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How to Spend 3 Days in Zagreb

How to Spend 3 Days in Zagreb

From its museums and monuments to its wealth of drinking and dining establishments, Zagreb has plenty to keep visitors entertained—but the city’s proximity to Croatia’s top national parks as well as other Balkan highlights makes day-tripping a must. Here’s how to nail your itinerary for three days in Zagreb.

 

Day 1: Historical Zagreb

Spend your first day getting acquainted with the city’s top landmarks. Take an introductory tour in the morning, either a hop-on hop-off bus itinerary that provides an overview of Lower Town landmarks—from the Lenuci Horseshoe (a series of verdant parks) to the city’s Art Pavilion—or a small-group bike tour for a closer look at the scenery. Head to one of the Lower Town’s elegant coffee shops for a light lunch before taking a funicular (or embarking on a climb) up to the landmarks of the historical Upper Town. On a walking tour, you can spot St. Mark’s Church and the Zagreb Cathedral, wander the picturesque streets, and learn about the history of the Croatian capital’s oldest quarter. As darkness descends, capture panoramic photos of the sun setting over the city before returning to the Lower Town for a hearty meal.

 

Day 2: Alternative Zagreb

There’s more to Zagreb than grand monuments and elegant parks, so devote your second day to exploring the city’s alternative side. Begin with a visit to one of the city’s unusual museums: the Museum of Illusions provides plenty of wacky backdrops for photos, while the Museum of Broken Relationships displays breakup letters and mementos sourced from the public. In the afternoon, sign up for an arts-and-crafts bike ride to visit coffee roasters, artisan-jewelry makers, and other local craftspeople. Alternatively, head out to discover the capital’s wealth of brutalist architecture (and vibrant street art). In the evening, join a wine-tasting tour to enjoy numerous Croatian varietals or drop by one of the city’s new craft-beer bars.

 

Day 3: Day Trip Adventures

Spend your last day exploring the countryside outside Zagreb. Explore emerald-hued lakes, unspoiled nature, and a wealth of waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes National Park, just a 2-hour drive from the capital. The only national park in Croatia that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s one of the country’s most beautiful attractions. Zagreb is also within easy commuting distance of Slovenia. For a day trip of another stripe, Head to the scenic capital city of Ljubljana, admire Lake Bled, and otherwise enjoy the opportunity to country-hop.

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Ljubljana and Bled Lake - small group - day tour from Zagreb

Ljubljana and Bled Lake - small group - day tour from Zagreb

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Pack in two of Slovenia’s most popular places into one day with this full-day tour of Ljubljana and Bled from Croatia. With round-trip transport form Zagreb included, it’s easy to make your way to see the Ljubljana old city center, Ljubljanica River’s Triple Bridge, Bled Castle, and Lake Bled. Tour both cities with a guide, and then use your free time to explore on your own.
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  • 13 hours
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Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke - Small Group Full-Day Tour from Zagreb

Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke - Small Group Full-Day Tour from Zagreb

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Explore Plitvice Lakes National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—on a full-day trip from Zagreb, and experience one of Croatia’s most scenic landscapes. Visit the historic village of Rastoke, join a guide for a walk through the park, cruise across Kozjak Lake, then take a panoramic train ride. This full-day Plitvice Lakes tour includes pickup and drop-off at selected hotels in Zagreb, all activities, and entrance fees.
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  • 10 hours
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$133.29
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Ljubljana and Lake Bled Full Day Small Group Excursion from Zagreb

Ljubljana and Lake Bled Full Day Small Group Excursion from Zagreb

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Visit two of Slovenia’s highlights on a full-day, small-group tour from Zagreb to Ljubljana and Lake Bled. Take a walking tour of the historic Slovenian capital, enjoy the view from the Ljubljana Castle, then drive into the Julian Alps to see Lake Bled’s medieval castle and island church. This full-day Slovenia tour includes all activities and round-trip transport from centrally-located Zagreb hotels, and it’s limited to eight people for a more personal experience.
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  • 11 hours
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Small group Plitvice Lakes Day Trip (entrance ticket included) from Zagreb

Small group Plitvice Lakes Day Trip (entrance ticket included) from Zagreb

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Dive in to the beauty that is the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park on this full-day guided trip from the Croatian capital, Zagreb. Let your guide lead you through this natural wonderland, getting dazzled by the turquoise waterfalls, streams and lakes. Get an up-close and personal view of the beautifully colored water on an electric boat and then end the tour with a panoramic train or bus ride. The tour is limited to just 19 people, ensuring ample attention from the guide.
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  • 11 hours
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Private Walking Tour of Upper and Downtown Zagreb

Private Walking Tour of Upper and Downtown Zagreb

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Explore Zagreb’s Upper Town and Lower Town districts on this 2.5-hour private walking tour. Hop aboard the funicular with a guide to Gradec — the Upper Town — and enjoy fine city views from the Strossmayer Promenade. Discover top attractions including the Lotrščak Tower, St Catherine’s Church, the Stone Gate and the seat of the Croatian Parliament. Then, descend via Tkalčićeva Street to the Lower Town and head through Dolac Market to medieval Kaptol. Admire traditional architecture in Ban Jelačić Square, then finish in the pretty surroundings of Zrinjevac Park.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Hop On Hop Off Panoramic bus - Zagreb City Tour

Hop On Hop Off Panoramic bus - Zagreb City Tour

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Forget the stress of navigating a new city on a comprehensive hop-on hop-off bus tour of Zagreb. Board and disembark at any of the conveniently located stops along the way, exploring at your own pace with unlimited use of the service for 24 hours. Benefit from a provided audio guide, available in 10 languages, for insight into city landmarks and receive a discount voucher booklet for use at a number of top attractions.
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  • 1 hour
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Private 8-Hour Plitvice Lakes Tour from Zagreb

Private 8-Hour Plitvice Lakes Tour from Zagreb

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The towering cliffs and cascading waterfalls of the Plitvice Lakes National Park lie in central Croatia, to the south of Zagreb. On this private tour, reach the lakes with ease and customize your itinerary to your own preferences. Perhaps visit the pretty settlements of Rastoke and Karlovac, and discover sites of interest such as the 18th-century Turanj fortress. At the Plitvice Lakes, explore on foot, by boat, and by train with your private guide, and enjoy panoramic views over one of Croatia’s top natural attractions.
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  • 8 hours
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Zagreb Half-Day Tour - Small Group Drive and Walking Tour

Zagreb Half-Day Tour - Small Group Drive and Walking Tour

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See Zagreb highlights on a 3.5 hours, small-group tour (up to 15 participants) with a local guide, and explore the city by car and on foot. Learn about Zagreb history and culture as you take in architectural landmarks, the Mirogoj Cemetery, and the cobblestone streets of Upper Town. This 3.5 hours Zagreb tour includes pickup at centrally-located hotels and tickets on the historic Funicular Railway, and departure times are available throughout the day.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Zagreb Walking Tour

Zagreb Walking Tour

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Get an insider’s look at the Croatian capital, Zagreb, with this thorough walking tour of the city. With a professional guide by your side, stroll the city in a relaxed way. Pass by all the must-see sites and learn the intriguing history of each place. Visit the Zagreb Cathedral, the leafy Strossmayer Promenade, Krvavi Most, Stone Gate and more.
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Zagreb Highlights Small-Group Biking Tour with Guide

Zagreb Highlights Small-Group Biking Tour with Guide

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Hop in the saddle for a bike tour of ancient Zagreb, led by your own private guide. Perfect if you want to discover the city without a large tour group, the experience showcases the sights and history of Zagreb’s Upper and Lower towns with as many stops as you like. You’ll hear the stories behind the Bloody Bridge and Stone Gate, and get tips for the best beer or brandy in town.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Artisan and Crafts Bike Tour

Artisan and Crafts Bike Tour

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Discover Zagreb’s crafty and creative side, and soak up the city’s atmosphere when you travel by bike, on this small-group tour. Choose from morning or afternoon departure times, and head to the city center, where you’ll meet your guide and pick up your bicycle. Over the course of several hours, you’ll visit artisanal bakers, coffee roasters, jewelry makers, and more, and will have the opportunity to purchase snacks as well as one-of-a-kind souvenirs.
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  • 3 hours
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All of Zagreb Bike Tour

All of Zagreb Bike Tour

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Discover Zagreb old and new, and see many of the city’s main attractions, when you sign on for this half-day bike tour of the Croatian capital. Meet your guide in central Zagreb, and grab your bikes and helmets before heading off on your trip around town. Tackle the hills to reach Zagreb’s historical Upper Town, see the neoclassical splendor of its Lower Town, and bike to the city’s most modern districts, too. As you go, learn more about the city and its landmarks from your guide.
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  • 4 hours
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$67.30
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Skip the Line: Museum of Illusions Admission Ticket

Skip the Line: Museum of Illusions Admission Ticket

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Take a break from the city’s busy streets with a visit to the Museum of Illusions in central Zagreb, ideal for all the family. Discover over 70 exhibits that defy the laws of physics and learn more about the science behind them. Pause regularly to interact with displays and take memorable snaps, then challenge yourself in the smart playroom with stimulating puzzles and games.
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  • 1 hour
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