16 Best Things to Do in Zagreb, Croatia

Top Attractions, Famous Landmarks & Architectural Wonders in Croatia's Capital

TRAVEL GUIDE: Best Things to Do in Zagreb, Croatia

There's so much more to Croatia than the dazzling Dalmatian coast. Discover the 16 best things to do in Zagreb in this city guide. From top attractions and famous landmarks to architectural wonders and hidden gems.

Zagreb is home to a quarter of the Croatian population, approximately 1 million people, and is often referred to as “The City of Million Hearts.”

That “love is in the air” is evident in Zagreb. You'll probably spot red heart-shaped honey biscuits (called Licitars) everywhere.

You will also find everything from a museum for broken relationships and plenty of love locks to a heart-shaped bench.

This charming medieval capital is a brilliant weekend destination, but also an excellent starting point before you explore more of Croatia.

Zagreb is crammed with stunning architecture, all-day-breakfast places, hidden alleys and lanes, many green parks, and cozy restaurants. It's a relaxed, fun, vibrant and welcoming city to visit.

Zagreb - The Gingerbread Heart
Zagreb is often called the city of a million hearts

 

Tkalčićeva Street in Zagreb
SPOTTED: A heart-shaped bench at Tkalčićeva Street in Zagreb


 

BEST THINGS TO DO IN ZAGREB, Croatia

Explore Gornji Grad & Donji Grad

Kaptol Street Lamp in Zagreb, Croatia
The two medieval districts Kaptol and Gradec are forming Zagreb's Upper Town

Zagreb is made for strolling. The first thing you should do when you get to Zagreb is putting on your walking shoes and heading out. Start with exploring the capital's historic center, Gornji Grad (“Upper Town”), to see the top tourist attractions, find the most Instagram-worthy spots and walk on picturesque cobblestone streets.

When you're in for some shopping or a lunch break, you can head to Donji Grad (“Lower Town”). This is where you'll find the main square, many green parks and some of the city's best restaurants, cafes, and shops.

Visit Zagreb Cathedral

Best Instagram Spots in Zagreb, Croatia | Zagreb Cathedral
My first photo stop was outside Zagreb Cathedral

One thing, you literally can't miss seeing is the majestic Zagreb Cathedral in Upper Town.

This 13th-century cathedral, with its neo-Gothic twin spires, can be seen from almost anywhere in Zagreb. It towers 108 m (354 ft) over the city and is not only a landmark and one of the city's top attractions but also the tallest building in Croatia.

Zagreb Cathedral's full name is the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Saintly Kings Stephen and Ladislav (whew!). Luckily, if you only say “the cathedral” everyone knows what you mean.

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Take a Photo by The Beautiful St. Mark's Church

Things to do in Zagreb, Croatia | St. Mark's Church
St. Mark's Church is a jaw-dropping attraction with its stunning roof

This is a must to visit! St. March's Church is one of Zagreb's most emblematic buildings. Not surprising as just a glance at the gorgeous tiled roof can take your breath away.

The church is from the 13th-century and is one of the oldest buildings in the city.

The cherry on top, the roof, was constructed in 1880. It depicts the medieval coat of arms of Croatia, Dalmatia, and Slavonia on the left side, and the emblem of Zagreb on the right.

Have a traditional Zagreb breakfast at Otto & Frank

Otto & Frank Restaurant in Zagreb
Traditional Zagreb breakfast at Otto & Frank

People of Zagreb know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Forget hotel breakfast and head out to enjoy a long leisurely breakfast in the city while you do some people-watching in the meantime.

A great place is Otto & Frank, located in the bustling Tkalčićeva Street. They serve all-day breakfasts and have Nutella and Banana French toast, sunny side up and apple oatmeal on the menu. 

I recommend that you try their signature dish, a modern version of the traditional Zagreb breakfast for about 5 euro. It's so delicious! They made a vegetarian sandwich for me, but the original include grilled ham, crispy poached eggs, cheese and cream, radish and spring onions. In other words, a hearty meal that will prepare you for exploring the city.

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<h2″>Visit the Gorgeous Mirogoj Cemetery

Things to do in Zagreb, Croatia: Visit the beautiful Mirogoj Cemetery
The highlight of my trip to Zagreb was Mirogoj Cemetery. Ironic, considering I nearly died when I saw this view. Can you blame me?

HOW STUNNING?

The living rarely visits the dead.

But when a cemetery looks as gorgeous as Mirogoj Cemetery, you can’t possibly find an excuse. Just the majestic beauty and peaceful atmosphere in itself is worth to visit in Zagreb.

Mirogoj Cemetery is, simply put, mesmerizing!

It's often described as one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe. With gorgeous Gothic architecture, bright green ivy climbing the walls in the summer, impressive arcades that seem to stretch into infinity and many grand statues – it's like a set from a fairytale. But at the same time a place with so much history, loss, and love. Tread respectfully and carefully, and you'll find this hidden gem to be a peaceful retreat.

The cemetery is located a little bit outside the city center but is easily reached by bus (take bus 106 or 226).

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Things to do in Zagreb: See the stunning Mirogoj Cemetery

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Enjoy the Views from Zagreb 360° Observation Deck

Zagreb 360 - Zagreb Eye Observation Deck
Zagreb 360° is one of the best viewpoints in Zagreb

Zagreb 360°, also known as Zagreb Eye, is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Zagreb. It's easy to understand why.

The observation deck is located at the very top, on the 16th floor, of the iconic Zagreb Skyscraper. As a result, it offers spectacular panoramic views of the city.

View from Zagreb 360 Eye Observation Deck

Museum of Broken Relationships

Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb