The best way to discover the real treasures of Zagreb, its streets, secret impasses, courtyards and gardens is on foot.
The capital city is located on the Sava River, at the foot of the mountain Medvednica. The mountain and its fortress Medvedgrad (at 593m) are one of the favorite places where many locals like to spend their Sundays taking a short hike up to the 1.030 meters high peak Sljeme. It is an amazing view of Zagreb and the surrounding area, just half an hour from the city center. The west part of Medvednica is a nature park.
The sightseeing tour should first begin in the Lower Town (Donji Grad) which dates from the 19th century. There you can observe the bustle of Zagreb or just enjoy very good coffee at the Ban-Jelačić-Square (main square). Between Lower and Upper Town you will find the Kaptol, the oldest district with the cathedral.
The Upper Town (Gornji Grad), positioned slightly elevated above main square is the jewel of Zagreb. The narrow streets invite you to stroll - as well as sights such as the Parliament and Government buildings, the famous 13th-century St. Mark's Church with its red-white-and-blue tiled roof, The Lotrščak Tower (fortified tower) and many museums. The old town can be reached also by a funicular built in 1890.
Zagreb is a cozy, green city. The urban lifestyle and the nature are very close together. In the city, there is a horseshoe-shaped clustering of eight parks and squares called Lenuzzi Green Horseshoe. Another green and architectural gem is the Mirogoj cemetery complex. Also interesting is the Maksimir Landscape Park in the east of the city and the Botanical Garden of the Faculty of Natural Sciences.
The best panoramic view of the city you will experience in Zagreb Eye, situated on the Ban-Jelačić-Square. The observation deck is one of the most visited tourist attraction in Zagreb.
On the other side of the river you will discover the face of new Zagreb, called Novi Zagreb. We recommend to visit the excellent Museum of Contemporary Art and beautiful city park Bundek with two lakes.
During the hot summers you can refresh yourself on the Jarun Lake. The 4 km long Jarun Lake with its 6 islands (!) is located just a few kilometers west of the city center. Here you can swim, row, canoe or chill in the evening.
Zagreb is a city that inspires with its romantic stories, legends, gastronomy and culture of long and relaxed coffee drinking in any time of the day in numerous cafes.
All in all, Zagreb has so many to offer: very hospitable people, a lot of greenery, medieval buildings with beautiful architecture, excellent cuisine, wine and beer tradition, many coffee shops, cultural facilities, tumultuous history, unique city tours and really great accommodation.
Did you know that the Hotel Esplanade (located directly on the main railway station) was built in 1925 for passengers of the Orient Express, a railway line between Paris and Istanbul. Since these days the hotel was atractting many famous personalities. From well known writers, painters, Hollywood actors, singers, athletes to politicians and royal families. Some of them are: Queen Elizabeth II, Orson Welles, Elizabeth Taylor, Maria Callas, Louis Armstrong and many others.