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1. Jelacic Square (Trg Bana Jelacica)
The square is named after Ban Josip Jelacic, who was a Croatian army general in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, and a statue of him on a horse stands in the very center.
The soldier asked her to please scoop up (zagrabiti) some for some water for him. From that word “zagrabiti” came the city’s name, Zagreb. It was also said that anyone who drank water from that spring would always return to Zagreb.
2. Funicular Railway to the Upper Town (the shortest funicular in the world)
3. St. Mark's Square (Trg Svetog Marka)
Many other government, parliament and office buildings are also located here on St. Mark’s Square. Just a few steps away, you’ll reach beautiful viewpoints overlooking Zagreb and the cathedral.
4. Stone Gate (Kamenita Vrata)
5. Art Pavilion
The beautiful Art Pavillion is the oldest exhibition pavilion in Croatia, and actually the only purpose built facility for art exhibitions. It was built over a hundred years ago (1898), and serves as a center for artistic and cultural life in Zagreb.
All of the best and most exciting exhibitions have taken place here, and you can’t beat its location. The Art Pavilion is situated in the center, between Zrinjevac Park and King Tomislav Square (which are both beautifully decorated with flowers in the spring and summertime).
6. Tkalciceva Street (Pedestrian Only)
7. Dolac Market
It’s located right behind the main square (Trg Bana Josipa Jelacica), and it’s become a very popular place for locals and visitors alike.
It’s common to negotiate with the sellers for a better price, so don’t be afraid to do a bit of haggling next time you visit :)
8. Gric Tunnel
The city of Zagreb has a secret that lies deep underground! It’s the Gric Tunnel! The tunnel actually connects several parts of the city underground and has become a new tourist attraction in recent years. Gric Tunnel was designed in 1943 when bombing began from the war and it’s about 350m long x 3m wide.
The tunnel was completed in 1945, and was used for shelter in the early nineties during the homeland war. Nowadays, it’s used to hold presentations, exhibitions and other events. They also decorate the tunnel really nicely for Advent, so add that to your stop if you’re in Zagreb in December!
It’s also a great place to visit in the heat of the summer, as the tunnel’s temperature is always around 10 degrees cooler than outside.
Admission is free and opening hours are 9am to 9pm with cultural amenities in the tunnel.
9. King Tomislav Square (Trg Kralja Tomislava)
Tomislav Square, named after the first Croatian King (King Tomislav), is one of the most representative points of Zagreb, and it’s the first view you’ll have if you arrive in Zagreb by train.
10. Zagreb City Museum
The Zagreb City Museum is located within the former monastery of Klarisa in Zagreb’s upper town. The museum does a great job of showing the city’s past to present, including political, historical and cultural aspects (also showing aspects of the architectural and urban planning of the city).
It’s an interesting place, and worth checking out if you’re curious about how Zagreb came to be what it is today!
11. Museum of Broken Relationships
The museum was founded in 2006 by Olinka Vishtica and Drazen Grubisic, two artists who were once partners, but eventually ended their relationship.
After much success in Zagreb, a Museum of Broken Relationships was also opened in Los Angeles!
Summer (June 1st - September 30th):
Every day from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Winter (October 1st - May 31st):
Every day from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Adults: 40 kn
Students (full-time with ID), people with disabilities, seniors (65 and over): 30 kn
Groups of 15 or more: 30 kn per person
12. Zagreb 360° Observation Deck
Once you buy an entrance ticket, it’s valid for the whole day, so you can come back at any time for another drink, some more views, and another round of fun in the evening.
Children up to 3 years old - Free
Children up to 150 cm - 30KN
Adults - 60KN
Family ticket- 150KN
13. Image of War - Photography Museum
Some of the photos are shocking, as the museum didn’t want to hide the horrors of war. They are anti-war, and even have a slogan “Let’s keep the war inside the museum!”
Because of some very real images and exhibits, the museum is not recommended for younger visitors.
One very unique aspect of the museum is that in addition to photographs by Croatian authors, photographs by Serbian authors who recorded the conflict from their point of view, are also included.
The Images of War Museum is located in the heart of the Zagreb, at Hebrangova Street 4, just a few min walk from the main square.
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm
Individual ticket: 50 kn
Students, retirees, veterans: 40 kn
Couples: 80 kn
Groups of 10 or more: 30kn per person
Children up to the age of 12: free
14. Zagreb's Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Garden is located a bit west of the main train station, Glavni Kolodvor, on Marulic Square 9a, but the main entrance is located on the north side of Mihanoviceva Street.
Admission to the Botanical Gardens is free of charge
• Garden hours are from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm (Monday and Tuesday) and from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm (Wednesday to Sunday)
• The garden is open from April 1st to November 1st every year
15. Maksimir Park and Zoo
The park has a very cute restaurant and cafe with a huge outdoor space to sit and have a meal afterwards, (or just a coffee/drink).
Want to see some animals while in the park? Head to the zoo that’s located right inside the park’s grounds. The zoo is home to lions, red pandas, meerkats, grey wolves, brown bears, Chinese leopards, and chimps to name a few.
Tickets for the zoo:
Adults - 30KN
Adults on Monday when it’s not a holiday - 20Kn
Children from 7 to 14 years - 20Kn
Children from 2 to 7 years - 10Kn
16. Mirogoj Cemetery
From April 1 - October 31, 6:00am – 8:00pm
From November 3 - March 31, 7.30am – 6:00pm
From November 1 & 2, 6.00am – midnight
That wraps up our list of the top things to see and do in Zagreb! We really hope you’ll get to explore at least a few of these great places while you’re here. Leave a comment below with which one(s) were your favorite ;)
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