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Zagreb is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Croatia. It is located in the northwest of the country, along the Sava river, at the southern slopes of the Medvednica mountain.
Zagreb is a city with a rich history dating from the Roman times to the present day. The oldest settlement located in the vicinity of the city was the Roman Andautonia, in today's Ščitarjevo.
The city boasts a charming medieval 'old city' with architecture and cobbled streets reminiscent of Vienna, Budapest, Prague and other Central-European capitals. In 2005 it was visited by over half a million tourists, mainly from Austria, Germany and Italy.
It is a city known for its diverse economy, high quality of living, museums, sporting and entertainment events. Its main branches of economy are high-tech industries and the service sector.
|TIME ZONE :||CET (UTC+1) Summer: CEST (UTC+2)|
|LANGUAGE :||Croatian 94.1%, Serbian 3%, Others 2.9%|
|RELIGION :||Roman Catholic 87.8%, Orthodox 4.4%, Muslim 1.3%|
|AREA :||641 km2 (247 sq mi)|
|ELEVATION :||158 m (518 ft)|
|COORDINATES :||45°49′N 15°59′E|
|SEX RATIO :||• Male: 48.15% |
• Female: 51.75%
|ETHNIC :||Croat 89.6%, Serb 4.5%, other 5.9%|
|AREA CODE :|
|POSTAL CODE :||HR-10000|
|DIALING CODE :||+385 1|
|WEBSITE :||Official Website|
Zagreb is an important tourist center, not only in terms of passengers travelling from the rest of Europe to the Adriatic Sea, but also as a travel destination itself.
Zagreb’s café culture rivals that of Vienna. Cafes are Zagreb’s pulse - they’re where people go to chat, get powered up on espresso and dress for the occasion.
Since the end of the war, it has attracted close to a million visitors annually, mainly from Austria, Germany and Italy. However, the city has even greater potential as many tourists that visit Croatia skip Zagreb in order to visit the beaches along the Croatian Adriatic coast and old historic Renaissance cities such as Dubrovnik, Split, and Zadar.
There are many interesting things for tourists in Zagreb, for example, the two statues of Saint George, one at the Marshal Tito Square, the other at Kamenita vrata, where the image of Virgin Mary is said to be only thing that hasn't burned in the 17th-century fire. Also, there is an art installation starting in Bogovićeva street, called Nine Views.
The historical part of the city to the north of Ban Jelačić Square is composed of the Gornji Grad and Kaptol, a medieval urban complex of churches, palaces, museums, galleries and government buildings that are popular with tourists on sightseeing tours. The historic district can be reached on foot, starting from Jelačić Square, the center of Zagreb, or by a funicular on nearby Tomićeva Street.
- Turistički informativni centar (Tourist Information Centre - Ban Jelacic Square), Trg bana Josipa Jelačića 11. Mo-Fr 8:30-21:00; Sa-Su 09:00-18:00.
The first recorded appearance of the name Zagreb is dated to 1094, at which time the city existed as two different city centers: the smaller, eastern Kaptol, inhabited mainly by clergy and housing Zagreb Cathedral, and the larger, western Gradec, inhabited mainly by farmers and merchants.
After WWII Croatia became part of Yugoslavia. Although Zagreb continued to grow geographically and economically, it always stood in Belgrade’s shadow, until 1991 when Croatia declared independence and Zagreb became capital city of Croatia.
The climate of Zagreb is classified as an oceanic climate
Zagreb has four separate seasons. Summers are warm, and winters are cold, without a discernible dry season. The average daily mean temperature in winter is around +1 °C (from December to February) and the average temperature in summer is 22.0 °C (71.6 °F).
Snowfall is common in the winter months, from December to March, and rain and fog are common in autumn (October to December).
Climate data for Zagreb
|Record high °C (°F)||19.4|
|Average high °C (°F)||3.7|
|Daily mean °C (°F)||0.3|
|Average low °C (°F)||−3.0|
|Record low °C (°F)||−24.3|
|Source: Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service|
Most important branches of industry are: production of electric machines and devices, chemical, pharmaceutical, textile, food and drink processing. Zagreb is an international trade and business centre, and an essential transport hub placed at the crossroads of Central Europe, the Mediterranean and the Balkans.
Almost all of the largest Croatian as well as Central European companies and conglomerates such as Agrokor, INA, Hrvatski Telekom have their headquarters in the city.
City of Zagreb is divided in 17 city districts:
1. Donji Grad
2. Gornji Grad – Medveščak
6. Novi Zagreb - istok
7. Novi Zagreb – zapad
8. Trešnjevka – sjever
9. Trešnjevka – jug
11. Gornja Dubrava
12. Donja Dubrava
14. Podsused – Vrapče
Internet cafes are available in Zagreb. They are relatively cheap and reliable.Free Wi-Fi signal can be found in cafés, restaurants, hotels, some libraries, schools.
Calling code to Croatia is: 385. To make an international call from Croatia, the code is: 00.
- Art Internet Caffee, Tkalčićeva 18, "Art" is an internet cafe bar, situated in the very center of Zagreb (Tkalčićeva 18), just a few steps from the Ban Jelačić square. In this modern and comfortable bar you can enjoy a fine selection of beverages as well as a large variety of computer services.Tel:+385 1 48 11 050. Open M-Su 08.00 - 23-00.
- Aquarius net, Kralja Držislava 4.
- Art Net Club, Preradovićeva 25.
- KIC, Preradovićeva 5/1.
- Klub SC,Savska 25.
- Mama, Preradovićeva 18, is one of the coolest and cheapest cyber cafes in the city. They charge 10kn (1.36E) per hour or you can pay by the minute. Wireless connection, Skype, cool juices and coffee are available. The place is run by Multimedia institute , a nonprofit organization working in the fields of new media culture and digital technology, so there's chance of meeting some of the local and international cutting-edge artists or attending some interesting program.
- MMC Zagreb , Gajeva 17, "MMC" is an internet point (Gaming & Surfing & Call & Fax), situated in the very center of Zagreb (Gajeva 17), just a few steps from the Ban Jelačić square. Tel:+385 1 48 72 671. Open Mon-Sun 09.00 - 23-00.
- Sublink, Teslina 12.
- Vip, Preradović square 5.
- Vip, Ibler square.
Prices in Zagreb
MARKET / SUPERMARKET
|Beer (domestic)||0.5 l||€0.95|
|Bottle of Wine||1 bottle||€5.30|
|Dinner (Low-range)||for 2||€12.00|
|Dinner (Mid-range)||for 2||€26.00|
|Dinner (High-range)||for 2||€35.00|
|Mac Meal or similar||1 meal||€4.40|
|Beer (Imported)||0.33 l||€1.96|
|Beer (domestic)||0.5 l||€1.80|
|Coctail drink||1 drink||€5.10|
|Men’s Haircut||1 haircut||€5.70|
|Mobile (prepaid)||1 min.||€0.10|
|Pack of Marlboro||1 pack||€3.30|
|Toilet paper||4 rolls||€1.30|
CLOTHES / SHOES
|Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)||1||€75.00|
|Dress summer (Zara, H&M)||1||€29.00|
|Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas)||1||€70.00|
|Local Transport||1 ticket||€1.30|
57 € per day
Estimated cost per 1 day including:
- meals in cheap restaurant
- public transport
- cheap hotel
155 € per day
Estimated cost per 1 day including:
- mid-range meals and drinks
Transportation - Get In
Zagreb International Airport (IATA: ZAG), is located 17 km south-east from the city center in the district of Pleso.
- Croatia Airlines, the national carrier and member of Star Alliance, flies to Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Brussels, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf,Frankfurt, Gothenburg, Istanbul, London, Madrid, Moscow, Munich, Paris,Podgorica, Pristina, Tel Aviv, Rome, Sarajevo, Skopje, Vienna, Zurich. Domestically, Croatia Airlines operates numerous flights to Split, Dubrovnik,Zadar, Osijek (seasonal) and Pula.
- THY-Turkish Air Lines flies to/from Istanbul daily
- Lufthansa flies several times a day to Munich and Frankfurt, and low-cost carrier German Wings flies to and from Cologne, Stuttgart, Hamburg and Berlin (Schönefeld).
- Austrian operates many flights to Vienna each day.
- TAP Portugal flies from Zagreb to Lisbon three times a week (Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays) via Bologna in Italy.
- Iberia operates flights to Madrid from Summer 2009.
- SAS operates flights to Stockholm. - but this service is currently suspended since mid-2009
- BH Airlines connects Sarajevo and Mostar with Zagreb.
- Air France operates flights to Paris-Charles de Galle.
- Aeroflot flies to Moscow.
- flyDubai flies to Dubai.
- KLM flies to Amsterdam.
- Air Serbia flies to Belgrade.
- LOT flies to Warsaw (resumes 2 January 2016).
- Qatar Airlines flies to Doha.
- TradeAir flies to Osijek, Rijeka.
- Vueling flies to Barcelona (seasonal).
- AirFrance flies to Paris.
- Air Transat flies to Toronto (begins 15 June 2016) (seasonal).
Neighboring airports in Rijeka, Ljubljana, Graz, Klagenfurt and Trieste are serviced by low-cost carriers and are often a viable alternative to travelling directly to Zagreb. EasyJet flies to Rijeka, Ljubljana and Ryan Air flies to Pula,Graz and Klagenfurt.
There is a bus link between the airport (Zračna luka) and the bus station (Autobusni kolodvor) in Zagreb. A single (one-way) ticket costs 30 kuna (~ €4.20). The bus leaves the airport at 7AM and every thirty minutes between 8AM and 8PM. Between the last regular bus at 8PM and the first one at 7AM the next morning, there is a bus leaving for the bus station every time a Croatia Airlines plane lands.
The bus line between the bus station and the airport is fairly simple, with buses every 30 minutes from 4:30AM until about 9PM (depending on the day). Full details are available in English from [www]. The buses are located at the edge (facing city center) of the bus station. You'll see "Croatia Airlines" and "Eurolines" written on that part of the building.
Zagreb airport transfer [www] has tariffs, service details and you can make bookings.
Car renting information [www]
Zagreb is a railway hub which has direct services to major European cities such as Vienna (6 hours),Budapest (6.5 hours, one way approx. 9,000 HUF),Zurich, Munich, Salzburg,Ljubljana, Sarajevo (one-way ticket costs 59 BAM),Belgrade as well as domestic services to all major towns (except Dubrovnik). There is also an all-year-round overnight train (with sleeping compartments) between Zagreb and Split.
Rail travel times within Croatia have been made competitive with car travel in many instances with new 160 kph “tilting trains” connecting Zagreb with Split and other major cities in Croatia such as Varaždin, Osijek and Požega. If you make a reservation early enough you can get a substantial discount.
Tourists coming from or going to neighbouring capitals should note the following EuroCity and InterCity as well as EuroNight railway lines:
- EC "Mimara": Frankfurt - Heidelberg - Stuttgart - Munich - Salzburg -Ljubljana - Zagreb
- EC "Croatia": Vienna - Maribor - Zagreb, also by EuroNight train
- IC "Kvarner": Budapest - Zagreb
- B "Lisinski": Munich - Salzburg - Ljubljana - Zagreb
- B "Zürichsee": Zurich - Innsbruck - Ljubljana - Zagreb - Belgrade, also by EuroNight train
- EC "Sava": Munich - Salzburg - Ljubljana - Zagreb - Belgrade
Most services are operated by the Croatian Railways, whose schedules are also available on the internet in English. EuroNight trains can be booked via ÖBB (Austrian railways), DB (German railways) or SBB (Swiss railways), or any other ticketing agency by phone.
The central bus station (Autobusni Kolodvor) is located to the south-east of the railway station - approximately 10 minutes walk, or 3 stops by tram (lines 2 and 6). Timetable information and prices can be found on the AKZ website [www].
Direct bus from Budapest, Hungary to Zagreb by Eurobusways.
Numerous Croatian and International coach operators maintain scheduled lines covering all major domestic and European cities, as far as London, Paris,Rotterdam and Amsterdam, numerous cities in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland,Italy, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Hungary, many destinations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, and Macedonia.
Almost all highways (motorway; autocesta in Croatian) in Croatia start or end in Zagreb.
Travellers from Vienna can pass by Graz and Maribor and then take the A2 highway upon entering Croatia. Mind the toll in Slovenia.
Travellers from Budapest can pass by Székesfehérvár and then use the Croatian A4 motorway. It also connects Varaždin. You will have to pay toll from shortly after entering Croatia until shortly before reaching Zagreb.
Travellers heading from Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey can use the Croatian A3 motorway to reach Zagreb.
Travellers heading from Ljubljana can use the A3.
Travellers coming from the west - Italy, as well as Rijeka or Istria - can use the A7 motorway (near and bypassing Rijeka), A6 motorway (Rijeka-Bosiljevo) and then the A1 (Bosiljevo-Zagreb).
Those travelling from Italy can bypass the expensive motorway toll in Slovenia by using the state route SS21 through Trieste, route E61 through Slovenia (in a bad shape) and then A7 south to Rijeka, then Rijeka bypass, then A6 east to Bosiljevo and A1 northeast to Zagreb.
Travellers heading from the south - Dalmatian coast (Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik, ...) or from Montenegro - can use the A1 highway, often combined with the state roads D8 (by the coastline) and D1 (through the hinterland).
To use highways in Croatia you must pay a toll either in Croatian national currency, the Kuna, or in Euro. One may also pay by credit card- American Express, Diners, MasterCard, Maestro or Visa cards. A third option is to use the HAC Smart Card, which can reduce the cost of travelling on the Croatian highways by 10-25%. It is issued by Hrvatske Autoceste, but pays off only if travelling more than 500 km (that's a return trip Zagreb-Zadar or Zagreb-Serbia) or 250 km for a seasonal Smart Card (a return trip Zagreb-Rijeka or two return trips to Zagreb from Austrian border). You can find a toll calculator here (click Calculator on the left navigation bar).
Transportation - Get Around
By Public Transport
Zagreb has a well-developed and efficient public transport system that consists of trams, buses and trains.
The tram network (route map ) operates 24 hours a day - from 4AM to 12AM there are 15 "day-time lines" (tram lines 1-9, 11-15 and 17), and from 12AM to 4AM there are 4 "night" lines (tram lines 31-34) which cover most of the day-time lines on a reduced (around 30-40 minute) frequency. Occasionally, buses replace trams on night lines. Tram line 3 does not operate Saturdays, Sundays and on public holidays. There are maps of the tram lines on almost every stop, so if you know the nearest stop to your destination you can simply figure out the shortest trip while you're at the stop.
As for the buses, there are 113 day-time and 4 night lines. ZET buses cover the area outside the city center, as well as some neighboring towns that administratively belong to Zagreb county. The buses use the same ticketing system as the trams.
A historic funicular railway (uspinjačain Croatian), one of the steepest and shortest in the world, operates between the lower and upper towns with a travel time of just one minute. Monthly, daily as well as single tram/bus ticket can be used, otherwise there is a 4 kn ticket for a ride. The funicular operates every 10 minutes, for a fee of 20 kn (in addition to regular tickets for everyone on board) an immediate start can be purchased.
Trains operated by Croatian Railways (Hrvatske Željeznice) run every 15 minutes from east to west, connecting the suburbs of Zagreb with the central railway station. They are usually the quickest form of transport for those coming from the areas of Zagreb far from the railway station (Glavni kolodvor), or beyond the tram network.
As of October 2013 (price list of 01-Oct-2013 in Croatian ), the price of a single one-zone ticket valid for 1.5 hours in one direction is 10 Kuna (~ 1.3 €), between midnight and 4 AM 15 Kuna. The different prices when buying at the driver or the kiosk or using the electronic ticket (E-vrijednosna karta) have been removed. The ticket can only be paid in the local currency Kuna. There is also a day ticket (dnevna karta), valid until 4 AM of the next day, available at 30 Kuna (~ 4 €). For longer stays there are tickets available for 3 (70 kn, ~ 9 €), 7 (150 kn, ~ 20 €), 15 (200 kn, ~ 26 €) and 30 days (400 kn, ~ 52 €). Buy a ticket and stamp it (insert it) in the little orange machine once you enter to validate. All single tickets are transfer tickets valid in multiple vehicles traveling in a single direction, so you won't need a new ticket when switching trams and/or buses. Tariff zone system exists, but only for townships and communities outside of Zagreb city limits, all trams are in zone 1, as well as buses in the City of Zagreb. If you plan on taking more than two rides, buy a daily ticket.
Travelers who intend to visit many museums should consider buying the Zagreb Card. The card offers unlimited travel on public transport in Zagreb, discounts at virtually all of the city's museums, reduced prices at many restaurants, shops, and service providers and many other concessions. As of September 2013, it costs 60 kuna (approx. €8) for 24 hours or 90 kuna (approx. €12) for 72 hours from the date and time entered on the card. Holders of the card also receive a special booklet with a list of all of the establishments and the discounts available to them. The card can be purchased at any of Zagreb's Tourist Information Centers, at the reception desks of the majority of Zagreb's hotels, and ordered online (shipping cost is added).
Since 01-Jun-2013 there are automated public bicycle rental stations in Zagreb. It started with a three-month pilot period during which approx. 50 bikes were available at 6 stations in the city centre: at the main train station; in front of the Technical Museum at Savska Street; at the intersection of Petrinjska and Amruševa; at the intersection of Gundulićeva and Varšavska; in front of the National University Library; at Šubićeva Street at the green market on Kvaternik Square. The pilot was successful, three more stations have already been added, one of them in Novi Zagreb next to the Avenue Centar Mall at the tram/bus stop museum of contemparary art (muzej suvremene umjetnosti).
Payment can only be made with credit or debit cards from VISA, MasterCard und Diners, in addition a mobile phone (can also be foreign) is required. The registration at nextbike Zagreb is free, account activation requires transferral of 79 kn (~ 11 €), which can be completely be used for bike rental. As of September 2013 there are two tariffs: In the standard tariff, which does not cost a monthly fee, per day the first half hour is free of charge, then each started hour costs 8 kn (~ 1,30 €) up to a maximum of 5 hours (including the free first half hour), a longer rental costs a flat fee of 79 kn (~ 11 €) up to a total of 24 hours. Warning: If a bike is not returned to a station no longer than 24 hours after it was removed, a late fee of 750 kn (~ 110 €) is charged! The nextbike tariff costs a monthly fee of 20 kn (~ 3 €), for that on each rental process (even several times per day) the first 30 minutes are free, the next up to 4.5 hours are only 4 kn (~ 0,60 €) each, and the flat fee for rentals between 5 and 24 hours is reduced to 39 kn (~ 5,60 €). Even here if the bike isn't returned after no more than 24 hours the late fee of 750 kn (~ 110 €) is charged. A customer card for easier rental (instead of using a smartphone app or activation SMS) cost a one-time 20 kn (~3 €) fee.
Zagreb is a compact city and can be best explored by walking. For the lower town (Donji Grad) the six squares of Lenuci Horshoe and the Botanical Garden can be covered in about 2 - 3 hours of walking. This area is also the home of Zagreb's majopr museums, galleries and theatres. The upper town (Gornji Grad) can also be covered in about 2 - 3 hours of walking and includes the Cathedral, St. Mark's Church and Square and the Museum of Broken Relationship.
There are three taxi companies in Zagreb:
- Radio Taxi Zagreb phone: 1777. Starting rates as of January 2012 are fixed at 9.90 kn (~1,25 €), the price per kilometer is 4.90 kn/km (~0.7 €/km), waiting by the hour is 40 kn/h (~5,5 €/h) and an additional fee for luggage is charged (3 kn per piece (0,4 € per piece of luggage)). Taxis are readily available at the Pleso international airport. Taxis are obliged to have their taxi-meter on and you won't fare well if you try to bargain.
- Taxi Cammeo phone: 1212. Starting rate is HRK 15 (about €2) and includes 2 free kilometres. The price for every next kilometre is 5 HRK (€0,7). Due to regulations, they are not able to pick up customers at the Pleso Airport.
- Ekotaxi phone: 060 77 77. Start 8.80 kn, 5 kn per kilometre.
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There are many small grocery stores around Croatia such as Konzum and Diona. There you can buy most necessary foods, hygiene products and items like cigarettes and alcohol. If you have a more specific need (like appliances, cutlery) or wish to go bulk shopping then try one of the larger Konzums, Kaufland or Mercator. Bread in Croatia is sold unsliced and is generally inedible after the second day of life, so if you don't eat bread much then ask for half a loaf "pola". Most brands that you likely know from home, like Nutella or M&M's, can be found in the larger stores but are rather expensive. Trying a domestic alternative or knock-off is not a bad idea.
Zagreb also has designated areas, the singular being a "platz", where you can buy and barter for clothes and shoes as well as perfume, chocolate and souvenirs. Illegally imported cigarettes are also often sold for cheap there (because of high importation taxes).
- Turistički Informativni Centar, Trg bana Josipa Jelačića 11 (in the central squar). Sells everything ranging from postcards and books to pottery and crystal
- GEA Gallery, Radićeva Street 35. a wide range of souvenirs that are handmade in Croatia and are very reasonably priced. Very knowledgeable staff.
- Millennium, Radiceva 9 (off Jelacic square). Pottery, crystal, costume jewelery, and other gifts.
- Algoritam, Gajeva 1.
- Profil Megastore, Bogovićeva 7.
Tobacco smoking is banned in all enclosed public spaces, including restaurants and some (but not all) bars and cafes. The smaller bars / cafes could opt (and some did) to allow smoking.
There are many take out, pizza-cut, sandwich bars and fast foods around the city. Most are located in the city center (main square - Ban Jelačić and surrounding blocks). There are also food chains such as the "McDonald's", "Daily Fresh", "Mlinar", "Pan Pek", and the preferred "Dubravica". Sandwich prices around the city varies from 10 to 20 kuna. You can also find many kebabs and pancake-to-go places.
- American Doughnut, Teslina St. A sandwich bar that also serves salads and deserts.
- Baschiera 2, Selska cesta 215 (On the end of Savska street and beginning of Horvaćanski zavoj), . Pizza.
- Bonita, Flower Square. Popular sandwich bar that also serves pancakes and hot wine in the winter.
- Colonia, Božidara Magovca 21 (In New Zagreb, in Mamutica), . Pizza.
- Dvojka, Nova Ves 2 (On Kaptol close to Centar Kaptol), . ,Pizza.
- Gigi, Petrovaradinska 39, . Be sure to visit this pizzeria if you're going to the Jarun lake.
- Karijola, Kranjčevićeva 7, . Pizza.
- Koykan World Food, Gajeva 8 (Go south from Trg Bana Josipa Jelačića square past the Dubrovnik hotel until you reach Gajeva street (Ulica Ljudevita Gaja Street=Gajeva Street)), . Italian piadinas, Japanese teriyaki sticks, oriental wraps, Bubble tea from Taiwan and Japanese mochi cakes.0-10USD.
- Mamma Mia, Ilica 63, . Pizza.
- MOCA. Newly open at the main square serves great and cheap fried, deep fried and baked potatoes with a large variety of dips for takeout. 10 kuna.
- Nocturno, Skalinska 4 (On Kaptol, between Tkalčićeva street and Cathedral), . Pizza.
- Nova, Ilica 72/1. Vegetarian.
- Oliva, Jarunska 5 (The Italian restaurant Oliva is located at the Jarun near the students` hall Stjepan Radic at the Eastern part of the volleyball center.), , e-mail: [email protected]. 11-24. Italian restaurant (pizza, pasta)
- Pizza Cut Duck, Teslina St. A pizza-slice bar that also serves fresh tortillas with veggie and/or meat filling.
- Pyr, Teslina 13/1. Vegetarian.
- Robin Food Catering, Derenčinova 1. Vegetarian.
- Sandwich Bar Pingvin, Nikole Tesle 10 (on one of the central streets, close to the Flower Square and Trg Ban Jelcica), . Classic sandwich bar with a wide menu and reasonably good mix of languages. One of the most popular dishes is the toplo/hladno (hot/cold), a grilled chicken and vegetables sandwich.
- Šestica, Medulićeva 6, . , Pizza.
- Stara Sava, Savska cesta 208 (Close to rotor and Mladost sports center), . Arguably the best pizzeria in Zagreb.
- VegeHop, Vlaška 79. Vegetarian.
- Žirafa, Maksimirska cesta 64. Cheap Mexican food and drinks. Nice summer terrace.
- Royal India, Kaptol, 27 (Located in Kaptol, 2 minutes walk from the Zagreb Cathedral), , e-mail: [email protected]. Opened in Aug. 2013 Royal India serves authentic Indian Dishes.
- Asia, A. Šenoe 1, . 12AM-12PM. Chinese restaurant
- Caramba, Frankopanska 6. Mexican food.
- Ivica i Marica, Tkalčićeva 70, . , Open every day except Mon 12PM-11PM. Wonderful food made only from natural ingredients, many sourced locally.
- Mali Medo, Tkalčićeva 36, . Another traditional Croatian restaurant. Lively atmosphere, youthful clientele, and all very affordable. Excellent ćevapčići and gulaš, not to mention superb beer. Mains: 20-40 kuna.
- Manzoku, Gajeva St. An excellent and so far only Japanese take-out in Zagreb. Tasty but rather expensive.
- Mex Cantina, Savska cesta 154, . Mexican food. Good service, great food, on Mondays they offer live music by the best Croatian mariachi band, Los Caballeros starting at 9PM.
- Pivnica Medvedgrad, Samoborska cesta 217, Božidara Adžije 16, Tkalčićeva 36. Great food and beer for reasonable prices. Make sure to try 'čvarkuša' (4 HRK). 500ml beer: 12 HRK.
- Restaurant Kvatric, Maksimirska 9, . Croatian restaurant with very nice food for a reasonable price. Has a nice terrance in the back garden. Close to tramstop 'Kvaternikov Trg'.
- Boban, Gajeva 9. Italian food.
- Feniks, Jurisiceva 19 (5 minutes walk from the Zagreb's main square), . Mexican food.
- Le Bistro, Mihanovićeva 1, . Daily 8:30-23:00. A French restaurant within the Regent Esplanade Hotel.
- Panino, Nova Ves 11 (Centar Kaptol), . Nice little restaurant with great service and wonderful food. If you are into French and Istrian style food you will probably love this place.
- Restaurant Suhina, Dr. F. Tuđmana 1, Orešje (near the Podsused bridge), . An old family-run restaurant on the old Samobor road that offers a variety of roasted food.
- Srčeko, Vinogradska 135, . M-Sa 12AM - 11PM, Su 12AM-6PM. A very romantic little restaurant.
- Takenoko, Nova Ves 11, in Kaptol Centar Shopping Center (Centar Kaptol), . Zagreb may not be synonymous with sushi restaurants, but this is one is superb. It is not cheap, but sushi they make is incredible.
- Velika Klet Obitelji Bunčić, 20km from central Zagreb, . A very popular place that offers Croatian cuisine, live music on weekends, a stable, fish pond and basketball courtyard.
- 100% juice bar, Tkalčićeva 5 (in the center of Zagreb. Down some stairs - look for the small sign). Pricey but a good place to get a healthy snack or fruit smoothie.
- Ivica and Marica, Tkaličićeva. Offers traditional and diet, diabetic and organic cakes, ice creams and such.
- SladoMazo, Zelinska 7. A pancake restaurant with a wide range of crazy both sweet and satly filling ideas.
- The Cookie Factory, Tkalčićeva 21 (Head north of the large clock on the Ban Jelačić square towards the Dolac market, and turn left before the stairs. Head into the Tkalčićeva street and when you see the statue of Marija Jurić Zagorka the Cookie Factory should be to your left. You'll notice it by the decorated outside with funny drawings.), . 9AM - 10PM. Homebaked American Sweets. Cookies, brownies and bars, krispy treats, muffins, cupcakes, banana breads, scones, cobblers, biscotti, top notch coffee, smoothies, cakes and pies.
- Torte i To, Nova Ves 11, second floor of the Kaptol Centar. A great little caffe offering the best cheese cake in town, and other great cakes
- Vincek, Ilica. Closed on Sundays.. The local, best known ice cream and cake palace in town center. Offers diet foods.
- Konoba Didov San, Mletačka 11, Upper Town, . The best atmosphere restaurant in Zagreb with excellent food, unique menu, large portions and great location!!
- Nishta Restaurant, Masarykova ul. 11, 10000, Zagreb (Located in between Marshal Tito Square and Octagon), . 100 % Vegetarian food, also has a branch in Dubrovnik
Sights & Landmarks
The city of Zagreb is mainly divided into two parts Gornji grad (Upper Town) and Donji grad(Lower Town). They are the cultural, religious, and commercial hubs of Zagreb. These are where most of the restaurants, bars and tourist sights are located. The Upper Town, which is the medieval core of the city, developed as two separate (and often warring) towns - Kaptol, the seat of the Bishop (where the imposing Cathedral now stands), and Gradec, the free town where tradesmen and artisans lived (proclaimed by King Bela of Hungary in the 12th century) merged in the 1770s to form the northern section of historic Zagreb. Following this, the city expanded south of today's Trg Bana Josipa Jelačića (Jelačić Square) to the railway station and the Sava River. Apart from the two main parts the City of Zagreb extended both is North - South and East - West. The Northern part consists of the mountains and wilderness while the Southern part extends beyond the River Sava and cosists of modern Zagreb and is known as Novi Zagreb. So Zagreb can be classified under four areas:
- Upper Town (Gronji Grad)
- Lower Town (Donji Grad)
- Northern Zagreb
- New Zagreb (Novi Zagreb)
Gornji Grad (Upper Town)
Churches and Religious Structures:
- Zagreb Cathedral (Kaptol). The Zagreb Cathedral with its twin spires is the most well known landmark of the city. The original cathedral dates back to 1217 but the present structure dates back to 1906. The chief architect was Hermann Bollé. Free.
- St. Mark's Square (Crkva sv. Marka) (St. Mark's Square). Located at the centre of St. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Church is known for its colourful roof tiles depicting the coat of arms of Croatia and Zagreb. St. Mark's Church was constructed in 1499.Free.
- St. Catherine's Church (Crkva sv. Katarine), St. Catherine's Square (Upper Town). Baroque style church
- Old Town Gate, at the top of Radićeva street (Upper Town). now a shrine to virgin Mary - the "Kamenita vrata" where you can light a candle and, as the locals believe, your wish will be granted. Please be silent, even if just passing through the Gate. The portrait of Mary is said to be sacred, because it is the only thing that survived the large fire. Near the Old Town Gate is the sculpture of St. George having slain the dragon. The other statue, him fighting the dragon, is located on the Marshal Tito's Square near the Croatian National Theatre (roughly 1 km away).
- Ribnjak Park (Next to Zagreb Cathedral, Kaptol). the Ribnjak is an English-style park complete with exotic plants, sculptures, and a children's playground. The park was originally the site of Bishop's fish pond.
Museums: Most museums and historical sights close at 1PM on Sundays and do not reopen until Tuesday.
- Museum of Broken Relationships (Muzej prekinutih veza), Sv. Ćirila i Metoda 2, , e-mail:[email protected]. every day from 9AM to 9PM (from October till May), during summer time from 9AM to 10:30PM (from June till September). What remains after a break-up? Museum's permanent display is an opportunity to experience a unique emotional journey through dozens of love leftovers collected from all around the world. Museum is also the winner of Kenneth Hudson Award 2011 for the most innovative museum in Europe. Admission fee: 25kn.
- Klovićevi Dvori Gallery (Galerija Klovićevi Dvori), Jezuitski trg 4 (Upper town, close to funicular (uspinjača) and stone gate (kamenita vrata). Bus line 150 (except Sunday) from Trg bana Josipa Jelačića, exit Kamenita vrata or Markov try; back to Trg bana Josipa Jelačića enter at Katarinin trg.), . Tue-Fri 11:00-19:00, Mon and holidays closed. This gallery in the old Jesuit monastery with changing exhibitions introduces Croatian and foreign cultural and artistic heritage across all eras. In most exhibitions, photography without flash is permitted. around 30 Kuna, varies by exhibition.
Donji Grad (Lower Town)
Other city parks are connected in the "Lenuci Horseshoe", an unfinished project of combining small green squares and parks at the core of the center of the town.
- Strossmayer Square. Named after Josip Juraj Strossmayer, politician and Roman Catholic Bishop, the Strossmayer Square occupies the central position of the eastern wing of the Lenuci Horseshoe.
- Zrinjevac Square (just south - east of the main square). the park of the Academy (connecting the Zrinjevac and Tomislav parks).
- King Tomislav Square (south of Zrinjevac, just outside the main Train Station).King Tomislav Square is the square overlooking the main railway station (Glavni Kolodvor ) of Zagreb. Decorated with floor beds and fountains and lined with trees it is dominated by a horse mounted statue of King Tomislav.
- Botanical Gardens (south of the K. Tomislav Square, near the Hotel Esplanade).
- Mažuranić Square. The central square of the western wing of Lenuci Horseshoe. It is named after Croatian poet Ivan Mažuranić
- Marulić Square. Marulić Square is the South Western square of Lenuci Horseshoe. It houses the Croatia State Archive. It also has a statue of Marko Marulić.
- Square of Maršal Tito (Trg maršala Tita). One of the largest and greenest squares of Zagreb. It is located on the North Western corner of Lenuci Horseshoe. It has the Croatian National Theatre in its centre.
Museums: Most museums and historical sights close at 1PM on Sundays and do not reopen until Tuesday.
- Muzej Mimara (Mimara Museum), Trg Franklina Delanoa Roosevelta 5, e-mail:[email protected]. Tue-Wed,Fri-Sat 10AM-5PM; Thu 10AM-7PM; Sun 10AM-2PM.Houses some 3,700 works of art donated by Ante Topić Mimara. The collection comprises more than 1,500 exhibits dating from the prehistoric period up to the 20th century. Some of the most famous exhibits include works by Lorenzetti, Raffaello, Giorgione, Veronese, Caravaggio, Canaletto, 60 paintings by the Dutch masters Rembrandt, Van Goyen, Ruisdael, 50 works by the Flemish masters Van der Weyden, Bosch, Rubens, Van Dyck, more than 30 by the Spanish masters Velasquez, Murillo, Goya, some 20 paintings by the German masters Holbein, Liebermann, Leibl, some 30 paintings by the English painters Gainsborough, Turner, Bonington and more than 120 paintings by the French masters Georges de la Tour, Boucher, Chardin, Delacroix, Corot, Manet, Renoir, Degas.
- Archaeological Museum (Arheološki Muzej), Trg Nikole Šubića Zrinskog 19.Possesses over 400,000 objects, not all of them being exhibited. The holdings include evidence of Croatian presence in this area as well as rare samples which have made the museum known to the whole world. The most famous are the Egyptian collection, the Zagreb mummy and bandages with the oldest Etruscan inscription in the world (Liber Linteus Zagrabiensis), as well as the numismatic collection. A part of the museum is set aside for the collection of stone monuments dating back predominantly to the Roman period.
- Art Pavilion in Zagreb (Umjetnički paviljon u zagrebu), Trg Kralja Tomislava 22 (tram stations Glavni kolodvor (lines 2, 4, 6, 9, 13) or Zrinjevac (lines 6, 13)), , e-mail: , [email protected]. Tue-Thu 11:00-20:00, Fri 11:00-21:00, Sat-Sun 11:00-20:00, Mon + holidays closed, closed between exhibitions. Designed by the Hungarian architects Korb and Giergl for the Millennium Exhibition 1896 in Budepest, its iron frame was transported to Zagreb after the exhibition, where the permanent pavillion was built by the famous Viennese designers of theatres in Central Europe Hellmer and Fellmer. It is a neo-classical exhibition complex and one of the landmarks of the city center. The exhibitions are also held in the impressive Meštrović pavilion on Trg žrtava fašizma. Current exhibition: Auguste Rodin - Rodin in Meštrović's Zagreb (until 20-Sep-2015), showing 55 large and small sculptures, 2 paintings and 10 scetches by Rodin and 10 early photographs of Rodin's work by then-famous photographers. Photography is not permitted by order of the Rodin museum in Paris despite the fact that Rodin's work is now in the public domain. adults 40 Kn, reduced 30 Kn, family (2 adults, 2 children) 130 Kn.
- Croatian National Theatre (Hrvatsko Narodno Kazalište), Trg Kralja Tomislava 22 (Located at the centre of Marshal Tito Square), , e-mail: [email protected]. Croatian National Theatre, Zagreb is located at the centre of Marshal Tito Square. It is built in 1895. There are also Croatian National Theatres in Split, Rijeka, Osijek, Varaždin and Zadar.
- Moderna Galerija (Modern Gallery), Hebrangova 1. Comprises all relevant fine artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.
- People and Art House Lauba (Kuća za ljude i umjetnost Lauba), Prilaz baruna Filipovića 23a. Every day from 3PM to 11PM. Presents works from the Filip Trade Collection, a large private collection of modern and contemporary Croatian art and current artistic production.
- Technical Museum (Tehnički muzej), Savska cesta 18. http://tehnicki-muzej.hr/hr/muzej/vrijeme/. Has a lot of technical inventions, fire engines, a cabinet of Nikola Tesla, a planetarium and an underground mine. 20kn (cca. US$4, €3).
- The Grounded Sun (Prizemljeno Sunce), Bogovićeva Street 6 (Head south from the Ban Jelačić square to the Dubrovnik hotel, then turn right into the Bogovićeva street. You can't miss it.). Prizemljeno sunce by Ivan Kožarić is a 1971 sculpture, a 2 meter wide bronze sphere, which represents the scale model of the Sun, with 9 planets of the solar system in their scaled size compared to this Sun. Mercury is in Margaretska street, a couple of hundred meters to the west, turn right after reaching Cvjetni trg, you should see it on the wall to the right after passing a dozen or so meters. Venus is on the pole of the building with Hypo bank on the Ban Jelačić Square. Earth is in Varšavska street to the left. For other models, click the link of the sculpture above.
- Maksimir Park & Zagreb Zoo (tram #7 if you are coming from the Central Bus Station or trams #11 and #12 from the main square or the #4 of your coming from the railway station). The biggest park in Zagreb. Great place to chill out, drink coffee, eat lunch (picnic or at the park's restaurant) or take nice long walks through the forest or by the small lakes. Good for joggers, cyclists, also child and dog friendly. Offers lake rowing. The 85-year old zoo has red pandas.
- Mirogoj Cemetery. Mirogoj is the central cemetery of Zagreb. It was opened in 1876 north of the city center. The mortuary, the impressive and picturesque arcades with the church of Christ the King (architect H. Bollé, 1883-1914) make it one of the most impressive cemeteries in the world. Here stand the tombs of notable personalities (including that of basketball hero Drazen Petrovic) who are relevant to Croatian history. To arrive from the central square, go to the nearby Cathedral and take bus number 106 (Kaptol - Mirogoj - Krematorij). The ride takes approximately 10 minutes. Note: the Croatian Day of the Dead is on November 1st. You may find the sight of hundreds of thousands of candles after nightfall impressive and worth seeing, but you may take note that on that day and a few preceding and following days the cemetery will be very busy and quite different from usual peaceful appearance; on those days buses to the cemetery are very frequent but crowded.
- Medvednica and Medvedgrad. The imposing mountain overlooking Zagreb (Medvednica) contains a preserved fortress (Medvedgrad) and fascinating views of the city. Being respectful in the fort is a good idea, since it is the site of the Altar of the Homeland memorial, dedicated to Croatian soldiers who died in the Homeland war. There are several historical festivals during the year, including knights tournaments.
Lakes Zagreb has two very popular lakes:
- Jarun (at the south part of the city. Tram #5 or #17). Jarun Lake is a recreational area based around a large lake where locals go to relax, exercise - and party! The centerpiece of the area is the actual lake itself, which is used for windsurfing and has a large rowing section with spectator stands. There are also shingle beaches surrounding the water, alongside which are several bars that get very busy during the weekends but are also nice for a sunny lunchtime snack. All the bars there are considered 'fancy' places and usually play commercial music.
- Bundek. hosts horticultural shows, firework festivals, workshops, concerts and music festivals (mostly during the summer).
- Museum of Contemporary Art (Muzej Suvremene Umjetnosti), Avenija Dubrovnik 17 (South of Bundek Lake). Follows and presents contemporary trends in fine arts. 30 kuna.
- Croatian Museum of Naïve Art (Hrvatski Muzej Naivne Umjetnosti), Sv. Ćirila i Metoda 3. Houses more than one thousand works belonging to Croatian naïve art.
Museums & Galleries
Zagreb's numerous museums reflect the history, art and culture not only of Zagreb and Croatia, but also of Europe and the world. Around thirty collections in museums and galleries comprise more than 3.6 million various exhibits, excluding church and private collections.
The Archaeological Museum (19 Nikola Šubić Zrinski Square) collections, today consisting of nearly 450,000 variedarchaeological artifacts and monuments, have been gathered over the years from many different sources. These holdings include evidence of Croatian presence in the area.The most famous are the Egyptian collection, the Zagreb mummy and bandages with the oldest Etruscan inscription in the world (Liber Linteus Zagrabiensis), as well as thenumismatic collection.
Modern Gallery (Croatian: Moderna galerija) holds the most important and comprehensive collection of paintings, sculptures and drawings by 19th- and 20th-century Croatian artists. The collection numbers more than 10,000 works of art, housed since 1934 in the historic Vranyczany Palace in the centre of Zageb, overlooking the Zrinjevac Park. A secondary gallery is the Josip Račić Studio at Margaretska 3.
Croatian Natural History Museum (1 Demetrova Street) holds one of the world's most important collection of Neanderthal remains found at one site. These are the remains, stone weapons and tools of prehistoric Krapina man. The holdings of the Croatian Natural History Museum comprise more than 250,000 specimens distributed among various collections.
Technical Museum (18 Savska Street) was founded in 1954 and it maintains the oldest preserved machine in the area, dating from 1830, which is still operational. The museum exhibits numerous historic aircraft, cars, machinery and equipment. There are some distinct sections in the museum: the Planetarium, the Apisarium, the Mine (model of mines for coal, iron and non-ferrous metals, about 300 m (980 ft) long), and the Nikola Tesla study.
Museum of the City of Zagreb (20 Opatička Street) was established in 1907 by the Association of the Braća Hrvatskog Zmaja. It is located in a restored monumental complex (Popov toranj, the Observatory, Zakmardi Granary) of the former Convent of the Poor Clares, of 1650. The Museum deals with topics from the cultural, artistic, economic and political history of the city spanning from Roman finds to the modern period. The holdings comprise over 80,000 items arranged systematically into collections of artistic and mundane objects characteristic of the city and its history.
Arts and Crafts Museum (10 Marshal Tito Square) was founded in 1880 with the intention of preserving the works of art and craft against the new predominance of industrial products. With its 160,000 exhibits, the Arts and Crafts Museum is a national-level museum for artistic production and the history of material culture in Croatia.
Ethnographic Museum (14 Ivan Mažuranić Square) was founded in 1919. It lies in the fine Secession building of the one-time Trades Hall of 1903. The ample holdings of about 80,000 items cover the ethnographic heritage of Croatia, classified in the three cultural zones: the Pannonian, Dinaric and Adriatic.
Mimara Museum (5 Roosevelt Square) was founded with a donation from Ante "Mimara" Topić and opened to the public in 1987. It is located in a late 19th-century neo-Renaissance palace. The holdings comprise 3,750 works of art of various techniques and materials, and different cultures and civilizations.
Croatian Museum of Naïve Art (works by Croatian primitivists at 3 Ćirilometodska Street) is one of the first museums of naïve art in the world. The museum holds works of Croatian naïve expression of the 20th century. It is located in the 18th-century Raffay Palace in the Gornji Grad. The museum holdings consist of almost 2000 works of art – paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints, mainly by Croatians but also by other well-known world artists. From time to time, the museum organizes topics and retrospective exhibitions by naïve artists, expert meetings and educational workshops and playrooms.
The Museum of Contemporary Art was founded in 1954. Its new building hosts a rich collection of Croatian and international contemporary visual art which has been collected throughout the decades from the nineteen-fifties till today. The museum is located in the center of Novi Zagreb, opened in 2009. The old location, 2 St. Catherine's Square, is part of the Kulmer Palace in the Gornji Grad.
Other museums and galleries Valuable historical collections are also found in the Croatian School Museum, the Croatian Hunting Museum, the Croatian SportsMuseum, the Croatian Post and Telecommunications Museum, the HAZU (Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts) Glyptotheque (collection of monuments), and the HAZU Graphics Cabinet.
The The Strossmayer Gallery of Old Masters (11 Zrinski Square) offers permanent holdings presenting European paintings from the 14th to 19th centuries, and the Ivan Meštrović Studio, (8 Mletačka Street) with sculptures, drawings, lithography portfolios and other items, was a donation of this great artist to his homeland The Museum and Gallery Center (4 Jesuit Square) introduces on various occasions the Croatian and foreign cultural and artistic heritage. The Art Pavilion (22 King Tomislav Square) by Viennese architects Hellmer and Fellmer who were the most famous designers of theaters in Central Europe is a neo-classical exhibition complex and one of the landmarks of the downtown. The exhibitions are also held in the impressiveMeštrović building on Žrtava Fašizma Square — the Home of Croatian Fine Artists. The World Center "Wonder of Croatian Naïve Art" (12 Ban Jelačić Square) exhibits masterpieces of Croatian naïve art as well as the works of a new generation of artists. The Modern Gallery (1 Hebrangova Street) comprises all relevant fine artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Museum of Broken Relationships at 2 Ćirilometodska holds people's mementos of past relationships. It is the first private museum in the country.
Lauba House (23a Baruna Filipovića) presents works from Filip Trade Collection, a large private collection of modern and contemporary Croatian art and current artistic production.
Things to do
- Strossmayerovo šetalište. (eng. Strossmayer's walkway) In the summer, it is an outdoor scene for painters, musicians and other artists offering food, drinks, performances and concerts. Popular meeting place for all ages, with a great view of the Lower Town.
- Snow Queen Trophy. Ladies Night Slalom : Zagreb is the only capital in the world that hosts a Ski World Cup race. The slalom event - known as the "Snow Queen Trophy" (Snježna kraljica) - usually takes place in January. It is the most expensive race on the women's world cup tour and an exceptionally popular sporting event in Croatia that attracts a crowd of around 25 thousand people. As of 2007 best skiers in men's competition are also expected to compete on Mount Sljeme that overlooks the city. If you fail to secure your ticket, you can watch the whole event on a giant screen in the Ban Jelačić Square.
- Most English-language movies are subtitled, not dubbed; only children's movies are dubbed.
- A ticket will cost you 20-33 HRK (2,7-€4,4)
- About 30 HRK is the combined price of a medium popcorn and cola.
- CineStar Zagreb, Branimirova 29, . (ticket reservation)A multiplex cinema (13 screens) in the vicinity of the Sheraton Hotel. The website is in Croatian, but can be understood using a Croatian-English online dictionary.
- CineStar Novi Zagreb, Avenue Mall, Avenija Dubrovnik 16. A multiplex cinema (9 screens) in the vicinity of the Museum of Contemporary Art.
- CineStar Arena IMAX (the only IMAX movie theatre in Croatia), Lanište 32 (west from Arena Zagreb). Located in a large mall.
- Cineplexx Centar Kaptol, Nova Ves 11, . A multiplex cinema (5 screens) within the Kaptol Shopping Center situated to the north of the Cathedral.
- Cineplexx City Center one East, Slavonska Avenija 11D,.A multiplex cinema (7 screens) located on the east side of Zagreb.
- Kino Europa, Varšavska 3. - this cinema is located in the city center.
- Kino Croatia, Katančićeva 3; +385 1 48-13-711.
- Kino Jadran, Ilica 42; 062-100-100 (within Croatia).
- Kino Central, Petrinjska 4; 062-100-100 (within Croatia).
- Kino Tuškanac. Showing much more than just European filmography, alternative and older films, sometimes for free, usually costs about 10 HRK (€1.50)
Festivals and events
Zagreb has been, and is, hosting some of the most popular mainstream artists, most recently their concerts held the Rolling Stones, U2, Eric Clapton, Deep Purple, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Roger Waters, Depeche Mode, Prodigy, Beyoncé, Nick Cave,Jamiroquai, Manu Chao, Massive Attack,Metallica, Snoop Dogg, Lady Gaga as well as some of world most recognized underground artists such as Dimmu Borgir, Sepultura,Melvins, Mastodon and many more. Zagreb is also a home of the INmusic festival, one of the biggest open air festivals in Croatia which is being held every year, usually at the end of June. There are also many jazz festivals like Zagreb Jazz Festival which was the host for some of the most popular artists from world jazz scene like Pat Metheny or Sonny Rollinsjust to name a few. Zagreb is also home of many others club festivals like Žedno uho where many of indie, rock, metal and electronica artists like Animal Collective,Melvins, Butthole Surfers, Crippled Black Phoenix, NoMeansNo, The National (band),Mark Lanegan, Swans (band), Mudhoney etc. made there performances around the clubs and concert halls of Zagreb. This is mostly recognized because of the city's location, and its good traffic relations with other neighbouring European capital cities such as Vienna and Budapest. This is the effort of Zagreb community to increase the percentage of tourist visits during the summer time, as Croatia, in generally, is a popular destination for many people around the globe during the vacation period.
There are about 20 permanent or seasonal theaters and stages. The Croatian National Theater in Zagreb was built in 1895 and opened by emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria. The most renowned concert hall named "Vatroslav Lisinski", after the composer of the first Croatian opera, was built in 1973.
Animafest, the World Festival of Animated Films, takes place every even-numbered year, and the Music Biennale, the international festival of avant-garde music, every odd-numbered year. It also hosts the annual ZagrebDox documentary film festival. The Festival of the Zagreb Philharmonic and the flowers exhibition Floraart (end of May or beginning of June), the Old-timer Rally annual events. In the summer, theater performances and concerts, mostly in the Upper Town, are organized either indoors or outdoors. The stage on Opatovina hosts the Zagreb Histrionic Summer theater events.
Zagreb is also the host of Zagrebfest, the oldest Croatian pop-music festival, as well as of several traditional international sports events and tournaments. The Day of the City of Zagreb on 16 November is celebrated every year with special festivities, especially on the Jarun lake in the southwestern part of the city.
Bars and pubs
Many bars are located around Flover square (Cvjetni trg), the main square (Trg Bana Josipa Jelačića), Preradovićeva, Tkalčićeva, Radićeva, Bogovićeva, and Gajeva streets.
- Booksa, Martićeva 14d. A cafe/bookshop/library famous with local young intelectuals.
- Harlekin, Tkalčićeva 50, . 9AM- 02 a.m.. Cozy atmosphere, excellent English, free Wi-Fi, delicious drinks, very reasonable prices, great coffee, DJ or live music on weekends.
- Cica, Tkalčićeva. Bar mostly known for its great and varied choice of the local schnappses (rakija). Interesting always changing, gallery-like interior. The whole bar is small but offers outdoor seating. Very popular and crowded, brimming with young business and student clientele.
- Funk club, Tkalčićeva 52, . 11AM- 02 a.m.. Cafe / bar that offers various music night programmes in the basement (mostly alternative, dj-s, world music) and spacial backpacker evenings. Very good atmosphere, lots of character, cheap and tasty Rakija shoots and excellent electronic music: funky, electro, jazz, d'n'b, house, dubstep.
- Golf, Preradovićeva. Until 2AM. Popular golf-themed cafe/bar.
- KIC, Preradovićeva. Offers free internet and cheap international call center. Hosts a cinema with various alternative movies.
- Kino Grič, Jurišićeva. Newly re-decorated old cinema. Hosts movies, festivals, music nights and Zagreb's hipster crowd.
- Krivi Put (Wrong Way), Savska 14.
- Mali Medo, Tkalčićeva. Offers a good choice of local beer and food. Indoors smoking prohibited. Has a terrace facing Tkalčićeva street.
- Melin, Tkalčićeva. A cheap bar brimming with young people and students. Offers indoors, a roofed terraced leveled seating and an open terrace facing Tkalčićeva street. Known for crowds of people often drinking even around the bar, in the park and playground in front of it.
- Oliver Twist, Tkalčićeva. A choice of good Irish beer with a great atmosphere. Big summer terrace in front.
- Pivnica Medvedgrad.
- Bar Plan B, Tkalčićeva 84, . A cafe/wine bar/sports bar. Attracts a mix of locals and tourists. You can expect music from every genre, and decade, from Jazz to Alternative/Indie.
- Portal, Tkalčićeva. Next to Melin, offers same service, the Portal and Melin crowds often mix at the outdoors terraces.
- Purgeraj, Park Ribnjak. A bar/club located in the Ribnjak park in the city center. Offers mostly rock, blues and alternative music. Daily happy hour when you get two drinks for the price of one. Sometimes hosts concerts. Popular with student crowd esp on Thursdays when it hosts the newly popular "take me out" evening offering a mix of indie and alternative music. In the summer, outside Purgeraj, in the Ribnjak park there are live concerts and various workshops offering summer fun under the name 'Park In Zagreb'.
- Tolkien's House, Opatovina. A small fantasy cafe/bar for Tolkien lovers. Offers a variety of beers, cider and hot drinks.
- Aquarius, Aleja Matije Ljubeka bb (Jarun Lake). Saturday night is drum'n'bass & dancehall music, Friday is hip-hop/r'n'b night. Good concerts.
- BP Club, Nikole Tesle 7, . Open daily from 10PM to 2AM.Jazz and blues lovers should check it out.
- Funk club, Tkalčićeva 52, . 11AM-2AM. Very good atmosphere, lots of character, cheap and tasty Rakija shoots and excellent electronic music: funky, electro, jazz, d'n'b, house, dubstep!
- Jabuka, Jabukovac 28, . Cult club for alternative, punk music. Cheap drinks opened on weekends, often concerts of alternative bands. Mostly visited on weekends, especially Fridays. Admission fee: 25 Kn.
- KSET, Unska 3. A popular student club. Offers various indie and alternative programmes every night of the week. Indoors smoking prohibited. Serves only beer and non alcoholic drinks. Entrance prices from 10kn (students) to 45/60kn for concerts.
- Medika, Pierottijeva 11. A local alternative club/legalized squat usually loaded with people during weekends, playing various music genres until the early morning. Best Croatian beers for 10 HRK.
- Močvara, Prisavlje. A local alternative club (rock, punk, metal, indie)with various concerts and theme nights/programmes. Sometimes hosts festivals, young indie talent concerts, movie nights, exhibitions etc.
- SAX! - Klub hrvatskih glazbenika, Palmotićeva 22/2, . A great place to enjoy live music of a wide array of styles including blues, jazz, rock and pop.
- Sirup, Donje Svetice 40. Interesting interior and atmosphere. Good electronic music. A bit expensive entrance fees, but worth seeing.
- The Best, Jarunska 5 (out near the Jarun Lake complex), .Largest club in Zagreb. Mainly dance style music.
- The Jazz Club. Open daily. Jazz, blues, and funk bands, often from other countries.
Things to know
Reading and Speaking
Croatian children start learning a foreign language in primary school, and for the majority it is English, so younger people can usually speak the language well enough, and many older people know some. You may also try German or Italian, as both are popular (for historical and cultural reasons).
It is also advisable to learn a some basic Croatian words and phrases - because Zagreb can be a vibrant, busy city, a few basic molim (please), hvala (thanks) oroprostite (excuse me, pardon me, I'm sorry) will go a long way to avoid being ignored by a busy local.
Visiting during summer
Summer time is traditionally time in Zagreb for maintenance and road repairs. If you visit Zagreb at that time, you should do some research on what streets are open and what aren't and also be prepared to get stuck in traffic jams during rush hours.
The University of Zagreb combined with the Croatian Heritage Foundation Matica Hrvatska offers comprehensive Croatian language courses for foreigners. The courses occur in the fall and spring semesters along with an intensive one month course in July. All courses cost around €600. More information can be found by visiting the University's website.
Many universities in Croatia accept a small group as international students every year, who stay in dorms and learn Croatian.
FER (Fakultet elektrotehnike i računarstva, trans. Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing) is a globally-appreciated school of computer related learning. It is part of the University of Zagreb and accepts around ten international students a year.
For creative types, Croatia is occupied by some street performers and many stands selling jewelery or other hand-crafted products, so the populace has an open mind to casually buying things from an interesting stand near the main square or dropping a few coins into a musician's case.
Safety in Zagreb
As other cities in Croatia, Zagreb is very safe, but just as anywhere else dark alleys, parks during the night, etc. should generally be avoided, and common sense should be followed. The chance of getting in trouble in Zagreb is fairly low, especially in the center where most of the hotels and restaurants are located, and for foreigners who are in general respected and welcome. Visitors soon realize that Zagreb is way safer than the vast majority of other European capitals such as London, Paris, Vienna, Rome, Budapest, etc.
Pickpocketing isn't a particularly common occurrence in Zagreb, but you might be approached by beggars and similar people on the street - ignore them and they will go away.
Also, outbursts of homophobic behaviour have been known to occur, so it is advisable for homosexual couples not to show affection when near large groups of bald people or people that look like football hooligans. A lesbian couple from UK was assaulted by an angry passenger in a tram, and they suffered minor injuries, and the perpetrator was apprehended by the police. Watch out for aggressive people like that one.
Park Ribnjak, located very close to the city centre, is safe during daytime and worth visiting, especially for children. However, it has recently become a night-time meeting place of alternative youngsters, and subculture violence involving "skinheads" and similar violent young people has occasionally occurred. It's best to steer clear of Ribnjak after dark, which shouldn't be a problem because of a lack of interesting content for most tourists anyway.
Further, if you are going out at night (especially on weekends) steer clear of any drunk and rowdy groups of young people you might encounter in the street or night trams as random beatings have been known to occur. It is not uncommon for such groups to start unprovoked attacks on passersby, although they target mainly younger crowd and teenagers. These are not common but they do happen occasionally, and people have been killed by such attacks in the past, so take precautions. It is advisable for men not to wear overly pink clothes.
Avoid clubs which play what is known in Croatia as "Turbo-folk" music. These clubs are often featured in the local newspapers as violence erupts in them quite easily.
Also, avoid strip clubs at all costs. Zagreb is not famous for such clubs and they are rare, however most of them are often run by very shady characters, and often overcharge their guests. Recent cases include foreigners that were charged €2000 for a bottle of champagne. These clubs overcharge their customers to the extreme, and their bouncers will not have any mercy if you tell them you are unable to pay. You will soon find yourself in a local hospital. This not only applies to strip clubs in Zagreb, but also all over Croatia.