Croatia: Top Things to See and Do in Zagreb (Tourist Attractions)

Zagreb is the largest city in Croatia; it is also the capital of this European country. The city is located in the northwest region of the country, alongside the Sava River. The population is approximately 779, 445. It is also the location of the University of Zagreb and serves as the academic center for the country.


As with most European nations, there is a rich history to be experienced in Zagreb. There are a number of informative and exciting sites and activities to keep you busy during your stay in this gorgeous city.

Zagreb’s Museum of Contemporary Art:

This is Croatia’s newest museum and it is also the largest museum ever built in Croatia. This museum is comprised of 5,000 square meters of exhibition space, which includes a multi-media room, library, a children’s workshop and a boutique. This beautiful museum, known to the Croatians as simply MSU, joins the National library and the Lisinski Concert Hall as Zagreb’s prized cultural institutions.

The Dolac Market:

This market is eighty years old and still going strong. It sits over the main square. This site is a landmark for local and international tourists. This is a market where farmers of surrounding villages come to sell the goods that they have grown. The butchers operate in the covered market downstairs. Their covered market also has fishmongers as well as ladies selling cheese and cream. On the outside, you will be able to find a number of fresh fruits and vegetables stands that will allow you to taste the goods.

The Ribanica fish market sells fish and other seafood on every day accept Monday. Another thing you will want to keep your eyes open for is the bargain lunches that are often offered at little quaint spots around the edge of the market. You can literally spend a day at this one location.

Cathedral of the Assumption:

This Roman Catholic cathedral is the tallest building in Croatia and was dedicated to the Assumption of Mary.  Make sure to check out the ornate door and the colorful stain glass windows.

Tkalciceva:

This is the main street in Zagreb for shopping, food and drinks.  During the day its a lively place for people to hang out with friends and at night it becomes the center of Zagreb nightlife.  It is located near the main square and is very lively.

Affordable Quality Cuisine:

Chef and owner of the outstanding restaurant Marcellino, Mario Cerhak, has opened a bargain bistro underneath the same roof. It would be fair to clarify that the word bargain is used relative to the prices at Marcellino, which is considered quite pricey. The menu at the bistro offers risotto yamamoto, anchovy soup and a number of other fantastic dishes.

There are tons of things to do and places to see in Zagreb. You will not experience one dull moment. You may have to hit the gym a little harder once you return home, but you will definitely enjoy your stay.

January 27, 2014