Zagreb is a beautiful and old city that offers a myriad of attractions to suit all tastes. You can walk the city´s entire old quarter, as the main attractions are not far away from each other. Nevertheless, there is a tram that will take you to all of the main tourist attractions for those who prefer it, such as Croatia´s largest cathedral or the magnificent art Pavilion.
If you are thinking of visiting Zagreb, the best place to stay is the city centre. In this area you can visit the city´s main square: Ban Jelacic, and wander down Tkalciceva street, which is surrounded by the most interesting restaurants, bars and clubs.
However, if you prefer tranquility and nature you can go to the charming Zrinjeva park which is just a short distance away, or even take a walk along the banks of the river Sava.
One of the things you definitely should not miss is a trip to the Dolac market, which is set within the enchanting and old city centre. It is an open air market, which is well loved by the people of Zagreb, where you can buy many different products or even just enjoy the vibrant colours.
BEST LOCATED HOTELS IN ZAGREB
Price per night
Vlaška 50, Donji Grad
RECOMMENDED / BEST VALUE
74€ - 83$
Best Western Premier Hotel Astoria
115€ - 129$
134€ - 150$
Price per night
95€ - 106$
Palace Hotel Zagreb
Square J.J.Strossmayer 10
104€ - 116$
Ljudevita Gaja 1
116€ - 130$
Price per night
Esplanade Zagreb Hotel
142€ - 159$
On the map, which shows the most convenient area to stay in Zagreb, you can see a selection of some of the best located hotels.
Set along the Sava River with cultural and entertainment activities aplenty, Zagreb is a lovely option for a weekend escape in the city. The city centre is the best area to stay for access to the best Zagreb has to offer. The epicenter of town features the pedestrianized Tkalčićeva Street, lined with small shops and restaurants. The upper part of the centre contains the Zagreb Cathedral and St. Mark’s Church. The main square, locally known as Ban Jelačić, lies in the lower area of the city centre, where tourists will also find many shops, parks, and museums.
The city centre is fairly small with all the main sights within walking distance. Tourists will enjoy the Dolac Market for local flavor, shopping on Ilica Street, and quirky fun at the Museum of Broken Relationships. For a lovely view of the city from above, check out the Zagreb Eye.The city centre is enclosed by a U-shaped greenspace, known as the Lenuzzi Horseshoe or the Green Horseshoe. The gastronomy of Zagreb is multi-faceted and of high quality, with local and international options.
Getting into the city centre is done with ease, as it is only 25 minutes by car from Zagreb International Airport. The city itself is walkable, while public transport is also extensive.
Other areas to stay in Zagreb
For those interested in nature or sports, Maksimir is the best area to stay in Zagreb. The district of Maksimir features an incredible park with open fields, creeks, lakes, and indigenous wildlife, only 15 minutes by car (25 minutes by bus) from the city centre.
Maksimir Park is the oldest park in Zagreb and also houses the Zagreb Zoo. The adjacent Stadion Maksimir is home to the Dinamo Zagreb, Croatia’s top club football team. The urban center of this district is located on Maksimirska Street; here you will find plenty of lodging options, shopping, and dining.
South of the Sava River lies the district of Novi Zagreb (translating to New Zagreb). This is a nice area to stay in order to witness the current expansion of Croatia’s capital. Although originally more residential, Novi Zagreb has been revitalized with new entertainment and cultural sights, such as Arena Zagreb and its inclusive shopping center and entertainment complex.
The Museum of Modern Art and the abundance of parks draws tourists to this district. Located 20 minutes by car from the city centre, Novi Zagreb offers a modern perspective of the city, with simple access to its roots in the city centre.