Introducing the city

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3 * Hotel p/n £46.58 | 416.88 kn

One-way ticket £1.12 | 10.00 kn

Beer £1.56 | 14.00 kn

Main Course £5.03 | 45.00 kn

About Zagreb

Whilst its more glamourous coastal peers like Split and Dubrovnik have often taken the tourist limelight, Zagreb is the city that has come out of the shadows as the next big travel destination.

Croatia is one of Europe's youngest countries, adopting its constitution in 1990 before becoming internationally recognised in 1992. But don’t let its apparent youth fool you.

Zagreb, the country’s capital, has a rich history, intriguing culture, and boasts beautiful and unspoilt architecture. Add its growing reputation as the best place for 24-hour café and music culture – highlighted by events like the hugely popular InMusic Festival – and we’re sold.

Now very much a destination in its own right, Zagreb is a city well worth discovering – before everyone else cottons on.

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When Should You Visit?

The best time to travel to Croatia largely depends on your priorities and budget, but we recommend spring and early autumn, when you can get pleasantly warm temperatures whilst avoiding throngs of tourists.

Zagreb is both Mediterranean and continental, so it enjoys hot summers and cold winters. Temperatures can easily reach 34 degrees Celsius at the height of summer, and drop below freezing in winter, so it’s advisable to check temperatures before you visit and prepare accordingly.

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Travioor top tips

Sljeme
Cemetery
Explore

Insider Info

  • If you head to Medvednica Mountain (and you really should, it’s beautiful), you can walk or drive to the range’s highest peak, Sljeme, where you will find unparalleled views of the city and surrounding region.

  • Admire the tranquil beauty of the Mirogoj Cemetery, whose meticulously crafted architecture makes it one of the most stunning in Europe. There’s also a beautiful park and art gallery located within the grounds.

  • Explore, wander and grab a coffee (or something stronger) in the Ban Jelacic Square. A popular meeting space for the people of Zagreb, it also features a broad range of architectural styles, such as classicism, secession and modernism.

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Food and drink

Main Course £5.03 | 45.00 kn

3-Course Meal £22.35 | 200.00 kn

Cappuccino £1.15 | 10.31 kn

Beer £1.56 | 14.00 kn

The Scene

There are countless exciting dishes to try within traditional Croatian cuisine. For example, zagrebački odrezak (veal steaks stuffed with ham and cheese and grilled with breadcrumbs) are an absolute must-try. Janjetina (roasted lamb garnished with mouth-watering Mediterranean herbs) is also one of our firm favourites. Be sure to drink a glass (or two) of rajika, a strong alcoholic wine that has an enduring popularity throughout Croatia.

The best way to get to grips with Zagreb’s food and drink is to hit the market square and follow your nose. But if you want a bit more guidance, we recommend Lari & Penati for simple and delicious gourmet dishes, Pauza for a traditional and homely lunch in the downtown area of the city, and RougeMarin for quite possibly the best burger in Zagreb.

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History

Zagreb’s Story

The Zagreb we know today originally grew from two medieval settlements that for centuries developed on neighbouring hills. The first written mention of the city was in 1094.

During the Turkish offensives on Europe, between the 14th and 18th centuries, Zagreb acted as an important border fortress. But it was in the Baroque period that the city began to resemble the place we know it as today.

The old wooden houses were brought down to make space for opulent palaces, monasteries and churches. The city grew in wealth and identity and steadily developed into the administrative, cultural and economic centre of Croatia. This development continued even more rapidly when the surrounding settlements of Kaptol and Gradec were administratively combined into the integrated city of Zagreb in 1850.

In recent years, the city has sustained its steady evolution and developed firm links with all the central European hubs of industry and culture.

Language

Bok | Hello
Hvala | Thank you

Croatian

The official language of Zagreb is Croatian, a South Slavic language which is used primarily by the inhabitants of Croatia as well as Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina. German and English are the most common second languages, whilst French, Italian, Czech and Hungarian are also widely spoken. Here are some basic phrases to get you started:

  • Goodbye (more formal): Dovidenja
  • How are you?: Kako ste?
  • Please: Molim
  • Excuse me: Oprostite

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Need to know

+385 Dialling Code
112 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • For the fire brigade, call 193.
  • Be prepared to hear a loud explosion daily at noon in the city centre, when a cannon is fired from the Lotrščak Tower, located in the old part of town.
  • The best way to discover the city is on foot, but we also recommend renting a bike as a fun way to explore.
  • Zagreb Airport is within easy reach of the city centre, taking just 30 minutes. The best way to make this journey is by bus, but there are also plenty of taxis as well as rental car options.

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Croatia here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Museum

Dedicated to the trinkets kept when a relationship ends, it’s well worth visiting the Museum of Broken Relationships.

2. Dolac Market

Zagreb is a city with a thriving market culture. There are plenty to enjoy, but the Dolac Market is a favourite with locals and tourists alike.

3. Medvednica

Hit the slopes or take a hike at the nearby Medvednica mountain ski resort, just a 20 minute car ride from the city centre.

4. City Square

Grab lunch and do a spot of people-watching on the Petar Preradović square, known lovingly as Cvjetni trg (the Flower Square) by locals, thanks to its famous flower stands.

5. Jarun Lake

Devote some time to the Jarun Lake, the most popular sports and leisure centre in Zagreb. You can row, paddle, sail, surf, swim, jog, bike, and more.


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