Whether you’re spending a weekend in the city or visiting on route to the coast, the lively Croatian capital has plenty to keep you entertained.
Start your explorations in the central Jelačića square from where it’s an easy walk to all the city’s top attractions. Ride the funicular to the Upper Town (Gornji Grad) where you can take in the views from the picturesque Strossmayer Promenade, light a candle at the Stone Gate (Kamenita vrata) shrine, and pay a visit to the grand Gothic Zagreb Cathedral of the Assumption. In the Lower Town (Donji Grad), stop for coffee in Cvjetni Trg (Flower Square), then discover the scenic loop of Lenuci’s Horseshoe, stopping off to check out the Botanical gardens and the Croatian National Theatre along the way.
The streets of central Zagreb are brimming with museums and art galleries, and you could easily spend an entire day taking in the highlights. The Mimara Museum is a must, housing the extensive collection of artworks and artifacts amassed by collector Ante Topic Mimara, as is the award-winning Museum of Broken Relationships, one of Europe’s most unique museums, devoted to the unrequited and lost loves of people around the world. For art fanatics, the Strossmayer Gallery of Old Masters, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Arts and Crafts, the Miroslav Kraljevic Gallery and the Gallery of Naïve Art are all worth a visit.