Normally I try to travel to nearby countries by train. But this time I chose to go by long-distance bus the first time of my life. I went to the Hackerbrücke in München, the bus terminal of the Bavarian capital. I took an IC Bus from Deutsche Bahn that was not really comfy and I didn’t get too much sleep. But therefore I arrived in the early morning at the bus terminal of Zagreb (Agram) and could immediatly start to explore the capital city of Croatia.
Zagreb is a very green city. But if you need more green fields to walk around and enjoy the sun, you can go by streetcar 4 and 11 to the park Maksimir – the largest park in Zagreb. Here you’ll find many small sights like the Belvedere, an antifascist graveyard and the zoological garden.
There are different museums in Zagreb, Croatia but they are very different in type and quality. Some are only exhibition halls with one exhibit, others are great art museums and some still spread the vibe of Yugoslavia. If you are limited in time go for the museum of contemporary art and the moderna galerija.
Just a small sight in Zagreb, Croatia often dismissed by tourists. The Oktogon is a roofed pedestrian passage within the building of the First Croatian Savings-Bank. Let’s say there is only one reason to come here: the wonderful glass roof built by Josipa pl. Vancaša.
The Lotrščak tower (Kula Lotrščak) is located at the top of the funicular of Zagreb. It has been built to protect a nearby city gate. In the evenings a bell within the tower annouced the closing of the city gates. Today you can get on top of the tower and enjoy a nice panorama of the city.
If you want to see how Zagreb, Croatia looks from up above, visit ZagrebEye. On top of a skyscraper at the east end of Trg Ban Josip Jelačić there is a nice viewpoint. You can enjoy a coffee at the bar or simply enjoy the 360 degree views on the capital city of Croatia.
You can reach the upper town Gradec in Zagreb by walking over from Kaptol (including some stairs to take; have a break at one of the bars in Ulica Ivana Tkalčića) or by the funicular bringing you to Lotršcak tower. From there it is a short walk to the main square: St. Mark’s square (Trg svetog Marka). The building with the multicoloured roof is St. Mark’s church (Crkva svetog Marka).
The Cathedral of Zagreb (Katedrala Uznesenja Blažene Djevice Marije i svetih Stjepana i Ladislava) on Kaptol hill is a must-see. You can start on the Ban and walk over the Dolac – if you turn to the right you’ll first see the cathedral square and behind it the cathedral dedicated to Virgin Mary.
When it comes to traditional Croatian restaurants in Zagreb, the variety is small but only a limited number of locations are mentioned. Often the Starij fiaker (Mesnička ul. 6) is named, but it was closed during my visit. The best restaurant I tried was Kerempuh, close to the market place Dolac.
If you need to meet someone at the city center of Zagreb, Croatia – do it at “The Ban“. The central place of the city is easily reachable and is a good starting point for discovering the city center, Gradec and Kaptol. It is named after emperor (ban) Josip Jelačić.