Travel to Zagreb without any tourist traps! Here you will find a list of the top 10 sights of Zagreb! Which highlights and attractions should you not miss on your holiday in Zagreb?
People on holiday in Croatia often turn their backs on the inland capital in favour of Croatia's beautiful islands and beaches. Croatia's largest city by no means deserves this ignorance, for Zagreb, with its dynamic mix of imperial and Balkan past, has magnificent monuments, interesting museums and idyllic green spaces to offer.
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Ban Jelačić Square in Zagreb
Themagnificent Trg Ban Jelačić is the ideal starting point for a sightseeing tour of Zagreb and also gives an immediate taste of the impressive architecture that Croatia's capital has to offer. Connecting Zagreb's Upper and Lower Towns, Ban Jelačić Square comes alive day and night with tourists, street musicians, vendors and shopping locals.
Lotrščak Tower in Zagreb
Another popular meeting point and orientation aid in Zagreb is the Lotrščak Tower, from which the view falls over almost the whole of Zagreb. The cogwheel railway, which comfortably takes holidaymakers from the lower town to the upper town, ends directly at this well-preserved relic of the old city wall. Incidentally, the Lotrščak Tower is home to the cannon that announces the time every day at 12 noon.
The nationally famous Zagreb Cathedral is almost 1000 years old and can be seen from afar with its over 100m high towers. The neo-Gothic Church of the Ascension is considered a national treasure and, with the four golden angels and the Marian column on the forecourt, a well-known postcard motif of Zagreb. In its massive interior, the High Baroque furnishings, the treasury and the organ are worth seeing.
St Mark's Church in Zagreb
Zagreb's second famous place of worship is the picturesque St Mark's Church. Its distinctive heraldic roof makes it the landmark of the upper town. In addition to the ornately decorated south portal, the oldest coat of arms of Zagreb on the north-west façade is also worth seeing.
Art Pavilion in Zagreb
The Art Pavilion in Zagreb is the only art museum in the city that was built as such and at the same time the oldest art museum in Croatia. Behind its architecturally outstanding façade lies contemporary art on a grand scale - the spacious halls were designed specifically for the presentation of large-scale works of art.
Mimara Museum in Zagreb
The Mimara Museum is also a worthwhile address for art lovers in Zagreb. The private collection in a magnificent 19th century building is one of the most valuable in the world. Among the almost 4,000 works are renowned artists from all over the world, including Manet, Renoir, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck or Goya.
Museum of Broken Relations in Zagreb
A museum of a different kind is the Museum of Broken Relationships. It was named the most innovative museum in Europe and houses relics from all over Europe that tell stories of past love and passion. Among the most bizarre exhibits are the "ex-axe" and the "crazy divorce garden gnome".
Maksimir Park and Zoo in Zagreb
Theoldest and largest park in the whole of southern Europe has already been voted the most beautiful park in Europe and promises idyllic relaxation on over 300 hectares of greenery with gardens, forests and lakes. Lovingly laid-out walkways lead to pavilions, fountains and sculptures, to which Maksimir Park owes its status as a cultural monument.
Botanical Garden in Zagreb
Free admission to an oasis of tranquillity is also promised by the Zagreb Botanical Garden from April to October. It is maintained by the city's Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and houses a fascinating wealth of native and exotic plants in ponds and flowerbeds.
National Theatre in Zagreb
The baroque National Theatre of Zagreb is one of the city's most outstanding buildings due to its architectural beauty. It is located on Tito Square and was founded in 1840 as part of a cross-state concept to promote culture in Croatia. Today it impresses with great acting and its masterfully decorated interior.