Zagreb is the capital city of a small country in Europe called Croatia formerly part if Yugoslavia. This city is often overlooked by travelers for more seaside cities like Dubrovnik. But it is a mistake on the travelers side overlooking such an incredible city with rich culture. In this article we aim to share the Zagreb Ultimate Travel Guide should you ever find yourself there.
Zagreb is a city with lots to love; friendly people ✔ greenery ✔ metropolitan city ✔ and good weather ✔. It has lots to offer an avid traveler like myself, fast paced on one side and slow-paced on another. In this article I will share all the places I was able to visit in day. If you read my April 2018 Highlights or even Take Twelve Trips Zagreb Highlights you will know I was there on business. Never one to waste an opportunity I flew there on Saturday before work on Monday so I could explore the city freely. Whenever I travel for business I am always stuck indoors the entire time, so I opted to arrive earlier.
Zagreb Ultimate Travel Guide
Zagreb is located on the southwest part of the country and only 140km away from Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana. Making it a person location for travellers wanting to explore neighbouring countries or cities. I would recommend visiting Ljubljana then drifting off to Bologna in Italy making it a perfect itinerary. But for this occasion I opted to stick to one country and city and here are the places I managed to explore.
St Mark’s Square
Sat in the middle of the square is St Mark’s church which dates back from the 13th century. Tourists travel from far places to come and catch a glimpse of the impressive design of the church’s roof. The square is also where Parliament, Constitutional court and the Government buildings are located.
This is Zagreb’s biggest farmers market, the various displays of fruits and vegetables makes it a colourful market. The market is considered the social glue of Zagreb’s people, produce comes from all over the country. Back in 1930, the now farmer’s market was a residential area and not much was put into the market. But over the years it has become the belly of the city, a place to socialize and gastronomic heaven.
Croatian National Theatre
Walking from the Westin hotel towards the main square is an incredible Architectural building. This impressive building is the Croatian National Theatre, a theatre, opera and ballet house 3-in-1. I was so taken in by the structure, I sat at the nearby restaurant and stared at it from a distance.
Zagreb Botanical Gardens
Located in downtown Zagreb and founded in 1889, it is such an incredible place to explore. After I had walked in 30 degree sun I was looking for shelter and the gardens provided that. The little spring near the entrance was enchanting and very refreshing to sit close to. I highly recommend a visit to the gardens, so many species of flowers to behold.
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Built around the 13th century, the present day cathedral looks Neo-Gothic but it has undergone several transformations. The cathedral is centrally located, a few minutes walk from Dolac and 10 minutes from St Mark’s square.
Located just outside the city and a newly renovated zoo, Maksmir is an incredible place to visit. I definitely found myself relaxing and even opted to switch off all my devices for some peace. It is oldest public park in Zagreb, was founded in 1787 and at the time largest in the South-Eastern Europe.
Academy of Music
At first glance I had no clue what the odd structure near the national theatre was but it was captivating. The academy is home to over 500 students and is the oldest and largest music school in Croatia. It is definitely something to behold when visiting the city of Zagreb.
Zagreb is an unsuspecting city, I had no expectations but I definitely loved every minute of it. I can not recommend it enough.