Snapshots of Europe: Zagreb City Life

Zagreb, the capital of Croatia is a buzzing place. This could quite possibly be from all the coffee consumed in the cities vast café scene!

Old Zagreb Croatia
Old Zagreb

The history of Zagreb dates back to Roman times and the city is divided into an upper level (Gornji Grad) and lower level (Donji Grad). As you wander the city streets you can not help but notice they are dotted with beautiful architecture from cathedrals to theatres, museums, old homes (even if a bit battered and covered in graffiti) and more.

Zagreb Architecture - The State Archives art nouveau building with the owls atop is a highlight!
Zagreb Architecture – The State Archives art nouveau building with the owls atop is a highlight but don’t miss the Zagreb Cathedral in Donji Grad and St. Mark’s Church up in Gornji Grad.
Zagreb Croatia
Grand Zagreb – Tomislavov trg
Croatian National Theatre Zagreb
Croatian National Theatre
Zagreb, where the modern and old coexist
Zagreb, where the modern and old coexist

During my recent visit the city streets, markets and Ban Jelačić Square were always busy and every café was full. The main square is named after Count Josip Jelačić who ruled Croatia from 1848 to 1859 and features a central statue of him mounted on a magnificent steed (Ban was a noble title used in central and south-eastern Europe between the 7th and 20th centuries).

Ban Jelačić Square Zagreb Croatia
Ban Jelačić Square
Ban Jelačić Square Zagreb Croatia
Ban Jelačić Square and the statue of the man himself
Dolac Market Zagreb
Dolac Market
Zagreb statues From Nikola Tesla to St. George the Dragon slayer and Count Josip Jelačić
Zagreb statues from Nikola Tesla (1856-1943 was born in Croatia) to St. George the Dragon slayer and Count Josip Jelačić
A typical Zagreb city street
A typical Zagreb city street
Love locks Zagreb Croatia
Many fall in love in and with Zagreb
Wandering the streets of Zagreb
Wandering the streets of Zagreb
Zagreb Croatia
Zagreb city streets
Zagreb Funicular Croatia
The Zagreb Funicular has been in operation since 1893 connecting Donji Grad with Gornji Grad. At just 66 metres in length it is one of the shortest public-transport funiculars in the world
Zagreb café scene
Zagreb café scene
A tasty torte in one of Zagreb's many cafes
A tasty torte in one of Zagreb’s many cafes
Zagreb graffiti and street art
Zagreb graffiti and street art
Zagreb street Croatia
A room with a view (of sorts)

Zagreb is a great place for people watching and viewing day-to-day life as it passes by. Although it may not have all the sights and wonders of other European cities, it is a place you should visit when in Croatia as it’s coastal equivalents are very, very different in vibe and style.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Zagreb is such a wonderful city! And when I was there a few years ago, still largely undiscovered by tourists who don’t venture inland from the gorgeous Croatian coast.

    1. Deano says:

      That it is. I think now it is a bit more frequented but the coastal cities certainly steal most of the visitors!

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