23 best sights of Zagreb – descriptions and photos

WHAT TO SEE IN ZAGREB + BONUS

Is there something to see in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia – Yes, the sights of Zagreb, as befits any capital city, can boast of its variety and quantity. A day here is definitely not enough for you.

In this article I will try to give an overview of the main attractions of Zagreb, but most importantly these will be objects from different spheres of interest.

If you are interested in religious topics, you will find here 5 dozens of churches, monasteries, cathedrals.

+ Useful links for independent travellers
  • Lodging: Hotellook – great service with a great base
  • CAR RENT: DiscoveryCar – some of the best conditions on the deposit and full insurance.
  • EXCURSIONS AND ACTIVITIES IN CROATIA:
  • IN RUSSIAN: Tripster
  • IN ENGLISH (500+ suggestions): GETYOURGUIDE

View of Zagreb and sights

The center of Zagreb at sunset and the country’s main square

If you like to visit museums: the list of museums in Zagreb includes the standard ones, such as ethnographic, historical and many others, but also the unusual ones – the museum of divorce, for example. And you will have something to see in Zagreb.

Zagreb sights on the map: What to see in Zagreb?

For each of the attractions I will give a brief description, opening hours, entrance fees, recommended time to get acquainted with the object, give a subjective assessment and give advice or tips for visiting.

Before I tell you about all the attractions of Zagreb, I want to draw your attention to the fact that there are many excursions in this city: historical, gastronomic, partying. And you can even take a day trip to Plitvice Lakes or neighboring Slovenia.

Below is a dynamic table with the most popular excursions in Zagreb, click on any and you will get a list of all the excursions in the city with prices, descriptions and reviews.

Ban Josip Jelačić Square

  • The central square of the city, is also the center of the lower town. It is pedestrian and in the immediate vicinity of the square are many of the main attractions of Zagreb. All the buildings on the square have very nice facades, which makes a visit to this place festive.
  • If you are going on a bus tour to Croatia, the way will probably be through Zagreb and the bus will drop you off for a sightseeing tour just near this square and here it all begins.
  • Opening hours: 24 hours a day.
  • Cost of visit: free of charge
  • Planned visiting time: 30 minutes
  • Recommendations: 5 of 5. The heart of the city, where all the tours and hiking trails start.

Ban Josip Jelačić square in Zagreb

Ban Josip Jelačić Square. In the pre-coronavirus era, there were always crowds of people here.

Zagreb Cathedral

  • The cathedral can be seen from anywhere in the city. It is the tallest building in Zagreb and even in Croatia. Its height is 108 meters. And perhaps the most beautiful, the cathedral is really majestic, it is a true masterpiece of architecture. Inside the cathedral is even more beautiful: the principle clearly applies here: everything is best to God. And the sounds of the organ can be heard in the entire neighborhood.
  • Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Cost of visit: free of charge
  • Planned visiting time: 30 minutes
  • Recommendations: 5 out of 5. Unfortunately it is not possible to climb the towers, but nevertheless it is a must-see attraction.

Cathedral in Zagreb

Cathedral in Zagreb, to photograph it up close you need a wide angle lens.

Dolac Market

  • That’s when the market is a sight to behold. It’s an open-air market where farmers sell their own products and are very proud of it. You can simply walk among the rows, or you can buy fresh from the garden vegetables or homemade cheese, sausage, olive oil or even prosciutto. All about Croatian markets.
  • Almost always there will be a farmer or family member behind the counter, who will talk about their products with a smile and the hospitality typical of Croatians.
  • Opening hours: from 7:00 to 15:00 on weekdays, from 7:00 to 12:00 on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Cost of visit: free of charge
  • Estimated visiting time: 30-60 minutes
  • Recommendations: 5 out of 5.
  • Here’s a tip: Croats love their country and you can’t imagine their reaction when tourists try to speak Croatian with them, even if it’s a broken language, even if they only put in separate words, but they are insanely happy about it.
  • It’s enough to learn 4-5 phrases in Croatian, and you yourself begin to enjoy communicating with the locals and shopping in the markets. Discounts will be made at every step. Do not be lazy, read the article about the minimum vocabulary of a tourist in Croatia, the result will surpass all expectations.

Dolac Farmers Market in Zagreb

Dolac market is the main market of Zagreb, the photo is a seasonal part of it

Octagon

  • In fact, it is a passageway-tunnel with rows of shops, a kind of passage that connects the two main streets of the city. In the center of the passage is an octagonal square with a glass dome and beautiful stained glass windows. Previously it was the first bank in Croatia. And now there are stores of world brands and brands, you can just walk around and you can shop.
  • Opening hours: The tunnel itself and access to the octagonal octagon are 24 hours a day.
  • Cost of visit: free of charge
  • Planned visit time: 10 minutes (no shopping)
  • Recommendations for visit: 4 out of 5.
  • Tips: come here at night when there are no crowds of tourists, it is very beautiful and mesmerizing

The Octagon in Zagreb

Octagon Dome in Zagreb. In the photo you can see the covered street.

Museum of Broken Relationships (divorces)

  • I intentionally do not write in this article about museums, because there are a lot of them for all tastes and colors, but this museum is special. It is unique and original – it is a museum of divorce or broken relationships. There are personal belongings of former lovers, married couples, lovers, who separated, but the things that united them or were given to each other – remained.
  • Each thing in this museum is presented with its own story. All stories are written on the stand in Croatian and English. Information about the exhibits is available on the booklets in: German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean and Japanese. There is no translation in Russian yet but they promise to do it.
  • Official website: https://brokenships.com/visit/museum-details
  • Opening hours: June 1 – September 30 9 am – 10:30 pm, all other times until 9:30 pm.
  • Planned time for museum: 1 hour
  • Ticket price: 40 Koons
  • Recommendation to visit: 3 out of 5. The place is original, but a definite minus that there is no information in Russian. I know English, but not at such a level that I could freely read the literary text in the booklets and on the exhibits.

Museum of Divorces in Zagreb

Museum of divorce – they say the only one in the world.

Botanical Garden

  • Lovers not only of architecture, but also of natural beauty, privacy and tranquility. It is within walking distance of the city center. The area of the park is large and there are plants from all the continents. Two ponds, many benches and relaxation areas.
  • Official website: http://botanickivrt.biol.pmf.hr/en/about-us/location-and-visiting-hours/
  • Opening hours: Always check on the site; open daily from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri); other days until sundown, but no later than 7 p.m. The schedule is very strange, on the first day we came at 15 o’clock and kissed the castle, on the second day we got in the morning without any problems.
  • Ticket price: free of charge.
  • Recommendation to visit: 3 out of 5. If you have seen the cultural program in Zagreb, you can safely go here, in the priority to visit it is better to put the old town, but in any case, the place is worthwhile.

Botanic Garden in Zagreb

Botanical Gardens in Zagreb

Zagreb Maximir Park and Zagreb Zoo

  • This is a landscape park with beautiful alpine slides, lawns, lakes. The park occupies a huge territory, about three times larger than the botanical garden. You can walk here all day and not get around it. The park is home to many endangered species. This is an amazing place in the center of the European capital, an oasis in the stone jungle.
  • In the same park is the Zagreb Zoo. The zoo is cool, cleverly done, clean, beautiful, well-groomed animals. But it is not diverse, many zoos in other capitals have much more animals. The Moscow zoo, in my opinion, is more interesting.
  • Official website of the zoo: https://www.zoo.hr/
  • Opening hours: The park is open 24 hours, the zoo is open from 9:00 to 16:00, tickets stop selling an hour before closing time.
  • Tickets cost: 30 Kuhns for adults, 20 Kuhns for children (on Mon and adult tickets also cost 20 Kuhns) – this is to the zoo, the entrance to the park itself is free.
  • Planned time: you can spend the whole day in the park, the zoo takes about 2 hours
  • Recommendations for both attractions: 4 out of 5. If you are traveling with kids, the zoo is a 5 out of 5 for them. They will love it.

Sights of Zagreb on the map Maximirski park

Zagreb Maximirski Park

Zagreb funicular railway

  • Zagreb’s oldest public transportation, as well as one of the shortest funiculars in the world – only 66 meters, I would have walked if I had seen that there were stairs nearby. At the top point of the funicular is not a bad view of the old city.
  • Every day from 6:30 to 22:00, runs every 10 minutes (2 minutes up the stairs).
  • Ticket price: 4 kuna one way.
  • Estimated time: 10 minutes for waiting and 54 seconds for climbing
  • Recommendation to visit: 3 out of 5. On the one hand a completely useless funicular. You can climb the stairs in three meters, I have more stairs on the sixth floor at home. On the other hand is a fun and very cheap entertainment for tourists. But I would include it in the Japanese museum of useless inventions.

Zagreb funicular sights

The Zagreb funicular is one of the shortest in the world.

Mirogoj Cemetery.

  • It’s not often that a cemetery is a landmark. But in this case it is, there’s a lot to see. It is more like a park cemetery, with sculptures instead of graves, many of them works of art, and many famous personalities are buried here. The entrance to the cemetery deserves special attention.
  • Inside, it is clean, beautiful, all the monuments are taken care of, you can walk around like in a park and enjoy, as if that does not sound ambiguous. They say – this is the most beautiful cemetery in Europe. I do not know, I have nothing to compare it with – this is the first time I walked in the cemetery for tourism purposes.
  • Official website: http://www.gradskagroblja.hr
  • Opening hours: 6:00 – 20:00 daily
  • Ticket price: free of charge.
  • Planned time: 1 hour
  • Recommendation to visit: 3 out of 5.
  • Tip:The cemetery is a little away from the center of Zagreb, the very understanding that you go to the cemetery on a tour is already so. If you are in Zagreb for a few days – definitely visit. If for 1-2 days, you just won’t make it. But the entrance to the cemetery is a bomb.

What to see in Zagreb Mirogoj Cemetery

Mirogoj Cemetery – the main cemetery in Zagreb and the most beautiful in all of Europe.

Zagreb Grich Tunnel

  • This is a military tunnel from World War II. It is the same tunnel as from the movies about the secret underground laboratories, a very atmospheric place. The length of the tunnel is 350m, width of 3 to 5m. There are several expositions on the walls, silent music plays – but the main impression you will get from this tunnel.
  • Today the tunnel can be used to quickly get from the lower town to the upper town, it greatly shortens the road.
  • Opening Hours: 9:00 – 21:00 daily
  • Ticket price: free of charge.
  • Planned time: 10 minutes
  • Recommendation: 5 out of 5

The Grieć Tunnel a sightseeing attraction of Zagreb

The Grić Tunnel in Zagreb – today it serves as an underground passage

An observation deck on the roof of the business center

  • Perhaps the highest point of Zagreb that a tourist can reach. Since the ascent to the cathedral is closed. This is a 360 degree viewpoint, located in the center on the roof of a 16 story business center. The view of the city is amazing. On the penultimate floor there is a cafe with alcoholic drinks, coffee, wines and sandwiches at reasonable prices.
  • The official website, as well as the cafe menu and prices, is: https://www.zagreb360.hr/ru
  • Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00 daily, Wednesdays until 18:00, Thursdays until 23:00. Don’t ask me what the weird schedule is, I don’t know
  • Ticket price: 60 Coon adult, 30 Coon kids
  • Planned time: 60 minutes (that’s with a cup of coffee to enjoy the views of Zagreb)
  • Recommendation to visit: 4 out of 5. Acrophobic people will be comfortable here, as there is no sense of height

Sightseeing platform in Zagreb what to see

Observation deck on the roof of the business center with views of Zagreb

Bonus: A model of the solar system in Zagreb

  • An attraction that the tour guides don’t tell you about and not all locals know about it. This is an exact replica of the solar system at a scale of 1:680,000. What does that mean? It means that all the planets, including our star, the Sun, are made to the same scale, and you can see their actual relationship to each other.
  • And most importantly, each planet is located on the street Zagreb in the same equal distance as in space, according to the scale. You can visually see how far the Earth is from the Sun and, for example, Neptune.
  • If you come across this landmark on a street in Zagreb, you will not understand anything, you will think it is a monument to the Sun or Venus and you will go on without understanding why it was placed on the street at all.
  • Opening hours: 24 hours a day.
  • Ticket price: free of charge.
  • Planned time: to visit all the planets you need at least 4 hours, but it is enough to visit the center of the Sun and the first three planets including Earth

The Monument to the Sun in Zagreb

Sun in the center of Zagreb

  • Recommendation: 5 out of 5
  • Opinion: this is what I love to travel for, it’s an original, not boring, attraction that adds an element of play (find all the planets) to explore the city. In my opinion, the best attraction in Zagreb. A real quest.
  • Information: on the map at the beginning of the article all planets and the Sun are marked with green flags, for your convenience, and below there is information with the address of each planet and the distance from the Sun and already clearly understand how space is infinite.
    • Sun – Bogovichova street, 3; the center of the solar system
    • Mercury – Margaretskaya Street, 3; 75 meters from the “Sun
    • Venus – Ban Josip Jelačić Square, 3; 142 meters from the “Sun”
    • Earth – 9 Warshavskaya Street, 194 meters from the Sun. Diameter of the ball – 1.9 cm
    • Mars – Tkalsicheva Street, 21; 296 meters from the “Sun
    • Jupiter – 71 Vocharskaja Street; 1176 meters from the “Sun”, sphere diameter – 28 cm
    • Saturn – Rashichev Street, 1; 1852 meters from the “Sun”
    • Uranus – Sighet, 9 (not at the residential building, but at the garage opposite); 3719 meters from the “Sun”
    • Neptune – Kozari, 17; 5834 meters from the “Sun”
    • Pluto – Bologna Alley (underpass), 7658 meters from The Sun, ball diameter – 3 mm

    Our friends, even rented a car for 1 day to visit all 9 planets.

    Mercury in Zagreb solar system model

    Mercury, just a sign. This point in the center with a pea is Mercury.

    A model of the solar system on Earth in Zagreb

    Earth is bigger, but it’s also about the size of a pea.

    Saturn model of the solar system in croatia

    Saturn. Here is Saturn, you can already see that it is a large planet.

    I hope this article has answered your question: what to see in Zagreb in 1-2 days. Yes, the sights of Zagreb can make an endless list of places to visit, and you may not have a week. And if it was enough, here’s a list of attractions throughout Croatia.

    Have a great trip and bright discoveries!

    If you find an inaccuracy – write in the comments.

    Important information: below are some resources that will help you a lot in organizing your holiday in Croatia:

    Zagreb Sights

    Ethnographic Museum Stone Gate Zagreb Airport Mimara Museum Museum of Primitive Art St. Mark’s Church Trakošćan Castle Museum of Zagreb History

    The site contains sights of Zagreb – photos, descriptions and travel tips. The list is based on popular travel guides and presented by type, name and rating. Here you can find answers on what to see in Zagreb, where to go and where to visit popular and interesting places of Zagreb.

    Ethnographic Museum

    Ethnographic Museum (photo)

    The Ethnographic Museum of Zagreb is located in a building built by architect Vekoslav Bastl in the early 19th century. Initially used for exhibitions, the building was later transformed into a museum, which today keeps within its walls more than 80,000 exhibits. However, only 3,000 items are on public display for the rest – there is simply no room for them in the halls of the museum.

    The main purpose of the exhibition is to tell the story of the development of Croatian culture as colorfully as possible. There is everything starting from precious ornaments of gold and silver to cooking utensils and household items. Of particular interest is the collection of dolls of Leposav Perinic – all dolls are dressed in authentic national costumes.

    Coordinates: 45.80836000,15.96910800

    Stone Gate

    The Stone Gate (photo)

    In the past, the entrance to the Upper Town of Zagreb was guarded by five fortified gates, which were partially destroyed after a fire. Today the Stone Gate is the last remaining part of the former fortifications. After a walk around modern Zagreb it is definitely worth going to Gradec, the way to which will lie through the famous Stone Gate. Amazing and thrilling atmosphere of the Middle Ages takes tourists back to the glorious times when Zagreb received the status of the free royal city. There is a legend that is inseparably linked with the Middle Ages. During a great fire, the icon of the Mother of God with the Child was miraculously saved and placed directly under the structure of the gates in order to keep it safe. Over time they built a chapel with the image of the Mother of God who was proclaimed the patron saint of not only the Stone Gate but of the whole of Zagreb.

    Coordinates: 45.81546100,15.97573800

    What were the sights of Zagreb that you liked? Next to the photo there are icons, by clicking on them you can rate this or that place.

    Zagreb airport

    Zagreb Airport (photo)

    Zagreb Airport is the main international airport in Croatia. It is located 10 kilometers from the main railway station of Zagreb.

    The first passenger terminal in Zagreb appeared in 1959. In 1962 Zagreb Airport began regular flights.

    During the existence of the airport a lot of work was done on its reconstruction: new terminals were built, the runway was lengthened, the equipment was modernized. Zagreb airport is continuing to develop to this day. So, for the period from 2012 to 2015, it is planned to build a new passenger terminal, with the capacity of approximately 5 million people per year. The total cost of this project is estimated at 324 million euros.

    Coordinates : 45.74273000,16.06857100

    In photo mode, you can browse the sights in Zagreb by photos only.

    Mimara Museum

    Mimara Museum (photo)

    The Mimara Museum building was built specifically to house a collection of priceless exhibits that Mr. Ante Topić Mimara presented to the city. Even though he had spent almost his entire life in Austria, he was able to assemble such a large collection that an entire building had to be built to house it.

    A total of 3,750 pieces of art are on display in the neo-Renaissance building. Among them, 450 paintings by eminent artists (Raphael, Velázquez, Rubens, Rembrandt, Goya), 200 sculptures by famous masters (Auguste Rodin, Jean-Antoine Goudon), etc.

    Coordinates : 45.80870000,15.96809900

    Museum of Primitive Art

    Museum of Primitive Art (photo)

    Croatian Museum of Naive Art, which is located in Zagreb, today attracts more and more curious tourists. With the main directions in the fine arts, one way or another, everyone is familiar. But what is primitive art? Yes, there is no clarity of lines, proportion of elements, the works are made far from the established canons – this is the alternative and interests the guests of the museum. It emerged in the mid-20th century on the basis of the exhibition of works by primitivist artists. Today, the Museum of Naive Art in Croatia is considered the first and largest exhibition complex of its kind in the world. Here, works of such famous masters of the curious genre as Lavoslav Torti, Mijo Kovavic, Emerik Fejes, and Ivan Generalic are exhibited.

    Coordinates: 45.81623800,15.97325600

    Church of St. Mark

    Church of St. Mark (photo)

    The Church of St. Mark, located in Zagreb, is not only the spiritual center of the city, but it is also considered to be its main attraction and symbol. On the amazingly beautiful roof of the church, covered with multicolored tiles, is the coat of arms of Zagreb and the united Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia. You can imagine how beautifully the white and red colors of the tiles play in the sunlight! The church itself is relatively small in size, numerous reconstructions of the 13th and 14th centuries altered its original appearance. Today, the walls of the church are decorated with ancient frescoes by both Croatian and European masters. The images of members of the royal family carry a great share of the respect that the locals have for them. The entrance to the church is guarded by a mute guard – on the northwest wall there is an ancient emblem of the city with the image of a fearsome lion.

    Coordinates: 45.81982700,15.97409200

    Trakošćan Castle

    Trakošćan Castle (photo)

    While in northern Croatia, be sure to visit one of the most beautiful and romantic castles – Trakošćan Castle. Surrounded by forests and gardens, Trakočan stands on a picturesque hill for more than eight centuries (the first mention of the castle dates back to 1300). The location of the castle cannot be called accidental – it is the highest point in the county, allowing to control all the surroundings.

    During its history the castle has changed a lot of famous owners. Once upon a time the knightly order “Drachenstein” was quartered here. In the 16th century the castle was owned by Draskochan family. Today the castle belongs to the state, which opened a museum there. The knight rooms and collection of hunting trophies are of particular interest.

    Coordinates: 46.25776100,15.94532300

    Would you like to know how well you know the sights of Zagreb?

    Museum of the History of Zagreb

    Museum of Zagreb history (photo)

    It’s hard to imagine an easier way to get into the history of a new city than a visit to the history museum. The city’s history museum is located in the Upper Town of Zagreb and will take travelers on an excursion into the past. Antique maps, the evolution of military weapons and uniforms, coats of arms, standards, flags, everyday objects and even ancient archaeological sites complete the picture. The museum building itself is also unique, consisting of three separate buildings: a twelfth-century watchtower, a seventeenth-century convent of St. Clara and the largest granary in the city in the seventeenth century. The singer Milka Trnina, the architect Viktor Kovacs and the composer Ivan Zajc made a special contribution to the development of the museum and materially assisted in the purchase of some of the exhibits. Thanks to their efforts, the collection of the museum has grown to over 75 thousand works of art.

    Coordinates: 45.81875100,15.97478300

    The most popular attractions in Zagreb with descriptions and photos for all tastes. Choose the best places to visit famous places in Zagreb on our website.

    More Zagreb sights

    Botanical Gardens Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia Funicular Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia Motorway A1 – part of the European route E65, Zagreb, Croatia St. Catherine’s Church, Zagreb, Croatia Mount Medvednica, Zagreb, Croatia Museum of Heartbreak” Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

    READ
    14 best sights of Mtskheta - description and photos
Rating
( No ratings yet )
Like this post? Please share to your friends:
bucketlisttc.com
Leave a Reply

;-) :| :x :twisted: :smile: :shock: :sad: :roll: :razz: :oops: :o :mrgreen: :lol: :idea: :grin: :evil: :cry: :cool: :arrow: :???: :?: :!: