Croatian capital of Zagreb, is full of lovely churches, museums and art galleries. Once two towns, the city is divided into upper and lower areas, each with its own distinctive character.
We’ve spent 24 hours in Zagreb in the height of summer. With just one day to see the city, this is what you can see!
BAN JELAČIĆ SQUARE
With its winding, cobbled streets, Gornji Grad, the upper town is clearly the oldest part of the city. Our hotel was just off Ban Jelačić Square, the central square in Zagreb. The name celebrates Josip Jelačić, a Croatian Count from the 19th century and national hero. It’s the main meeting point in Zagreb, a hub for trams (including to and from the train station and bus station) and a good place to start exploring the city.
Built in 1217 but remodelled over the years, the cathedral has a stately neo-Gothic facade and twin steeples that were added in the 1880s. It’s the tallest building in Croatia. If you have enough time, definitely go in. Inside it is breathtaking.
LOVE LOCKS ON THE UPPER TOWN
If you want to lock your love in Zagreb, or simply gaze at hundreds of other locked-loves head over to Museum of Modern Art in Upper Town. There in front of it, you’ll see this art installation, getting richer every day with a variety of multi-coloured, unusual and funny padlocks of locals and tourists.
THE MUSEUM OF BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS
The Museum of broken relationships is located in the beautiful baroque Kulmer palace in the Upper Town. If you have time to visit one museum only, it should be this one. You’ll spend about 30-40 mins in there, but it will definitely be an emotional journey around the world through a lot of funny, sad, ridiculous, unbelivable break-up stories.
Zagreb loves outdoor eating and drinking and this street has something for everyone. It’s worth a stroll, stopping for any food/beverage that takes your fancy.
NOT TO MISS:
St. Mark’s Church: Famous for the southern rooftop designs of colored tiles, which represent 2 coats of arms. One is of Zagreb, and another is of the Kingdom of Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia.
Funicular Railway: This short journey links lower town with upper town and takes about it minute. Stroll around there, and enjoy the red rooftop views of Zagreb.
Have you been to Zagreb? What have we missed? Comment below.