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Botanical Gardens

Just west of the train station and forming the east-west arm of the Green Horseshoe, these lovely gardens were founded in 1889. The first plantings took place in 1892. Since, the 4.7 hectares (11.6 acres), dominated by an English-style arboretum, and containing rock gardens, lily-pad-covered ponds, symmetrical French-inspired flowerbeds and ten glasshouses (closed to the…

Apr-Oct 9am-2.30pm Mon, Tue; 9am-7pm Wed-Sun
Botanical Gardens, Marulićev trg 9A More info

Croatian State Archives

Designed by Zagreb-born architect Rudolf Lubynski in 1913 and originally serving as the national and university library, this is a masterpiece of Art Nouveau in which everything – from the outer façade to the interior table lamps – fits seamlessly into a unified design style. Tours take place three times a day on working days.…

By appointment only. Guided tours 10am, 1pm, 2pm Mon-Fri
Trg Marulića 21 More info
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Maksimir Park & Zoo

A ten-minute tram ride from the main square heading east of the centre, these attractive 18 hectares (45 acres) of welcome greenery were opened to an appreciative public in 1794, the many woods, meadows and lakes landscaped in what was then considered the English style. Rolling hills cradle footpaths and cafés, providing ample room for…

Park 24hrs daily. Zoo May-Aug 9am-8pm daily; Apr & Sept 9am-7pm daily; Mar & Oct 9am-6pm daily; Jan, Feb, Nov & Dec 9am-4pm 
Maksimirski perivoj More info
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It’s a pity more don’t make it to this attractive cemetery. Mirogoj is widely regarded as one of the city’s architectural gems. Behind a series of green, onion-shaped cupolas that cap ivy-covered brick walls, are tiled arcades, monuments to Croatia’s most prominent citizens and the final resting place of 300,000 souls of various religious backgrounds.…

6am-8pm daily
Mirogoj 10 More info

MUU (Museum of Street Art)
Critics choice

Far from being a single destination, Zagreb’s Museum of Street Art (Muzej ulične umjetnosti or MUU) is a scattered collection of murals in various locations around the city. The ‘museum’ was inaugurated in 2010, when the wall running along the south side of Branimirova ulica (the street connecting the bus and train stations) was freshly painted with works by the city’s best street and graffiti artists,…

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St Mark’s Church

Two coats of arms grace the red-white-and-blue chequered roof of this emblematic church: Zagreb‘s and Croatia’s. Since the 1200s when the Romanesque original was built, the church has gone through many architectural styles – note the Gothic south portal and baroque, copper-covered belltower. Inside are hand-painted walls by Jozo Kljaković and a crucifix by Meštrović.…

For Mass
Trg sv Marka 5 More info
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Zagreb Cathedral
Critics choice

The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary (Katedrala Uznesenja Blažene Djevice Marije) is Zagreb‘s principal landmark. And though much of the exterior has long been veiled behind construction sheathing, its neo-Gothic twin towers, visible over the city, are as close as Zagreb gets to a visual identity worthy of calling-card status. The first church…

10am-5pm Mon-Sat; 1-5pm Sun
Kaptol 31 More info
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Zagreb Eye viewpoint
Critics choice

Get to grips with the layout of central Zagreb with a visit to the panoramic terrace on top of the 16-storey ‘Neboder’ (“Skyscraper”), an icon of Croatian modernism that has dominated the main square ever since its construction in 1959. Reopened to visitors in 2013, the top floor was always intended to be a social space, and…

10am-11pm daily
Ilica 1, Zagreb More info
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