Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, the bridge between Central Europe, the Balkans and the Mediterranean, is relatively small compared to its European neighbors, but it certainly doesn’t lack soul. With its one million inhabitants, Zagreb is charming in a special way.
In order to understand this specific charm and see why the people of Zagreb love to live here, Zagreb must be known from the inside. Enjoy the life of the crowded streets, get lost among popular gatherings and famous sights that testify to the ten centuries long history of this city. Mark Square and the Cathedral are certainly the symbols of the city of Zagreb and are a must visit. The Stone Gate open the way to the Upper Town, and for an authentic experience be sure to visit it taking the funicular from Ilica street.
Jarun, Maksimir, Bundek and the Botanical garden bring greenery to the lives of Zagrebians and are a delight for the senses at any time of the year. Mirogoj cemetery is one of the most beautiful in this part of Europe, especially in the fall. For a more relaxed night out, Zagreb residents choose Tkalčićeva and Preradovićeva streets, as well as the Flower square. Experience the gathering places of the younger generations like Opatovina, Ribnjak or Džamija, and for those who prefer alternative places AKC Medika, Masters and Močvara are good choices. For other genres, whether rock, pop, jazz, techno or turbo folk, visit some of the dozens of clubs across Zagreb.
Zagreb is also home to a multitude of diverse museums. A couple of world known franchises were actually created in Zagreb, like the fascinating Museum of Broken Relationships and the Museum of Illusions, which are an informative and fun experience for all generations. Zagreb lives outside the center as well, the neighborhoods pulsate with their own energy, whether it is the lively Trešnjevka, the student vibe of Cvjetno naselje, the more elite Jordanovac or the new “Novi” Zagreb, on the other side of the river Sava. The best part is that you can easily visit every part of Zagreb in a few days.
Jump on a bike or take a ride on a blue ZET bus or tram. Visit the free walking tour of Zagreb or choose one of the many themed tours offered by the Tourist Board. And most importantly: talk to the locals, they will surely reveal the best places for you!