7 Mar 2024

Attractions and local gems you must go to in Zagreb, Croatia

  1. Gornji Grad and St. Mark’s church


Beautiful cobbled streets and red-tiled roofs in buildings in the medieval Gornji Grad, the Upper City of Zagreb, are beautiful places to start a tour around the capital city of Croatia. After two separate cities known as Kaptol and Gradec, Gornji Grad is home to many of the city's most visited tourist attractions, including the cathedral, the parliament building, and various museums and churches. Other highlights include the famous stone gate that marks the entrance to the east side of Gradec City; Kaptol Square, famous for many early 17th century buildings; and the Dolac fruit and vegetable market. Perhaps the most striking feature, however, is the Church of St. Mark, easily recognizable by the brightly colored tile roof that carries the coat of arms of Croatia, Dalmatia, Slavonia, and the City of Zagreb. Tracing its roots back to the previous 13th-century church, other famous church features of St. Mark include the Romanesque window; Gothic Doors by Ivan Parler; and a series of statues of 12 apostles, along with Jesus, Mary, and St. Mark. Be sure to also go inside to see the amazing interior with statues by famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović, along with frescoes painted by Jozo Kljakovic.

  1. Mimara Museum


The Mimara Museum (Muzej Mimara) was created to house collections donated by a private collector, Ante Topic Mimara, in 1972. In an 1895 Neo-Renaissance building specifically designed for this purpose, this vast collection includes various items from various locations and periods time, including a good archeological collection containing pieces from Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, the Middle East, the Far East, India, as well as the Incas and Pre-Incas of South America. There is also a large glass collection from Europe and other Mediterranean countries, along with furniture from the Middle Ages and statues from ancient Greece. Paintings include works by Dutch artists Rembrandt and Ruisdael, Italian artists Raphael and Veronese, painters Flemish, Rubens, and Van Dyck, and Spanish painters Velázquez and Goya. French and British artists are represented by the works of Renoir, Degas, Boucher, and Delacroix, while famous sculptures include the works of Auguste Rodin and Jean-Antoine Houdon.

  1. The Art Pavilion and Gallery Mestrovic


Zagreb's Art Pavilion (Umjetnički Paviljon), built for an international exhibition in Budapest in 1896, was given a permanent home here after the original iron frame was transported and reconstructed on its current site. Famous for its colorful yellow Art Nouveau exterior, Art Pavilion is now used to transform contemporary art exhibitions and contains important works by respected Croatian artists. Ivan Meštrović. The oldest exhibition hall of its kind in Croatia, this impressive facility overlooks Trg Kralja Tomislava, a large square famous for its statue commemorating the first Croatian King. Also of interest to art lovers is the Meštrović Gallery (Atelje Meštrović), housed in a 17th-century house where Ivan Meštrović once lived and was sculpted. On display are about 300 wooden, stone and bronze sculptures, as well as drawings, furniture, and lithographs representing various themes including religion and portraits. The most famous Croatian artist and world-famous 20th-century sculptor, Meštrović then moved to Paris where he became friends with Auguste Rodin (one of his most famous works, Pieta Romana, on display at the Vatican).

  1. Croatian National Theatre


The National Theater is a cultural landmark and a work of art in itself. Habsburg Emperor Franz Josef attended the opening of this architectural masterpiece, created by the Viennese design team of Ferdinand Fellner and Herman Helmer. Ivan Meštrović then carved the fountain outside, the Source of Life.

  1. Zagreb Cathedral


This large landmark is officially known as the Blessed Assumption Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This place should not be missed when you visit Zagreb. This work is one of the most iconic monuments in Zagreb. The inside is as amazing as the outside. Perhaps the most iconic part of the Cathedral is the twin towers - which can be seen from afar.

  1. Archaeological Museum

With its focus on Croatia's rich history, the Zagreb Archaeological Museum (Arheoloski Muzej) offers five major collections containing around 400,000, many of them from the local area. What is interesting is the appearance of the Egyptian mummy museum (cloth from the Mummy of Zagreb showing an unbreakable text), a Greek vase, and a medieval section that focuses on the Great Migration of Societies. One of the most important parts is the Head of Plautilla from the ancient city of Salona, as well as an extensive coin collection including Greek, Celts, Roman, Byzantine and modern pieces. Also of interest is the Ethnographic Museum (Etnografski Muzej) with its complete collection that shows Croatian cultural history through exhibits of ceramics, jewelry, gold, musical instruments, textiles, equipment, weapons, and intricate costumes. Traditional folk costumes are worth visiting, with various colors and styles that illustrate the diversity of the region in the country.

  1. The Zagreb Modern Gallery

The Zagreb Modern Art Gallery (Moderna Galerija) is in Donji Grad in the beautiful Vraniczany Palace, which was built in 1882. Home to many fine works of Croatian artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, the Modern Art Gallery was opened in 1973, although this institution originated from the early 1900s when it began to acquire important works by artists such as Ivan Meštrović, Mirko Racki, and F Bilak. This collection has grown over the years and now features the works of Ljubo Babic, Miljenko Stancic, V Karas, Masic, Emanuel Vidovic, and many well-known Croatian artists, along with frequent temporary exhibitions.

  1. Mali Medo

Although Croatia is mostly known for its wine, Zagreb has a lot to offer beer lovers. If you are looking for a great place to sample local beer and enjoy a bar, Mali Medo is the place for you. Located on the busy Tkalčićeva street and full of tourists and locals, this hotel has something to offer for everyone. This is not only locally produced beer Mrki Medved, Dva Klasa, Crna Kraljica but also specializes in Croatian-made cuisine. Tourist-friendly staff, reasonably priced and locally produced beer, make this place stand out from the rest in the area.

  1. Maksimir Park


Zagreb's largest park was created in the 1790s by Bishop Maksimiljan Vrhovac. Its swinging hills and broad oaks represent the English style, simple and not too restricted compared to its French counterpart, with lakes and walkways. Today you will also find the Zagreb Zoo and near the national soccer stadium, also called Maksimir.

  1. Zagreb Botanical Garden


The Botanic Garden (Botanički Vrt) was originally built as a research area for the University of Zagreb's Faculty of Botany. Covering around 50,000 square meters, it is part of a series of parks, which form the "Green Horseshoe" city in Indonesia's Donji Grad. The grounds are an arboretum, two ponds with lots of aquatic plants, ornamental bridges, and around 10,000 different plant species, making for a pleasant escape from the city and a great place to relax or take a walk. After that, if you have energy left for another museum, take the nearby Natural History Museum (Hrvatski Prirodoslovni Muzej). Located in the Amadeo Palace which was built in the early 1700s, the museum offers some two and a half million pieces, including minerals from around the world, an extensive zoological collection that documents various plants and animals from Croatia, and is found from local archeological excavations.

  1. Grič Tunnel

The Goth Tunnel was recently opened beneath the fortress of the Upper City created as a sanctuary for air attacks during World War II. Not used then abandoned, it was taken over by DJs and ravers in the 1990s. Now renovated, he is staging fashion shows and exhibits and is scheduled to host the Museum of the Senses.

  1. St. Catherine Church

In the 1600s Baroque's creation, St. Catherine's lent its name to the beautiful square in Upper Town which also houses the Klovićevi Dvori Gallery in the adjoining monastery. The church features the symbol of a noble family which contributed to the reconstruction of the late 17th century.

  1. Lotrščak Tower

Built to guard the southern gate of the Gradec city wall, Lotrščak Tower (Kula Lotrščak) dates from the 13th century and has long been one of the best-known landmarks in Zagreb. Legend has it that this large square Roman tower once held a bell that was heard every night before the closing of the gate to warn residents outside the walls to return (anyone left outside had to remain there for the night). In the 19th century, a fourth floor and window were added to the tower and cannon placed on its roof, which has since been fired every day during the day. Visitors can climb the tower for amazing views of the city and visit the exhibition gallery and gift shop. Another important medieval structure is the Stone Gate (Kamenita Vrata), the last of the five original city gates. Built-in the 13th century, this building is famous for surviving a fire in 1731, as well as paintings of Mary and Jesus. To commemorate this important relic, a chapel was built to store the painting (the subject of the pilgrimage since then, it can still be seen behind the metal grille).

  1. Mirogoj


Created by Cathedral architect Hermann Bollé, Mirogoj is the main cemetery for both Zagreb and the nation. Croatian writers, artists, and politicians lay here in a summer house and vineyard. The magnificent entrance to Bollé lends the right tone for each visit.

  1. Jarun


Created for the 1987 World Student Games, Jarun is Zagreb's main area for recreation. Bicycle trails and skateboard parks surround an artificial lake where sailboats glide, dotted with islands that stage June's main music festival. Night clubs, including seminal Aquarius, on the edge of the coastline.

  1. Nicola Tesla Technical Museum

Named after the famous inventor and national hero Nikola Tesla, the Technical Museum has a planetarium, a collection of rare transportation, an imitation of a coal mine and a cabinet of Tesla's strange creations. The result is a very entertaining and varied visit for all ages.

  1. Strossmayer Gallery of Old Masters

The Strossmayer Old Masters Gallery (Strossmayerova Galerija Starih Majstora) is on the second floor of the Croatian Academy of Art and Science in the Lower City of Zagreb. This 19th-century Neo-Renaissance building was commissioned by Bishop Josip Juraj Strossmayer in the 1870s to house the Academy and Gallery of the Old Masters and contains a collection of nearly 600, which he donated. Displayed are works by G Bellini, Veronese, Tiepolo, Bartolomeo Caporali, Proudhon, Carpeaux, Brueghel, Van Dyck, and Croatian artists Medulic and Benkovic, as well as sculptures by famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović. Also worth a visit is the Museum of Arts and Crafts with a collection of more than 160,000 pieces from Croatia and other European countries. Displayed are textiles including famous embroidery from Varazdin and rugs from Tournai, Antwerp, and Brussels, as well as rare jewelry, musical instruments, and Gothic and Baroque statues and paintings, and ceramics.

  1. Ilica Street


Ilica Street is the best place to visit if you want to go shopping in Zagreb. There, you will find lots of food choices and also items - goods. There is a big hall in the middle near the statue and there you can see also lots of traditional Croatian spices that you might only find there because this is made by the sellers themselves and not in mass production. Besides, there are also various types of alcoholic drinks such as wine. They provide many things, and it also included meats. They also serve various types of meat for you meat lovers. Outside the hall, there are various items such as jewelry, souvenirs from Croatia, clothes and unique bags from Croatia (which in ancient times were used as a place to feed horses).

  1. Croatian Museum of Naive Art & Broken Relationships

In addition to many art and historical institutions, Zagreb has several museums that are unique, even unique, which are also worth a visit. One of the most popular is the Croatian Naïve Art Museum (Hrvatski Muzej Naivne Umjetnosti) with many exhibits of his works by famous "naive" artists such as Ivan Generalic, Mraz, Mirko Virius, and Smaljic. Also on display are works of similar style - sometimes referred to as "primitive" art - by international artists. Another interesting attraction is the Museum of Broken Relationships (Muzej prekinutih veza) with an interesting collection of personal objects and artifacts from lovers and old partners, each accompanied by details of the failed relationship that is in question.

  1. Meštrovićev's pavilion

An unusual work created by famous sculptor Ivan Meštrović, Meštrovićev's pavilion houses the Croatian Artists Association. Opened as a circular art hall before World War II, then converted into a mosque, then a museum. Today the building hosts events and exhibitions of national cultural interest.

  1. Plitvice Lake


Actually, this place is not located in Zagreb, but this destination is very, very popular among tourists with the beauty of the natural lakes on offer, and coupled with its location not too far from Zagreb, only about 5 hours by bus, making this destination very feasible and worth to visit if you come to visit Zagreb, Croatia. this place is quite large, with many lakes where the water is very very clear, making you able to see what's in the water. not only that, the authenticity and naturalness of this lake are also proven by the many animals that live peacefully in this lake, such as ducks, small fish, until big fish.

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