Zagreb is the biggest city and the capital of Croatia. While most of people are excited about the famous Croatian coast or natural parks, Zagreb is unfortunately, often ignored by tourists. However, this is one of the most interesting and fascinating destinations in the country. It has more than one million of inhabitants, but at the same time it is cozy and charming. That's why you have to visit and discover its dynamic life and rich culture. And we will tell you the TOP 5 things you have to do in the Croatian capital! So start packing and plan your trip with us!
1. Discover The Upper And Lower Towns
Nan-officially, Zagreb is divided in two parts: Gornji grad, (Upper Town) and Donji grad (Lower Town), which are considered to be the cultural and historical hubs of the city. Here you will find a lot of the bars, restaurants, cafes, as well as most of the main tourist sites and attractions. Be ready to be impressed by the local medieval architecture and the beauty of the old town of Zagreb with its old buildings, squares and narrow streets.
2. Visit The Maksimir Park
This is the green oasis of the city. From the main square of Zagreb, take trams #11 and #12, and just in several minutes you will be surrounded by beautiful nature, high trees and lakes and rivers. Maksimir Park is an excellent place for a relaxing day, it is perfect for reading a book, having a lunch or picnic or just for laying down on the grass and enjoying fresh air. You can even walk through the forest or around its lakes. It is also a great location for spending time alone, for couples, families and even big companies of friends!
3. Get To The Top Of The Medvednica Mountain
The Medvednica Mountain is over 1000 m high, with the famous Medvedgrad Fortress on the top of it, which is also the site of the Altar of the Homeland memorial, dedicated to Croatian soldiers who died in the Homeland war. From the top of the mountain you will see breathtaking views on the city of Zagreb and its surroundings, so it is definitely worth your time! You can get there by a regular local bus, and it takes approximately 30 min to reach the destination. This is one of the places in Zagreb that you will never forget!
4. Go to Muzej Mimara (Mimara Museum)
It is named after Ante Topić Mimara who donated to the museum almost 4,000 of art pieces. The collection of the museum exhibits art works, dating from the prehistoric period up to nowadays, including the masterpieces of such world famous artists as Raffaello, Caravaggio, Canaletto, Rembrandt, Van Goyen, Rubens, Goya, Manet, Renoir, Degas, etc. This is, probably, one of the most impressive collections you will see in your life, so if you are planning a trip to Zagreb, don't miss your chance to visit this museum!
5. Experience Zagreb's Nightlife
Zagreb can be also easily called a party destination! There is a lot of young population in the city, students and people of different age who just love to have fun! So just crash one of the night clubs, bars or local cafes and enjoy your night! However, if you are not in a mood for partying, Zagreb has something for you as well! Have a walk in its old part of the city during the night, when it is cozy, quite, illuminated by thousands of lights and just fall in love with its streets and its beauty, because Zagreb is beautiful at any time of the day.
We sincerely hope that visiting Croatia, you will also include Zagreb to the list of the places you have to visit, because sometimes even not the most popular places can surprise you in the best way!