Zagreb best attractions
Zagreb lists a vaste array of historical spots and picturesque corners. Have a look at the list below to find your favorite place in the city.
Among many Zagreb sites located in the Upper Town, one should mention the medieval Lotršcak Tower erected in the 13th century at the south entrance to the former Gradec. One of the landmarks of Zagreb, the Tower is the best preserved part of the former city fortification.
An interesting fact is that the Tower used to be leased to the citizens, provided that it can be used for defence purposes, and today, the Tower, with its beautiful view over Zagreb, contains a museum and a souvenir shop, as well as the „Gric cannon“ which is fired every day to mark midday.
Tkalciceva street in Zagreb, lovingly referred to as Tkalca, developed between the two oldest Zagreb neighbourhoods, Kaptol and Gradec, at the place of the former stream surrounded by mills and arched by bridges, the most famous one being the legendary Bloody Bridge.
Tkalca has been the home of craftsmen and merchants for centuries, and today it is a picturesque promenade most famous for art galleries, pleasant coffee shops and festivals that have transformed it into one of the most popular places for going out of citizens and tourists alike.
Zagreb Upper Town
The Upper Town, formerly called Gradec, has kept its old appearance to a great extent, and includes a number of Zagreb sites. Located on the slope of the Medvednica Mountain, it was fortified with walls and towers in the 13th century, and many legends are associated with it.
As the core of modern Zagreb, the Upper Town still plays an important role, not only on the tourism map of the city, but also as the seat of the Croatian Parliament and the Croatian Government that are located in its very centre, next to the Church of St. Mark.
Ilica is the most famous street in Zagreb and a favourite place for shopping due to a number of prestigious clothes and shoe stores.
Dating back to the 15th century, this street is also one of the longest Zagreb streets, passing through the main square and dividing the centre of the city into the Upper and the Lower towns. Some say that the name originates from the stream of the same name from which the potters dug out the clay for making pots.
Contemporary Art Museum
The Museum of Contemporary Art is a lively place of creation, representation and preservation of all forms of contemporary art. Its purpose is to encourage the understanding of contemporary art through innovative and creative use of exhibitions and collections, thus allowing diverse groups of visitors to learn through entertainment. The emphasis is placed on the development of the working process with artists and the audience, rather than on displaying a final exhibition product.
Manduševac Fountain is among the most famous Zagreb sites for citizens and travellers alike due to its location and historical background.
The fountain is located at the Ban Jelacic Square at the former spring associated with the legend of the naming of Zagreb. According to the legend, the names of Manduševac and Zagreb originated from a random encounter of a young man and a young woman at the spring and his plea "Manda, scoop" (Croatian: zagrabiti).
Croatian National Theatre
Built in 1895, this famous baroque building is the Croatian National Theatre. It is surrounded by many buildings of high architectural value, which represent the late 19th and early 20th century architecture. The repertoire of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb boasts a rich and diverse offer.
Zagreb Botanical Garden
The Zagreb Botanical Garden is located in the heart of the city and has unique charm. Founded in 1889 for the purpose of university lectures, it is now home to autochthonic plant varieties from different parts of Croatia as well as a number of other plants from the sub-Mediterranean, Mediterranean and Alpine regions.
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