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The capital and largest city in Croatia, Zagreb is the cultural and economic hub of the country. With its Austro-Hungarian heritage, it’s a typical Central European
city, with classicist and secessionist facades and green parks. Zagreb is packed with museums, galleries, theatres and restaurants – plenty to satisfy your inner
culture vulture. With classicist and secessionist facades and green parks. For a modern capital Zagreb has a kind of small-town charm, with an expansive old hilltop district of cobblestone streets and squares lit by gas lamps. You’ll see the City’s Viennese influence in the Lower Town, an area with 19th-century pavilions and manicured gardens that resemble the best of Prague or Budapest.
We recommend a bespoke trip to Zagreb before or after your cruise, and we will arrange all of the luxury hotels, private transfers and private day tours.
Zagreb At A Glance
Flight Time from the UK to Zagreb 2hours 30mins
Population of Zagreb 800,000
What to See in Zagreb Upper Town (Gornji Grad), Mirogoj Cemetery, St Mark’s Church, Cathedral of the Assumption, Lower Town, Museum of Illusions, Museum of Broken Relationships, Tkalciceva, Photography Museum, Zagreb 80’s Museum
Towns & Places to Visit near Zagreb Ljubljana & Lake Bled (Slovenia), Varazdin, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Graz (Austria), Opatija
Things to do in Zagreb
Explore the upper town
Zagreb is divided into two halves, the Zagreb Upper town and Zagreb Lower Town (Gornji and Donji Grad). The first one is the old city and historic core, dating back to the 11th century, full of red tile roofs and cobblestone streets and is the most romantic part of Zagreb. Visitors to the Croatian capital are often steered in the direction of Zagreb’s historic core. Locally known as Gornji Grad (Upper Town), the old town combines the twin settlements of Gradec and Kaptol and is located just a few minutes from the city’s main street, Illica. It is a throwback to another era, one marked by architectural brilliance and immortal legends.
Sample a range of museums and art galleries
There are many fine museums in Zagreb and they are literally around every corner, and together, they feature more than 3.6 million exhibits. Learning about the rich Croatian art scene has never been easier. In recent years, some Zagreb museums have become the hottest cultural hubs. And with exciting events programs, museum hopping in Zagreb is extremely easy. The museums that must be on your bucket list include the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Broken Relationships and Archeological Museum to name just a few.
Enjoy the shopping experience along the famous Ilica Street
Ilica Street is one of the longest shopping streets in Zagreb, ideal for shopping lovers, for a drink on a terrace or for dining out. A shopping expedition on Ilica Street offers a fun, exciting and richly diverse experience. Zagreb’s main shopping drag is in the center of the city and along its pavements are many prestigious clothes and shoe stores, independent boutiques and shops of well-known brands. Whether you have got deep pockets or are on a tight budget, there is something for everyone on Ilica Street: from small stores selling locally made goods to luxury boutiques with their expensive designer garments.
Explore King Tomislav Square
King Tomislav Square is lined with trees, dotted with flowerbeds and bordered by the imposing yellow façade of the grand Art Pavilion. Sit on one of the square’s benches and observe the people of Zagreb mixing and mingling. This square was originally named after Franz Joseph I. Following the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, it was renamed for King Tomislav, who is attributed with uniting the Croats of Dalmatia and Pannonia into the single kingdom of Croatia. The first Croatian king was honored with a grand monument in the square in 1947. Head to the south end of the square for a closer look at this giant edifice, which depicts the king riding a horse on top of a huge plinth.
Hotels in Zagreb
The historic 5-star Hotel Esplanade sits the heart of Zagreb, hosting 209 luxurious rooms and suites. All include large ultra-luxe beds with fluffy goose down pillows, marble bathrooms and state-of-the-art technology. When not enjoying the spa and wellness center with its wide range of pampering treatments, working out in the health club or dining on tasty Mediterranean or Latin American cuisine, you’ll find plenty to explore in the old historical town. Segway city tours are available, or the concierge can arrange an excursion to spectacular Plitvice Lakes National park. You can even bring your furry friend, who will get VIP dog service and take advantage of complimentary overnight shoeshines.
Best Western Astoria Hotel
This centrally located historic four-star hotel was recently renovated and offers a relaxed atmosphere just a 5-minute walk from Zagreb’s main train station. It features 100 spacious guest rooms, all air-conditioned with upscale furnishings, flat-screen satellite TVs and minibars. Room rates include an excellent buffet breakfast, and guests can also enjoy international cuisine and authentic Dalmatian fare in the property’s Ragusa restaurant. The Glama bar offers coffee to get you energized for visiting the nearby Cathedral of Zagreb, Jelacic Square, the Church of St. Mark’s, Market Dolac and more. Afternoon tea and cocktails are served here as well, and you’ll find multiple bars, bistros, cafes, shops and eateries within a short distance.