Zagreb

Zagreb

Home to a staggering population of nearly 800,000 residents, the city of Zagreb stretches from the southern slopes of Mountain Mevednica right across the River Sava. What started out as two modest hilltop settlements is now a bustling city which serves as the capital of Croatia and is widely renowened for its sophisticated imperial architecture and vibrant cultural scene, leading some to call it “miniature Vienna”.

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Another testament to the splendor of bygone eras is certainly Zagreb’s most esteemed landmark, the monumental Zagreb Cathedral – a 19th century Neo-Gothic edifice which dominates the skyline with its striking limestone towers. The inside of this wondrous piece of art, covered in carefully-crafted white and grey stonework, is resplendent with baroque furnishings and decor, and also houses the tomb of the late Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac. Visitors who are interested in sacramental architecture are also invited to stroll along the charming Kamenita Street and pray at a quiant shrine devoted to Virgin Mary, nestled under the arch of the famous Stone Gate. Now recognized as one of the most iconic historical sights in Zagreb, the Stone Gate is in fact a landmark with a turbulent history. On 31st of May 1731, a fire destroyed much of Gradec, burning all the houses to the ground. At that time, the Gates displayed a painting of the Mother of God, which was miraculously left unscathed by the great fire. To commemorate the event, grateful citizens built a chapel within the arch of the old Stone Gate. The chapel, which still houses the painting of the Mother of God, has since become Zagreb’s biggest shrine and is regularly visited by people who come to light a candle and thank the Lady for protecting them.
Out of the more recent tourist attractions that Zagreb has to offer, one can single out an ingenious art installation starting in Bogovićeva street, called Nine Views. While most people are baffled as to what the statue Prizemljeno Sunce (The Grounded Sun) stands for, prompting them to leave plain scribbles on it, this quirky statue actually represents the Sun scaled down, with many planets that orbit it situated all over Zagreb at a distance that is in scale with the respective distances between the actual heavenly bodies.
Those who wish to spontaneously explore all the local marvels can always start at the Ban Jelačić Square, Zagreb’s main square, dominated by the statue of Ban Josip Jelačić, one of the central figures of 19th century Croatia. Considered to be Zagreb’s beating heart, this is the ideal starting point of your hunt for lovely nearby cafés from which you can observe the iconic local trams as they zip along a city bustling with grand promenades, majestic manors, state-of-the-art museums, charming galleries and beautifully landscaped parks reminiscent of the Habsburg era. Aside from riding the tram, one can also hop into the Zagreb funicular, the world’s shortest public transport funicular, boarding at Tomićeva Street and leading those that are heavy on their feet to the magnificent historic district of Gornji Grad.

Zagreb Tours

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    All 8 Croatian National Parks

    Escorted Tours

    The day is reserved for a boat ride in the Kornati National Park, which is often mentioned as "a nautical paradise" in tourist publications. In reality is a "slalom" sailing through the 89 unforgettable islands, islets and reefs in the…

      Croatian Movie and TV serial tour

      Escorted Tours

      Zagreb was a stage for many movies and Tv series in the last 40 years. Most popular ones are: The Trial (Orson Welles), Fiddler on the Roof (3 Oscars), Sophie's Choice (Meryl Streep, Oscar for best female role), Armour of God…

        Highlights of Croatia and Slovenia

        Escorted Tours

        Travel to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, and take a walking tour. See the sights of the old city center, including the picturesque open-air Central Market, Three Bridges, Baroque Town Hall, and Robba Fountain. Then continue the drive to Zagreb,…

          UNESCO CROATIA

          Escorted Tours

          NP Paklenica has been on UNESCO list since 2017. This successful expansion is related to the tree’s flexibility and tolerance of different climatic, geographical and physical conditions. This transboundary site encompasses the isolated refuge areas from which the European beech…