Zagreb Travel Guide

Wherever you go in Zagreb, you can find various contents and events that are the essence of tourism, and that gives that famous rhythm of the city. Also, Zagreb is the cultural, business, and political center of Croatia. You will find more information by continuing the Zagreb Travel Guide. I also have to mention, I have lived in this city for a while, so if you have any questions you can contact me via the Contact me page.

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Quiz: How much do you know about Zagreb?

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Food Truck Festival, a new favorite gastronomic event in Zagreb

Food Truck Festival, a new favorite gastronomic event in Zagreb

Essentials tips

Emergency telephone number
+385 112 – General emergency
+385 192 – Police
+385 194 – Ambulance
+385 193 – Fire brigade

City Pop. – 0,81mil.
Metro Pop. – 1,22mil.
Area – 641km²
Time zone – UTC+1
Currency – Kuna

Top Things to See and Do in Zagreb

Explore the architecture

The old town of Zagreb consists of medieval Gradec (today the home of the Croatian government and parliament) and Kaptol (the seat of the archbishop). Gradec and Kaptol were united in 1851 by ban Josip Jelačić, who was credited for this, with the naming the main city square, Ban Jelačić Square in his honor. If you have the opportunity to travel and choose your new destination and have not visited Zagreb yet, then this is the perfect time to read this Zagreb Travel Guide.

  • Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
  • St. Mark’s Church (Crkva Sv. Marka)
  • Mirogoj Cemetery
  • Cathedral of the Assumption
  • Lotrščak Tower
  • Croatian National Theatre
  • Porta di Pietra (Kamenita Vrata)
  • Art Pavilion (Umjetnicki Paviljon)
  • Church of St. Catherine
  • Meštrović Pavilion
Medieval town Medvedgrad

Medieval fortified town Medvedgrad is an undiscovered attraction

Tunnel Grič Zagreb

Tunnel Grič, a gallery with various exhibitions during the year

Museums & Galleries

Zagreb has the most museums and galleries in Europe per square meter. That is why Zagreb actually takes the title of the city of museums. From traditional to unusual, Zagreb has more than 30 museums. It is impossible to mention everything, so we made a list of the most important to visit. The most important museum event in Croatia is Noć Muzeja (Night of the Museums) when all museums and galleries are open for free to all visitors.

  • Croatian Museum of Naive Art
  • Museum of Broken Relationships
  • Museum of Illusions
  • Zagreb 80’s Museum
  • Image of War – Photography Museum
  • Mimara Museum
  • Archaeological Museum in Zagreb
  • Technical Museum
  • Tortureum – Museum of Torture
  • Drazen Petrovic Museum – Memorial Center
  • Museum of Contemporary Art

Feel the Pulse of the City

Ban Josip Jelačić Square is the center of the city. All important events are held here. Here are organized sports welcomes and protests. All other streets or squares that make this city always live are located within a radius of 500 meters. One of them is Ilica Street who starts at Ban Jelačič Square in the east and ends more than 5 km to the west. It is the most famous street in the city. It is always full of people (one of the reasons is a large number of shops like ZARA, Kraš chocolate bar, Caldezonia, etc.). Make sure to visit the Vincek ice cream shop.

  • Jelacic Square (Trg Bana Josipa Jelacica)
  • Tkalčićeva
  • Dolac Market
  • Ilica
  • Cvjetni Square

Nature & Parks Attractions

When we are talking about the cities, we are thinking mostly about buildings. As we are living more and more in big cities we more appreciate the greenery. The best things to escape everyday obligations for me are parks. Park Maksimir is the largest and most beautiful park in the city. Also, within the park is located Zagreb ZOO. One of the favorite picnic spots of the inhabitants of Zagreb is Medvednica mountain with its highest peak called Sljeme. Next year, a new cable car will be opened that will connect the city with the top of Medvednica.

  • Zrinjevac
  • Medvednica mountain (Sljeme)
  • Zagreb Zoo
  • Botanical Garden
  • Jarun Lake
  • Park Bundek
Park Maksimir Zagreb

Park Maksimir, the largest and the most beautiful Zagreb park

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The exhibition is set in the large central part of the tunnel that you will reach by passing below a series of curtains. This main part of the tunnel is filled with a multitude of snowy pine trees that together make up the forest. Giant Nutcrackers were nestled between them. The magical idyll is completed by hundreds of colorful toys that covered the ceiling of the tunnel. The Christmas fairy tale in the Grič Tunnel will surely delight the kids like the most magical place of this Advent. For more information, click on the Zagreb Travel Guide article below.

Advent in Tunnel Grič Zagreb

Advent in Tunnel Grič, the magical Nutcracker world!

The Advent in Zagreb started again this year by lighting the first Advent candle on a large wreath around Mandusevac. This year, visitors will be able to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere in as many as 16 locations. One of the most visited attractions every year during the Advent is the Grič Tunnel. A forest of snow-capped pine trees The exhibition is set in the large central part of the…

Where to eat & drink

In the last few years, the Zagreb culinary scene has changed a lot. Many new restaurants with very different cuisines have opened but the city still has a lot of traditional restaurants. If you are looking for local food I would recommend one of the oldest restaurants in the city, Kaptolska let. Explore some of the most famous traditional dishes below.

  • Zagreb Schnitzel – a crunchy version of Chicken Cordon Bleu with breaded steak, melted cheese, and pieces of prosciutto.
  • Štrukli – dough filled with cottage cheese and sour cream
  • Krpice sa zeljem – pasta with cabbage
  • Kajzeršmarn
  • Beans with Sausage
  • Orahnjača and makovnjača
  • Krafne – doughnuts

During my stay in this city, I visited some restaurants and cafes and wrote reviews about them. Start exploring Zagreb Travel Guide by clicking on the article.

Caffe Bar Finjak Zagreb

Caffe Bar Finjak, very popular place with old-fashioned ambiance

Street food Good Food Zagreb

Good Food, amazing street food place in Zagreb

Caffe bar Bistro Gluten Zagreb

Bistro Gluten, one of the most photogenic cafes in Zagreb

Choco Cafe Petrova Zagreb

Looking for pancakes? Visit Choco Cafe Petrova in Zagreb

Greenery Procaffe Zagreb

Greenery Procaffe, drink coffee with a message

Food delivery

Food delivery is becoming increasingly popular among locals and tourists. All you have to do is download the application, choose what you want from the rich offer of Mc Donalds and wait for the delivery to knock on your door. Below are the 4 most popular apps. Zagreb Travel Guide also offers you a discount on your first purchase.

Events

Discovering the city through different experiences in music, exhibitions, or theater is wonderful. That is why you should visit Zagreb. That Zagreb really attracts more and more tourists is shown by the fact that Zagreb has won the award for the best Advent in Europe for 3 years in a row. Most events are held in the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall, while if you are looking for concerts of world-famous stars, search the offer of Arena Zagreb. Start exploring Zagreb Travel Guide Events by clicking on the article.

Zagreb Christmas Market

Zagreb Christmas Market, best in Europe 3rd time

Catherine the Great exibition

Catherine the Great exhibition has opened in the Klovićevi Dvori Gallery

Food Truck Festival, a new favorite gastronomic event in Zagreb

Food Truck Festival, a new favorite gastronomic event in Zagreb

The most important events by months

  • January – Night of the museums, Snow Queen Trophy, etc.
  • February – Zagreb Boat and Sport Show, etc.
  • March – Zagreb DOX, Restaurant Week, etc.
  • April – Festival of Tolerance, etc.
  • May – Zagreb Beer Fest, International Festival of Alternative Theatrical Expression, C’est is d’Best, Floraart Festival, etc.
  • June – INmusic festival, Zagreb Design Week, International Fireworks Festival, Days of Croatian Film, etc.
  • July – Croatian World Games, More knjiga, International Folklore Festival, etc.
  • August – Long Night of Museums, Holi Festival Of Colours, Pyronale, etc.
  • September – Beauty & Hair Expo Zagreb, RujanFest, etc.
  • October – Zagreb Marathon, Zagreb TourFilm Festival, Pssst! Silent Film Festival, etc.
  • November – Zagreb Film Festival, etc.
  • December – Advent Zagreb, Human Rights Film Festival, New Year’s Eve parties in Zagreb, etc.

Cost & Living

Accommodation in Zagreb is getting more expensive every year, and the biggest problem is the lack of apartments for long term rent. If you are coming to this city as a tourist, the average price for an apartment for 4 people is 100 euros per day. Smaller apartments for 2 persons are about 60 euros. If you decide to go to a restaurant, the best choice will be pizza and different types of pasta, with prices ranging from 50 to 70 kuna. Dinner for family (4 people) at local taverns will be paid between 200 and 350 kunas, without appetizers, desserts, and drinks. Prices are the most expensive close to the square Ban Josip Jelačić.

Is Zagreb safe for a living and for travel?

Is Zagreb safe for a living and for travel?

Finding student accommodation in Zagreb – Living Information

Finding student accommodation in Zagreb – Living Information

Traveling around Zagreb

The entire public transportation system consists of trams, buses, suburban railway, and funicular railway. Zagreb public transport is managed by the company ZET. Today, trams are the symbols of this city recognizable by their blue color. The bus network consists of more than 400 buses with more than 2000 stops. The suburban railway connects remote parts of the city as well as suburban cities such as Sesvete and Zaprešić. If you are visiting Zagreb, don’t miss the famous Zagreb funicular.

Paper tickets can be purchased at ZET’s ticket offices or at kiosks or from drivers in vehicles. I recommend buying a Prepaid card ZET. After entering the vehicle, you need to put the card on the machine and you will automatically be charged. Also, ZET offers 3-day and 7-day tickets.

  • Single fare ticket (30 minutes): 4-6 kuna (if you buy from the driver the price is higher)
  • Single fare ticket (60 minutes): 7-10 kuna (if you buy from the driver the price is higher)
  • Single fare ticket (90 minutes): 10-15 kuna (if you buy from the driver the price is higher)
  • Single fare ticket during the night: 15 kuna
  • Funicular ticket – one way: 5 kuna
  • Three-Day-Ticket for one Person: 70 kuna
  • Seven-Day-Ticket for one Person: 150 kuna
  • Fifteen-Day-Ticket for one Person: 200 kuna
  • Thirty-Day-Ticket for one Person: 400 kuna
  • Bike Rental: around 100 kuna/day

Zagreb Weather

Zagreb has an oceanic climate, also known as a marine climate. Summers are warm with average temperatures between 22-27 degrees Celsius. However, depending on the year, it sometimes happens that temperatures are around 35 degrees in the hottest part of summer. During the summer are frequent afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Also, spring and autumn are relatively warm (expect daily temperatures between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius).

During winter, prepare for the fog. Temperatures are usually between 0 and 7 degrees Celsius from December to February. With 840 mm of precipitation per year, Zagreb is Europe’s 9th wettest capital. Most precipitation falls over summer and high temperatures.

  • The hottest month is July, with an average high of 26.7°C (80.1°F)
  • The coldest month is January, with an average high of 3.7°C (38.7°F)

Day Trips from Zagreb

Before, Zagreb was mostly avoided by tourists, but today it has become an extremely attractive tourist city. One of the advantages is because it is centrally located in Croatia. Because of this, if you’re coming to this city I’m sure you’ll want to take some one day trip. In the list below of Zagreb Travel Guide, find the most popular one-day trips.

  • PLITVICE LAKES – an ensemble of 16 natural lakes
  • SAMOBOR – a medieval town of baroque architecture
  • VARAŽDIN – it’s known for its baroque and rococo architecture
  • ČAKOVEC – the largest city of Međimurje County
  • LONJSKO POLJE – the largest protected wetland in both Croatia and the entire Danube basin
  • KUMROVEC – the birthplace of Josip Broz Tito
  • KRAPINA – known for interesting sites like Krapina Neanderthal Museum
  • LJUBLJANA – Slovenia’s capital and largest city
  • TRAKOŠČAN – the most beautiful castle of rich Croatian heritage

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