An ever increasing number of people are considering Eastern Europe to be an option for a summer holiday in the sun, and it’s a similar story when it comes to spending time in the city.
The Croatian capital is a vibrant destination that is more than a match for many of the established options and has a huge amount to offer those who elect to go slightly further afield in search of their city adventure.
Zagreb is a city that can get cold during the winter months but when the spring arrives, things start to warm up and the capital becomes ever more appealing.
During the summer months you can then expect to find plenty of festivals taking place throughout the city streets, providing cultural treats aplenty before autumn arrives and things start to wind down again.
Regardless of when you visit however, Zagreb is a city where you won’t be short of things to see or do and it’s no surprise that it is becoming increasingly popular with overseas travellers eager to see what all the fuss is about.
The thriving city is packed with impressive Austro-Hungarian architecture at every turn and taking a stroll through the streets will provide ample opportunity to take in the sights and to take in the history that goes all the way back to Roman times.
In particular, the area to the north of Ban Jelačić Square – the central square in the city – is the best place to go if you want to explore medieval churches and palaces whilst there are countless museums that cover all manner of topics.
That ranges from the Museum of Contemporary Art to one of the first museums showcasing naïve art in the world, and from the Archaeological Museum to Croatia’s Natural History Museum.
Across the city there are countless shopping options thanks to a number of large malls, whilst you won’t be short of dining opportunities either with plenty of chances to sample both national and international cuisine.
Kremšnite and orehnjača are just two of the Croatian treats that you might want to enjoy whilst sitting with a coffee watching the world go by.
The Funicular connects the Lower and Upper areas of Zagreb and dates back to the 1890s. Initially operating by steam before being converted to electric, the funicular is regarded as a monument of culture and is famous for being one of the shortest, but steepest, funiculars in the world.
Zagreb’s archaeological museum is home to hundreds of thousands of different artefacts that have been collected from across Croatia and covers a huge period of time – going right back to prehistoric times.
Croatian Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum dates back to the 1840 and is one of the largest of its kind in Croatia. It is perhaps best known for being home to the remains of the Neanderthal from the Krapina site.
If you head for Zagreb during the winter months then you could pay a visit to one of the top Christmas Markets in Europe. As well as a huge selection of stalls, you’ll find an open air stage in Ban Josip Jelačić Square as well as a skating rink, plenty of food and activities for children to enjoy.
Zagreb Cathedral is a huge church that towers above the Zagreb skyline and is regarded as one of the landmark buildings of the city. The gothic building originally dates back to the 13th century but had to undergo extensive repair work after being damaged in an earthquake in 1880. The prominent spires are particularly well known.
The Mirogoj Cemetery is one of the landmarks of Zagreb and is the place where a number of prominent Croatians have been laid to rest. Many people visit the cemetery to take in the impressive architecture and also to stroll through the peaceful gardens.
Croatia National Theatre
The Croatia National Theatre is one of the moist impressive buildings in Zagreb and is the place to go if you want to catch a show whilst in the city, with opera and ballet amongst the performances that regularly take place.
If you want a night out whilst in Zagreb then the area around Tkalčićeva is probably where you want to head. There are plenty of bars where you can relax with a beer and clubs where you can hit the dance floor if you so desire.