Maribor is an excellent starting point for a visit to Zagreb, since the two cities are just 111 kilometres apart. If you prefer the freedom to travel at your own pace, you can hire a car to reach Zagreb. There is also a good rail connection, with tickets costing €21 one-way and €33.60 return. Allow at least an hour and a half to reach Zagreb by train.
Zagreb's public transport network makes it a fantastic city to explore. Buses and trams provide a cheap and rapid way to get around, and guided bicycle tours of the city are available for more active visitors. We also recommend getting a Zagreb Card on your arrival. This entitles you to free use of buses and trams in Zone 1, free use of the cable car and funicular, a 50% discount on admission to museums and the zoo, and numerous other benefits. The Zagreb Card is valid for 24 hours (€7.90) or 72 hours (€11.80).
The good thing about capital cities is that they always offer a wide choice of sights and attractions, and Zagreb is no exception. Zagreb offers plenty for the curious.
You can visit Zagreb alone, with a partner, with your family or in a group, and you will always find an activity to suit you. Satisfy your artistic cravings with a theatre or opera performance, give your curiosity free rein in the city's museums, treat yourself to a glass of good wine and enjoy excellent cuisine. Or simply stroll through the city parks and green areas and enjoy the vibrant buzz of Zagreb's streets. You can even visit the zoo.
- Ban Jelačić Square – The best place to start exploring Zagreb is right here in Ban Jelačić Square. You will recognise it by its fountain and the enormous equestrian statue of Ban Jelačić.
- Zagreb Cathedral – The cathedral can accommodate a congregation of 5,000 and is the largest and tallest building in Croatia even today. Having been damaged and rebuilt several times over the course of its history, the cathedral owes its current neo-Gothic appearance to the famous architect Hermann Bollé.
- Funicular to Gradec/Gornji Grad – You will not see the true Zagreb until you have climbed up to Gornji Grad (Upper Town). Admire the panoramic views over the tiled roofs of the city and let your imagine run free. Stroll along the famous Strossmayer Promenade – but watch out when the clocks strike noon.
- Markets – You cannot visit Zagreb without seeing at least one of its markets. The best atmosphere is to be found at the Dolac farmers's market, where loud-voiced stallholders shelter beneath traditional Šestine umbrellas, a miniature version of which forms part of the traditional costume of Zagreb.
- The Stone Gate – The only surviving remnant of the walls that surrounded Zagreb during the Middle Ages. This is also the location of the shrine of Our Lady of the Stone Gate, the patron saint of Zagreb.
- St Mark's Square – This charming square (Markov trg in Croatian) is the site of St Mark's Church, with its distinctive colourful roof featuring the coats of arms of the city of Zagreb and the Triune Kingdom of Croatia, Slavonia, and Dalmatia.
- Mirogoj Cemetery – Lovers of architecture should not forget to visit this remarkable work by Hermann Bollé. One of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe, it is a veritable open-air art gallery.
- Jarun City Beach – Summer is the best time to visit Zagreb's city beach, part of the Jarun sports and recreation centre. The centre was built for the World Student Games in 1987.
- Sljeme Ski Resort – Croatia may not be particularly famous for its ski resorts, but the World Cup events at Sljeme have placed Zagreb firmly on the map of world skiing destinations.
- Zoo – Round off a family trip to Zagreb with a visit to the wonderful zoo – the children will love it.
- Plitvice National Park – When you have had enough of Zagreb, why not take a day trip to the Plitvice National Park. You will be enchanted by the beauty of the many lakes and waterfalls of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
” Zagreb offers plenty for the curious.