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Die Hauptstadt Zagreb bei Sonnenuntergang, Bild: Razvan Ionut Dragomirescu / shutterstock

The most beautiful sights in Zagreb

Only about 170 kilometers away from the Adriatic coast is Zagreb, which combines the southern rural flair with Central European culture. The capital of Croatia with almost 804,000 inhabitants offers many sights with a long history and modern facilities as well as parks, which are described in more detail in the following article.

Lotrscak Tower

Lotrščak Tower
The Lotrščak Tower, Image: Codegoni Daniele / shutterstock

The fortified tower next to St. Mark’s Church, which was built in the 13th century, rises upwards as the last remaining part of the southern city gate. It used to serve as the main tower in Zagreb. Nowadays, it is the best-preserved element of the city’s defensive system. Every day at noon, a cannon shot is fired from the tower. However, the rather inconspicuous building offers a breathtaking panoramic view over the Croatian capital after the short ascent. In addition, guests can admire constantly changing works by artists from and near Zagreb from the fortified tower.

Green Horseshoe

In 1874, the architect Milan Lenuci laid out horseshoe-shaped parks in the lower town. In Zagreb’s green lung, for example, there is also the Botanical Garden, which can be found in Maksimir Park. With its 50,000 square meters, it has a wide variety of plants. Among them there are also numerous exotic green and flowering plants, mainly from Asia. The charming small buildings, artificially created water facilities and idyllic paths ensure relaxation in the botanical garden. The university also operates various greenhouses there, which are accessible to visitors for viewing.

Stone Gate

This old city gate is called Kamenita Vrata by the Croats. There is a picture of Mary with the baby Jesus in the building. Miraculously, this object survived a fire in 1731. Because of this, the Stone Gate is a special place for the Croatian faithful. Today there is a small chapel and a prayer room where numerous people make pilgrimages. The wrought-iron grille, artfully made in 1758, is also admired in the meeting place.

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Republic Square

The best starting point to see sights in the city is Ban Jelacic Square, which was named after Josip Jelacic Buzimski. There is an impressive equestrian statue of this national hero on the square. The centre of Zagreb is divided into three areas, namely Kaptol, Gornji and Donji Grad, all of which can be reached through the central Republic Square.

Unique cable car

The cable car takes you from the Republic Square to the upper town. Cultural monuments from different eras can be found here. The cable car, which was first put into operation in 1893, has been transporting passengers every ten minutes for at least 100 years. The cable car complex with a distance of 66 metres, which is now a listed building, is one of the shortest cable cars in the world. It is possible to climb the upper town effortlessly via the stairs of the cable car on the side. However, the inexpensive trip over the rooftops of Zagreb is definitely recommended.

Mirogoj Cemetery

North of the Croatian capital is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe. Construction of the complex began in 1876 under the architect Hermann Bollé, while the last buildings were completed in 1929. The special thing about the Mirogoi Cemetery is that the graves are equal to all religions found in Croatia. Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and Orthodox graves stand side by side here. This cemetery is surrounded by a magnificent red limestone wall and lined with enchanted arcades. Various houses and pavilions as well as the sculpture gallery make the place interesting for tourists, who find reflection and peace here. Numerous important personalities from Croatian history, art and culture were buried in the Mirogoj Cemetery. Even Doctor Franjo Tudman, the first Croatian president, was buried here in 1991.

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Dolac – The largest market in Zagreb

Croatian National Theatre, HNK
The Croatian National Theatre, Image: Mikhail Markovskiy / shutterstock

Within walking distance of the Republic Square and in Kaptol is the largest market in Zagreb. Farmers from the surrounding area have been selling culinary delicacies here for over a hundred years. Dolac should be considered on any sightseeing tour, as the market offers an exclusive insight into the customs of Zagreb’s people from all walks of life. Under red umbrellas you will find regional delicacies and authentic, handmade souvenirs from Croatia. Around the market, buildings with magnificent facades can be seen, where restaurants and cafes can be found. Visitors can take a break here. A few steps away from the market there is the most beautiful flower market in Zagreb, which offers a real sea of flowers due to the numerous stalls.


This museum houses an extensive collection of old coats of arms, paintings, uniforms and many other artifacts of the Croatian capital. It provides visitors with insightful information about Zagreb’s rich cultural history. The clearly arranged and chronologically arranged collections vividly report on the architectural development of individual buildings through different epochs and thus retrace the emergence of today’s modern Zagreb. The city museum is housed in a former convent of the Poor Clares and in a tower built in the twelfth century. It is located near the Parliament building and the seat of government