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Zagreb is a vibrant city of around 800,000 people (metropolitan area: 1,200,000). The city boasts a charming medieval 'old city' with architecture and cobbled streets reminiscent of Vienna, Budapest, Prague and other Central-European capitals. In 2005 it was visited by over half a million tourists, mainly from Austria, Germany and Italy.
Zagreb International Airport (IATA: ZAG) (ICAO: LDZA), is located 17 km south-east from the city center in the district of Pleso.
There is a bus link between the airport (Zračna luka) and the bus station (Autobusni kolodvor) in Zagreb. A single (one-way) ticket costs 30 kuna (~ 4,2 Euro). The bus leaves the airport at 7AM and every thirty minutes between 8AM and 8PM. Between the last regular bus at 8PM and the first one at 7AM the next morning, there is a bus leaving for the bus station every time a Croatia Airlines plane lands.
The bus line between the bus station and the airport is slightly more complicated. Full details are available in English from . The buses are located at the edge (facing city center) of the bus station. You'll see "croatia airlines" and "eurolines" written on that part of the building.
Zagreb airport transfer  has tariffs, service details and you can make bookings.
Zagreb is a railway hub which has direct services to major European cities such as Vienna (6 hours), Budapest, Zurich, Munich, Salzburg, Ljubljana, Sarajevo (one-way ticket costs 59BAM), Belgrade as well as domestic services to all major towns (except Dubrovnik). There is also an all-year-round overnight train (with sleeping compartments) between Zagreb and Split.
Rail travel times within Croatia have been made competitive with car travel in many instances with new 160 kph “tilting trains” connecting Zagreb with Split and other major cities in Croatia such as Varaždin, Osijek and Požega. If you make a reservation early enough you can get a substantial discount.
Tourists coming from or going to neighbouring capitals should note the following EuroCity and InterCity railway lines:
Most services are operated by the Croatian Railways , whose schedules are also available on the internet in English.
When coming in from Budapest via MAV rail (30€), you will need to change trains after the Croatian border. There will be free, but crowded, buses to ferry passengers and their luggage to another railway station, and the journey takes approximately 45mins. The ticket time of 6 hr 14min is thus misleading. The actual time is closer to 7.5 hours including passport control on-board the train.
Almost all highways (motorway; autocesta in Croatian) in Croatia start or end in Zagreb.
Travellers from Vienna can pass by Graz and Maribor and then take the A2 highway upon entering Croatia. Mind the toll in Slovenia.
Travellers coming from the west - Italy, as well as Rijeka or Istria - can use the A7 motorway (near and bypassing Rijeka), A6 motorway (Rijeka-Bosiljevo) and then the A1 (Bosiljevo-Zagreb).
Those travelling from Italy can bypass the expensive motorway toll in Slovenia by using the state route SS21 through Trieste, route E61 through Slovenia (in a bad shape) and then A7 south to Rijeka, then Rijeka bypass, then A6 east to Bosiljevo and A1 northeast to Zagreb.
Travellers heading from the south - Dalmatian coast (Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik, ...) or from Montenegro - can use the A1 highway, often combined with the state roads D8 (by the coastline) and D1 (through the hinterland).
To use highways in Croatia you must pay a toll either in Croatian national currency, the Kuna, or in Euro. One may also pay by credit card- American Express, Diners, Master Card, Maestro or Visa cards. A third option is to use the HAC Smart Card, which can reduce the cost of travelling on the Croatian highways by 10-25%. It is issued by Hrvatske Autoceste , but pays off only if travelling more than 500 km (that's a return trip Zagreb-Zadar or Zagreb-Serbia) or 250 km for a seasonal Smart Card (a return trip Zagreb-Rijeka or two return trips to Zagreb from Austrian border). You can find a toll calculator here (click Calculator on the left navigation bar).
The central bus station (Autobusni Kolodvor) is located to the south-east of the railway station - approximately 10 minutes walk, or 3 stops by tram (lines 2 and 6). Timetable information and prices can be found on the AKZ website .
EuroBusWays  operates bus between Zagreb and Budapest, buses go door to door, on demand.
Zagreb has a well-developed and efficient public transport system that consists of trams, buses and trains. The tram network (route map ) operates 24 hours a day - from 4AM to 12AM there are 15 "day-time lines" (tram lines 1-9, 11-15 and 17), and from 12AM to 4AM there are 4 "night" lines (tram lines 31-34) which cover most of the day-time lines on a reduced (around 30-40 minute) frequency. Occasionally, buses replace trams on night lines. Tram line 3 does not operate Saturdays, Sundays and on public holidays.
There are maps of the tram lines on almost every stop, so if you know the nearest stop to your destination you can simply figure out the shortest trip while you're at the stop.
As for the buses, there are 113 day-time and 4 night lines. ZET buses cover the area outside the city center, as well as some neighboring towns that administratively belong to Zagreb county. The buses use the same ticketing system as the trams.
A historic funicular railway (uspinjača in Croatian), one of the steepest in the world, operates between the lower and upper towns. Monthly, daily as well as single tram/bus ticket can be used, otherwise there is a small fee for a ride.
The price of a single one-zone ticket valid for 1.5 hours is 12 Kunas(October 2012)(~ 1.6€) when bought from a newspaper stand or ZET ticket office or 15 kn (~ 2€) when bought from the tram or bus driver. It can only be paid in local currency Kuna. There is also a 24 hours ticket (dnevna karta) available at 25 Kuna (~ 3.5 €). Buy a ticket and punch it (insert it) in the little orange machine once you enter to validate. All single tickets are transfer tickets valid in multiple vehicles traveling in a single direction, so you won't need a new ticket when switching trams and/or buses. Tariff zone system exists, but only for townships and communities outside of Zagreb city limits, all trams are in zone 1, as well as buses in the City of Zagreb. If you plan on taking more than two rides, buy a daily ticket.
Trains operated by Croatian Railways  (Hrvatske Željeznice) run every 15 minutes from east to west, connecting the suburbs of Zagreb with the central railway station. They are usually the quickest form of transport for those coming from the areas of Zagreb far from the railway station (Glavni kolodvor), or beyond the tram network.
There are few taxi companies in Zagreb:
Radio Taxi Zagreb(blue sign on roof) phone: 1777. Starting rates as of January 2012 are fixed at 9.90 kn (~1,25 €), the price per kilometer is 4.90 kn/km (~0.7 €/km), waiting by the hour is 40 kn/h (~5,5 €/h).
Taxi Cammeo phone: 1212. Starting rate is HRK 15 (about 2€) and includes 2 free kilometres. The price for every next kilometre is 6 HRK (0,8€). Due to regulations, they are not able to pick up customers at the Pleso Airport.
Taxis are readily available at the Pleso (VG TAXI) international airport and their prices are ~50% higher. Taxis are obliged to have their taxi-meter on and you won't fare well if you try to bargain.
NOTICE* avoid taxies that stand in front of main train station (Glavni kolodvor) and in the hole on main bus station (Autobusni kolodvor)
Travelers who are staying for several days should consider buying the Zagreb Card . The card offers unlimited travel on public transport in Zagreb, discounts at virtually all of the city's museums, reduced prices at many restaurants, shops, and service providers and many other concessions. It costs 90 kuna (approx. 12 euros) and is valid for 72 hours from the date and time entered on the card. Holders of the card also receive a special booklet with a list of all of the establishments and the discounts available to them. The card can be purchased at any of Zagreb's Tourist Information Centers and at the reception desks of the majority of Zagreb's hotels.
The Upper and Lower Towns
Gornji grad, (Upper Town) and Donji grad (Lower Town) are the cultural, religious, and commercial hubs of Zagreb. These are where most of the restaurants, bars and tourist sights are located. The Upper Town, which is the medieval core of the city, developed as two separate (and often warring) towns - Kaptol, the seat of the Bishop (where the imposing Cathedral now stands), and Gradec, the free town where tradesmen and artisans lived (proclaimed by King Bela of Hungary in the 12th century) merged in the 1770s to form the northern section of historic Zagreb. Following this, the city expanded south of today's Trg Bana Josipa Jelacica (Jelacic Square) to the railway station and the Sava River.
Old Town Gate, at the top of Radićeva street (Upper Town). now a shrine to virgin Mary - the "Kamenita vrata" where you can light a candle and, as the locals believe, your wish will be granted. Please be silent, even if just passing through the Gate. The portrait of Mary is said to be sacred, because it is the only thing that survived the large fire. Near the Old Town Gate is the sculpture of St. George having slain the dragon. The other statue, him fighting the dragon, is located on the Marshal Tito's Square near the Croatian National Theatre.
Strossmayer šetalište. (eng. Strossmayer's walkway) In the summer, it is an outdoor scene for painters, musicians and other artists offering food, drinks, performances and concerts. Popular meeting place for all ages, with a great view of the Lower Town.
Maksimir Park & Zagreb Zoo, (tram #7 if you are coming from the Central Bus Station or trams #11 and #12 from the main square or the #4 of your coming from the railway station). The biggest park in Zagreb. Great place to chill out, drink coffee, eat lunch (picnic or at the park's restaurant) or take nice long walks through the forest or by the small lakes. Good for joggers, cyclists, also child and dog friendly. Offers lake rowing. The 85-year old zoo has red pandas.
Other city parks are connected in the "Lenuci Horseshoe", an unfinished project of combining small green squares and parks at the core of the center of the town.
Zrinjevac Park, (just south - east of the main square). the park of the Academy (connecting the Zrinjevac and Tomislav parks).
King Tomislav square, (south of Zrinjevac, just outside the main Train Station).
Botanical Gardens, (south of the K. Tomislav Square, near the Hotel Esplanade).
Square of Maršal Tito, (the green square sorrounding the National Theatre).
Zagreb has two very popular lakes:
Jarun, (at the south part of the city. Tram #5 or #17), . Jarun Lake is a recreational area based around a large lake where locals go to relax, exercise - and party! The centerpiece of the area is the actual lake itself, which is used for windsurfing and has a large rowing section with spectator stands. There are also shingle beaches surrounding the water, alongside which are several bars that get very busy during the weekends but are also nice for a sunny lunchtime snack. All the bars there are considered 'fancy' places and usually play commercial music.
Bundek. hosts horticultural shows, firework festivals, workshops, concerts and music festivals (mostly during the summer).
Most museums and historical sights close at 1PM on Sundays and do not reopen until Tuesday.
Mimara Museum, Westin Hotel and Cibona Tower
Muzej Mimara (Mimara Museum), Trg Franklina Delanoa Roosevelta 5, (email@example.com). Tue-Wed,Fri-Sat 10am-5pm; Thu 10am-7pm; Sun 10am-2pm. Houses some 3,700 works of art donated by Ante Topić Mimara. The collection comprises more than 1,500 exhibits dating from the prehistoric period up to the 20th century. Some of the most famous exhibits include works by Lorenzetti, Raffaello, Giorgione, Veronese, Caravaggio, Canaletto, 60 paintings by the Dutch masters Rembrandt, Van Goyen, Ruisdael, 50 works by the Flemish masters Van der Weyden, Bosch, Rubens, Van Dyck, more than 30 by the Spanish masters Velasquez, Murillo, Goya, some 20 paintings by the German masters Holbein, Liebermann, Leibl, some 30 paintings by the English painters Gainsborough, Turner, Bonington and more than 120 paintings by the French masters Georges de la Tour, Boucher, Chardin, Delacroix, Corot, Manet, Renoir, Degas.
Arheološki Muzej (Archaeological Museum), Trg Nikole Šubića Zrinskog 19, . Possesses over 400,000 objects, not all of them being exhibited. The holdings include evidence of Croatian presence in this area as well as rare samples which have made the museum known to the whole world. The most famous are the Egyptian collection, the Zagreb mummy and bandages with the oldest Etruscan inscription in the world (Liber Linteus Zagrabiensis), as well as the numismatic collection. A part of the museum is set aside for the collection of stone monuments dating back predominantly to the Roman period.
Muzej Suvremene Umjetnosti (Museum of Contemporary Art), Avenija Dubrovnik 17, . Follows and presents contemporary trends in fine arts.30 kuna.
Klovićevi Dvori, Jezuitski trg 4, . introduces Croatian and foreign cultural and artistic heritage.
Umjetnički Paviljon (Art Pavilion), Trg Kralja Tomislava 22, . Designed by by famous Viennese designers of theatres in Central Europe Hellmer and Fellmer. A neo-classical exhibition complex and one of the landmarks of the city center. The exhibitions are also held in the impressive Meštrović pavillion on Trg žrtava fašizma.
Hrvatski Muzej Naivne Umjetnosti (Croatian Museum of Naïve Art), Sv. Ćirila i Metoda 3, . Houses more than one thousand works belonging to Croatian naïve art.
Moderna Galerija (Modern Gallery), Hebrangova 1, . Comprises all relevant fine artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Museum of Broken Relationships (Muzej prekinutih veza), Sv. Ćirila i Metoda 2, ☎ +38514851021 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (from October till May), during summer time from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (from June till September). What remains after a break-up? Museum's permanent display is an opportunity to experience a unique emotional journey through dozens of love leftovers collected from all around the world. Museum is also the winner of Kenneth Hudson Award 2011 for the most innovative museum in Europe.Admission fee: 25kn.
People and Art House Lauba (Kuća za ljude i umjetnost Lauba), Prilaz baruna Filipovića 23a, . Every day from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.. Presents works from the Filip Trade Collection, a large private collection of modern and contemporary Croatian art and current artistic production.
Entrance to Mirogoj cemetery
Mirogoj is the central cemetery of Zagreb. It was opened in 1876 north of the city center. The mortuary, the impressive and picturesque arcades with the church of Christ the King (architect H. Bollé, 1883-1914) make it one of the most impressive cemeteries in the world. Here stand the tombs of notable personalities (including that of basketball hero Drazen Petrovic) who are relevant to Croatian history. To arrive from the central square, go to the near-by Cathedral and take bus number 106 (Kaptol - Mirogoj - Krematorij). The ride takes approximately 10 minutes.
Note: the Croatian Day of the Dead is on November 1st. You may find the sight of hundreds of thousands of candles after nightfall impressive and worth seeing, but you may take note that on that day and a few preceding and following days the cemetery will be very busy and quite different from usual peaceful appearance; on those days buses to the cemetery are very frequent but crowded.
Medvenica and Medvedgrad
The imposing mountain overlooking Zagreb (Medvednica) contains a preserved fortress (Medvedgrad) and fascinating views of the city. Being respectful in the fort is a good idea, since it is the site of the Altar of the Homeland memorial, dedicated to Croatian soldiers who died in the Homeland war. There are several historical festivals during the year, including knights tournaments.
The gree jewel of a mountain Medvednica is over 1000m high covers a large area with many excellent hiking and biking routes. Since Zagreb is at roughly 120 m, it is quite a climb.
There are many small restaurants, mountain grills and cafes at the top of the mountain, open until early evening. In the early and late summer it can be crowded in places, especially on weekends.
It is possible to take the bus up to the top, Sljeme, from the end of the Tram system at Mihaljevac. This bus replaces the gondola, although there are allegations that this will eventually be rebuilt. The bus takes a circular route and comes back to the same place. It take about 30 minutes up, less coming down. Many other buses serve small villages at the foot of the mountain where the mountain paths start/stop.
Snow Queen Trophy: Ladies Night Slalom : Zagreb is the only capital in the world that hosts a Ski World Cup race. The slalom event - known as the "Snow Queen Trophy" (Snjezna kraljica) - usually takes place in January. It is the most expensive race on the women's world cup tour and an exceptionally popular sporting event in Croatia that attracts a crowd of around 25 thousand people. As of 2007 best skiers in men's competition are also expected to compete on Mount Sljeme that overlooks the city. If you fail to secure your ticket, you can watch the whole event on a giant screen in the Ban Jelacic Square.
Blue Bike ZagrebByBike, Franklin Roosevelt Sq 5 (close to The National Theatre, in front of Mimara Museum), ☎ +385 98 1883344, . Zagreb city tours by bicycles guided by locals. Providing sightseeing in small groups, visiting more and distant places Blue Bike perfectly match all modern tourists’ needs. Direct and mutual conversation in friendly and informal atmosphere; 2,5 hours; all year round.
Most English-language movies are subtitled, not dubbed; only children's movies are dubbed. A ticket will cost you 20-33 HRK (2,7-4,4€). About 30 HRK is the combined price of a medium popcorn and cola.
CineStar Zagreb, Branimirova 29; ticket reservation +385 1 46-86-600, . A multiplex cinema (13 screens) in the vicinity of the Sheraton Hotel. The website is in Croatian, but can be understood using a Croatian-English online dictionary.
CineStar Novi Zagreb, Avenue Mall, Avenija Dubrovnik 16. . A multiplex cinema (9 screens) in the vicinity of the Museum of Contemporary Art.
CineStar Arena IMAX (the only IMAX movie theatre in Croatia), Lanište 32 (west from Arena Zagreb). Located in a large mall.
Movieplex, Nova Ves 11; +385 1 48 60 777, . A multiplex cinema (5 screens) within the Kaptol Shopping Center situated to the north of the Cathedral.
Kino Europa, Varšavska 3. Located in the city center, usually showing films from film festivals at a price of 20 HRK. Entrance through a popular caffe often crowded on weekends.
Kino Croatia, Katančićeva 3; +385 1 48-13-711.
Kino Jadran, Ilica 42; 062-100-100 (within Croatia).
Kino Central, Petrinjska 4; 062-100-100 (within Croatia).
Kino Tuškanac, . Showing much more than just European filmography, alternative and older films, sometimes for free, usually costs about 10 HRK (1.5€)
The University of Zagreb combined with the Croatian Heritage Foundation Matica Hrvatska offers comprehensive Croatian language courses for foreigners. The courses occur in the fall and spring semesters along with an intensive one month course in July. All courses cost around 600 Euro. More information can be found by visiting the University's website.
Many universities in Croatia accept a small group as international students every year, who stay in dorms and learn Croatian.
FER (Fakultet elektrotehnike i računarstva, trans. Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing) is a globally-appreciated school of computer related learning. It is part of the University of Zagreb and accepts around ten international students a year.
For creative types, Croatia is occupied by some street performers and many stands selling jewelery or other hand-crafted products, so the populace has an open mind to casually buying things from an interesting stand near the main square or dropping a few coins into a musician's case.
There are many small grocery stores around Croatia such as Konzum and Diona. There you can buy most necessary foods, hygiene products and items like cigarettes and alcohol.
If you have a more specific need (like appliances, cutlery) or wish to go bulk shopping then try one of the larger Konzums, Kaufland or Mercator.
Bread in Croatia is sold in numerous bakeries unsliced and is, due to a lack of additives such as chemical conservanses, generally inedible after the second day of life, so if you don't eat bread much then ask for half a loaf "pola".
Most brands that you likely know from home, like Nutella or M&M's, can be found in the larger stores but are rather expensive. Trying a domestic alternative or knock-off is not a bad idea.
Zagreb also has designated areas, the singular being a "plac", where you can buy and barter for clothes and shoes as well as perfume, chocolate and souvenirs. Illegally imported cigarettes are also often sold for cheap there (because of high importation taxes).
Turistički Informativni Centar, Trg bana Josipa Jelačića 11 (in the central squar). Sells everything ranging from postcards and books to pottery and crystal
GEA Gallery, Radićeva Street 35. a wide range of souvenirs that are handmade in Croatia and are very reasonably priced. Very knowledgeable staff.
Millennium, Radiceva 9 (off Jelacic square). Pottery, crystal, costume jewelery, and other gifts.
Tobacco smoking is banned in all enclosed public spaces, including restaurants and some (but not all) bars and cafes. The smaller bars / cafes could opt (and some did) to allow smoking.
There are many take out, pizza-cut, sandwich bars and fast foods arround the city. Most are located in the city center (main square - Ban Jelačić and surrounding blocks). There are also food chains such as the "McDonald's", "Daily Fresh", "Mlinar", "Pan Pek", and the preferred "Dubravica". Sandwich prices around the city varies from 10 to 20 kuna. You can also find many kebabs and pancake-to-go places.
American Doughnut, Teslina street. A sandwich bar that also serves salads and deserts.
Baschiera 2, Selska cesta 215 (On the end of Savska street and beginning of Horvaćanski zavoj), ☎ +385 1 3698-999. Pizza.
Bonita, Flower Square. Popular sandwich bar that also serves pancakes and hot wine in the winter.
Colonia, Božidara Magovca 21 (In New Zagreb, in Mamutica), ☎ +385 1 6698-153. Pizza.
Dvojka, Nova Ves 2 (On Kaptol close to Centar Kaptol), ☎ +385 1 4817-462, +385 1 4666-111. Pizza.
Gigi, Petrovaradinska 39, ☎ +385 1 3885-092. Be sure to visit this pizzeria if you're going to the Jarun lake.
Oliva, Jarunska 5 (The Italian restaurant Oliva is located at the Jarun near the students` hall Stjepan Radic at the Eastern part of the volleyball center.), ☎ Phone: 01 3020 777, 3020 778 (email@example.com), . 11-24. Italian restaurant (pizza, pasta)
Pizza Cut Duck, Teslina street. A pizza-slice bar that also serves fresh tortillas with veggie and/or meat filling.
Robin Food Catering, Derenčinova 1, . Vegetarian.
Sandwich Bar Pingvin, Nikole Tesle 10 (on one of the central streets, close to the Flower Square and Trg Ban Jelcica), ☎ 01 48 11 446. Classic sandwich bar with a wide menu and reasonably good mix of languages. One of the most popular dishes is the toplo/hladno (hot/cold), a grilled chicken and vegetables sandwich.
Žirafa, Maksimirska cesta 64. Cheap mexican food and drinks. Nice summer terrace.
Asia, A. Šenoe 1, ☎ +385 1 48 41 218. 12AM-12PM. Chinese restaurant
Caramba, Frankopanska 6. Mexican food.
Ivica i Marica, Tkalčićeva 70, ☎ +385 1 481 7321 or +385 1 482 8999, . Open every day except Mon 12PM-11PM. Wonderful food made only from natural ingredients, many sourced locally.
Mali Medo, Tkalčićeva 36, ☎ +385 1 4929 613. Another traditional Croatian restaurant. Lively atmosphere, youthful clientele, and all very affordable. Excellent ćevapčići and gulaš, not to mention superb beer.Mains: 20-40 kuna.
Mex Cantina, Savska cesta 154, ☎ +385 1 6192-156, . Mexican food. Good service, great food, on Mondays they offer live music by the best Croatian mariachi band, Los Caballeros starting at 9PM.
Pivnica Medvedgrad, Samoborska cesta 217, Božidara Adžije 16, Tkalčićeva 36, . Great food and beer for reasonable prices. Make sure to try 'čvarkuša' (4 HRK).500ml beer: 12 HRK.
Restaurant Kvatric, Maksimirska 9, ☎ +385 1 2330 070, . Croatian restaurant with very nice food for a reasonable price. Has a nice terrance in the back garden. Close to tramstop 'Kvaternikov Trg'.
Vinodol, Teslina 10, ☎ +385 148 11 443 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Resturant with Croatian cusine typical for the region with high quality to a fair price. The have very nice garden. Menu found on their web page.
Boban, Gajeva 9. Italian food.
Feniks, Jurisiceva 19 (5 minutes walk from the Zagreb's main square), ☎ 01/481 44 11. Mexican food.
Le Bistro, Mihanovićeva 1, ☎ +385 1 45 66 666. Daily 8:30-23:00. A French restaurant within the Regent Esplanade Hotel..
Panino, Nova Ves 11 (Centar Kaptol), ☎ +385 1 46 69 013, . Nice little restaurant with great service and wonderful food. If you are into French and Istrian style food you will probably love this place.
Restaurant Suhina, Dr. F. Tuđmana 1, Orešje (near the Podsused bridge), ☎ +385 44 1 33 71 562. An old family-run restaurant on the old Samobor road that offers a variety of roasted food.
Srčeko, Vinogradska 135, ☎ +385 1 373 10 07, . M-Sa 12AM - 11PM, Su 12AM-6PM. A very romantic little restaurant.
Takenoko, Nova Ves 11, in Kaptol Centar Shopping Center (Centar Kaptol), ☎ +385 1 48 60 530, . Zagreb may not be synonymous with sushi restaurants, but this is one is superb. It is not cheap, but sushi they make is incredible.
Velika Klet Obitelji Bunčić, 20km from central Zagreb, ☎ +385 1/ 2781-132 | 01/ 2781-133, . A very popular place that offers Croatian cuisine, live music on weekends, a stable, fish pond and basketball courtyard.
100% juice bar, Tkalčićeva 5 (in the center of Zagreb. Down some stairs - look for the small sign). Pricey but a good place to get a healthy snack or fruit smoothie.
Ivica and Marica, Tkaličićeva. Offers traditional and diet, diabetic and organic cakes, ice creams and such.
SladoMazo, Zelinska 7. A pancake restaurant with a wide range of crazy both sweet and satly filling ideas.
Torte i To, Nova Ves 11, second floor of the Kaptol Centar. A great little caffe offering the best cheese cake in town, and other great cakes
Vincek, Ilica. Closed on Sundays.. The local, best known ice cream and cake palace in town center. Offers diet foods.
Konoba Didov San, Mletačka 11, Upper town, tel: 0038514851154, The best atmosphere restaurant in Zagreb with excelent food, unique menu, large portions and great location!!
Bars and pubs
Many bars are located around Flover square (Cvjetni trg), the main square (Trg Bana Josipa Jelačića), Preradovićeva, Tkalčićeva, Radićeva, Bogovićeva, and Gajeva streets.
Booksa, Martićeva 14d, . A cafe/bookshop/library famous with local young intelectuals.
Cica, Tkalčićeva. Bar mostly known for its great and varied choice of the local schnappses (rakija). Interresting always changing, gallery-like interior. The whole bar is small but offers outdoor seating. Very popular and crowdy, brimming with young bussiness and student clientelle.
Funk club, Tkalčićeva 52, ☎ +385 98 672 338. 11 a.m.- 02 a.m.. Cafe / bar that offers various music night programmes in the basement (moslty alternative, dj-s, world music) and spacial backpacker evenings.Very good atmosphere, lots of character, cheap and tasty Rakija shoots and excellent electronic music: funky, electro, jazz, d'n'b, house, dubstep! FREE ENTRY!.
Golf, Preradovićeva. Until 2am. Popular golf-themed cafe/bar.
KIC, Preradovićeva. Offers free internet and cheap international call center. Hosts a cinema wtih various alternative movies.
Kino Grič, Jurišićeva. Newly re-decorated old cinema. Hosts movies, festivals, music nights and Zagreb's hipster crowd.
Krivi Put (Wrong Way), Savska 14. If you know that the wrong way is the only right way in life, stop by for a few drinks in this alternative bar full of happy people drinking cheap beer.
Mali Medo, Tkalčićeva. Offers a good choice of local beer and food. Indoors smoking prohibited. Has a terrace facing Tkalčićeva street.
Melin, Tkalčićeva. A cheap bar brimming with young people and students. Offers indoors, a roofed terraced leveled seating and an open terrace facing Tkalčićeva street. Known for crowds of people often drinking even around the bar, in the park and playground in front of it.
Oliver Twist, Tkalčićeva. A choice of good Irish beer with a great atmosphere. Big summer terrace in front.
Bar Plan B, Tkalčićeva 84, ☎ 014811285, . A cafe/wine bar/sports bar. Attracts a mix of locals and tourists. You can expect music from every genre, and decade, from Jazz to Alternative/Indie.
Portal, Tkalčićeva. Next to Melin, offers same service, the Portal and Melin crowds often mix at the outdoors terraces.
Purgeraj, Park Ribnjak. A bar/club located in the Ribnjak park in the city center. Offers mostly rock, blues and alternative music. Daily happy hour when you get two drinks for the price of one. Sometimes hosts concerts. Popular with student crowd esp on Thursdays when it hosts the newly popular "take me out" evening offering a mix of indie and alternative music. In the summer, outside Purgeraj, in the Ribnjak park there are live concerts and various workshops offering summer fun under the name 'Park In Zagreb'.
Tolkien's House, Opatovina. A small fantasy cafe/bar for Tolkien lovers. Offers a variety of beers, cider and hot drinks.
Aquarius, Aleja Matije Ljubeka bb (Jarun Lake), . Saturday night is drum'n'bass & dancehall music, Friday is hip-hop/r'n'b night. Good concerts.
Boogaloo, Ulica Grada Vukovara 68, ☎ +385 1 6313 022, . Good electronic music. A bit expensive but worth seeing. Bar, restaurant and disco.
BP Club, Nikole Tesle 7, ☎ (+385-1) 481 44 44,, . Open daily from 10 PM to 2AM. Jazz and blues lovers should check it out.
Funk club, Tkalčićeva 52, ☎ +385 98 672 338. 11 a.m.-02 a.m.. Very good atmosphere, lots of character, cheap and tasty Rakija shoots and excellent electronic music: funky, electro, jazz, d'n'b, house, dubstep!
Hopdevil, . A new bar, featuring live music on Tuesdays and Thursdays, plus a DJ on Saturday nights, it has 101 different types of Belgian beer. The unique interior features a waterfall that runs along entire wall, and stone archways. The water from the waterfall flows beneath a glass floor, which you can sit on.
Jabuka, Jabukovac 28, ☎ 01/48 34 397. Cult club for alternative, punk music. Cheap drinks opened on weekends, often concerts of alternative bands. Mostly visited on weekends, especially Fridays. Admission fee: 25 Kn.
KSET, Unska 3, . A popular student club. Offers various indie and alternative programmes every night of the week. Indoors smoking prohibited. Serves only beer and non alcoholic drinks. Entrance prices from 10kn (students) to 45/60kn for concerts..
Medika, Pierottijeva 11. A local alternative club/legalized squat usually loaded with people during weekends, playing various music genres until the early morning. Best croatian beers for 10 HRK.
Močvara, Prisavlje, . A local alternative club (rock, punk, metal, indie)with various concerts and theme nights/programmes. Sometimes hosts festivals, young indie talent concerts, movie nights, exibitions etc.
SAX! - Klub hrvatskih glazbenika, Palmotićeva 22/2, ☎ (+385-1) 48 72 836, . A great place to enjoy live music of a wide array of styles including blues, jazz, rock and pop.
Sirup, Donje Svetice 40, . Interesting interior and atmosphere. Good electronic music. A bit expensive entrance fees, but worth seeing.
The Best, Jarunska 5 (out near the Jarun Lake complex), ☎ +385 1 3011 943, . Largest club in Zagreb. Mainly dance style music.
The Jazz Club, Gunduliceva. Open daily. Jazz, blues, and funk bands, often from other countries.
Palmers Lodge Zagreb, Branimirova 25, Zagreb, . Brand new property situated perfectly 300m from the main train station, 700m from the main bus station, and within 5 minutes walking distance to all major tourist attractions. Dorm bed: 15 EUR (115 kuna).
Buzz Hostel, . Furnished with modern, ikea furniture. Also a location in Split.Dorm bed: 120 kuna.
Chillout Hostel Zagreb, Fra Andrije Kačića Miošića 3b, ☎ +38514849605 (email@example.com), . checkin: 2pm; checkout: 11am. A brand new hostel in the city centre, free linen, free towels, free wifi, 0-24h bar and receptionDorm bed: 97-127 kuna.
Dizzy Daisy Hostel Zagreb, . Dorm bed: 100-150 kuna.
Fulir Hostel Zagreb, . 2 rooms, including a 12-bed dorm. Great place to meet people, but can be a wait to use the bathroom.
Funk Hostel, Poljicka Street 13a (From main train station: Take a tram number 4 (direction Savski most), and get off on the 4th station. Turn arround and you will see a white business tower called 'Zagrepcanka', cross the street in that direction and walk 100 meters along ulica Grada Vukovara and on the right side is Poljicka street where our hostel is located on number 13a. From main bus station: Take a tram number 5 (direction Precko), you get off on the 7th station (Zagrepcanka). Turn around and you will see a white business tower called 'Zagrepcanka', cross the street in that direction and walk 100 meters along ulica Grada Vukovara and on the right side is Poljicka street where our hostel is located on number 13a.), ☎ +385 1 631 4530 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . checkin: from 1 p.m.; checkout: until 11 p.m.. Free funky breakfast every morning!!Funk hostel is happy to welcome all travelers to discover Zagreb while enjoying the comfort and good atmosphere of our brand new hostel. With the highest standards of quality and commodities offered, you are sure to benefit from your stay with us. Dorm bed from 12 euro.
Funk Lounge, Ivana Rendića 28b (From main train station: Take a tram number 4 (direction Dubec), and get off on the 7th station (Masiceva). Continue along Maksimirska street until you see 'Dublin Pub' across the street on your left side, cross the street and we are behind 'Dublin' on the right side in 15 story building. Just by Mlinar bakery and hair stylist is our entrance.), ☎ +385 1 555 2707 (email@example.com). checkin: from 1 p.m.; checkout: until 11 a.m.. Funk lounge is a perfect place for you to stay in Zagreb! We are happy to welcome all travelers to discover Zagreb while enjoying the comfort and good atmosphere of our brand new hostel. dorm from: 13 euro, private from: 20 euro.
Hobo Bear Hostel, Meduliceva 4, . checkin: 1400; checkout: 1100. A cozy hostel very near the town center. There is a basement hang out lounge with a TV, including cable and many DVDs, as well as free (fast) internet and computers. The staff is amazingly helpful and speak perfect English, the beds are comfortable and come with free linens and blankets, and there is also a well stocked kitchen facility. Dorm bed: 105 kuna.
Hostel Lika, Pašmanska 17, . Small and cozy hostel a bit out of the city center.Dorm bed: 100 kuna.
Hostel Mali Mrak Zagreb, Dubicka 8, . Dorm bed: 100 kuna.
Nokturno Hostel, Skalinska 2a, . Free internet access, free linens and towels.Dorm bed: 130 kuna; Single: 200 kuna.
Logistics Youth Centre, Jakuševečka 87, ☎ 00385 1 6626 035, . Logistic youth center, also works as a regional information center. From the host, you can get complete information about everything that interests you. The space has 10 rooms, lobby with fireplace, dining room, kitchen and a cinema hall, where you can stream movies from your laptop. The most interesting part is the terrace with space for tents and 30 seats. Located further from downtown, but the center has its own bus which runs as needed. Parking for approximately 30 vehicles.
Old Town Zagreb Hostel, Dordiceva 24 (Ulica Ignjata Dordica). Dorm bed: 100 kuna.
Apartment AS Zagreb, Crnčićeva 2 & Račićeva 12, ☎ +385 98 669 660, . Two affordable and cozy apartments in a very quiet neighborhood Maksimir near city center.€50-100.
Apartment Rupa Pod Oblacima & Penthouse Zagreb, ☎ +385 99 5622 485, . Lovely and cozy aprtment near centre of Zagreb, with beautiful view of to the whole city. The penthouse apartment is a 120 square meter duplex.1-bedroom apartment: €50-70; 2-bedroom penthouse: €85-105.
Apartments Jadranka and Bella, Av. Marina Držića 15, Zagreb, Croatia (The apartment is located near the Zagreb main bus station), ☎ +385 91 733 7206 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . checkin: from 12.00(noon); checkout: until 10.00. Whether you are just passing through Zagreb or staying for a long time, you will be comfortably accommodated in our apartments. Additional benefit is the transport service to and from the airport at extra charge.Jadranka: 55€/night, Bella: 48€/night.
Hotel Jägerhorn, Ilica 14, ☎ +385 1 48-33-877, . 3-star hotel Founded in 1827, Hotel Jägerhorn is the city's oldest standing hotel.
Arcotel Allegra, Branimirova 29 (300 meters from the central railway station (Glavni kolodvor)), ☎ +385 1 46-96-000, . 4-star hotel which is Zagreb's first "lifestyle" hotel. All rooms are spacious and air-conditioned and feature mini bar, safe, internet connection, bigscreen TV and DVD player. A very cool touch are the free apples supplied in your room in a very funky holder!
Best Western Premier Hotel Astoria, Petrinjska 71 (not far from the central square of Ban Jelačić), ☎ +385 1 48-08-900, . 3-star hotel
Four Points by Sheraton Panorama Hotel Zagreb, Trg Kresimira Ćosića 9 (in the business district of Zagreb some 2.5 kilometers away from the central railway station (Glavni kolodvor)), . 4-star hotel.
Hotel Aristos, Cebini 33, Buzin (in the vicinity of the Zagreb airport at the southern gates of Zagreb, in the Buzin commercial center), ☎ +385 1 66-95-900, . 4-star hotel.
Hotel As, Zelengaj 2A (2.5 km north-west of the railway station (Glavni kolodvor)), ☎ +385 1 46-09-111, . 4-star hotel.
Hotel Central, Branimirova 3 (150 meters from the railway station (Glavni kolodvor)), ☎ (+385 1 48-41-122, . 3-star hotel refurbished in 1996.
Hotel Dora, Trnjanska cesta 11 (behind the Lisinski Music Hall (south of the main railway station - Glavni kolodvor)), ☎ +385 1 63-11-900, . 3 star hotel.
Hotel Dubrovnik, Gajeva 1 (overlooking Zagreb's main square - Ban Jelačić Square), ☎ +385 1 48-63-500, . 4-star hotel.
Hotel Holiday, (at the western entrance to Zagreb not far from the Zagreb Fair), ☎ +385 1 34-96-621, . 3-star hotel.
Hotel I, Remetinečka cesta 106 (near the southern entrance into Zagreb, south of the Sava and in the vicinity of Zagreb Fair), ☎ +385 1 65-42-238, . 3-star hotel.
Hotel International, Miramarska 24 (several hundred meters south of the central railway station), ☎ +385 1 61-08-800, . 3-star hotel.
Hotel Jadran, Vlaška 50 (in the city center some 500 meters east of the Cathedral), ☎ +385 1 45-53-777, . 3-star hotel. There is a big shopping center near-by - the Importanne Gallery.
Hotel Laguna, Kranjčevićeva 29 (near the Cibona Business Tower), ☎ +385 1 30-47-000, . 3-star hotel.
Hotel Phoenix, Sesvetska cesta 29 (in an eastern suburb of Zagreb - Sesvete. It is located some 500 meters from the motorway on the main road that leads from Zagreb to Dugo Selo.), ☎ +385 1 20-06-333, . 3-star hotel
Palace Hotel, J.J. Strossmayer Square, ☎ +385 1 48-14-611, . 4-star hotel. It was built in the Secession style in 1891 and converted into a hotel in 1905. The Arts Pavillion is 50 metres away.
Regent Esplanade Zagreb, Mihanovićeva 1 (just across the central railway station), ☎ +385 1 45-66-666, . Built in 1925 for passengers of the famous Orient Express train, which connected Paris and Istanbul. If you can, check the Emerald Ballroom with its soaring dome shaped roof. The hotel also includes the Zinfandel's Restaurant, Le Bistro and the Esplanade 1925, the hotel's lounge and cocktail bar.
Sheraton Zagreb Hotel, Kneza Borne 2, ☎ +385 1 45-53-535, . Features air-conditioned rooms and suites with classic furniture and marbled bathrooms. It also includes King Tomislav Restaurant, Fontana Restaurant, Piano Bar, Café Imperial, 17 meeting rooms and an 800-square-meter Grand Ballroom.
Westin Zagreb, Kršnjavoga 1 (next to the Mimara Museum and the Croatian National Theatre), ☎ +385 1 48-92-000, . The hotel was renovated in 2004. It features the legendary Heavenly Bed and Heavenly Shower and probably offers the best view in the city.
Art Internet Caffee, Tkalčićeva 18, "Art" is an internet cafe bar, situated in the very center of Zagreb (Tkalčićeva 18), just a few steps from the Ban Jelačić square. In this modern and comfortable bar you can enjoy a fine selection of beverages as well as a large variety of computer services. Tel:+385 1 48 11 050. Open M-Su 08.00 - 23-00.
Aquarius net, Kralja Držislava 4.
Art Net Club, Preradovićeva 25.
KIC, Preradovićeva 5/1.
Klub SC,Savska 25.
Mama, Preradovićeva 18, is one of the coolest and cheapest cyber cafes in the city. They charge 10kn (1.36E) per hour or you can pay by the minute. Wireless connection, Skype, cool juices and coffee are available. The place is run by Multimedia institute , a nonprofit organization working in the fields of new media culture and digital technology, so there's chance of meeting some of the local and international cutting-edge artists or attending some interesting program.
MMC Zagreb, Gajeva 17, "MMC" is an internet point (Gaming & Surfing & Call & Fax), situated in the very center of Zagreb (Gajeva 17), just a few steps from the Ban Jelačić square. Tel:+385 1 48 72 671. Open Mon-Sun 09.00 - 23-00.
Sublink, Teslina 12.
Vip, Preradović square 5.
Vip, Ibler square.
As other cities in Croatia, Zagreb is very safe, but just as anywhere else dark alleys, parks during the night, etc. should generally be avoided, and common sense should be followed. The chance of getting in trouble in Zagreb is fairly low, especially in the center where most of the hotels and restaurants are located, and for foreigners who are in general respected and welcome. Visitors soon realize that Zagreb is way safer than the vast majority of other European capitals such as London, Paris, Vienna, Rome, Budapest, etc.
Pickpocketing isn't a particularly common occurence in Zagreb, but you might be approached by beggars and similar people on the street - ignore them and they will go away.
Park Ribnjak, located very close to the city centre, is safe during daytime and worth visiting, especially for children. However, it has recently become a night-time meeting place of alternative youngsters, and subculture violence involving "skinheads" and similar violent young people has occasionally occurred. It's best to steer clear of Ribnjak after dark, which shouldn't be a problem because of a lack of interesting content for most tourists anyway.
Further, if you are going out at night (especially on weekends) steer clear of any drunk and rowdy groups of young people you might encounter in the street or night trams as random beatings have been known to occur. It is not uncommon for such groups to start unprovoked attacks on passersby, although they target mainly younger crowd and teenagers. These are not common but they do happen occasionally, and people have been killed by such attacks in the past, so take precautions.
Avoid clubs which play what is known in Croatia as "Turbo-folk" music. These clubs are often featured in the local newspapers as violence erupts in them quite easily.
Also, avoid strip clubs at all costs. Zagreb is not famous for such clubs and they are rare, however most of them are often run by very shady characters, and often overcharge their guests. Recent cases include foreigners that were charged 2000 euros for a bottle of champagne. These clubs overcharge their customers to the extreme, and their bouncers will not have any mercy if you tell them you are unable to pay. You will soon find yourself in a local hospital. This not only applies to strip clubs in Zagreb, but also all over Croatia.
Reading and Speaking
Croatian children start learning a foreign language in primary school, and for the majority it is English, so younger people can usually speak the language well enough, and many older people know some. You may also try German or Italian, as both are popular (for historical and cultural reasons).
It is also advisable to learn a some basic Croatian words and phrases - because Zagreb can be a vibrant, busy city, a few basic molim or oprostite will go a long way to avoid being ignored by a busy local.
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