The central historical part of Zagreb is arbitrarily divided into Gornji Grad (Upper City) and Donji Grad (Lower City).
Gornji Grad iz Zagreb
Gornji Grad is the Medieval part of the centre of Zagreb.
The heart of Zagreb’s Gornji Grad is Zagreb’s neogothic cathedral — Zagreb’s Kaptol Cathedral.
From the square of Zagreb’s Kaptol cathedral, along an narrow old street, you can go the famous central market Dolac, from where a stairway leads down to Zagreb’s central square — Trg bana Jelasica.
Picturesque narrow streets lead directly to the medieval part of the centre of Zagreb.
In Zagreb’s Gornji Grad you can see the tower Lotrscak, from which a cannon fires, letting the people know when it is noon, and which offers an enchanting view of the entire city, the gothic church of St Mark of the 14th-15th century with a mosaic roof of multi-coloured roof tiles, the Baroque church of St Catherine, the Bloody Bridge, the monument to St. George, the Stone Gate, the bishop’s palace with St. Stephen chapel, the Sabor, the Museum of Zagreb, and many others.
From Donji Grad to Gornji Grad you can go down in a funicular. The fare is 5 kunas, the rails are 66 m long, and the road takes 55 seconds.
Zagreb Funicular – the shortest funicular in the world!
Or you can walk down the picturesque park Strossmayer Promenade.
In the park, artisans sell their hand-made souvenirs, there is live music playin, there are cafes in the shade of large trees, and every evening there are concerts of music bands of different kinds.
Lower City (Donji Grad)
When you go down to Lower City, you get to the central street Ilica. Here, shops of all famous (and not quite so) brands of clothing and shoe wear are located.
Ilica street goes directly to Zagreb’s central square — Trg bana Elasica.
Trg bana Elasica is a place where many events in Zagreb take place, and it is also one of the most favourite meeting places for the people of the city. Trg bana Elasica is the epicenter of life n Zagreb.
Donji Grad is a more modern (19th century) part of the centre of the city of Zagreb.
Spacious squares, parks with fountains and pavillions, and monumental Classicism buildings make (if you look from above) the letter U, and are called the “green horseshoe” of Zagreb.
Here, there are the Croatian national theatre, Strossmayer Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Museum of Arts and Crafts, the Archaeological Museum, the Botanic Garden, the State Archive, the Academy of Sciences, and the renowned Mimara Museum — one of the most wonderful art galleries in Europe.
The attention of the visitors and citizens of Zagreb is invariably attracted by the meteorological pole.
The ensemble is made complete by the building of the Main railway station.
Novi Grad is the modern post-war New Zagreb; you can say it is separated from the historic centre by the Sava river. In New Zagreb there is a great number of multi-story multiple-dwelling apartment buildings.
In New Zagreb there are also the modern buildings of the Zagreb Exhibition Complex, the National University Library, the Lisinski concert hall, the sport and recreational centre Jarun, which is the favourite place for the people of Zagreb to have a rest.
Parks in Zagreb
There are many parks in Zagreb: the old park Ribnjak in the very centre of the city, the park area Maksimir, where the Zoo of Zagreb is located, with its 275 kinds of animals, and which occupies the area of 7 hectares.
Away from the centre of Zagreb, on one of its hills of the foot of mount Medvednica, there is the central city cemetery Mirogoj — the place of rest of deceased celebrities and one of the most beautiful cemeteries of Europe.
Not far from Zagreb there is the Medvednica nature park. Mount Medvednica protects Zagreb from the cold northern winds.
The name of the park is connected to the bears, that lived here at some time in the past. Numerous paths lead to the summit of the mountain, which is 1035 m above sea level.
In summer, Sljeme is the favourite place to walk for the people of Zagreb. In winter Sljeme is a modernly-equipped ski resort of Medvednica, where at the beginning of every year the Ski World Cup is held, in which the best sportsmen of the world participate.
Museum of the city of Zagreb
Tells about the emergence and history of the city of Zagreb, its traditions and features.
The Museum of the city of Zagreb web – www.mdc.hr/mgz/index.html
Zagreb Card is a card for those visitors of Zagreb who are planning to spend a few days in the city and get to know it thoroughly.
The card is valid for 3 days, it gives discounts (mostly 50%) on entrance tickets in most of museums, art galleries, theatres, cinemas, public transport and many other places.
The full list of Zagreb Card discount offers – www.zagrebcard.fivestars.hr
Gornji Grad – Medieval Zagreb sights walking tour
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Two parts of Zagreb city which we are interested in: Kaptol and Gornji Grad…
Donji Grad – downtown Zagreb sights walking tour
Donji Grad is a modern part of Zagreb city.
It is relatively young, but full of different amazing attractions, museums, monuments and parks, united into the Green Lenuci Horseshoe.
“Lenuci Horseshoe” or “Zagreb Green Horseshoe” is a system of eight squares in a middle of the Lower town of Zagreb city.
Word “green” in its name goes from its main feature – all following squares are parks.
Seeing Zagreb on your own
The Tourism Council of Zagreb has developed two routes for the guests of the city, so they can visit it on their own.
The first route of the Zagreb goes around Upper City, and the second around Lower City. Both routes end in Zagreb’s central square — Ban Jelacic Square.
Routes of a Zagreb sightseeing bus
There is a daily bus travelling from Kaptol square, providing an excursion (headphones) in English, German, Italian, Russian, French, among other languages. There are daily red line trips around Zagreb. There are daily green line trips around Zagreb.
The guests of Zagreb are offered 2 lines of a bus excursion around Zagreb: the red line is 60 minutes long and it takes a very close look at the historical centre of Zagreb — Ipper and Lower Cities; and the green line, which is 90 minutes long, allows to see more as it also goes through the modern area of Zagreb called Novi Grad.
Excursion buses travel around Zagreb from May to October.
An adult ticket for a bus excursion costs 70 kunas, children 7-18 years old pay 35 kunas.
Children under 7 can get on such a bus for free. If yo have a ticket for one of the lines, a trip on the other line is free.
Departure time the Red Line bus tour around Zagreb – 12:00, 13:30, 15:00, 16:30, 18:00
Departure time the Green Line bus tour around Zagreb – 12:00, 16:00