Zagreb: A walk through the capital

Zagreb Croatia tourism

January 20, 2015 • Locations

Located in the northwest of the country at the southern slopes of the Medvednica mountain, Zagreb is emerging as a top tourist destination in Croatia. With its rich history and medieval architecture it really has a lot to offer.

Zagreb has a well-developed public transit system consisting of trams, buses and trains, and since its not that big (compared to other European capitals) you can get around pretty easily. As soon as your feet touch its cobbled streets you’ll know you made the right choice. The rugged balkan experience Zagreb offers will stay with you forever. So walk slowly. Listen. Explore the old smoke-filled coffee shops, the pubs and small family restaurants. Plenty of great food and cheap beer can be found in the city.

St. Mark's Cathedral Zagreb

St. Mark’s Cathedral, Zagreb

Visit the medieval core of the city, Gornji grad (Upper Town)  the cultural, religious and commercial hub of Zagreb to get the full experience. It’s filled with historical monuments and other well known tourist sights. We strongly recommend visiting the Church of St. Mark (built in the 13th century), a beautiful example of the gothic style architecture.

Zagreb is known for its abundance of great museums. Mimara Museum (Muzej Mimara) contains a large collection of exhibits dating from the prehistoric period up to the 20th century. If the names Lorenzetti, Rafaello, Rembrandt, Van Goyen and Gainsborough mean anything to you, this is the place to visit. Another well-known museum is the Archeological Museum (Arheološki muzej) which displays the oldest Etruscan inscription in the world. For those of you that appreciate contemporary art, we recommend the Museum of Contemporary Art (Muzej suvremene umjetnosti).

You can feel safe in Zagreb, it has a very low crime rate. Lower than most of major European cities. Just avoid dark alleys, parks during the night and use your common sense. Tourists are respected and welcome, so enjoy your stay!

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