Although Zagreb is not the most popular destination in Croatia, it certainly is a place you should visit.  There are several features that define the city- great architecture, blue trams crossing the streets, young stylish Zagrebians and people riding bicycles almost everywhere.

If you only have a day in Zagreb it can be difficult to decide how to spend your time so here are the things I recommend you should see/do;

Ban Jelačić Square

Ban Jelačić Square, Zagreb

You will most probably start sightseeing from this place. The square is the main meeting point of Zagrebians and it’s also the main hub for the city’s blue trams.

Ban Jelačić square in Zagreb


Zagreb Cathedral

From the square you can easily move to Kaptol where Zagreb Cathedral can be found. It’s the tallest building in Croatia and one of the most important symbols of the city.


Dolac Market Zagreb

Another feature of the city are its open-air food markets and Dolac is the most famous one. Here you can get fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and fish and also other seasonal products from various parts of Croatia. This photo was taken on Easter day and that’s the reason why the market was empty.

Tkalčićeva street

Tkalčićeva street Zagreb

A street filled with boutiques, restaurants and cafés where you can sit with a cup of coffee and relax.

Stone Gate

Stone Gate Zagreb Kamenita Ulica

Stone Gate keeps the memory to the painting of Holy Mother Mary that remained untouched after a catastrophic fire in 1731. Here you will find uncounted number of plaques which thank the Virgin for helping or healing.

Stone Gate Zagreb

St. Mark’s Square

St. Mark's Church Zagreb

St. Mark’s square is home to Croatian Parliament, Constitutional Court and St. Mark’s Church, which is on the photo above.

Strossmayer Promenade

Panoramic View of Zagreb

Promenade is a great place for walking but besides that, it also offers panoramic views of Zagreb. It can be reached by a funicular which is the shortest one in the world. Try to grab a spot at one of the benches and enjoy the view around you.

Croatian National Theatre

Croatian National Theatre

In front of the theatre there is also a fountain named “The Source of Life” which is designed by a famous Croatian artist and sculptor Ivan Meštrović.

The Source of Life Fountain, Ivan Mestrovic

Museum of Broken Relationships

Museum of Broken Relationships Zagreb

I recommend you make some space to visit the Museum of Broken Relationships. It got an award for the most innovative European museum in 2011, as it’s dedicated to failed love relationships.

Pivnica Medvedgrad

And at night I recommend going to Pivnica Medvedgrad in Ilica street, where you can try their own beer which they produce for almost two decades. It’s also a great dining option and here you can taste delicious Croatian food. There is an indoor and outdoor seating area, and it’s definitely a great place to hang out, especially if you are traveling with friends or going out as a group.

So this was Zagreb in 24 hours. Do you have any recommendations for spending a day in Croatian capital? Feel free to leave the comment below.