Where is Zagreb?

Where is Zagreb?

You are exploring Croatia and planning your vacation? Zagreb seems nice, but where is it? We bring you all info you need to know. Our tips and tricks will help you to know more about Zagreb. You will explore it like a real local.


Croatia, or officially Republic of Croatia, is a country at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe, on the Adriatic Sea. It borders Slovenia to the northwest, Hungary to the northeast, Serbia to the east, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro to the southeast, sharing a maritime border with Italy. 


Croatia map
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Its capital, Zagreb, forms one of the country’s primary subdivisions, along with twenty counties. Croatia has an area of 56,594 square kilometres (21,851 square miles) and a population of 4.28 million, most of whom are Roman Catholics.


Zagreb map
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The Capital City – Zagreb

First of all,  Zagreb is the capital and the largest city of Croatia. It is located in the northwest of the country. It is also placed along the Sava river, at the southern slopes of the Medvednica mountain. Also, Zagreb lies at approximately 122 m (400 ft) above sea level. Furthermore, the estimated population of the city in 2018 was 802 762. Moreover, the population of the Zagreb urban agglomeration is about 1.2 million. That is approximately a quarter of the total population of Croatia.


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Hence, the city extends over 30 kilometers (19 miles) east-west and around 20 kilometers (12 miles) north-south.

Tourist City Centre

The City Centre is touristically divided into two parts: Upper Town and Lower Town. Also, it is important to mention Maksimir Park as a worth-visit place. Each part has a lot of sights and monuments. You can go by foot to Upper Town and also to Lower Town, or you can use Zagreb funicular.

Upper Town

The Upper Town is one of the districts of Zagreb. It refers to the historical location on the city’s hillside, being above Lower Town. The district is located in the central part of the city and, according to the 2011 census, it has 30,962 inhabitants spread over 10.12 km2 (3.91 sq mi).


Upper Town
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Zagreb Upper Town is the oldest part of Zagreb. A splendid labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets and wonderful buildings. The Zagreb Upper Town street lamps still run on gas and are manually lit every day, just before dark. It takes “nažigači” Josip and Saša around 3 hours to light all 214 gas lanterns.

Upper Town
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The Upper Town is a district with a high number of historic sites and tourist attractions. Gradec and Kaptol, the two distinct cores of medieval Zagreb, are forming today’s Upper Town, and both are parts of this district. The city’s Cathedral, the St. Mark’s Church and the Croatian Parliament are located in the Upper Town (in Croatian: Gornji Grad), as is the popular pedestrian café street Tkalčićeva.


Upper Town
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There are also other noteworthy objects located outside the oldest historical towns, such as city’s monumental cemetery Mirogoj that was built since 1876, located further north. Also, don’t miss Museum of Broken Relationships – it’s great, and some of the best places to buy souvenirs.


Zagreb Cathedral
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Lower Town

Lower Town is also one of the 17 city districts of Zagreb. It is located in the central part of the city and has 37,024 inhabitants (as of 2011). The official name of the district is rarely used, for it is dubbed center (in Croatian: centar) by most Zagreb residents even though “center” encompasses some southern parts of district Gornji Grad-Medveščak.


Main Square
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Zagreb’s Lower Town (in Croatian: Donji Grad) is devoted to business, art and spacious parks. Most Zagreb hotels are in the Lower Town. Unlike the Upper Town, streets are mostly wide and airy and the layout is designed to give a sense of size.

This part of the Zagreb city, may seem reserved and apparently hidden at first contact, but after you take a walk through the city’s streets, diving in its rhythm, exploring the architecture or talking with people, it reveals its most imaginative and festive face.

Zagreb Lower Town
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Donji Grad begins at Main Square – Ban Jelačić Square and includes Ilica Street, and ends at the main train station to the south. In this area, you shouldn’t miss Mimara Museum, Strossmayer Gallery, Zrinjevac Square, King Tomislav Square and the Main Station, Croatian National Theatre, Art Pavilion, Museum of Illusions, the State Archive, the Archeological Museum and much more!


Main Square
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On the other side, Maksimir park, and Zagreb ZOO are definitely also worth a visit! You can enjoy an easy stroll through the park, and see a variety of animals in the ZOO. Nearby is also Dinamo Stadium, so if you are a football fan – go for a great match.

Also, don’t stay hungry! You can enjoy traditional Croatian food in some of the best restaurants. Enjoy.

These are just some of the most important information you need to know if you are going on a vacation to Zagreb. Don’t miss both parts of the cities – each one has its unique history and will make you feel amazing. Take an easy walk, enjoy your cup of coffee, take pictures of the breathtaking views and spend your holiday here! Welcome!


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