BEST 2 DAYS IN ZAGREB ITINERARY

TOP THINGS TO DO IN ZAGREB IN 2 DAYS

Are you planning your Zagreb itinerary and wondering about the best things to do in Zagreb in 2 days (or 1 day)? Then this post is for you. Find out about the best things to do in Zagreb – where to go and what to see, plus some travel tips.

Croatia´s capital is a fun and lively city that offers quite a few attractions and has some beautiful places to visit. Zagreb might surprise you. It is different from other places in Croatia. Actually, it reminded me more of Austria or Hungary (no surprise, given its history) with its beautiful buildings and architecture.

I would lie if I said that Zagreb was my favorite place in Croatia. No, it was not, but I still really liked it and definitely think it should be on your Croatia itinerary.

So, enough talking – let’s dive in and find out about how to spend 2 days in Zagreb.

Let´s start with attractions in the Upper Town and what you will find there.

The oldest part of the city is a little city dream, with its many cobblestone streets stretching between two hills – Kaptol and Gradec. First of all, how do you get to the Upper Town? Don’t worry. It might sound like you would need to do a tedious hike/ride up, but it is quite easy to get from the Lower Town to the Upper Town.

Ride the Shortest Funicular in the World 

To get up to the Upper Town, you could take the funicular. Apparently, it is the shortest funicular ride in the world. It takes less than one minute and costs less than $1 to get up.

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The funicular runs frequently. I walked up, but many people use the funicular for a quicker ride, and it has become the main tourist attraction itself.

Visit Lotrščak Tower

If you get up via the funicular (or climb the stairs), you’ll see one of the oldest buildings in Zagreb: Lotrščak Tower.

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It was a part of the southern gate and town defenses, dating back to the 13th century. I admit that I just passed it even though it is one of the main tourist attractions in Zagreb, as it is one of the last remaining fortifications in the city. Probably because I wasn’t around at noon. At noon every day, there is a cannon fire. That tradition started more than a hundred years ago as a victory sign against the Ottomans in the 13th century.

I was somehow unaware that you could climb the (narrow) stairs and enjoy even more elaborate views of Zagreb from the tower.

The entrance fee is around $3.

Stroll the Strossmeyer Promenade

If you get up via the funicular, you arrive at the Strossmeyer Promenade – one of the most romantic promenades in Zagreb. Not that I have checked them all, but according to the locals.

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It is also known as Zagreb Stross, it is filled with many chestnut trees, and you’ll also find benches.

It runs along the remains of Zagreb’s medieval defensive walls and offers beautiful views. Make sure to walk all the way to the end to have a great view of the Zagreb Cathedral.

Admire St. Mark´s Church

In Croatia, you’ll find many churches – so what makes St. Mark´s Church stand out? Well, let me show you this picture.

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Such a colorful, tiled roof is surely unique. I have not seen any other church roof similar to this, so it does not surprise me that it has become an icon in Croatia.

The church dates back to the 13th century – the roof was constructed in the 1880s, though it is also one of the oldest churches in the country.  On the left, you’ll see the medieval coat of arms of Croatia, Dalmatia, and Slovenia, while on the right is the coat of arms of Zagreb.

You can visit the interior for free if you attend the daily mass. It is not open most of the time, so check out mass times. If you visit between late April and October – and on the weekend – you can watch the guard changing ceremony that takes place at noon.

Walk Grič Tunnel

Grič Tunnel was built during World War II, with its primary purpose to shelter civilians from bombings during WWII and the Croatian War of Independence towards the end of the 20th century.

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There is no entrance fee – and best of all, you’ll also find toilets there.

But that aside, this has become a major tourist attraction. You can walk the 350-meter-long tunnel now, and once in a while, even events take place there.

There are several entrances: 

Mesnička Entrance

Radićeva 19 Entrance

Art Park Entrances 1 and 2

Ilica Entrance 

Rest at Art Park

If you walk the tunnel, you can get out at Art Park. I admit, though it was listed in many posts as a top place to visit in Zagreb, I would skip it on my next visit.

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However, if you are into quirky art or need a little park to rest in, then the Art Park might be the perfect place for you.

If you are with children, you might want to check out this little park that hosts some interesting outdoor art pieces. If you are short on time or aren’t overly into art, it is probably not a must-see.

The Dolac market is the city´s main, open-air farmers’ market and popular amongst locals and visitors. You can shop for some fresh fruits or bread (and many more things) every day from 7 am. On Sundays, it is open until 1 pm; on the other days, it is held until 3 pm.

Visit the Cathedral

Close to the Colac Market is the Zagreb Cathedral – officially named Zagreb Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Assumption – a must-visit on any Zagreb itinerary.

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It is the tallest building in Croatia and is located on the Kaptol Square – but you can see it from afar because of its twin, 108-meter-high (354 ft) spires.  The Cathedral has been there since the 11th century, though it was severely damaged several times – the last big restoration took place in the late 19th century.

You can visit the church during the day, and visitors are more than welcome to attend the daily masses.

Stroll Tkalčićeva Street

This pretty street is a must-visit place. Vibrant and full of restaurants and small shops, it is trendy amongst visitors. But don’t just sit down in one of the restaurants – make sure to look at the colorful houses behind the bars and shops.

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Here you’ll also find the statue of Mary Juric Zagorka, a famous Zagreb journalist.

Fun fact: This street used to be the first real red-light street in all of Europe, and almost every house here used to be a brothel.

Visit the Museum of Broken Relationships

This is probably the most famous museum in the city. However, I still did not go, but it seems to be one of the best places to add to your itinerary.

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I haven’t mentioned yet that Zagreb is also known as the City of a Million Hearts – it is all about love here. The museum is actually about failed love relationships, and so it exhibits personal objects left over from former owners, accompanied by their stories and emotions.

The entry fee is around $5.

Walk Through Stone Gate

There are several ways to get to the Upper Town – one is via the Stone Gate (Porta di Pietra). 

Stone Gate located at Upper Town of Zagreb built in the 13th century for your 2-day Zagreb itinerary
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It is the only remaining entrance of Zagreb’s old fortifications and the eastern gate to the old town.

It also dates back to the 13th century, and if you go through the gate nowadays, you will find a shrine and stone slabs praising the Mother of God. I saw quite a few people lighting candles and thanking the Lady for protection. 

Apparently, on Tuesdays at 8 pm, locals pray and sing here, and visitors are welcome to join. From there, you are within minutes of the lower town of the city.

Of course, it really depends on your speed and if you visit the churches and the museum, but you can easily spend one day in the city’s upper town. Then, you will have one full day to spend in other parts of the city.

Day 2 in Zagreb

Visit Mirogoj Cemetery

There used to be a time when I thought doing cemetery sightseeing was weird – and then I started traveling more in Austria, where cemeteries are often the main tourist attractions, like in Hallstatt or Salzburg.

Cemetery in Zagreb, Croatia
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And it seems that the Austrian influence is strong here, as one of the most beautiful cemeteries is here in Zagreb: Mirogoj Cemetery.

It is a cemetery, but also a beautiful park and an open art gallery. The beautiful buildings are mostly covered by greenery, and it is really a very photogenic place (or as it is called nowadays, “Instagramable”).

You can freely walk around. If it were not for the graves and statues, I would have a hard time believing it is a cemetery. Many famous people are buried here, including many of the country´s politicians, nobles, poets, and artists.

End Your Day at Zagreb 360 

Zagreb Eye is an observation deck and a Viewpoint Bar. It is situated on the top floor of the iconic Zagreb Ilica Skyscraper, and you can have great views from there.

aerial cityscape Croatia, view from Zagreb 360 a gapped place to end your 2 days in Zagreb
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Due to bad weather, I skipped this – though I am normally totally into views like these. But with rain and bad weather, I had to skip it.

However, I think it is a perfect place to end your itinerary – right at the bar with a drink and a view that is probably the best in the city.

CONCLUSION: 2 DAY ZAGREB ITINERARY

Hopefully, this post will help you plan your 2 days in Zagreb. As you can see, it is a quite relaxed itinerary with not too many activities, and you might need less than 2 full days, but after all my busy time in Croatia, this stop was perfect for taking it easy. If taking it easy while still seeing quite a lot, this Zagreb itinerary is perfect for you, too (so I hope).

As mentioned at the beginning, I had some places I liked more than Zagreb – e.g., Trogir or Rovinj (and Split), so check out my other Croatia posts!

Safe Travels, Arzo
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