Zagreb

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Ban Jelačić Square

Zagreb is a city in Central Croatia and the capital of Croatia.

Understand[edit]

Zagreb is a vibrant city of around 800,000 people (metropolitan area: 1,200,000). The city boasts a charming medieval 'old city' with architecture and cobbled streets reminiscent of Vienna, Budapest, Prague and other Central-European capitals. In 2005 it was visited by over half a million tourists, mainly from Austria, Germany and Italy.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Zagreb International Airport (IATA: ZAG), is located 17 km south-east from the city center in the district of Pleso.

Neighboring airports in Rijeka, Ljubljana, Graz, Klagenfurt and Trieste are serviced by low-cost carriers and are often a viable alternative to travelling directly to Zagreb. EasyJet flies to Rijeka, Ljubljana and Ryan Air flies to Pula,Graz and Klagenfurt.

There is a bus link between the airport (Zračna luka) and the bus station (Autobusni kolodvor) in Zagreb. A single (one-way) ticket costs 30 kuna (~ €4.20). The bus leaves the airport at 7AM and every thirty minutes between 8AM and 8PM. Between the last regular bus at 8PM and the first one at 7AM the next morning, there is a bus leaving for the bus station every time a Croatia Airlines plane lands.

The bus line between the bus station and the airport is fairly simple, with buses every 30 minutes from 4:30AM until about 9PM (depending on the day). Full details are available in English from [1]. The buses are located at the edge (facing city center) of the bus station. You'll see "Croatia Airlines" and "Eurolines" written on that part of the building.

Zagreb airport transfer [2] has tariffs, service details and you can make bookings.

Car renting information [3].

By train[edit]

Glavni kolodvor - Zagreb's Main Railway Station

Zagreb is a railway hub which has direct services to major European cities such as Vienna (6 hours), Budapest (6.5 hours, one way approx. 9,000 HUF), Zurich, Munich, Salzburg, Ljubljana, Sarajevo (one-way ticket costs 59 BAM), Belgrade as well as domestic services to all major towns (except Dubrovnik). There is also an all-year-round overnight train (with sleeping compartments) between Zagreb and Split.

Rail travel times within Croatia have been made competitive with car travel in many instances with new 160 kph “tilting trains” connecting Zagreb with Split and other major cities in Croatia such as Varaždin, Osijek and Požega. If you make a reservation early enough you can get a substantial discount.

Tourists coming from or going to neighbouring capitals should note the following EuroCity and InterCity railway lines:

Most services are operated by the Croatian Railways, whose schedules are also available on the internet in English.

By car[edit]

Almost all highways (motorway; autocesta in Croatian) in Croatia start or end in Zagreb.

Travellers from Vienna can pass by Graz and Maribor and then take the A2 highway upon entering Croatia. Mind the toll in Slovenia.

Travellers from Budapest can pass by Székesfehérvár and then use the Croatian A4 motorway. It also connects Varaždin. You will have to pay toll from shortly after entering Croatia until shortly before reaching Zagreb.

Travellers heading from Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey can use the Croatian A3 motorway to reach Zagreb.

Travellers heading from Ljubljana can use the A3.

Travellers coming from the west - Italy, as well as Rijeka or Istria - can use the A7 motorway (near and bypassing Rijeka), A6 motorway (Rijeka-Bosiljevo) and then the A1 (Bosiljevo-Zagreb).

Those travelling from Italy can bypass the expensive motorway toll in Slovenia by using the state route SS21 through Trieste, route E61 through Slovenia (in a bad shape) and then A7 south to Rijeka, then Rijeka bypass, then A6 east to Bosiljevo and A1 northeast to Zagreb.

Travellers heading from the south - Dalmatian coast (Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik, ...) or from Montenegro - can use the A1 highway, often combined with the state roads D8 (by the coastline) and D1 (through the hinterland).

To use highways in Croatia you must pay a toll either in Croatian national currency, the Kuna, or in Euro. One may also pay by credit card- American Express, Diners, MasterCard, Maestro or Visa cards. A third option is to use the HAC Smart Card, which can reduce the cost of travelling on the Croatian highways by 10-25%. It is issued by Hrvatske Autoceste, but pays off only if travelling more than 500 km (that's a return trip Zagreb-Zadar or Zagreb-Serbia) or 250 km for a seasonal Smart Card (a return trip Zagreb-Rijeka or two return trips to Zagreb from Austrian border). You can find a toll calculator here (click Calculator on the left navigation bar).

By bus[edit]

The central bus station (Autobusni Kolodvor) is located to the south-east of the railway station - approximately 10 minutes walk, or 3 stops by tram (lines 2 and 6). Timetable information and prices can be found on the AKZ website [4].

Direct bus from Budapest, Hungary to Zagreb by Eurobusways.

Numerous Croatian and International coach operators maintain scheduled lines covering all major domestic and European cities, as far as London, Paris, Rotterdam and Amsterdam, numerous cities in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Hungary, many destinations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, and Macedonia.

Get around[edit]

Zagreb Tram

Zagreb has a well-developed and efficient public transport system that consists of trams, buses and trains. The tram network (route map) operates 24 hours a day - from 4AM to 12AM there are 15 "day-time lines" (tram lines 1-9, 11-15 and 17), and from 12AM to 4AM there are 4 "night" lines (tram lines 31-34) which cover most of the day-time lines on a reduced (around 30-40 minute) frequency. Occasionally, buses replace trams on night lines. Tram line 3 does not operate Saturdays, Sundays and on public holidays. There are maps of the tram lines on almost every stop, so if you know the nearest stop to your destination you can simply figure out the shortest trip while you're at the stop.

As for the buses, there are 113 day-time and 4 night lines. ZET buses cover the area outside the city center, as well as some neighboring towns that administratively belong to Zagreb county. The buses use the same ticketing system as the trams.

A historic funicular railway (uspinjača in Croatian), one of the steepest and shortest in the world, operates between the lower and upper towns with a travel time of just one minute. Monthly, daily as well as single tram/bus ticket can be used, otherwise there is a 4 kn ticket for a ride. The funicular operates every 10 minutes, for a fee of 20 kn (in addition to regular tickets for everyone on board) an immediate start can be purchased.

As of October 2013 (price list of 01-Oct-2013 in Croatian), the price of a single one-zone ticket valid for 1.5 hours is 10 Kuna (~ 1.3 €). The different prices when buying at the driver or the kiosk or using the electronic ticket (E-vrijednosna karta) habe been removed. The ticket can only be paid in the local currency Kuna. There is also a day ticket (dnevna karta), valid until 4 AM of the next day, available at 30 Kuna (~ 4 €). For longer stays there are tickets available for 3 (70 kn, ~ 9 €), 7 (150 kn, ~ 20 €), 15 (200 kn, ~ 26 €) and 30 days (400 kn, ~ 52 €). Buy a ticket and stamp it (insert it) in the little orange machine once you enter to validate. All single tickets are transfer tickets valid in multiple vehicles traveling in a single direction, so you won't need a new ticket when switching trams and/or buses. Tariff zone system exists, but only for townships and communities outside of Zagreb city limits, all trams are in zone 1, as well as buses in the City of Zagreb. If you plan on taking more than four rides, buy a daily ticket.

Trains operated by Croatian Railways (Hrvatske Željeznice) run every 15 minutes from east to west, connecting the suburbs of Zagreb with the central railway station. They are usually the quickest form of transport for those coming from the areas of Zagreb far from the railway station (Glavni kolodvor), or beyond the tram network.

Bicycle[edit]

Since 01-Jun-2013 there are automated public bicycle rental stations in Zagreb. It started with a three-month pilot period during which approx. 50 bikes were available at 6 stations in the city centre: at the main train station; in front of the Technical Museum at Savska Street; at the intersection of Petrinjska and Amruševa; at the intersection of Gundulićeva and Varšavska; in front of the National University Library; at Šubićeva Street at the green market on Kvaternik Square. The pilot was successful, three more stations have already been added, one of them in Novi Zagreb next to the Avenue Centar Mall at the tram/bus stop museum of contemparary art (muzej suvremene umjetnosti).

Payment can only be made with credit or debit cards from VISA, MasterCard und Diners, in addition a mobile phone (can also be foreign) is required. The registration at nextbike Zagreb is free, account activation requires transferral of 79 kn (~ 11 €), which can be completely be used for bike rental. As of September 2013 there are two tariffs: In the standard tariff, which does not cost a monthly fee, per day the first half hour is free of charge, then each started hour costs 8 kn (~ 1,30 €) up to a maximum of 5 hours (including the free first half hour), a longer rental costs a flat fee of 79 kn (~ 11 €) up to a total of 24 hours. Warning: If a bike is not returned to a station no longer than 24 hours after it was removed, a late fee of 750 kn (~ 110 €) is charged! The nextbike tariff costs a monthly fee of 20 kn (~ 3 €), for that on each rental process (even several times per day) the first 30 minutes are free, the next up to 4.5 hours are only 4 kn (~ 0,60 €) each, and the flat fee for rentals between 5 and 24 hours is reduced to 39 kn (~ 5,60 €). Even here if the bike isn't returned after no more than 24 hours the late fee of 750 kn (~ 110 €) is charged. A customer card for easier rental (instead of using a smartphone app or activation SMS) cost a one-time 20 kn (~3 €) fee.

Taxi[edit]

There are three taxi companies in Zagreb:

  • Radio Taxi Zagreb phone: 1777. Starting rates as of January 2012 are fixed at 9.90 kn (~1,25 €), the price per kilometer is 4.90 kn/km (~0.7 €/km), waiting by the hour is 40 kn/h (~5,5 €/h) and an additional fee for luggage is charged (3 kn per piece (0,4 € per piece of luggage)). Taxis are readily available at the Pleso international airport. Taxis are obliged to have their taxi-meter on and you won't fare well if you try to bargain.
  • Taxi Cammeo phone: 1212. Starting rate is HRK 15 (about €2) and includes 2 free kilometres. The price for every next kilometre is 5 HRK (€0,7). Due to regulations, they are not able to pick up customers at the Pleso Airport.
  • Ekotaxi phone: 060 77 77. Start 8.80 kn, 5 kn per kilometre.

Zagreb Card[edit]

Travelers who intend to visit many museums should consider buying the Zagreb Card. The card offers unlimited travel on public transport in Zagreb, discounts at virtually all of the city's museums, reduced prices at many restaurants, shops, and service providers and many other concessions. As of September 2013, it costs 60 kuna (approx. €8) for 24 hours or 90 kuna (approx. €12) for 72 hours from the date and time entered on the card. Holders of the card also receive a special booklet with a list of all of the establishments and the discounts available to them. The card can be purchased at any of Zagreb's Tourist Information Centers, at the reception desks of the majority of Zagreb's hotels, and ordered online (shipping cost is added).

See[edit]

The Upper and Lower Towns[edit]

Gornji grad, (Upper Town) and Donji grad (Lower Town) are the cultural, religious, and commercial hubs of Zagreb. These are where most of the restaurants, bars and tourist sights are located. The Upper Town, which is the medieval core of the city, developed as two separate (and often warring) towns - Kaptol, the seat of the Bishop (where the imposing Cathedral now stands), and Gradec, the free town where tradesmen and artisans lived (proclaimed by King Bela of Hungary in the 12th century) merged in the 1770s to form the northern section of historic Zagreb. Following this, the city expanded south of today's Trg Bana Josipa Jelačića (Jelačić Square) to the railway station and the Sava River.

  • Old Town Gateat the top of Radićeva street (Upper Town). now a shrine to virgin Mary - the "Kamenita vrata" where you can light a candle and, as the locals believe, your wish will be granted. Please be silent, even if just passing through the Gate. The portrait of Mary is said to be sacred, because it is the only thing that survived the large fire. Near the Old Town Gate is the sculpture of St. George having slain the dragon. The other statue, him fighting the dragon, is located on the Marshal Tito's Square near the Croatian National Theatre (roughly 1 km away).
  • Strossmayerovo šetalište. (eng. Strossmayer's walkway) In the summer, it is an outdoor scene for painters, musicians and other artists offering food, drinks, performances and concerts. Popular meeting place for all ages, with a great view of the Lower Town.
  • Prizemljeno sunce (The Grounded Sun), Bogovićeva street 6 (head south from the Ban Jelačić square to the Dubrovnik hotel, then turn right into the Bogovićeva street. You can't miss it.). Prizemljeno sunce by Ivan Kožarić is a 1971 sculpture, a 2 meter wide bronze sphere, which represents the scale model of the Sun, with 9 planets of the solar system in their scaled size compared to this Sun. Mercury is in Margaretska street, a couple of hundred meters to the west, turn right after reaching Cvjetni trg, you should see it on the wall to the right after passing a dozen or so meters. Venus is on the pole of the building with Hypo bank on the Ban Jelačić Square. Earth is in Varšavska street to the left. For other models, click the link of the sculpture above.

Parks[edit]

  • Maksimir Park & Zagreb Zoo (tram #7 if you are coming from the Central Bus Station or trams #11 and #12 from the main square or the #4 of your coming from the railway station). The biggest park in Zagreb. Great place to chill out, drink coffee, eat lunch (picnic or at the park's restaurant) or take nice long walks through the forest or by the small lakes. Good for joggers, cyclists, also child and dog friendly. Offers lake rowing. The 85-year old zoo has red pandas.

Other city parks are connected in the "Lenuci Horseshoe", an unfinished project of combining small green squares and parks at the core of the center of the town.

  • Zrinjevac Park (just south - east of the main square). the park of the Academy (connecting the Zrinjevac and Tomislav parks).
  • King Tomislav square (south of Zrinjevac, just outside the main Train Station).
  • Botanical Gardens (south of the K. Tomislav Square, near the Hotel Esplanade).
  • Mažuranić square.
  • Square of Maršal Tito (the green square surrounding the National Theatre).

Lakes[edit]

Zagreb has two very popular lakes:

  • Jarun (at the south part of the city. Tram #5 or #17). Jarun Lake is a recreational area based around a large lake where locals go to relax, exercise - and party! The centerpiece of the area is the actual lake itself, which is used for windsurfing and has a large rowing section with spectator stands. There are also shingle beaches surrounding the water, alongside which are several bars that get very busy during the weekends but are also nice for a sunny lunchtime snack. All the bars there are considered 'fancy' places and usually play commercial music.
  • Bundek. hosts horticultural shows, firework festivals, workshops, concerts and music festivals (mostly during the summer).

Museums[edit]

Most museums and historical sights close at 1PM on Sundays and do not reopen until Tuesday.

Mimara Museum
  • Muzej Mimara (Mimara Museum)Trg Franklina Delanoa Roosevelta 5, e-mail: . Tue-Wed,Fri-Sat 10AM-5PM; Thu 10AM-7PM; Sun 10AM-2PM. Houses some 3,700 works of art donated by Ante Topić Mimara. The collection comprises more than 1,500 exhibits dating from the prehistoric period up to the 20th century. Some of the most famous exhibits include works by Lorenzetti, Raffaello, Giorgione, Veronese, Caravaggio, Canaletto, 60 paintings by the Dutch masters Rembrandt, Van Goyen, Ruisdael, 50 works by the Flemish masters Van der Weyden, Bosch, Rubens, Van Dyck, more than 30 by the Spanish masters Velasquez, Murillo, Goya, some 20 paintings by the German masters Holbein, Liebermann, Leibl, some 30 paintings by the English painters Gainsborough, Turner, Bonington and more than 120 paintings by the French masters Georges de la Tour, Boucher, Chardin, Delacroix, Corot, Manet, Renoir, Degas.
Archaeological Museum
  • Arheološki Muzej (Archaeological Museum)Trg Nikole Šubića Zrinskog 19. Possesses over 400,000 objects, not all of them being exhibited. The holdings include evidence of Croatian presence in this area as well as rare samples which have made the museum known to the whole world. The most famous are the Egyptian collection, the Zagreb mummy and bandages with the oldest Etruscan inscription in the world (Liber Linteus Zagrabiensis), as well as the numismatic collection. A part of the museum is set aside for the collection of stone monuments dating back predominantly to the Roman period.
  • Klovićevi DvoriJezuitski trg 4. introduces Croatian and foreign cultural and artistic heritage.
  • Umjetnički Paviljon (Art Pavilion)Trg Kralja Tomislava 22. Designed by famous Viennese designers of theatres in Central Europe Hellmer and Fellmer. A neo-classical exhibition complex and one of the landmarks of the city center. The exhibitions are also held in the impressive Meštrović pavilion on Trg žrtava fašizma.
  • Museum of Broken Relationships (Muzej prekinutih veza)Sv. Ćirila i Metoda 2 +38514851021, e-mail: . every day from 9AM to 9PM (from October till May), during summer time from 9AM to 10:30PM (from June till September). What remains after a break-up? Museum's permanent display is an opportunity to experience a unique emotional journey through dozens of love leftovers collected from all around the world. Museum is also the winner of Kenneth Hudson Award 2011 for the most innovative museum in Europe. Admission fee: 25kn.

Mirogoj[edit]

Entrance to Mirogoj cemetery

Mirogoj is the central cemetery of Zagreb. It was opened in 1876 north of the city center. The mortuary, the impressive and picturesque arcades with the church of Christ the King (architect H. Bollé, 1883-1914) make it one of the most impressive cemeteries in the world. Here stand the tombs of notable personalities (including that of basketball hero Drazen Petrovic) who are relevant to Croatian history. To arrive from the central square, go to the nearby Cathedral and take bus number 106 (Kaptol - Mirogoj - Krematorij). The ride takes approximately 10 minutes. Note: the Croatian Day of the Dead is on November 1st. You may find the sight of hundreds of thousands of candles after nightfall impressive and worth seeing, but you may take note that on that day and a few preceding and following days the cemetery will be very busy and quite different from usual peaceful appearance; on those days buses to the cemetery are very frequent but crowded.

Medvednica and Medvedgrad[edit]

The imposing mountain overlooking Zagreb (Medvednica) contains a preserved fortress (Medvedgrad) and fascinating views of the city. Being respectful in the fort is a good idea, since it is the site of the Altar of the Homeland memorial, dedicated to Croatian soldiers who died in the Homeland war. There are several historical festivals during the year, including knights tournaments.

The gree jewel of a mountain Medvednica is over 1000m high covers a large area with many excellent hiking and biking routes. Since Zagreb is at roughly 120 m, it is quite a climb.

There are many small restaurants, mountain grills and cafes at the top of the mountain, open until early evening. In the early and late summer it can be crowded in places, especially on weekends.

It is possible to take the bus up to the top, Sljeme, from the end of the Tram system at Mihaljevac. This bus replaces the gondola, although there are allegations that this will eventually be rebuilt. The bus takes a circular route and comes back to the same place. It take about 30 minutes up, less coming down. Many other buses serve small villages at the foot of the mountain where the mountain paths start/stop.

Do[edit]

  • Snow Queen Trophy. Ladies Night Slalom : Zagreb is the only capital in the world that hosts a Ski World Cup race. The slalom event - known as the "Snow Queen Trophy" (Snježna kraljica) - usually takes place in January. It is the most expensive race on the women's world cup tour and an exceptionally popular sporting event in Croatia that attracts a crowd of around 25 thousand people. As of 2007 best skiers in men's competition are also expected to compete on Mount Sljeme that overlooks the city. If you fail to secure your ticket, you can watch the whole event on a giant screen in the Ban Jelačić Square.

Cinemas[edit]

  • Most English-language movies are subtitled, not dubbed; only children's movies are dubbed.
  • A ticket will cost you 20-33 HRK (2,7-€4,4)
  • About 30 HRK is the combined price of a medium popcorn and cola.
  • CineStar Zagreb. Branimirova 29; ticket reservation +385 1 46-86-600. A multiplex cinema (13 screens) in the vicinity of the Sheraton Hotel. The website is in Croatian, but can be understood using a Croatian-English online dictionary.
  • CineStar Novi Zagreb. Avenue Mall, Avenija Dubrovnik 16. A multiplex cinema (9 screens) in the vicinity of the Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • CineStar Arena IMAX (the only IMAX movie theatre in Croatia), Lanište 32 (west from Arena Zagreb). Located in a large mall.
  • Cineplexx Centar Kaptol +385 1 56-33-888. Nova Ves 11;. A multiplex cinema (5 screens) within the Kaptol Shopping Center situated to the north of the Cathedral.
  • Cineplexx City Center one East +385 1 563-2400. Slavonska Avenija 11D;. A multiplex cinema (7 screens) located on the east side of Zagreb.
  • Kino Europa, Varšavska 3. - this cinema is located in the city center.
  • Kino Croatia, Katančićeva 3; +385 1 48-13-711.
  • Kino Jadran, Ilica 42; 062-100-100 (within Croatia).
  • Kino Central, Petrinjska 4; 062-100-100 (within Croatia).
  • Kino Tuškanac. Showing much more than just European filmography, alternative and older films, sometimes for free, usually costs about 10 HRK (€1.50)

Learn[edit]

The University of Zagreb combined with the Croatian Heritage Foundation Matica Hrvatska offers comprehensive Croatian language courses for foreigners. The courses occur in the fall and spring semesters along with an intensive one month course in July. All courses cost around €600. More information can be found by visiting the University's website.

Many universities in Croatia accept a small group as international students every year, who stay in dorms and learn Croatian.

FER (Fakultet elektrotehnike i računarstva, trans. Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing) is a globally-appreciated school of computer related learning. It is part of the University of Zagreb and accepts around ten international students a year.

Work[edit]

For creative types, Croatia is occupied by some street performers and many stands selling jewelery or other hand-crafted products, so the populace has an open mind to casually buying things from an interesting stand near the main square or dropping a few coins into a musician's case.

Buy[edit]

There are many small grocery stores around Croatia such as Konzum and Diona. There you can buy most necessary foods, hygiene products and items like cigarettes and alcohol. If you have a more specific need (like appliances, cutlery) or wish to go bulk shopping then try one of the larger Konzums, Kaufland or Mercator. Bread in Croatia is sold unsliced and is generally inedible after the second day of life, so if you don't eat bread much then ask for half a loaf "pola". Most brands that you likely know from home, like Nutella or M&M's, can be found in the larger stores but are rather expensive. Trying a domestic alternative or knock-off is not a bad idea.

Zagreb also has designated areas, the singular being a "platz", where you can buy and barter for clothes and shoes as well as perfume, chocolate and souvenirs. Illegally imported cigarettes are also often sold for cheap there (because of high importation taxes).

Souvenirs[edit]

  • Turistički Informativni CentarTrg bana Josipa Jelačića 11 (in the central squar). Sells everything ranging from postcards and books to pottery and crystal
  • GEA GalleryRadićeva Street 35. a wide range of souvenirs that are handmade in Croatia and are very reasonably priced. Very knowledgeable staff.
  • MillenniumRadiceva 9 (off Jelacic square). Pottery, crystal, costume jewelery, and other gifts.

Foreign books[edit]

  • Profil MegastoreBogovićeva 7.

Eat[edit]

Tobacco smoking is banned in all enclosed public spaces, including restaurants and some (but not all) bars and cafes. The smaller bars / cafes could opt (and some did) to allow smoking.

Budget[edit]

There are many take out, pizza-cut, sandwich bars and fast foods around the city. Most are located in the city center (main square - Ban Jelačić and surrounding blocks). There are also food chains such as the "McDonald's", "Daily Fresh", "Mlinar", "Pan Pek", and the preferred "Dubravica". Sandwich prices around the city varies from 10 to 20 kuna. You can also find many kebabs and pancake-to-go places.

  • American DoughnutTeslina St. A sandwich bar that also serves salads and deserts.
  • Baschiera 2Selska cesta 215 (On the end of Savska street and beginning of Horvaćanski zavoj),  +385 1 3698-999. Pizza.
  • BonitaFlower Square. Popular sandwich bar that also serves pancakes and hot wine in the winter.
  • ColoniaBožidara Magovca 21 (In New Zagreb, in Mamutica),  +385 1 6698-153. Pizza.
  • GigiPetrovaradinska 39 +385 1 3885-092. Be sure to visit this pizzeria if you're going to the Jarun lake.
  • Koykan World FoodGajeva 8 (Go south from Trg Bana Josipa Jelačića square past the Dubrovnik hotel until you reach Gajeva street (Ulica Ljudevita Gaja Street=Gajeva Street)),  + 385 1 4827-223. Italian piadinas, Japanese teriyaki sticks, oriental wraps, Bubble tea from Taiwan and Japanese mochi cakes. 0-10USD.
  • MOCA. Newly open at the main square serves great and cheap fried, deep fried and baked potatoes with a large variety of dips for takeout. 10 kuna.
  • NocturnoSkalinska 4 (On Kaptol, between Tkalčićeva street and Cathedral),  +385 1 4813-394. Pizza.
  • NovaIlica 72/1. Vegetarian.
  • OlivaJarunska 5 (The Italian restaurant Oliva is located at the Jarun near the students` hall Stjepan Radic at the Eastern part of the volleyball center.),  01 3020 777, 3020 778, e-mail: . 11-24. Italian restaurant (pizza, pasta)
  • Pizza Cut DuckTeslina St. A pizza-slice bar that also serves fresh tortillas with veggie and/or meat filling.
  • PyrTeslina 13/1. Vegetarian.
  • Sandwich Bar PingvinNikole Tesle 10 (on one of the central streets, close to the Flower Square and Trg Ban Jelcica),  01 48 11 446. Classic sandwich bar with a wide menu and reasonably good mix of languages. One of the most popular dishes is the toplo/hladno (hot/cold), a grilled chicken and vegetables sandwich.
  • Stara SavaSavska cesta 208 (Close to rotor and Mladost sports center),  +385 1 3634-322. Arguably the best pizzeria in Zagreb.
  • VegeHopVlaška 79. Vegetarian.
  • ŽirafaMaksimirska cesta 64. Cheap Mexican food and drinks. Nice summer terrace.

Mid-range[edit]

  • CarambaFrankopanska 6. Mexican food.
  • Mali MedoTkalčićeva 36 +385 1 4929 613. Another traditional Croatian restaurant. Lively atmosphere, youthful clientele, and all very affordable. Excellent ćevapčići and gulaš, not to mention superb beer. Mains: 20-40 kuna.
  • ManzokuGajeva St. An excellent and so far only Japanese take-out in Zagreb. Tasty but rather expensive.
  • Mex CantinaSavska cesta 154 +385 1 6192-156. Mexican food. Good service, great food, on Mondays they offer live music by the best Croatian mariachi band, Los Caballeros starting at 9PM.
  • Pivnica MedvedgradSamoborska cesta 217, Božidara Adžije 16, Tkalčićeva 36. Great food and beer for reasonable prices. Make sure to try 'čvarkuša' (4 HRK). 500ml beer: 12 HRK.
  • Restaurant KvatricMaksimirska 9 +385 1 2330 070. Croatian restaurant with very nice food for a reasonable price. Has a nice terrance in the back garden. Close to tramstop 'Kvaternikov Trg'.

Splurge[edit]

  • BobanGajeva 9. Italian food.
  • FeniksJurisiceva 19 (5 minutes walk from the Zagreb's main square),  01/481 44 11. Mexican food.
  • Le BistroMihanovićeva 1 +385 1 45 66 666. Daily 8:30-23:00. A French restaurant within the Regent Esplanade Hotel..
  • PaninoNova Ves 11 (Centar Kaptol),  +385 1 46 69 013. Nice little restaurant with great service and wonderful food. If you are into French and Istrian style food you will probably love this place.
  • Restaurant SuhinaDr. F. Tuđmana 1, Orešje (near the Podsused bridge),  +385 44 1 33 71 562. An old family-run restaurant on the old Samobor road that offers a variety of roasted food.
  • SrčekoVinogradska 135 +385 1 373 10 07. M-Sa 12AM - 11PM, Su 12AM-6PM. A very romantic little restaurant.
  • TakenokoNova Ves 11, in Kaptol Centar Shopping Center (Centar Kaptol),  +385 1 48 60 530. Zagreb may not be synonymous with sushi restaurants, but this is one is superb. It is not cheap, but sushi they make is incredible.
  • Velika Klet Obitelji Bunčić20km from central Zagreb +385 1/ 2781-132 or 01/ 2781-133. A very popular place that offers Croatian cuisine, live music on weekends, a stable, fish pond and basketball courtyard.

Desserts[edit]

  • 100% juice barTkalčićeva 5 (in the center of Zagreb. Down some stairs - look for the small sign). Pricey but a good place to get a healthy snack or fruit smoothie.
  • Ivica and MaricaTkaličićeva. Offers traditional and diet, diabetic and organic cakes, ice creams and such.
  • SladoMazoZelinska 7. A pancake restaurant with a wide range of crazy both sweet and satly filling ideas.
  • The Cookie FactoryTkalčićeva 21 (Head north of the large clock on the Ban Jelačić square towards the Dolac market, and turn left before the stairs. Head into the Tkalčićeva street and when you see the statue of Marija Jurić Zagorka the Cookie Factory should be to your left. You'll notice it by the decorated outside with funny drawings.),  +38599 4949400. 9AM - 10PM. Homebaked American Sweets. Cookies, brownies and bars, krispy treats, muffins, cupcakes, banana breads, scones, cobblers, biscotti, top notch coffee, smoothies, cakes and pies.
  • Torte i ToNova Ves 11, second floor of the Kaptol Centar. A great little caffe offering the best cheese cake in town, and other great cakes
  • VincekIlica. Closed on Sundays.. The local, best known ice cream and cake palace in town center. Offers diet foods.

Konoba Didov San, Mletačka 11, Upper town, tel: 0038514851154, The best atmosphere restaurant in Zagreb with excellent food, unique menu, large portions and great location!!

Drink[edit]

Bars and pubs[edit]

Many bars are located around Flover square (Cvjetni trg), the main square (Trg Bana Josipa Jelačića), Preradovićeva, Tkalčićeva, Radićeva, Bogovićeva, and Gajeva streets.

  • BooksaMartićeva 14d. A cafe/bookshop/library famous with local young intelectuals.
  • HarlekinTkalčićeva 50 +385 99 3864 720. 9AM- 02 a.m.. Cozy atmosphere, excellent English, free Wi-Fi, delicious drinks, very reasonable prices, great coffee, DJ or live music on weekends.
  • CicaTkalčićeva. Bar mostly known for its great and varied choice of the local schnappses (rakija). Interesting always changing, gallery-like interior. The whole bar is small but offers outdoor seating. Very popular and crowded, brimming with young business and student clientele.
  • Funk clubTkalčićeva 52 +385 98 672 338. 11AM- 02 a.m.. Cafe / bar that offers various music night programmes in the basement (mostly alternative, dj-s, world music) and spacial backpacker evenings. Very good atmosphere, lots of character, cheap and tasty Rakija shoots and excellent electronic music: funky, electro, jazz, d'n'b, house, dubstep.
  • GolfPreradovićeva. Until 2AM. Popular golf-themed cafe/bar.
  • KICPreradovićeva. Offers free internet and cheap international call center. Hosts a cinema with various alternative movies.
  • Kino GričJurišićeva. Newly re-decorated old cinema. Hosts movies, festivals, music nights and Zagreb's hipster crowd.
  • Krivi Put (Wrong Way)Savska 14.
  • Mali MedoTkalčićeva. Offers a good choice of local beer and food. Indoors smoking prohibited. Has a terrace facing Tkalčićeva street.
  • MelinTkalčićeva. A cheap bar brimming with young people and students. Offers indoors, a roofed terraced leveled seating and an open terrace facing Tkalčićeva street. Known for crowds of people often drinking even around the bar, in the park and playground in front of it.
  • Oliver TwistTkalčićeva. A choice of good Irish beer with a great atmosphere. Big summer terrace in front.
  • Pivnica Medvedgrad.
  • Bar Plan BTkalčićeva 84 014811285. A cafe/wine bar/sports bar. Attracts a mix of locals and tourists. You can expect music from every genre, and decade, from Jazz to Alternative/Indie.
  • PortalTkalčićeva. Next to Melin, offers same service, the Portal and Melin crowds often mix at the outdoors terraces.
  • PurgerajPark Ribnjak. A bar/club located in the Ribnjak park in the city center. Offers mostly rock, blues and alternative music. Daily happy hour when you get two drinks for the price of one. Sometimes hosts concerts. Popular with student crowd esp on Thursdays when it hosts the newly popular "take me out" evening offering a mix of indie and alternative music. In the summer, outside Purgeraj, in the Ribnjak park there are live concerts and various workshops offering summer fun under the name 'Park In Zagreb'.
  • Tolkien's HouseOpatovina. A small fantasy cafe/bar for Tolkien lovers. Offers a variety of beers, cider and hot drinks.

Clubs[edit]

  • AquariusAleja Matije Ljubeka bb (Jarun Lake). Saturday night is drum'n'bass & dancehall music, Friday is hip-hop/r'n'b night. Good concerts.
  • BoogalooUlica Grada Vukovara 68 +385 1 6313 022. Good electronic music. A bit expensive but worth seeing. Bar, restaurant and disco.
  • BP ClubNikole Tesle 7 (+385-1) 481 44 44. Open daily from 10PM to 2AM. Jazz and blues lovers should check it out.
  • Funk clubTkalčićeva 52 +385 98 672 338. 11AM-2AM. Very good atmosphere, lots of character, cheap and tasty Rakija shoots and excellent electronic music: funky, electro, jazz, d'n'b, house, dubstep!
  • JabukaJabukovac 28 01/48 34 397. Cult club for alternative, punk music. Cheap drinks opened on weekends, often concerts of alternative bands. Mostly visited on weekends, especially Fridays. Admission fee: 25 Kn.
  • KSETUnska 3. A popular student club. Offers various indie and alternative programmes every night of the week. Indoors smoking prohibited. Serves only beer and non alcoholic drinks. Entrance prices from 10kn (students) to 45/60kn for concerts..
  • MedikaPierottijeva 11. A local alternative club/legalized squat usually loaded with people during weekends, playing various music genres until the early morning. Best Croatian beers for 10 HRK.
  • MočvaraPrisavlje. A local alternative club (rock, punk, metal, indie)with various concerts and theme nights/programmes. Sometimes hosts festivals, young indie talent concerts, movie nights, exhibitions etc.
  • SAX! - Klub hrvatskih glazbenikaPalmotićeva 22/2 (+385-1) 48 72 836. A great place to enjoy live music of a wide array of styles including blues, jazz, rock and pop.
  • SirupDonje Svetice 40. Interesting interior and atmosphere. Good electronic music. A bit expensive entrance fees, but worth seeing.
  • The BestJarunska 5 (out near the Jarun Lake complex),  +385 1 3011 943. Largest club in Zagreb. Mainly dance style music.
  • The Jazz Club. Open daily. Jazz, blues, and funk bands, often from other countries.

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

Hostels[edit]

  • All 4 seasons HostelGundulićeva 50, e-mail: . All 4 seasons is lovely, unusual and pretty much artistic apartment-hostel located just 10 minutes walking distance from the strict center of Zagreb and the Ban Josip Jelačić main city square. Dorm bed: €15 (115 kuna).
  • Buzz Hostel. Furnished with modern, ikea furniture. Also a location in Split. Dorm bed: 120 kuna.
  • Fulir Hostel Zagreb. 2 rooms, including a 12-bed dorm. Great place to meet people, but can be a wait to use the bathroom.
  • Funk LoungeIvana Rendića 28b (From main train station: Take a tram number 4 (direction Dubec), and get off on the 7th station (Masiceva). Continue along Maksimirska street until you see 'Dublin Pub' across the street on your left side, cross the street and go behind 'Dublin' on the right side in 15 story building. Just by Mlinar bakery and hair stylist is the entrance.),  +385 1 555 2707, e-mail: . Check-in: from 1PM, check-out: until 11AM. dorm from: €13, private from: €20.
  • Hobo Bear HostelMeduliceva 4. Check-in: 1400, check-out: 1100. A cozy hostel very near the town center. There is a basement hang out lounge with a TV, including cable and many DVDs, as well as free (fast) internet and computers. The staff is amazingly helpful and speak perfect English, the beds are comfortable and come with free linens and blankets, and there is also a well stocked kitchen facility. Dorm bed: 105 kuna.
  • Hostel LikaPašmanska 17. Small and cozy hostel a bit out of the city center. Dorm bed: 100 kuna.
  • Nokturno HostelSkalinska 2a. Free internet access, free linens and towels. Dorm bed: 130 kuna; Single: 200 kuna.
  • Logistics Youth CentreJakuševečka 87 00385 1 6626 035. Logistic youth center, also works as a regional information center. From the host, you can get complete information about everything that interests you. The space has 10 rooms, lobby with fireplace, dining room, kitchen and a cinema hall, where you can stream movies from your laptop. The most interesting part is the terrace with space for tents and 30 seats. Located further from downtown, but the center has its own bus which runs as needed. Parking for approximately 30 vehicles.
  • Old Town Zagreb HostelDordiceva 24 (Ulica Ignjata Dordica). Dorm bed: 100 kuna.
  • Palmers Lodge ZagrebBranimirova 25 (300m from the main train station, 700m from the main bus station.). Dorm bed: €15 (115 kuna).

Mid-range[edit]

  • Arcotel AllegraBranimirova 29 (300 meters from the central railway station (Glavni kolodvor)),  +385 1 46-96-000. 4-star hotel which is Zagreb's first "lifestyle" hotel. All rooms are spacious and air-conditioned and feature mini bar, safe, internet connection, bigscreen TV and DVD player. A very cool touch are the free apples supplied in your room in a very funky holder!
  • Panorama Hotel ZagrebTrg Kresimira Ćosića 9 (in the business district of Zagreb some 2.5 kilometers away from the central railway station (Glavni kolodvor)). 4-star hotel.
  • Hotel AristosCebini 33, Buzin (in the vicinity of the Zagreb airport at the southern gates of Zagreb, in the Buzin commercial center),  +385 1 66-95-900. 4-star hotel.
  • Hotel AsZelengaj 2A (2.5 km north-west of the railway station (Glavni kolodvor)),  +385 1 46-09-111. 4-star hotel.
  • Hotel CentralBranimirova 3 (150 meters from the railway station (Glavni kolodvor)),  (+385 1 48-41-122. 3-star hotel refurbished in 1996.
  • Hotel DoraTrnjanska cesta 11 (behind the Lisinski Music Hall (south of the main railway station - Glavni kolodvor)),  +385 1 63-11-900. 3 star hotel.
  • Hotel DubrovnikGajeva 1 (overlooking Zagreb's main square - Ban Jelačić Square),  +385 1 48-63-500. 4-star hotel. Clean, centrally located, good service. Some rooms are small.
  • Hotel IRemetinečka cesta 106 (near the southern entrance into Zagreb, south of the Sava and in the vicinity of Zagreb Fair),  +385 1 65-42-238. 3-star hotel.
  • Hotel JadranVlaška 50 (in the city center some 500 meters east of the Cathedral),  +385 1 45-53-777. 3-star hotel. There is a big shopping center near-by - the Importanne Gallery.
  • Hotel PhoenixSesvetska cesta 29 (in an eastern suburb of Zagreb - Sesvete. It is located some 500 meters from the motorway on the main road that leads from Zagreb to Dugo Selo.),  +385 1 20-06-333. 3-star hotel
Palace Hotel
  • Palace HotelJ.J. Strossmayer Square +385 1 48-14-611. 4-star hotel. It was built in the Secession style in 1891 and converted into a hotel in 1905. The Arts Pavilion is 50 metres away.

Splurge[edit]

  • Esplanade ZagrebMihanovićeva 1 (just across the central railway station),  +385 1 45-66-666. Built in 1925 for passengers of the famous Orient Express train, which connected Paris and Istanbul. If you can, check the Emerald Ballroom with its soaring dome shaped roof. The hotel also includes the Zinfandel's Restaurant, Le Bistro and the Esplanade 1925, the hotel's lounge and cocktail bar.
  • Sheraton Zagreb HotelKneza Borne 2 +385 1 45-53-535. Features air-conditioned rooms and suites with classic furniture and marbled bathrooms. It also includes King Tomislav Restaurant, Fontana Restaurant, Piano Bar, Café Imperial, 17 meeting rooms and an 800-square-meter Grand Ballroom.
  • Westin ZagrebKršnjavoga 1 (next to the Mimara Museum and the Croatian National Theatre),  +385 1 48-92-000. The hotel was renovated in 2004. It features the legendary Heavenly Bed and Heavenly Shower and probably offers the best view in the city.

Connect[edit]

Internet[edit]

  • Art Internet Caffee, Tkalčićeva 18, "Art" is an internet cafe bar, situated in the very center of Zagreb (Tkalčićeva 18), just a few steps from the Ban Jelačić square. In this modern and comfortable bar you can enjoy a fine selection of beverages as well as a large variety of computer services. Tel:+385 1 48 11 050. Open M-Su 08.00 - 23-00.
  • Aquarius net, Kralja Držislava 4.
  • Art Net Club, Preradovićeva 25.
  • KIC, Preradovićeva 5/1.
  • Klub SC,Savska 25.
  • Mama, Preradovićeva 18, is one of the coolest and cheapest cyber cafes in the city. They charge 10kn (1.36E) per hour or you can pay by the minute. Wireless connection, Skype, cool juices and coffee are available. The place is run by Multimedia institute [5], a nonprofit organization working in the fields of new media culture and digital technology, so there's chance of meeting some of the local and international cutting-edge artists or attending some interesting program.
  • MMC Zagreb, Gajeva 17, "MMC" is an internet point (Gaming & Surfing & Call & Fax), situated in the very center of Zagreb (Gajeva 17), just a few steps from the Ban Jelačić square. Tel:+385 1 48 72 671. Open Mon-Sun 09.00 - 23-00.
  • Sublink, Teslina 12.
  • Vip, Preradović square 5.
  • Vip, Ibler square.

Stay safe[edit]

As other cities in Croatia, Zagreb is very safe, but just as anywhere else dark alleys, parks during the night, etc. should generally be avoided, and common sense should be followed. The chance of getting in trouble in Zagreb is fairly low, especially in the center where most of the hotels and restaurants are located, and for foreigners who are in general respected and welcome. Visitors soon realize that Zagreb is way safer than the vast majority of other European capitals such as London, Paris, Vienna, Rome, Budapest, etc.

Pickpocketing isn't a particularly common occurrence in Zagreb, but you might be approached by beggars and similar people on the street - ignore them and they will go away.

Also, outbursts of homophobic behaviour have been known to occur, so it is advisable for homosexual couples not to show affection when near large groups of bald people or people that look like football hooligans. A lesbian couple from UK was assaulted by an angry passenger in a tram, and they suffered minor injuries, and the perpetrator was apprehended by the police. Watch out for aggressive people like that one.

Park Ribnjak, located very close to the city centre, is safe during daytime and worth visiting, especially for children. However, it has recently become a night-time meeting place of alternative youngsters, and subculture violence involving "skinheads" and similar violent young people has occasionally occurred. It's best to steer clear of Ribnjak after dark, which shouldn't be a problem because of a lack of interesting content for most tourists anyway.

Further, if you are going out at night (especially on weekends) steer clear of any drunk and rowdy groups of young people you might encounter in the street or night trams as random beatings have been known to occur. It is not uncommon for such groups to start unprovoked attacks on passersby, although they target mainly younger crowd and teenagers. These are not common but they do happen occasionally, and people have been killed by such attacks in the past, so take precautions. It is advisable for men not to wear overly pink clothes.

Avoid clubs which play what is known in Croatia as "Turbo-folk" music. These clubs are often featured in the local newspapers as violence erupts in them quite easily.

Also, avoid strip clubs at all costs. Zagreb is not famous for such clubs and they are rare, however most of them are often run by very shady characters, and often overcharge their guests. Recent cases include foreigners that were charged €2000 for a bottle of champagne. These clubs overcharge their customers to the extreme, and their bouncers will not have any mercy if you tell them you are unable to pay. You will soon find yourself in a local hospital. This not only applies to strip clubs in Zagreb, but also all over Croatia.

Cope[edit]

Reading and Speaking[edit]

Croatian children start learning a foreign language in primary school, and for the majority it is English, so younger people can usually speak the language well enough, and many older people know some. You may also try German or Italian, as both are popular (for historical and cultural reasons).

It is also advisable to learn a some basic Croatian words and phrases - because Zagreb can be a vibrant, busy city, a few basic molim (please) or oprostite (excuse me, pardon me, I'm sorry) will go a long way to avoid being ignored by a busy local.

Visiting during summer[edit]

Summer time is traditionally time in Zagreb for maintenance and road repairs. If you visit Zagreb at that time, you should do some research on what streets are open and what aren't and also be prepared to get stuck in traffic jams during rush hours.

Embassies[edit]

  • Albania AlbaniaJurišićeva 2A (+385) 1 481 0679fax: (+385) 1 481 0682, e-mail: .
  • Australia AustraliaCentar Kaptol, 3rd Floor (+385) 1 4891 200fax: (385) 1 4891 216, e-mail: . Monday to Friday: 8:30 - 16:30, except for public holidays.
  • Canada CanadaPrilaz Gjure Deželića 4 (+385) 1 488 1200fax: (385) 1 488 1230, e-mail: . Monday to Thursday: 10:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 15:00 Friday: 10:00 - 13:00.
  • China ChinaMlinovi 132. Tues and Thurs: 09:00 - 12:00.

Go next[edit]

  • Samobor - a picturesque medieval town with well preserved old lore and long tourist tradition. 25 km west of Zagreb, accessible by bus (~30 min distance from Zagreb, ticket price ~20 HRK).
  • Vrbovec - a town for all who would like to see the typical way of Croatian life. 32 km northeast of Zagreb, accessible by bus.
  • Karlovac - a stunning town at the intersection of 4 rivers. 45 km southwest of Zagreb, accessible by bus.
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