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Top Attractions in Zagreb
Top Attractions in Zagreb
Top Attractions in Zagreb
Zagreb is sometimes overlooked in favor of the coastal cities in Croatia but Zagreb is a great destination in its own right. The city is a blend of culture, music, arts, architecture, gastronomy, and there is no astonishment in the increasing number of visitors every year. Bump into plenty of sights in Zagreb, great cafes and restaurants, lots of regular events and festivals and marvel at the great architecture. Also renowned as the city of museums, there are more museums per square foot than anywhere else in the world! Enter in a fusion of straight-laced Austro-Hungarian architecture and socialist structures, stroll around the streets, drink coffee, pop into museums and galleries, enjoy cinema and theaters or dance the night away here. This enchanting city is suitable for any kind of budget and provides a wide range of accommodation options. Visit the top attractions and sightseeing spots in Zagreb.
Located a little above the city, Gornji Grad or Zagreb's upper town can be reached by the funicular or by stairs. Zagreb’'s upper town will definitely charm you by its cobblestone streets and the distinct red-tiled roofs. Gornji Grad was once 2 separate towns, Kaptol and Gradec, which were the earliest settlements in the city. An abode to many of the city's most frequented tourist attractions, this town makes for a beautiful place to start touring the Croatian capital.
A beautiful observation deck built during the 13th century in the heart of the Croatian capital, the Zagreb Eye offers splendid 360-degree panoramic views of the city. For the past 100 years, a cannon is fired at noon from the tower to commemorate the firing of the cannon during the 15th century towards the Turks. You get to experience unparalleled views of the city at any time of the day while relaxing on the terrace 16 floors above the ground.
Croatian National Theater:
Locally known to as HNK, the Croatian National Theatre is a very famous theatre, opera, and ballet which finds its way to every busy traveler's schedule. This theatre is a neo-baroque architectural masterpiece and the interiors of the building hide tiny details of art with even the handrails of the stairs being decorated with mini swans. Catch a show at this outstanding place where countless world-famous artists from ballet dancers to opera singers have performed.
Zagreb Cathedral, popularly known as the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was erected at the site of a former church that was demolished by the Tartars in the early 1200s. Most of the church was built in the late 13th century, with several alterations and renovations made over several years, the last one being after the earthquake of 1880. The church is best known for its 2 ornately decorated spires. Another feature of the church is its treasure which contains many works of religious art, garments and religious artefacts.
Considered to be one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe, the Mirogoj Cemetery is not just another burial place but also a piece of architectural brilliance. The place exudes serenity and looks beautiful especially during spring and autumn because of the lovely colors. It lies on the slopes of Medvednica mountain hosting graves of famous people and is one of the most important landmarks of the city visited by many throughout the year.
Museum of Illusions:
Enter the fascinating world of illusions that is sure to take over your senses and give you an opportunity to grasp many new things. The Museum of Illusions proffers a visual, fascinating, sensual and informational experience which has never failed to captivate people of all age groups. You will be entertained with over 70 exhibits and numerous interactive puzzles and exhibits at the museum, which also consists of a playroom for kids. If you're wondering what to see in Zagreb, this museum is a must!
Given the tag of the most beautiful urban park in Europe, Park Maksimir was opened to the public in 1794 and stands as the first of its kind. Scattered over an area of 18 hectares, this forest thronged with lush greenery is a cusp between a park, forest and an English-style garden, which makes an amazing place for a stroll in the Zagreb. Known for the City Zoo housed in it, this park is perfect for a half day outing and will definitely revitalize you after a long day.
Known because of the donation made by a private collector, Ante Topic Mimara, the art collection here is extensive containing pieces from Ancient Egypt, India, Mesopotamia, Persia, the Middle East, Incan and pre-Incan South America and artefacts from all over Europe. Some of the artists whose works are exhibited are Rembrandt, Raphael, Veronese, Rubens, Van Dyck, Renoir, Degas and Delacroix. The museum is an abode to over 3,750 artistic treasures comprising of paintings, sculptures, crafts and much more.
Museum of Broken Relationships:
One of the most bizarre museums in Zagreb is the Museum of Broken Relationships, which is devoted to abandoned romantic relationships and started as a traversing collection of bestowed items as an acknowledgment of the failure of a relationship. The personal items displayed are accompanied by details of the failed relationship which hit on a range of emotions. Having bagged the award for the most innovative museum, it motivates discussion and reflection not only on the fragility of relationships but also on other circumstances surrounding the stories being told.
St. Mark’s Church:
One of the iconic symbols of this beautiful city, this 13th-century church is among the oldest buildings of the city. Built in 1880, the kaleidoscopic roof has the medieval overlay of arms of Croatia, Dalmatia and Slavonia on the left and Zagreb's emblem on the right. The Gothic gateway which contains 15 figures in shallow niches was sculpted later in the 14th century. The interior contains outstanding sculptures by Ivan Meštrovi that should not be missed.