Zagreb is the capital of the Republic of Croatia and in population terms, a metropolis of millions. But despite this, it has retained a relaxed atmosphere that quickly casts a spell over every visitor. Zagreb is not just the country's commercial centre, it is also its cultural centre.
There are countless churches and magnificent buildings, as well as a total of 19 theatres and 24 museums to tempt you, including such extraordinary sights as the «Museum of Broken Relationships», home to memorabilia from many a break-up
Ban Jelacic Square in the centre of Zagreb is named after the Croatian folk hero Joseph Jelacic. It links the Upper Town and the Lower Town and is the ideal starting point for exploring the area. Set off fromthis road junction by public transport, such as tram or bus, use the hop-on-hop-off tourist bus service, or walk or cycle.
Two-wheeled transport is available throughout the urban area, although visitors do have to pay a small fee to hire the bicycles. They make it easy for you to visit Zagreb attractions that are slightly further afield, such as the modern Museum of Contemporary Art or Bundek Park, along the path beside the Sava River.
Absolutely not to be missed is a trip to the «belly of Zagreb», Dolac Market, right next to Ban Jelacic Square. Every day from 7 a.m., the population of Zagreb stocks up on fresh produce and hand-made products at this open-air farmers' market. This is the best way to experience the relaxed atmosphere of Zagreb.
Capital and biggest city in Croatia
about 641 km²
- Public transport
Good tram and bus network
A moderately warm climate. Warm to hot summers, quite cool winters
- Best time to visit
The weather is generally pleasant from spring to autumn
- Good to know
Zagreb is divided into a Lower Town (Donji Grad) and an Upper Town (Gornji Grad). The Upper Town is rich in historical attractions, whereas the Lower Town is the bustling centre of Zagreb.
- Nice to know
Although the track of the Zagreb Funicular only runs for 66 metres, it has an inclination of 52% and manages a height difference of 30.5 metres. This makes it one of the steepest funiculars in the world.
Zagreb International Airport; around 15 km south-east of the city centre.
Take the BusCroatia shuttle bus to the main bus station, then just a short tram ride to the city centre. The bus station is outside the arrivals hall, with departures at 7 a.m., and every half-hour from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; journey time about 30 minutes.
These depart from outside the arrivals hall; agree the price before departure. Journey time is about 25 minutes, depending on the traffic.