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Zagreb Travel guide

Zagreb is the capital city of Croatian and one of the most interesting and fascinating cities to visit in Europe. I have lived in Zagreb my whole life and every day you will find something interesting to do or some attraction to visit. To learn everything about Zagreb read below Zagreb Travel Guide.

Zagreb is often ignored or just a pass-through when going to the coast and cities such as Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar. There is much to do and see in Zagreb, but if you wish to feel and do as the locals do then just go and sit in the cafe and relax and feel the vibrant city energy around you and soak it all in.

Girl posing in front of Bandic fountains in Zagreb

Even if Croatia is known to be a more of an old-age country, Zagreb is the complete opposite, mainly because it is the business capital of Croatia and the university capital as well, therefore you will see a lot of young people on the streets having a good time.

What to expect in Zagreb

Language spoken in Zagreb

Croatian is the main language of Croatia, but people mostly talk fluent English, German and even Italian, so you won’t have any issues with communication.

Currency used in Zagreb

The main currency of Croatian is Kuna or Hrvatska kuna. You can easily change your money anywhere in the main city center or even around the city center.

Is Zagreb safe?

I can say that Croatia, in general, is one of the safest countries in Europe if not the world and Zagreb is no exception.

Credit cards and ATMs

It all depends on what you want to do. If you wish to go just for coffee and relax then I suggest that you bring cash since most of the bars and coffee shops will print the receipt before you say in which way you want to pay. But if you wish to go shopping and everything else you will have an easy time with the card, and most of the hotels accept cards as ways of payment.

Girl posing in reverse view booth in Zagreb
Girl posing in front of museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb

Getting around Zagreb

It is very easy to travel around Zagreb, it is a very walkable city, but also you can easily bike all over it.

There is a lot of walking tours that will not only lead you to the main attractions but to all the interesting side street that makes Zagreb very magical.

Taxi: Zagreb is a city where Uber, Bolt, and local city taxies are available, and they are cheap in comparison to other capital cities in Europe.

  • Where to Stay
  • Where to Eat
  • What to Do
Girl sitting in front of Croatian National Theater in Zagreb

Best Western Premier Hotel Astoria

One of the most recent 4-star hotels to be opened in Zagreb. Hotel Astoria is a premier hotel located just 5 minutes walking from the main train station and King Tomislav Square. Hotel Astoria is equipped with a modern bar that is perfect for either a morning coffee or an evening cocktail to close the night off. Check out the amazing Best Western Premier Hotel Astoria.

Location: Petrinjska ul. 71, 10000, Zagreb
Accommodation: Hotel
Price range: €87 +

Esplanade Zagreb Hotel

The most famous hotel in all of Zagreb, Esplanade is known for hosting all of the politicians and important business people if they are visiting Zagreb. Esplanade is located right next to the Main Train station, and if you are lucky, your room will be looking at it so you can enjoy the beautiful sight. It is also the oldest hotel in Zagreb, being opened in 1925 and one of a few to have a 5-star rating. Check out Esplanade Zagreb Hotel.

Location: Ul. Antuna Mihanovića 1, 10000, Zagreb
Accommodation: Hotel
Price range: €115 +

Outside of Hotel Esplanada in Zagreb
Esplanade Zagreb Hotel, photo from: booking.com

Hotel Dubrovnik

Next to Esplanade Hotel, Hotel Dubrovnik is the next most famous and oldest hotel in Zagreb, being opened in 1929 it is located right next to the Main Square and is very close to all the main attractions that you can visit by foot. Check out Hotel Dubrovnik.

Location: Gajeva ul. 1, 10000, Zagreb
Accommodation: Hotel
Price range: €105 +

DoubleTree by Hilton Zagreb

DoubleTree is located in the Zagreb’s business district, which is around 2 km from the Main bus station and around 10 minutes with public transportation to the city center. As you may know, DoubleTree is equipped with all the most modern appliances that one hotel can offer. Check out DoubleTree by Hilton Zagreb.

Location: Ul. grada Vukovara 269A, 10000, Zagreb
Accommodation: Hotel
Price range: €100 +

Girl eating cake in Zagreb

Here I will just mention a couple of restaurants, but if you wish to know more visit What to eat when in Zagreb for more details!

If you are not in a hotel with breakfast or are just bored with the same old regular food, this place will blow your mind. It has amazing fresh juice, amazing shakes, and an amazing breakfast you can find anything for everybody. Prices range from 20 kunas (2.5 Euros) to 86 kunas (11.5 Euros).

Location: Tomićeva ul. 5, 10000, Zagreb
Price range: €

If you love burgers and meat then this is the place for you. Slowly cooked BBQ smoked meat that melts in the mouth is amazing. It depends on what you want to eat but the prices mostly range from 45 kunas (6 Euros) to more.

Location: Ul. Jurja Žerjavića 19, 10000, Zagreb
Price range: €€

Decorated coffee in Zagreb

Noel is a recently opened restaurant that is located in the center of Zagreb. If you are looking for something a little bit more luxury to surprise your better half or just want to eat something different this is where you want to be. The Menus change from week to week, also keep in mind that it would be great to reserve a table before you go.

Location: Ul. popa Dukljanina 1, 10000, Zagreb
Price range: €€€

Girl posing while drinking coffee in Zagreb

An absolute winner of the deserts is Vincek, you will always see people there buying everything from Icecream to Kremšnite. Everything you try is a win and you can’t go wrong with anything. So enjoy and you are welcome.

Location: Ilica 18, 10000, Zagreb
Price range: €

Girl walking under the umbrellas in Zagreb

Visit the Square of Ban Josip Jelačić

The main square in Zagreb is a sight to see, with a huge horseman statute being in the center of the attractions, you can easily have a coffee there at the beautiful Sunday morning while the sun is shining on the city. The horseman sits there all the way back from 1866 when it way installed by Austrian sculptor Anton Dominik Fernkorn.

Girl drinking coffee at Ban Josip Jelacic square in Zagreb

Head up to the Old town

The old town or Upper town as some people are calling it to features one of the main attractions of the city, the St. Marks Church, but we will talk more about it a little bit down. The old town also features Štross, which is a park that is located above the city in which you can see the whole city from the ariel view and is also one of the most romantic spots in the city. There is a decent amount of museums there, but keep in mind that they are open mostly from 9.00 to 17.00 (5 pm).

Saint Marks Church

The most iconic church in all of Croatia, Saint Marks church was built in the 13-th century, with its colorful roof being constructed in 1880. The roof features embeds from Dalmatia and Slavonia on the left side, and the one of Zagreb on the right. The interior was designed and sculptured by one of Croatians most known sculptures Ivan Meštrović. You can go inside the church only in the Mass time.

Girl picking up flowers from flower tree in Zagreb
Girl posing in front of Croatian national theater in Zagreb

Dolac Market

Located right next to Ban Josip jelačić Square, Dolac Market is the oldest market in Zagreb and the most famous one, with all of the most famous nearby restaurants purchasing their ingredients there, but you can also purchase a lot of it there if you wish to cook by yourself.

Zagreb Cathedral

Zagreb Cathedral on the Kaptol is one of the cities main attractions and is featured on most of the most iconic pictures of the city. The Cathedral was built back in 1217 but it was destroyed by Mongols in 1242 until it was reconstructed around 1245 by bishop Timotej and it is standing there since. I can say that it has gotten a few retouches in my living in Zagreb, but know it is more beautiful than ever and it is one of the most iconic buildings in all of Zagreb.

Take a break at Zrinjevac

After a long day of exploring and visiting attractions, everybody needs to relax, and this is the perfect spot. The most loved and attractive park in Zagreb is located right next to the main square and you will always see young people there enjoying themselves with music and art.

Girl posing at Ilica street in Zagreb

Go shopping in Ilica street

One of the longest streets in Zagreb, it stretches 5.66 km long with most of the km being filled by shops and a paradise for everybody. You can find everything in Ilica from souvenirs to iconic ice-cream and chocolate, it is filled with everything and anything.

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