Quirky museums, intriguing architecture, top-notch restaurants and a burst of outdoor activities. Learn all about Zagreb & why it stands as a destination well worth exploring.
Are you up for a night out in the Croatian capital? Not sure where to go? Don't worry, that's why we are here. We picked top bars and breweries that you should check while in Zagreb, and we covered everything from urban to traditional and alternative.
The twin spires cathedral dates back to the 13th century, and it is one of the most impressive Gothic style sacral building in Zagreb.
Unfortunately, the Cathedral was severely damaged in the 1880 earthquake after which it underwent a major reconstruction in neo-gothic style under the supervision of Herman Bollé. Step inside and enjoy lavish interior adorned with stained glasses, massive statues, and marble altars. Inside you can also find the tomb of Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac made by famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović
In last few years Zagreb became a place of a true beer revolution. The craft beers made by small breweries has grown so popular that they completely overthrew years of dominance of commercial brewers.
Situated in an old red brick factory in Zagreb's industrial east, this brewery makes a unique contribution to Croatia's emerging craft beer scene. Take some pale ale or stout and mix it with gourmet burgers and you'll have yourself an incredible night out in Zagreb.
It's short, it's sweet & it's fun...that's Zagreb funicular.
It was built and put in operation in 1890, but it had a rather turbulent start as it didn't quite work properly from the beginning. Luckily, all issues were fixed, and funicular smoothly operates from 1934 when its steam engine was replaced with an electrical one. The shortest funicular in the world, only 66 metres long, connects Zagreb's Upper and Lower Town. The lower station is located on Tomićeva Street, while the other station is located at the base of Lotršćak Tower. This one of Zagreb's most recognisable symbols and one of city's main attraction. So, be sure to jump on funicular's blue wagons and enjoying the amazing view.
Isolated, unspoiled, secretive, and magical…it's Rastoke.
This little showstopper is famous for its stunning landscapes dotted with watermills, waterfalls and wooden houses. As you stroll around Rastoke, you will feel like someone has pulled you out of the reality and placed you in a land of fairies. The village was once a rural Croatian settlement, now known for stone and wooden houses, paths, bridges, and amazing restaurants that overlook the natural wonders. You can either enjoy in a relaxing walk around the village or join more adventures activities such as rafting, hiking, and cave touring. Because of its immense beauty and rich historical and cultural heritage, Rastoke were included in the Register of Immovable Cultural Monuments in 1969. This small village is a perfect introduction to the Plitvice Lakes National Park, and it's often called ''Little Plitvice''.
While visiting Zagreb there is no way to avoid hoping to at least one of the hotspots that produce and serves incredible flavours of craft beers.
This is not a small brewery it's Zagreb's oldest commercial brewery, but it recently started producing its craft beer. The place is also known for its stunning terrace, great food offer and live music.
Strolling around Zagreb's centre, you will hear a loud bang precisely at noon. But don't worry, it's not an attack, it's a sound from the Grič cannon.
Yes, Zagreb has a real cannon that roars from Lotrščak Tower every day at noon since 1877. Lotrščak Tower was built from stones and bricks in the 13th century to protect the south city gate from Turkish attacks. It is located on the Upper Town, and you can easily access it from the famous Zagreb funicular. Inside the Lotrščak Tower, you can visit a lovely gallery and art shop. Be sure to climb the spiral stairs up to the top and enjoy sweeping 360-degrees view on the city.
Situated in the very heart of the Upper Town, St. Mark’s Square was and still is a centre of the political life of Croatia.
Here you will find beautiful 19th Governor's Palace that was once home to Croatian bans (governors), including Ban Josip Jelačić who lived and dies in this palace. Today Governor's Palace is a seat of the Croatian Government. While strolling around the square, you will also notice beautiful 13th century Romanesque Church of St. Mark.
Always buzzing, the vibrant Tkalčićeva Street is the centre of social life in Zagreb located close to Ban Jelačić Square.
The street is filled with small restaurants and cafes, boutiques and souvenir shops located in the colourful little houses. This is true tourist heaven since it offers a variety of content for all ages. After a relaxing stroll, gourmet delights, and refreshing drinks, be sure to head up to the Kaptol Center at the top of the streets, which boasts well-known international famous brands.
Are you staying in Zagreb, but looking for a perfect getaway from the hustle of a big city? Then a road trip to Plešivica is what you've been looking for.
It may be the smallest wine region in Croatia, but it has a lot to offer. With a long history of wine production, Plešivica has dozens of family wineries, growing mostly white varieties like Graševina, Chardonnay, Pinot blanc, Rhine Riesling, Sauvignon, and famous young red wine Portugizac. But Plešivica has one more ace up its sleeve. Because of the cooler, continental climate, carbonate soil and abundance of white grapes with high acidity, this area became famous for the production of sparkling wines. No wonder the area earned itself a nickname ''Little Champaign''. This magical place is a heaven for wine lovers who love to discover new boutique wineries while enjoying incredible landscapes.
Ascending monumentally from the banks of the River Drava, Osijek's 18th-century Citadel (Tvrđa) is more than just a defence complex, it's more like an open-air museum with outstanding architectural unity.
The construction of Citadel started in the era of the Habsburg monarchy, with the goal of keeping the city secure from the Ottoman threat. Step inside of the Citadel and stand in awe of the beautiful Holy Trinity square, one of the most attractive town squares in Croatia. Since the square is surrounded with City Guard building, archeologic museum, and many other monuments, you won't lack sights to see. Surviving its turbulent past, the Citadel reminds us that Osijek was once the most important military, economic, administrative and cultural centre of region Slavonia. Criss-crossed with cobbled streets, wide squares, and beautiful baroque buildings, this complex represents the immortal heritage of history and culture, but also important urban centre today. Here you can also find various university and faculties buzzing with lively cafes bars packed with students. It truly is a mix of history and modern-living well worth of visiting.
Situated only 12 km northeast from Osijek, Kopački rit Nature Park spreads on 238 hectares, making it one of European's largest wetlands.
This verdant gem is a home to more than 290 bird species, large herds of deer, white-tailed eagle, black stork, rich aquatic and grassland flora as well as oak and poplar forests. Comprised of a series of ponds, backwaters and two main lakes, Sakadaško and Kopačevo, this massive floodplain was created by the meeting of the Drava and Danube Rivers. There are two ways to explore this incredible place, either by strolling around the numerous wooden walkaways or by boat down the Danube river.
Situated in the 18th century Erdödy Palace, Moslavina Museum in Kutina is one the most complex museums in Croatia.
Once you enter it, you will instantly connect to the past times of broader Moslavina region. The museum holdings include more than 6000 items, fragments, documents and books that evokes the atmosphere and lifestyle of this region. Moslavina museum houses four departments: The Gallery department, the Cultural and historical department, the Archeological department, and the Ethnographic department. The museum also has an incredible library whose books testify of this area's rich history. So, if you really want to know everything about the tradition and culture of Moslavina region, this is a place to be.
Only 30 minutes' drive from the tourist hotspot Plitvice Lakes, lies the Croatian War of Independence Museum.
The museum, although not quite finished, is a sombre place that reflects the atrocities of war. It is situated in Turanj near Karlovac, and it was an important location during Croatia's war for independence. From 1991 to 1995, Karlovac found itself right on the front line between newly independent Croatia and the breakaway Serbian Republic of Krajina. Turanj was taken by the latter and suffered much damage. Today, the place is transformed into a unique open-air museum. The museum's main building isn't finished yet, but you can stroll around the open part of the museum that showcases various combat vehicles, weapons, a thoroughly shelled building, and a Croatian fighter plane, mounted dramatically into the air.