Monday, February 24, 2014

What to see in Zagreb, Croatia

Today's Zagreb has grown out of two medieval settlements that for centuries developed on neighboring hills. The first written mention of the city dates from 1094, when a diocese was founded on Kaptol, while in 1242, neighboring Gradec was proclaimed a free and royal city. Both the settlements were surrounded by high walls and towers, remains of which are still preserved.

Walking is one of the best ways to explore all of Zagreb's picturesque historical sites, hidden alleys & lanes and especially the main square of the city. You can learn a lot about Zagreb on a walking tour as you discover the main sights and attractions at your own pace.

The center of Zagreb is divided into two parts: Gornji Grad (Upper Town) and Donji Grad (Lower Town). Because of its historical structures, churches and religious monuments, Gornji Grad has great historic value attached to it and is literally a tourist's paradise. Donji Grad on the otherhand mostly contains shops, cafes, museums and parks.

There is a lot to see in Zagreb. Zagreb is home to over 30 museums and galleries, several religious and historic buildings and monuments, and a plethora of green spaces and squares. In fact, in Donji Grad 7 squares make up the o-called Green horseshoe or Lenuzzi's horseshoe. Here are a few of the top attractions in Zagreb:

Tkalčićeva Street
Typical European street lined with cafes and interesting shopping. Stop here for a coffee and some people watching.

Botanical Garden
A cool and relaxing oasis on a hot day of sightseeing in Croatia's capital city.

Zagreb Cathedral
Impressive neo-gothic cathedral easily viewed from most vantage points in the city.

Museum of Broken Relationships
Interesting collection revolving around the concept of failed relationships and their ruins. Definitely worth a visit!

Mushroom Museum

Locals and visitors will be able to find out everything there is to know about mushrooms, such as which mushrooms are eatable, which are poisonous and which would result in death if they were eaten, this new museum just opened this past summer.

Croatian Museum of Naive Art
Very interesting paintings and some sculptures by untrained Croatian artists from rural areas.

St. Mark's Church

Late Gothic Church with some Romanesque features, standing on the corner of St. Mark's Square.

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