Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, is probably one of the least noticed capital cities in Europe. Totally wrong. Although it had to struggle with the effects of the war for a long time, Zagreb has now recovered and is well on the way to becoming a real paradise for city holidaymakers. It is the largest city in Croatia. Its almost 800,000 inhabitants are spread over 17 districts, which in turn are divided into countless municipalities and settlements. In order to get a first overview of Zagreb as a tourist, it is therefore advisable to join a guided tour of the city for the first ascent. Thus, one does not only get to know the most important facts and events in a fast and compact way, but one can also get some tips from the local guide, for example to the best restaurants or from where one has the most beautiful view to the city centre.
Between history and modern times
If it is particularly important to experience cultural and historical highlights during a city trip, Zagreb is the right place for you. In addition to many open and beautiful green spaces, which invite you to relax and linger, the Croatian capital has countless hotspots, museums and galleries. A special feature is also the division into the "upper" and the "lower" city. Both areas - Gornji Grad and Donji Grad - surprise with countless exciting little things to discover and marvel at. They are connected by countless stairs and steeply rising roads. There is also a very special means of transport that serves residents and visitors alike: the funicular. It connects the pedestrian zones of the two halves of the city and has been doing so for over 120 years now, which is why it has been listed as a cultural monument. The perfect and very popular starting point for an exploratory tour and at the same time one of the most important sights of Zagreb is the former "Square of the Republic" today called Ban Jelacic Square. From there, not only do all the important connections go through and out of the city, the square itself is an absolute must-see and invites you to relax and linger through the many cafés and bars. Furthermore, the capital of Croatia has a lot of churches and wonderful old cathedrals to offer, which can be explained by the strongly Christian character of the country. So it is a must for every visitor, whether on a guided city tour or on their own, to visit the impressive St. Mark's Church, which stands in the old town of Zagreb. World famous for the roof decorated with the coat of arms of the city of Zagreb, it is also famous for the wonderful, purely handmade statues inside the nave. Not far away is the Zagreb Cathedral, which, with the two highest church towers in the country, is part of the official national cultural heritage of Croatia.
If you prefer a quieter pace and like to get away from the metropolis during a city trip, you would do well to take a guided tour or a day trip to the surrounding areas of Zagreb. Thus, in the region of Gornja Stubica there is not only the famous Orsic Castle, but also the Museum of the Peasant Revolt, which in 1573 affected large parts of the area. An absolute highlight is also a trip to the several hundred year old Veliki Tabor Castle, which also functions as a museum and has been listed by UNESCO. Those who have a little more time and also want to see the beautiful nature in the surroundings of the Croatian capital should definitely make a day trip to the National Park Plitvice Lakes. Nature lovers will find a breathtaking backdrop on an area of almost 300 km²: Waterfalls, turquoise lakes and passing streams. Anyone who has been there once will not be surprised that the UNESO has declared the largest of the eight national parks in the country a World Heritage Site.
Guided tours in Zagreb
Holidaymakers often find it difficult to identify the main points and attractions of their destination. That is why city tours or round trips are the ideal way not to miss anything. In addition, the local tour guides can give valuable tips, tricks and information for the rest of your holiday that cannot be found in any written travel guide. For an exclusive feeling, private excursions, day tours or city tours are particularly suitable, where the wishes of the individual guest can be taken into account in personal contact with the provider. A combination of a city tour followed by an excursion into nature is also a popular way to quickly, safely and above all reliably locate and marvel at the hotspots of the holiday destination and the surrounding areas. Especially in Croatia there are many small towns and almost human-free areas, which make a trip to the former Eastern Bloc country a very special experience: The contact between nature and urban habitat is more blurred in hardly any other place in the world than at the borders of Zagreb.