Exploring every corner and nook of Zagreb is best done by foot! No worries of not knowing what transportation to take to get to the city’s attractions as many of its religious architectures, monuments, and park are situated in proximity with one another.
The attractions of this Croatian capital are spread around its two main areas: the Gornji Grad and the Donji Grad, or the Upper and Lower Town, respectively. Most landmarks found in the Gornji Grad are cinemas, theaters, churches, restaurants, monuments, and other historical structures; while those found in the Donji Grad are mostly parks, museums, architectural monuments, and a number of shopping centers.
Below are some landmarks not to miss in this magnificent city:
St. Mark’s Church
Trg Svetog Marka 5, Gradec, Croatia
+385 1 485 16 11
With its checkered-designed roof, it’s just hard to miss St. Mark’s church. Featuring the coats of arms of the country as well as of Savonia, Dalmatia, and the city of Zagreb, the church dates back in the 11th century. Although the church has already undergone several renovations and improvements, its Gothic doorway and Romanesque window remain to be its highlights.
Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Kaptol 31, Zagreb 10000, Croatia
+385 1 481 47 27
Locally called Katedrala Marijina Uznesenja, the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was used to be the St. Stephen’s Cathedral. It is the most visited attraction in the city mainly for its twin spires that have been attracting many tourists coming from various places.
Mirogoj bb, Zagreb 10000, Croatia
Although located a little away from the heart of the city, the Mirogoj Cemetery is easily accessible by any public transport. This Hermann Bollé-designed cemetery has often been described by many visitors to be ‘heavenly’, and thus makes it among the 10 most beautiful cemeteries in Europe. Unlike other cemeteries, Mirogoj Cemetery does not appear spooky. Instead, its look – with its walls covered with vines, chapels and arcades – will remind you of castles during the neo-Renaissance period.
Trg Bana Jelacica
City Centre, Upper Town, Zagreb, Croatia
Known in English as the Jelacic Square, the Trg Bana Jelacica is Zagreb’s central square. It marks the intersection of many streets in the city including, Radićeva and Illica. The square is best to be for those exploring the city on foot as it also serves as a pedestrian zone – meaning, no vehicles are allowed to be inside the area.
The Jarun Lake is a man-made lake stretching 4km to the southwest of the city center. A great vacation destination in the city, the lake has many facilities and amenities that everyone can enjoy. It has bars, cafes, restaurants, bike paths, and more. Every summer, the lake gets quite crowded with locals and tourists alike. During this time, the nightlife gets more alive. To get to the lake, tram #17 is to be taken from the Jelacic Square.