The incredible Adriatic coast with glassy-smooth turquoise waters along with the fine cultural legacy, artistic treasure troves and delicious gourmet, all come together to make Zagreb a fantastic tourist destination. Even though the capital of Croatia bears all the hallmarks of a dynamic 21st century city, it still sports a stamp of being old-school as it is laden with charmingly old-fashioned architecture and cobbled streets as well as preserved its historical heritage very well.
While holidaying in the city from central Croatia, be sure to head over to the Zagreb Cathedral. This Roman Catholic structure is considered to be one of the most holy buildings in Gothic style south-east of the Alps as well as the tallest in Croatia. St. Mark's Square houses the neoclassical Sabor (parliament) and the baroque Banski Dvori (Ban;s Court Palace). At the center-stage is Cvkva Svetog Marka (St. Mark's Church), which features red, white and blue tiled roof signifying the coats of arms for Zagreb and the Kingdom of Croatia, Dalmatia and Slavonia.
Ban Jela?i? Square is a bustling public meeting place surrounded by chic pastel-coloured Secessionist facades and open-air cafes. At its heart is a bronze equestrian statue of its namesake, Ban Jela?i?, the Croatian viceroy under Austro-Hungary. Tired of the hustle-bustle of the cosmopolitan city? Then spend some quiet time strolling along Maksimir Park. Spanning over 316-hectare (780-acre), Maksimir Park dates as far back to the late 18th century and is the biggest green space in the city. This massive expanse of green space includes artificial lakes, streams, meadows and follies. Other features comprises of a small zoo, a cafe and a football stadium - home of Dinamo Zagreb and the Croatian national team.
If you're one among those folks who enjoys watching the city from a bird's eye view then the Zagreb Eye is for you. Have a stunning panoramic vista of the city (including Kaptol, Gradec, the Upper and Lower Town) from the Zagreb Eye, residing on the 16th floor of a skyscraper at Ban Josip Jela?i? Square. The 360-degree views of the city and the surrounding countryside is nothing short of magical.
Spend some time at Gornji Grad (Upper Town) walk around the cobbled streets and look at the buildings dating from medieval times up to the 19th century. When you head the Donji Grad (Lower Town), one will see a geometrical grid plan with a series of green squared fringed by Austro-Hungarian buildings built from the late 19th century onwards.
As for museums, there are tons to satisfy the art & artifact enthusiasts. Some of the significant ones are: Museum of Broken Relationships (exhibits collection of objects that talks about broken love stories), Museum of Arts and Crafts (traces the journey of Croatian design) and Zagreb City Museum (talks about the tumultuous and complex history of Zagreb).
As for shopping, head to the Ilica Street for it is one of the main shopping lanes in Zagreb. Some of the classic souvenir include 'Croata' ties, Croatian wines, rakija (grape brandy), olive oil and truffle products. Be sure to spend some time at Dolac market where colourful vibrant stalls are selling fruits, vegetables, flowers and so forth. Similar to Vienna, Zagreb is known for its caffeine cafe culture. Head over to a cafe for an espresso, cakes, pastries and so on.
The stay options in Zagreb are abundant with the best luxury hotels, swanky apartments and cheap accommodations available for the tourists to decide which kind they prefer depending on their budget and taste.
Zagreb experiences oceanic climate. The best time to visit would be during the spring and summer months when the temperatures are conducive for sight-seeing.