As the capital and economic hub of Croatia, Zagreb is an energetic city, packed with culture, history and plenty to see and do. Despite the fact it is moving quickly to adapt to the modern era, it has still retained much of its old fashioned charm, which makes for an appealing combination to locals and tourists alike. The city centre is filled with boutiques, great restaurants and also has a thriving pub, bar and club scene for those looking to let their hair down. In many ways, it could be mistaken for somewhere like Florence or Rome, but is far cheaper than many other major cities in Europe. The weather, which is usually warm during summer, helps a little.
An economy car is perfect to get you and your family round the city, which can at times suffer from congestion.
Driving in Zagreb
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Important things to note
Traffic jams and issues with daytime parking can be a problem during rush hour, although several underground, multi-level parking lots have alleviated this somewhat.
Zagreb has an extensive avenue network system, and a congested four lane highway which surrounds much of the city. To avoid getting lost, don’t forget your sat nav or road map.
Zagreb is very well connected to all other parts of Croatia, should you wish to venture elsewhere.
Highlights & Hotspots
As well as the usual high street shops you would expect in a capital city, Zagreb has a few gems that make for a unique retail experience. Head to Dolac Market, situated above the main square, where locals come to sell home-made food produce.
It’s also a great place to grab a bargain lunch from the surrounding restaurants and has been running for over 80 years. You will also find a lot of local boutiques and an abundance of second hand record stores, where you can pick up some rare gems.
Zagreb has many art galleries and museums, the country’s largest and first one built in the city in over 125 years is the Museum of Contemporary Art. It boasts a huge exhibition area, as well as a children’s work shop, library and multimedia room.
To enjoy some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, you can take a 10 minute tram ride over to the Maksimir area, which features a zoo, park and the national football stadium where Dinamo Zagreb, the country’s most famous football team, also play.
Zagreb International Airport is situated 17km southeast of the city centre in the Pleso district and is well connected to the city centre, as the road signs near the airport will prove upon arrival.
The airport serves millions of passengers annually, while destinations throughout Europe, not to mention Australia, are catered for.