Zagreb Tourism Information Guide
The city of Zagreb, is a very cultural and historic capital. The city has very clear signs of it's many cultures taking over it over the decades, in it's architecture and building styles. The city lies within hills of the mountain Medvednica, protecting it from cold northern winds and being a strategic point for defence over time. Zagreb will truly impress you for it's laid back attitude, immense cultural value and many galleries and museums to visit.
When arriving to Zagreb airport the best transport option is to take the Croatia Airlines, shuttle bus to the centre of the city which runs every 30 minutes and costs 30 Kuna, about €4 single ticket. To check times and more information look up the following link: Plesoprijevoz
Within the city, Zagreb has a very good transport system operating trams and busses. There are also night trams so no matter where you stay transport is effective in the city.
✔️Tip: As a tourist tip it's recommended you go up in the Funicular to the higher level of the city. With only 66 meters long railroad it's the shortest funicular in the world for public transport. Construction began in the late 19th century and all to 1934 it was riding on the steam engine. Today, the funicular rides on electric power, connects the Upper and Lower part of the city of Zagreb and is a protected monument.
Located at higher altitudes, compared to the rest of the country's more popular beach cities, Zagreb enjoys very hot summer's and frosty winter's. The best time to visit is in the Spring or early Autumn. (March-June or September -October). Summer's can be nice but temperatures reaching an easy 40°C in July and August.
On the other side, winter in january and February can reach -5°C on the coldest days and not go over 5-7°C.
Visiting Zagreb is a must to see the famous buildings and walk around it's old town stopping by quaint little side streets with cafes. At the weekends it's very popular to find street markets, specially at the main square, tasty local food, hand craft, clothes and souvenirs can be found.
Highlights of the city include:
- St. Mark's Church, perhaps the most visited place in Zagreb for it's tile side roof. Located in St. Mark's Square, built in a Romanesque architecture and medieval-style, it's a Serbian Orthodox church constructed from 1931-1940.
- Ban Jelačić Square, central square of the city named after a famous Army general in Croatia in the 1850's.
- The Mimara Museum is an art museum, situated at the Roosevelt Square, housing the collection by Wiltrud and Ante Topić Mimara.
- Zagreb Cathedral, the tallest building in Croatia, and the most monumental sacre building in Gothic style southeast of the Alps.
- The Art Pavilion, located in the Lower Town area of the city, established in 1898, it is the oldest gallery in the Southeast Europe.
- Zagreb City Museum,established in 1907, spanning from the prehistory, Roman finds to the modern period.It consists of a number of paintings, maps, city views, furniture, flags, military uniforms and coats of arms.
Zagreb's nightlife is lively and varied for a city of fewer than a million people. You’ll find the highest concentration of small bars and cafés lining the pretty street of Tkalčićeva in Gornji grad. On warm summer nights, people also head out to the clubs along the shore of Lake Jarun.
Zagreb is a good shopping city, with many international and local brands to be found in the city centre. Ilica Street is the main shopping area. For those who prefer shopping centres, Centar Kaptol is just a short stroll from the main square Trg Bana Jelačića. Zagreb also boasts numerous open-air and sheltered markets throughout the city.
The highlight of shopping in Zagreb is to visit Dolac, the market on the north side of Trg Bana Jelačića, open Monday to Friday 0630-1500 (Saturday and Sunday 0630-1300). Colourful stalls vending fruit, vegetables and flowers set up on the raised piazza outside, while an indoor area below displays meats and dairy products. Visitors looking for reasonably priced souvenirs and gifts should check out the craft stalls behind the fruit and vegetable section.
As for shopping centres, the most traditional department store in Zagreb is Nama, (Ilica 6), but other popular shopping centres include Branimir Centar, (Branomirova 29), and Centar Kaptol. (Nova ves 17)
Zagreb is cheap on a budget and hotels can be as little as €30 per night, however there are plenty of Hostels and even private accommodation thanks to Airbnb is also possible. Closer to the city centre is expensive, but with good transport link you can stay in decent accommodation and take the trams into the centre.
The city is big enough to be entertained during a few days, visiting monuments and buildings, walking around the streets and going into museums/art galleries.
An ideal stay would be for 3 to 5 nights in the city.