Best time to visit Zagreb
Best time of year to visit Zagreb is the spring when city parks are full of greenery, but each time it has its charms. Zagreb is magical both in autumn and in winter. In the time of Advent.
Visit the free attractions in zagreb
Daily ritual of firing
The Lotrščak Tower and Grič cannon
It’s only a few steps away from the funicular – constructed in 1888, which connects the Lower and Upper Towns. The tower was built in the middle of the 13th century in order to protect the southern city gate. Daily ritual of firing of a Cannon from the its top at 12:00 PM. Fitting with its original purpose, the tower has walls over six feet thick. Lotrščak Tower houses an art gallery with souvenir shop and, if you choose to climb the spiral staircase (106 steps)up to to the top, it will offer you excellent view of the city.
The Zagreb Cathedral
The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary (Katedrala Uznesenja Blažene Djevice Marije) is Zagreb ‘s principal landmark. Famous for its two ornately decorated spires(One has a height of 104 meters while the other one is 105 meters.), the present cathedral was built the 1217. Church was destroyed by the Tatars in 1242 and later reconstructions were damaged by fire. It houses the tomb of Blessed Aloysius Stepinac. Much of the Cathedral, both inside and out, are designed in a Gothic element so keep an eye out for that if architecture and design style is something that interested.
The medieval coat of arms of Croatia
St Mark’s Church
Right in the center of the Upper Town is St. Mark’s Church – one of the most beautiful buildings in all of Zagreb. The church was built in the 13th century and has stood as a historically and culturally important structure since then. Its most stunning feature is the lovely tile roof. Its colourful tiled roof, constructed in 1880 year, has the medieval coat of arms of Croatia, Dalmatia and Slavonia on the left side, and the emblem of Zagreb on the right. From late April to October there’s a guard-changing ceremony outside the church every Saturday and Sunday at noon.
Stone Gate – Lady of the Stone Gate
Stone Gate is one of the four gates (towers) around the Gradec.
Inside the shrine there is a votive chapel with an image of Our Lady of the Stone Gate, which is also the patron of Zagreb. The main point of the chapel is the painting of Mary with baby Jesus, 1731 and the entire gate burned down except for a painting of the Virgin Mary., and is now placed behind a beautiful large iron grille. Square stone slabs are engraved with thanks and praise to the Virgin. Inside the gate is an interesting religious shrine with quite a story behind it. In the 17th century above the Stone Gate is set mace to protect against witches and the stone lion was protector of doom, and below chains were hanged. There is a story that these chains originating from English ship “Victory” of Admiral Nelson ( up to you whether or not you believe the legend). On the western facade of the Stone Gate you’ll see a statue of Dora, who’s one of the main characters and hero from a novel that was written in the 18th century. Dora lived right next to the Stone Gate with her father and it’s an interesting piece of history that deserves some attention. Feel free to stop by, light a candle and pray for health, happiness, good luck and love.
Fruit and vegetable stalls beneath colourful red umbrellas
Located just behind the main square, it’s well worth a visit to stroll through the array of a place where farmers sell cherries, peaches, and plums beneath colourful red umbrellas, and old women from the countryside set up their stalls with fresh egg, sausages, honey, and homemade cottage cheese. There’s an underground covered market too and fish market in the corner. The statue of Petrica Kerempuh, the work of sculptor Vanje Radauša, set in 1955.
It was built on the southern slopes of Medvednica at the end of the 18th and early 19th centuries. It is a favourite destination for locals and a great place to have a picnic.
Sit around on the grass
Beautiful, green place is one of the Zagreb’s symbols. Zrinjevac got its name in 1866, while the previously called New Square. The park has a nice fountain and plenty of room to sit around on the grass. In the northern part of the park there is a meteorological pillar erected in 1884. In the park there are three fountains – popular twins and mushroom. Mushroom, or Bollea was built in 1893. In the middle of the park is a music pavilion built in 1891. Just over the road from the park is the Museum of Archaeology, so it’s worth seeing both at the same time. During December is Advent fair there.
Take the time to sit and watch the world
Tkalčićeva (Tkalciceva) street
In the very centre of Zagreb and just behind the main square The Jelecic Plac,is the street of Tkalciceva. Old town pedestrian street lined with pubs, retail shops and restaurants. Old buildings, pretty flowers, antique doors, people watching, lots of activity and architecture. Take the time to sit and watch the world go by and enjoy local performers entertaining you. Brilliant atmosphere and brightens up in the night with restaurants, bars and pubs. Also place is perfect for a calm cozy nightlife. In Tkalčićeva street you can see the old sundial that shows the right time, the statue of Mary Juric Zagorka, a big Zagreb journalist.
Photo Hrvoje Pilić
Botanical Garden – Beautiful vegetation
If you ever need to unwind in Zagreb, the botanical garden is the place to go. You will see rare species such as prehistoric trees. Beautiful vegetation, various protected and endemic plant species are just part of the botanical garden’s nature.
Is situated at Trg ban Josip Jelačić 3 on the third floor. There are over 1,500 different types of mushrooms at the museum. Each exhibit is labeled with a note if they are ‘very tasty’ ‘poisonous’, ‘deadly poisonous’, ‘edible’ and even ‘poisonous’,. Visitors can dive for monday to friday 10:00h-17:00h free entry.
Mirogoj cemetery – an open art gallery
This peaceful place is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe. Mirogoj is more than a cemetery. Its arcades, pavilions and tombs are monuments to architecture.Is located outside the city center but you can easily get to it by car, taxi or bus (Bus 106).
Where to eat in Zagreb fine and cheap?
You don’t need to go to fancy restaurants to eat good.
Zrno bio bistro – vegan and organic paradise
Zrno Bio Bistro is the first 100% organic vegan restaurant in Croatia. In the bistro you will find delicious soups of pumpkin, tofu, gluten-free meals, smoothies and desserts; all fine and vegan.Go to Medulić 20 on a tasty meal.
You can’t visit Croatia and not try štrukli, a local delicacy consisting of rolled dough filled with the traditional cottage cheese and sour cream. If you ask us what is the speciality here in Zagreb: then ‘štrukli’ is the only answer. In this place you can eat salty or sweet version of this dish. It is located in Skalinska ul. 5.
Umami – A favorite destination for lovers of oriental flavors.
Located in Skalinska street in the historical part of Zagreb and near the famous Tkalciceva street and in Horvacanska street 75A in Vrbani. You can taste dishes and watch the first order of everything that goes on in the kitchen.The regular menu usually features a curry dish, a wok dish, a Thai dish, a Japanese dish, a salad dish and a soup dish.There are chocolate mousses, cheese cakes and other creams.
Papa’s American Bar
Papa’s interior is in a real American style. The walls are full of photographs of the most famous American icons.Papa’s burger with Beef Burger, cheese, green salad, tomato, hamby sauce, fried bacon and pickled cucumbers. Papa’s American Bar will give you refreshment during Summer because the temperature the park that surrounds it – is always at least 5° less than in the city. It is located in Tuškanac 1
Look for Zagreb vegetarian restaurants
Croatian meals feature a lot of meat. But Zagreb also has a few good vegetarian restaurants. Head to Vegehop (Vlaška 79), Nishta (Masarykova 11) or the vegan Bistro Zrno (Medulićeva 20).
Excursions from Zagreb
Town of Samobor, established in the 13th century and noted for its quaint, narrow cobblestone streets and beautiful Trg Kralja Tomislava main square, as well as the old fortress ruins on Tepic Hill known as Stari Grad. Today, Samobor is a popular getaway destination for those who enjoy hiking. It is also home to the popular Samobor Carnival held every year in January and February. Also interesting is the well preserved Trakošćan castle, built in the 12th century and noticed for its high walls and beautiful surroundings.
Enjoy the magic of Advent in Zagreb
The most popular Christmas fair in Croatia is the one taking place in Zagreb . The square is decorated with lights, a Christmas tree, and a giant festive wreath is draped around the fountain there. Visit the live nativity scene displayed in Kaptol through the first of January. Enjoy live Christmas music and waltzes from the pavilion in centrally located Zrinjevac, the oldest planned park in the city. Treat yourself to Zagreb specialties: cabbage cloths, homemade soup, fried apples or baked strukli; warm up with hot chocolate or mulled wine. For their favorite buy unique souvenirs from gingerbread hearts to cookies, handmade decorations to jewellery. Visit the Ice Park at Tomislav Square.