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Zagreb made for you

Discover the beauty of Zagreb with a private journey designed just for you

Croatia's inland capital and cultural heart

A city of grand Austro-Hungarian architecture and home to a multitude of museums and the majority of the country’s residents, inland Zagreb is Croatia‘s cultural hub. Legions of visitors have flocked to the city in recent years and yet Zagreb has managed to retain its old world charm, extending a warm and inviting welcome to all of its guests.

The city can be roughly divided up into three historical parts. First up, is the thousand-year old “Gornji Grad” or “Upper Town” which contains the Presidential Palace, St Mark’s Church with its iconic roof, the “Sabor” or Croatian parliament, and a plethora of museums and galleries set on cobbled medieval streets lit by gas lamps. Next comes the 19th century “Donji Grad” or “Lower Town” which is full of shops, restaurants, cafes, theatres, and parks. Characterised by high-rise towers and mainly residential in nature, the newest part of the city is nearly entirely post World War II and is aptly named “Novi Zagreb” or “New Zagreb”.

Enjoy your time in this lively little capital strolling the cobbled streets, watching the world go by in busy cafes and darting between collections in the many museums and galleries. You’ll also find that it’s a year-round outdoor city thanks to the presence of Jarun Lake in the southwest where people venture to swim and sail; Mount Medvednica where Zagrebians hit the ski slopes; and the hiking destination of Samobor. The otherworldly green and blue lakes of the Plitvice National Park are also easily accessible on day trips.

Highlights

Take a tour around Gornji Grad and Kaptol to see Zagreb’s medieval churches, palaces, museums, galleries, and government buildings

Enjoy 360 degree views of the city from the 13th century Lotrscak Tower

Take in a performance at the Croatian National Theater

Stroll around Mirogoj, one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe

Try a traditional hearty Croatian “rucak” lunch

Learn about Zagreb’s rich Roman history

Spend some time at Jarun Lake and its shingle beaches

Ski on Medvednica Mountain

Hike at Samobor

Take a day trip to the Plitvice National Park

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Kate Herz

Senior Travel Designer

Luxury Accommodation in Croatia

There are many incredible places to stay in Croatia. Here are some of our favourites, handpicked by our travel designers:

Zagreb

Esplanade Hotel
The illustrious Esplanade Hotel was first built in 1925 to accommodate passengers of the famous Orient Express. Since then, its grand, neoclassical facade has become one of Zagreb’s most loved icons, epitomising the city’s old-world, gracious charm. Refreshed regularly, the hotel’s interior simmers with an art deco design that flawlessly blends in the best of 21st century comforts. Each of the 208 spacious rooms have been beautifully furnished to capture the history of the 90 year-old building whilst offerring all the contemporary comforts that today’s traveller has come to expect: elegant and distinctively marble bathrooms delicately conceal heated floors and mirrors lined with generous L’Occitaine toiletries, while in-room entertainment systems rest on polished and sturdy cabinets. After a day spent captivated by Zagreb’s sights, you have a choice of two restaurants to enjoy. Zinfandel’s Restaurant is widely regarded as one of the best fine dining options in Croatia and offers a contemporary take on traditional Croatian cuisine, whilst Le Bistro mixes Croatian cuisine with Parisian traditions in a relaxed setting. Both offer outside seating, with Zinfandel’s large and graceful Oleander Terrace renowned throughout Zagreb.
After dinner, venture towards Esplanade 1925, a stylish art deco lounge and cocktail bar run by a top Croatian mixologist and frequently offerring live jazz evenings. There is also a health club with a fitness area – open 24 hours a day with available personal trainers, spa therapy rooms, a beauty salon, and a sauna at your disposal. Location beside train station, Hotel Esplanade perfectly places you to explore both the city and further afield. Wander out of the hotel and you’ll first come to the historic City Square. The grand National Opera is also just 10 minutes away, and if you stroll through the safe and colourful pedestrian streets of the upper town, you’ll be greeted with a plethora of interesting boutiques, cafes that have been made for people watching, and trendy bars.
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