Zagreb is a delightful blend of East and West. In medieval times, it consisted of two separate towns, Kaptol, the religious center, and Gradec, the commercial hub. The river Medvescak, in-between the two towns, was often the site of fierce battles between them. Today, Gradec and Kaptol together form the Upper Town, or Gornji Grad - the historic Old Town of Zagreb. The Lower Town, or Donji Grad, on the plains is chicer and more contemporary. Church steeples and chic cafes stand side by side. In the summer, life spills out onto the streets as cafes dot the sidewalks. Don’t miss the beautiful Opera House, similar in style to the State Opera of Vienna!
Zagreb is the epitome of understated luxury - a laid back capital with an easy vibe, friendly people, and extremely enjoyable to tour and explore.
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Zagreb, much like the rest of Croatia has long, warm summers. It does however experience consistent rainfall throughout the year. Winter can be cold and wet with the possibility of snowfall during the months of December-February.
The very best time to visit Zagreb is April – June and September – October. The warmest months, also considered peak season months are July and August, leading up to early September. These months can be very crowded and hot for touring, with temperatures in the ’80’s. If you would rather avoid this, then the shoulder months of April – June and September – October might be better options for travel. These months tend to be a bit more relaxed in general.
When thinking of Croatia, most people’s thoughts go directly to its best-known destinations – the Dalmatian coast and the region of Istria. But Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, also has much to offer. Being the center of modern-day Croatia’s culture, art, and academics, makes this city an ideal place to experience the blend of history with the contemporary side of this wonderful country.
The best way to see Zagreb is by foot. Stroll around its streets amongst its ancient cathedrals and striking Neo-Gothic buildings, while enjoying its open-air markets, cafes, shops and art museums.
If a visit to see the lakes and waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes National Park is on your list, then Zagreb is the ideal base for a day trip out to the park. You may even want to consider doing an overnight stay at the park!
For those who enjoy traveling during the winter holidays and have an interest in Christmas markets, Zagreb has been voted the best Christmas market in Europe by European Best Destination’s online poll for three years in a row!
Let us introduce you to Zagreb’s cathedrals and art museums, the best cafes and shops, and the beautiful lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Our Extraordinary Experiences are different and unusual. We can offer insider access that gives your trip a wow factor. Our knowledge is hard to match – from the personally vetted restaurant to the very best hand-selected guides; we offer incredible value and completely customized trip planning.
Our team of travel experts can customize a unique program for you, based on our Simply Zagreb itinerary. We suggest you allow a minimum of 2 nights in Zagreb.
Note: On day 3 of Simply Zagreb Itinerary, please remove Hot Air Ballooning, River Rafting, and Horseback Riding from the list of things they could do. We don’t offer these experiences.
Enjoy the freedom of driving yourself and discovering small towns and villages? Croatia is the ideal self-drive destination. Zagreb is a good starting point to self-drive to Istria or even into Slovenia, sites that are featured in our sample Croatia & Slovenia self-drive program. We will provide a pre-programmed GPS delivered to you before you leave home and with the services of our 24-hour local staff. We can craft the perfect self-drive itinerary to fit your taste, pace and budget. Let us introduce you to the essentials of each city and give you suggestions of what to do on your own. Just plug in your Exeter pre-programmed GPS and let your adventure begin!
Croatia combines well with Ljubljana, in the north, and Montenegro, Bosnia and Serbia in the south. Ljubljana is the hidden jewel of the region – the capital of Slovenia with an alpine feel. Montenegro has 45 miles of Adriatic coastline and is home to some of the region’s finest hotels. Bosnia and Serbia are vibrant emerging nations full of the history of their past empires.
Right in the heart of the city, Dolac Market, is the open-air market that is a must see when visiting Zagreb. Frequented by locals and tourists alike, this traditional Croatian market is a great place to find the best local produce, experience local flavors, and buy handmade souvenirs.
Croatia is widely known as the next big foodie destination. With its distinct regional cuisines and growing popularity of its wines, it is the perfect destination to combine history and culture with great food and wine!
When in Zagreb one must try Strukli, a popular traditional Croatian dish that is served mostly in the northern region of Croatia and considered a staple in this city. This delicious dish is composed of dough with various types of filling, usually cheese. The best place to get a taste of this is at a restaurant called La Struk. Being the first and only one of its kind, La Struk focuses on serving only Strukli, and it does so by offering a variety of savory and sweet versions of this typical and very traditional dish.
While in Zagreb, we suggest you pick a tie as your take home souvenir. Though it doesn’t sound like a unique thing to bring home, it is more of the history behind the necktie that makes this item a special souvenir. Croatians take great pride in having invented the necktie. The notion as to whether or not this is true is debatable, but it is known that Croatian soldiers wore red cravats (a forerunner of the modern necktie) as part of their uniform during the Thirty Years’ War. This idea was then borrowed by the French and later made popular by the English who introduced the more elongated form that is widely used today. As you stroll around the city, stop by a tie store and pick out your new Croatian accessory!