Things to do in Zagreb

While a stroll along the aged cobbled streets is an experience in itself, most of Zagreb's attractions are found in the centre of its old town. One of the most prominent attractions in Zagreb is the Croatian History Museum, housed in an 18th-century Baroque palace called Vojkovic-Orsic-Rauch.

There is a sequence of town squares at the end of Praska Street in the old town, with each boasting its own unique character and fascinating past. For those intrigued by ancient history, the nearby Roman town of Andautonia is well worth a visit. For a walk through centuries of Zagreb's proud but turbulent history, travellers should visit the Mirogoj Cemetery where many prominent Croatians of all faiths are buried.

Another popular attraction is the quirky Museum of Broken Relationships, which displays mementos from failed relationships from all over the world. Each item is displayed with a story, some funny, some sad, some touching. It certainly is not a typical museum experience but people flock to see these ordinary objects and read the personal anecdotes that make them significant.

For a break from the bustle of the city, adventurers can go hiking or biking on Medvednica Mountain. Its great looming silhouette promises beautiful scenery and well-maintained trails, affording impressive views of the city below from several high vantage points.

Andautonia Archaeological Park photo

Andautonia Archaeological Park

Close to Zagreb are the ruins of an excavated ancient Roman town named Andautonia. It was a prominent administrative, economic, cultural and religious centre between the 1st and 4t…

Andautonia Archaeological Park

Close to Zagreb are the ruins of an excavated ancient Roman town named Andautonia. It was a prominent administrative, economic, cultural and religious centre between the 1st and 4th centuries. At the Andautonia Archaeological Park, visitors can view a 26,910-square-foot (2,500 sq m) area of the Roman settlement, including parts of the main street, city baths and colonnades. There is a museum at the site exhibiting artefacts from the Greek and Roman periods, while tourists can also visit the nearby village of Scitarjevo to get a glimpse into rural life and see some traditional wooden housing.

Address Archaeological Museum: 19 Nikola Subic Zrinski Square

Website www.amz.hr

Croatian History Museum photo

Croatian History Museum

The building that houses Croatia's history is itself a part of that history. Situated in the historical town centre, is the beautiful Baroque palace, Vojkovic-Orsic-Rauch, built at…

Croatian History Museum

The building that houses Croatia's history is itself a part of that history. Situated in the historical town centre, is the beautiful Baroque palace, Vojkovic-Orsic-Rauch, built at the end of the 18th century and formerly the private residence of three successive baronial families. In the late 1930s, the palace became the residence of Zagreb's mayors, before being designated as a repository for the historical relics of the city. It currently houses more than 140,000 antiquities in various collections, from stone monuments, military uniforms and fine art, to religious artefacts, venerated icons and noble heraldry. The exhibitions in this museum are temporary, meaning it's possible to visit the museum many times and always see new things.

Address Matoševa 9

Website www.hismus.hr/en

Croatian National Theatre photo

Croatian National Theatre

The building housing the Croatian National Theatre (or HNK Zagreb) is as much a national treasure as the world-class theatre, opera, music and ballet productions that take place on…

Croatian National Theatre

The building housing the Croatian National Theatre (or HNK Zagreb) is as much a national treasure as the world-class theatre, opera, music and ballet productions that take place on its stage. Construction began on the theatre building in 1894, with Croatian artist Vlaho Bukovac painting the ceremonial curtain while Viennese artist Alexander Goltz decorated the ceiling of the auditorium. At the entrance to the theatre, visitors can see the large ornate fountain called 'The Well of Life', designed by Croatian artist Ivan Meštrovic in 1905. The Croatian National Theatre has hosted famous artists and performers from all over the world, and culture enthusiasts shouldn't miss a show.

Address Trg Marsala Tita 15

Website www.hnk.hr/en

Town Squares photo

Town Squares

Praska Street, in the lower part of old Zagreb, leads on to a sequence of attractive park squares, each flaunting their own attractions and worth a walking tour. Zrinski Square fea…

Town Squares

Praska Street, in the lower part of old Zagreb, leads on to a sequence of attractive park squares, each flaunting their own attractions and worth a walking tour. Zrinski Square features a music pavilion dating from 1895 and fountains, with the Archaeological Museum at No.17.

This square also features a row of busts of distinguished Croatians and the palace of the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences, which houses the Strossmayer Gallery. On Strossmayer Square is a monument to Bishop Josip Juraj Strossmayer, founder of the academy, as well as several other historic buildings.

Tomislav Square features the Art Pavilion, fronted by a monument to Croatian Renaissance painter Andrija Medulic, while King Tomislav rises on horseback. Starcevic Square is home to the City Library and Hotel Esplanade, and gives access to the Botanical Gardens and Frane Bulic Monument.

In Marulic Square, the University Library stands as a magnificent example of Art Nouveau architecture. Mimara Museum is on Roosevelt Square, and the Baroque Revival Croatian National Theatre stands on Republic Square.

Trakoscan Castle photo

Trakoscan Castle

Trakoscan is a legendary 13th-century Gothic castle that was home to various influential families for centuries before finally falling into disrepair in the second half of the 18th…

Trakoscan Castle

Trakoscan is a legendary 13th-century Gothic castle that was home to various influential families for centuries before finally falling into disrepair in the second half of the 18th century. It now survives as a museum of life in a medieval castle, with visitors exploring three floors, a dungeon and the surrounding parklands. Guests can wander freely through stone corridors, up and down winding staircases and into the various rooms adorned by original furniture and weaponry. It is also a great attraction for children as the castle, lake and forest transport the little ones to a fairytale world.

Plitvice Lakes National Park photo

Plitvice Lakes National Park

The Plitvice Lakes have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the national park enclosing them is the oldest in Southeast Europe. Thousands flock every year to the unbelie…

Plitvice Lakes National Park

The Plitvice Lakes have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the national park enclosing them is the oldest in Southeast Europe. Thousands flock every year to the unbelievable beauty of these 16 green and turquoise lakes, linked by waterfalls and surrounded by forest. Wooden walkways meander around and across the water, formed by mineral deposits that create terraces within the constantly changing limestone landscape. Visitors can cover the 11 miles (18km) of walkways on foot, but buses and ferries do service certain sections. The surrounding forests boast an extremely diverse variety of flora and fauna.

Website www.np-plitvicka-jezera.hr/en

Rijeka photo

Rijeka

The commercial capital of the idyllic Adriatic Coast is the cultural city and holiday destination of Rijeka, with its international harbour lending it a cosmopolitan flair. Rijeka …

Rijeka

The commercial capital of the idyllic Adriatic Coast is the cultural city and holiday destination of Rijeka, with its international harbour lending it a cosmopolitan flair. Rijeka is not only the gateway to the beautiful coastal island resorts, but a tourist's delight in itself, with its charming historic buildings and street cafes. It hosts an annual carnival with lively music and dancing, providing a glimpse into ancient Slavic folklore and mythology. Revellers don masks to scare away evil forces and there are numerous events, concerts and parades. There's also the remarkable Trsat Castle, which is reached by some formidable stone steps but well worth the climb.

Krk Island photo

Krk Island

The largest island in the Croation Archipelago, Krk is a haven of sparkling beaches and lovely holiday towns. It enjoys a laid-back Mediterranean atmosphere, with Krk Town being th…

Krk Island

The largest island in the Croation Archipelago, Krk is a haven of sparkling beaches and lovely holiday towns. It enjoys a laid-back Mediterranean atmosphere, with Krk Town being the main tourist hub with its many restaurants, shops and bars found in the Old Town area. Nicknamed the 'Golden Island', getting to Krk from the mainland is made easy by an imposing 4,500 foot (1,4km) bridge.

The best beaches are found in Baska, with more than 30 of them connected by a promenade, while other beach towns on Krk include Njivice and the sandy coastline of Klimno Bay. Vrbnik is home to vineyards that produce some of the best white wines in Croatia, while the folk festival in Dobrinj draws crowds from all over.

Krk Island is popular for weekend excursions from the mainland. Visitors can easily spend a week exploring the winding streets and hidden corners of the island. A haven for watersports, bird watching and hiking, there is lots to see and do on Krk for just about anyone.

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