Exploring Gornji Grad and Donji Grad
By Viator, November 2013
From here, hop on the funicular railway to the idyllic Strossmayer Promenade, which follows the remains of the medieval city walls and marks the border of the Gornji Grad (Upper Town). After strolling the terraced walkway, pay a visit to nearby sights like the Stone Gate (Kamenita vrata), formerly the eastern gate to the city and now home to a chapel and shrine to the Virgin Mary; the quirky Museum of Broken Relationships; and the Lotrščak Tower monument which fires its canon daily at noon. The Croatian Natural History Museum, the Zagreb City Museum and the colorful St Mark’s Church are also in close proximity. A short walk away, the undisputed highlight of the Upper Town is the magnificent 11th century Zagreb Cathedral of the Assumption, an impressive feat of Gothic architecture reaching heights of 105 meters, making it Croatia’s tallest structure.
South of Jelačića Square, the Donji Grad (Lower town) is centered around the landscaped parklands of Lenuci’s Horseshoe or the ‘Green horseshoe’, a scenic loop of eight adjoining parks and gardens, including the Zagreb Botanical Gardens. Rows of elegant 19th- and 20th-century buildings characterize the Lower Town, with principal attractions including the Mimara Museum, the city’s most important art museum housed in a grand neo-Renaissance building on Roosevelt Square; the designer shopping boulevard of Ilica Street; and the large Marsala Tita square, presided over by the striking National Theatre building.