Excellent museums, restaurants, music & arts scene

Zagreb Croatia

Orson Welles loved this place and film directors are now discovering it, yet Zagreb remains (for now) one of the most underrated capital cities in Europe: many writers and guide book authors agree with us. 

There’s a vibrant café society here in a very central European sort of way. For a small capital city, Zagreb is green with more parks and gardens than you might imagine, including the lovely Botanical Garden just five minutes walk from the centre. 

The pretty Upper Town is reached on foot via Radiceva to the Stone Gate or by a little funicular train which takes under a minute. This is an area of cobbled streets, courtyard restaurants and bars, art galleries and the sabor, the Croatian Parliament. Fans of Croatia’s most famous sculptor Ivan Mestrovic should head for his atelier, a delightful, intimate museum in his former home just north of Markov trg. 

The Lower Town is home to shops (both boutique style and big department stores including Marks & Spencer!) and some fantastic museums including the Mimara, the Museum of Broken Relationships and the Museum of Contemporary Art. 

The famous Dolac market is a must see where produce from every corner of Croatia is available, much of it organic. The city’s top chefs talk lovingly about the place. 

Zagreb has a superb evening entertainment offering with cultural events, including opera at a fraction of the price in London, concerts and music festivals. There is a great restaurant scene from bistros to fine dining. 

The tram system is cheap and efficient and most routes lead to the main square, Trg bana Jelacica at the centre of the city. 

Zagreb has been described as a “pocket sized Vienna” and a “fairytale capital”. It’s perfect for a weekend or to combine with a few days on the Adriatic at Opatija just an easy two hour drive away by bus or hire car. If you are short of time, then this combination really is a wonderful holiday choice. 

In Short

♦ World class museums.

♦ Great music and art scene.

♦ Cobbled streets and courtyard in the Upper Town 

♦ Modern facilities and shopping in the Lower Town.

♦ Superb evening entertainment.

♦ Summer festival.

♦ A pocket size Vienna.

♦ Shortest funicular railway in the world linking Lower and Upper Towns in 55 seconds.

♦ Perfect for couples.

♦ Great to twin with Opatija on the coast.