The capital of Croatia may be inland, away from the famous Dalmatian Coast, but there are plenty of reasons to book flights to Zagreb and enjoy it as a city break or before heading to the sea. It is dominated by fairy tale style Austro-Hungarian architecture, with spires and terracotta tiled roofs dominating the skyline. At ground level, the history is just as evident, making it a fascinating place to spend a few days.
A jewel yet to be discovered by the tourist masses, Zagreb has a laidback attitude and a very authentic feel. Its pedestrian streets, outdoor cafes and parks make it a wonderful place to stroll, while a plethora of museums and galleries mean there is enough art and aestheticism to keep culture vultures entertained. Zagreb city centre is only 12km from the airport - approximately 20 minutes by car so you can be can be enjoying everything Zagreb has to offer in no time.
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Top spot for tourists visiting Zagreb is the cathedral. Situated the city centre it's an unmissable attraction
For the best views of the city hop on the funicular railway and visit the tree lined Striss Promenade.
If you like art then you are well catered for in Zagreb as there are a host of galleries spread across the city. The building which houses the Croatian Association of Artists is a work of art in itself and is well worth a trip.
For something a little different visit the unique Museum of Broken Relationships, which contains a fascinating collection of tokens from loves lost.
If you want souvenirs with a difference and a bit of history then head to the weekend flea market in British Square where you can rummage and hopefully make some great finds.
If you are looking for great shopping and dining then head to Ilica Street it’s also a great place to enjoy sunset.
If you like street art then check out the 450-metre-long Graffiti Wall in Branimirova Street, the artwork is constantly changing so no two visits are ever the same.
Visit Plitvice lakes and take in some stunning scenery. The lakes are about two hours away from the city centre, and there are plenty of transfers and excursions available.
Like most capital cities, Zagreb has many attractions to suit different tastes, but here are a few of the best:
Among the quirkier sights in Zagreb is the Museum of Broken Relationships, which does exactly what it says on the tin. It displays objects left behind by former lovers with brief descriptions to accompany them and won an award for being Europe’s most innovative in 2011.
See Double Slide by the Belgian artist Carsten Holler and 12,000 other works at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The modern building, designed by Igor Franic, is instantly recognisable in the Novi Zagreb area of the city.
For great 360-degree views of the city, climb the spiral staircase of the Lotrscak Tower and gain access to the wooden deck. The structure itself dates back to the 13th century and was built to protect Zagreb from invasion by the Turks. Since 1877, a cannon has been set off at noon daily.
Some of the best places to pass the time in Zagreb are:
This area of the Lower Town is the beating heart of Zagreb and is centred on a large square surrounded by buildings from the Habsburg period. An independence statue in the middle represents Josip Jelacica, the 19th-century ruler who the square is named after. It’s a fabulous place for people watching, as it’s an important meeting spot for locals.
The Upper Town neighbourhood of Dolac features an elevated square and is best known for its market. Having been running since the 1930s, it’s a popular place to go and stock up on produce, as well as handicrafts. The surrounding area One of the places within easy reach of Zagreb is a small town famous for its custard cake. Take in Trg Kralja Tomislava, the main square of Samobor, before finding a bakery to sample the samoborska kremsnita. Also worth a visit are the Stari Grad Castle and City Museum. Close to the borders with Slovenia and Hungary is Varazdin, the former capital of Croatia and beautifully preserved Baroque town. It is home to stunning examples of a town hall, cathedral and palace.