Zagreb seems a tailor-made city; not too big, not too small, offering the feeling of a European metropolis, while remaining small enough to be covered on foot

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People on King Tomislav Square in Zagreb

City breaks trip

Weekend in Zagreb, Central European metropolis

Cosmopolitan and alternative, a mix of Austro-Hungarian and socialist architecture, street art and urban construction, Zagreb is a great idea for the weekend and a must-see destination of the Central Europe

Zagreb is a central European metropolis with a touch of relaxed Mediterranean rhythm, extraordinary in many ways. Visitors enjoy a baroque-like feeling of the Upper Town, Dolac, the lively and the largest city open-air market, green parks and promenades, top culinary pleasures and a relaxing atmosphere. You can hear quite often that Zagreb is a tailor-made; not too big, not too small, offering the feeling of a European metropolis, while remaining small enough to be covered on foot. It is fun to be in Zagreb, to feel the immediacy of personal encounters.

Trip highlights

  • Visit to Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Dinner at national restaurant
  • Exploring Tkalča and enjoying ritual coffee
  • Guided city-tour on foot
  • Visit to Zagreb City Museum
  • Zagreb Eye Viewpoint 360°

Trip availableJAN-DEC
Duration3 days
Suitable for2-10 people
SupportPartially guided
Languagesendeit
Price per personfrom 299.00 €
Great for
  • Urban explorers
  • Seniors
  • Couples
  • Parents with children
You’ll be accommodated in
  • 4-star hotel
Trip designed by Vesna Luzar

Extremely versatile trip designer with an established career in travel business

Activities are taking place in Zagreb

One of the most prestigious travel guides, Lonely Planet, listed Zagreb on top of the most desirable and exciting European destinations to be visited.

The only capital in the world hosting the ski world cup, Zagreb is 900-year-old city situated under the hills of Medvednica and at the banks of the Sava river. It holds many museums, galleries, theatres, restaurants and cafés, many green areas, viewpoints and places to stroll around. Regardless of its abrupt growth, it has preserved the Austro-Hungarian attribute and so became an ideal coulisse to sip coffee on its beautiful squares.

Nowhere is coffee culture so strong, so obvious, so important as it is in Zagreb.

To have a coffee on Saturday morning in Zagreb is a custom of locals and a “must-do” thing. On the so-called Špica (the rush hour), the locals come to the centre of the city to drink coffee in one of the bars in Bogovićeva or Tkalčićeva Street.

In Zagreb everything happens on the streets: people meet, people fall in love, people show off their newest fashion style, people sing and make music or just dream. Zagreb is full of street musicians, and its streets, rooftops, and benches all tell a story.

You can walk the entire city of Zagreb without ever needing a car, but if you get tired, you can take a tram: they are very functional and of beautiful blue. The cabs are pretty cheap, too. You will love walking everywhere, and in Zagreb centre, you will never miss driving, not for a minute.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Enjoy the parks or 11.999 pieces of art

Arrive to Zagreb and get check in at the hotel, which is located in the centre of the city. You’ll have plenty of free time before dinner, so we recommend that you take a stroll in the neighbourhood and get your own first impressions of Zagreb.

If you prefer city parks, there are two great ones right near the centre. One a bit to the west - park forest Tuškanac; and the other one just to the east of the cathedral - Ribnjak, which used to be an artificial pond.

If you, however, prefer arts, you should visit the Museum of Contemporary Art. To reach it you might want to catch a tram or a taxi. In the Museum, you will find yourselves in front of 11.999 pieces of art and a spiral slide from the third floor back to the ground floor.

Dinner will be at one of the well-known national restaurants downtown, where you will taste some of the traditional meals of the region. Afterwards, start exploring Zagreb’s night scene and visit some of the many clubs, bars and pubs, like Johann Franck, Bulldog Pub, Opera Club, Vinyl Bar, Alcatraz, Pivana, to name a few.

Tip

While sightseeing, you might see the scale model of the city named “Zagreb welcomes you“ in the open area where Ban Jelačić Square meets the Kaptol. It represents the city surface area of 2.64 km with a bronze display of 2515 house numbers, 153 city blocks, 19 squares, 128 streets and 421 structures and it includes the most important historic landmarks and tourist attractions of the city centre.

Food Tip

In this city of exquisite culinary scene, you will taste some of the authentic meals of the popular cuisine of Zagreb. Make sure you try the delightful Zagreb steak, which comes stuffed with cheese and ham; it’s a centuries-old recipe, but one of the local favorites.

Day 2

Get ready to fall in love with the city of Zagreb

Have breakfast at the hotel and take off on a guided city sightseeing tour.

In the Middle Ages, there were two fortifications comprising Zagreb, elevated on the nearby hills: the clerical centre of Kaptol, and Gradec (known as the Upper Town) - both exercising the rights of a free royal city since the 13th century. In the 19th century, Zagreb expanded quite a bit, creating a carefully structured Lower Town, which is today's centre of city life.

The central point of the Upper Town is the gothic church of St. Marco, one of the oldest structures in Zagreb, recognizable for its roof with colourful tiles showing the coats of arms of Croatian regions. Nearby, you will find the Lotrščak Tower, the remains of the medieval city walls, whose cannon fires at noon every day (don’t get startled!) from the southern window of the fourth floor. It was on New Year’s Day of 1877 that the cannon struck for the first time, keeping the customs of the midday strike ever since. It is currently the fifth cannon taking over the duty, and the predecessors are exhibited in Zagreb City Museum.

You will also visit the Stone Gate, the former main entrance to Gradec and the only preserved city gate of the old defence system. Initially built in the 13th century, it acquired its current appearance in 1760. The gate's passage holds a chapel with the painting of the Virgin Mary of the Stone Gate, the city's patron, and the legend has it that it had remained untouched during the great fire in 1731. A cathedral dominates the nearby hill, built in the 14h century in the place of an older cathedral, and the facade was given its neo-gothic attribute end of the 19th century. The cathedral keeps one of the best organs in the world. Three large, luxurious, golden chandeliers on the cathedral's ceiling were a gift from a Croatian emigrant family, and they used to belong to the Gold Coast casino in Las Vegas.

Zagreb also has a colourful “belly” – the market of Dolac, the largest and the most known of the 28 city markets. A special contribution to this particular spirit of the market is given by the traditional Zagreb saleswomen – kumice. It was built in 1930 and it had the streets of Zagreb in the place of ancient walls. During the day, Dolac is consumed by the lively colours and the diverse smells of the colourful stands, the recognizable murmur and the smell of the morning coffee.

Zagreb has a fantastic choice of museums you must visit. We will take you to Zagreb City Museum founded by the Brethren of the Croatian Dragon in 1907. The diversity of themes and objects, from rare to ordinary, daily and usable, to artistic and popular, provides a special meaning. The museum will take you on a journey from the origins of the name of Zagreb, across the life in medieval Gradec, to reconstructed shops and shop-windows of the most important merchant street end of the 19th century, Ilica, all the way to the 20th century, from the international style of Zagreb's modern architecture to the life in Zagreb during the First and the Second World War.

Tip

Gradec and Kaptol are separated by a deep swale where Medveščak stream used to flow. The lively street of Tkalčićeva passes through this swale where you can see the ancient solar clock displaying the exact time, as well as the statue of Marija Jurić Zagorka, the great journalist and literary writer of Zagreb. Tkalča, as dubbed by the people of Zagreb, is full of cafés and bars.

Day 3

View from the top of Zagreb's skyscraper – Zagreb 360°

Breakfast and check-out from the hotel. If you have a minute to spare on another coffee and sightseeing, visit the Zagreb Eye Viewpoint 360°, the most visited tourist attraction in Zagreb. It is located on Ban Jelačić Square in Zagreb, on the 16h floor – the top itself of Zagreb's skyscraper – overlooking a spectacular view of Ban Jelačić Square, Manduševac, Kaptol, Gradec, Upper and Lower Town, their squares, streets and parks.

Tip

Naming the square Trg bana Jelačića has been an on-off affair. In 1947, Tito’s communist regime dubbed it Republican Square and removed the bronze equestrian statue of the 19th-century viceroy Josip Jelačić. Reinstated post-independence, the locals meet “at the horse” for lunch, shopping or people watching.

Food Tip

If you are craving a piece of cake to go with your coffee or tea, there are some great places around the city to check out. Try Velvet, located in the tiny Dežman passage. It’s in the city centre, connecting Zagreb’s busiest street Ilica with the wonderful park of Tuškanac, yet it’s protected from all the city centre noise and commotion.

What's included?

  • Accommodation in Zagreb at a 4-star hotel in a double-bed classic/standard/comfort room
  • 2 overnight stays with buffet breakfasts
  • Tourist tax
  • Dinner at a national restaurant (drinks not included)
  • Private sightseeing on foot accompanied by a local guide
  • Visit to Zagreb City Museum, local guide (entrance fee is not included - payment on spot)
  • Travel preparation and VAT

Local guides:

  • Local guide for city tour
  • Zagreb City Museum

Meals:

● 2 x buffet-breakfast at the hotel

● Dinner on Day 1 at a national restaurant


What's not included?

  • Entrancee fee to the Zagreb CIty Museum, optional contents, personal expenses

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