Completed in 1959, the Zagreb Skyscraper is a somewhat utilitarian high rise that was nevertheless the tallest and most modern building in former Yugoslavia for many years. It was closed in 1989 at the start of the Balkan Wars and did not permanently reopen until 2013. Today, it’s a popular spot for locals and tourists alike to take photos of Zagreb’s twin-spired cathedral, Ban Jelačić Square, and the Moslavačko hills beyond. Information boards point out the various landmarks in the distance. Refreshments and occasional live music are available in a smart, dusky-blue bar and cafe, including morning coffee or cocktails to accompany nightfall over the city.
Things to know before you go
- Children age three and under get free admission, and visitors with kids can save with a family ticket.
- The cafe has board games that are popular with teens and families.
- The view is actually 270 degrees, as the observation deck only wraps around three sides of the building.
- Some travelers are disappointed to find that the observation deck is enclosed by metal bars, so the view is somewhat obstructed.
- Use caution and keep a firm grip on your camera if taking a photo through the safety bars.
How to get there
Parking and traffic are limited in Zagreb’s pedestrianized Upper Town (Gornji Grad), so the observation deck is best accessed on foot.
When to get there
Sunset is the most romantic time to visit for views of a colorful sky and the city lights flickering on. Go in December for a bird’s-eye view of the festive Christmas markets in Ban Jelačić Square below.
The Best Views in Zagreb
While the Zagreb 360 Observation Deck is the city’s highest viewpoint, there are other ways to get a panoramic perspective of the Croatian capital. Climb to the top of Lotrščak Tower for true 360-degree views over the old town, or stroll along the old defensive walls on the Strossmayer Promenade for an above-ground view of the cathedral. Outside city limits, the view from Medvedgrad Castle atop Medvednica Mountain captures the entire city from a distance.
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- Piazza Ban Jelacic (Trg Bana Jelacica)
- Città bassa (Donji Grad)
- Mercato Dolac
- Passeggiata Strossmayer (Strossmayerovo Setaliste)
- Museo delle relazioni interrotte (Muzej Prekinutih Veza)
- Porta di pietra (Kamenita Vrata)
- Torre Lotrscak
- Museo croato di arte naif (Hrvatski Muzej Naivne Umjetnosti)
- Parco Zrinjevac (Piazza Nikola Subic Zrinski)
- Cattedrale dell'Assunzione della Beata Vergine Maria di Zagabria
- Città Alta (Gornji Grad)
- Chiesa di San Marco (Crkva Svetog Marka)
- Teatro nazionale croato (HNK Zagabria)
- Padiglione d'arte
- Museo delle illusioni