, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Tel.: +385 1 4851768
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Ban Jelacic Square
(Trg Bana Josipa Jelacica) ( Wikipedia )
Bana Jelacic Square, officially known as the Trg Bana Jelacicam, is the central square of the city and named after Ban Josip Jelacic. People simply call it Jelacic Square. It is located in Zagreb’s upper town area, south of Dolac market. The square marks the intersection of many streets such as Illica from the west, Radiceva from the northwest and small streets of Splavnica, Harmica, Bakaceva, Jurišiceva and Gajeva. The square is marked as a pedestrian zone and therefore no vehicles are allowed inside the area. But it is accessible by tram.
Address: City Centre, Upper Town, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
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Stone Gate (Kamenita Vrata)
( Visit Site )
Kamenita Vrata or Stone Gate is the only surviving one of the five gates in Gornji Grad which were built to guard Gradec. These gates were entrances of the walls built as fortification around Gradec. The Stone Gate is on the eastern side of Gradec and was built in the 13th century. As per the legend, the houses and the surrounding area were destroyed in 1731 but the Stone Gate which was embedded with a painting of Jesus and Mary miraculously remained undamaged. The painting was then protected by the construction of a chapel and it was put behind a metal enclosure. Even today, people come to pray to the painting.
Address: Kamenita bb, Gradec, Zareb, Croatia
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