Zagreb city center -
Stone gate (Kamenita vrata)
One of the most curious things to see in Zagreb is the mysterious Stone Gate, known as
Stone door. Besides being one of the oldest structures in the city, it also hides an interesting history.
In different parts of the Gradec district, which was once an independent city, you can see the old defensive walls. Of the four access gates built between 1242 and 1261, today only the Stone Gate (Kamenita vrata) remains.
Inside was an image of the Virgin Mary. In 1731 a fire destroyed a large part of the city. It destroyed almost everything except one thing: the image of the Virgin. It has since become a very important site for the inhabitants of Zagreb as well
a revered pilgrimage center.
The Lotrščak tower
One of the most pleasant areas of Gradec is the Strossmayer Promenade (Strossmayerovo šetalište), which offers a
magnificent view over the city and where you can find terraces, live music, open-air cinema, etc. Its most symbolic place is there Lotrščak tower (Kula Lotrščak), built in the 13th century as part of the defensive wall.
This is another of the emblematic and historical buildings to see in Zagreb. Inside you can visit an art gallery and, after a steep climb, climb to the top of the tower for an unparalleled view of Zagreb. Admission costs 20 Kuna (about € 3).
By the way, very close is the original the
Museum of broken relationships. Started in 2006 as a traveling exhibition, it has become one of the most visited museums in Zagreb. Admission costs 40 kuna (approximately € 5).
Piazza Ban Jelačić
The Old Town (formed by the districts of Gradec and Kaptol), also called the Upper Town (Gronji Grad), connects with the Lower Town (Donji Grad) in the huge Ban Jelačić square, the nerve center of Zagreb.
Besides the trams, its most notable feature is the
statue equestre by Josip Jelačić, the national hero who gives it its name. The Ilica shopping street, which crosses it longitudinally, is the longest street in Zagreb.
"The green horseshoe"
a huge horseshoe-shaped area of the Lower Town made up of about 8 blocks of parks, gardens and tree-lined avenues. If you do the full loop (about 3km), you will find numerous buildings from the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
The most notable are the Art Pavilion, the huge train station (in the Zrinjevac park) and the beautiful Croatian National Theater. Very close to him, if you are interested in painting, you can visit the Mimara Museum.
Mirogoj Cemetery Cimitero Mirogoj -
Another place where you can contemplate the splendor of XNUMXth century Zagreb is the
huge multi-religious cemetery Migroj, where some of the most famous Croats in history are buried. Its main gate is one of the most beautiful in any cemetery in the world.
Jarun is the
Zagreb's most popular recreation and sports center. Here you can kayak, canoe, sail, surf, swim, jog and skate. Around the lake you will find many nightclubs and cafes, which are particularly popular during the summer months.
The slopes of the Sljeme
Zagreb boasts a
ski resort just twenty minutes by car from the center of the city. It is on the ski slopes of the Medvednica mountain that the best Croatian skiers, Janica and Ivica Kostelić took their first steps to ski. You should try it too!
But if you don't like winter or skiing, you can always go hiking and enjoy nature and fresh air. A cable car can take you from Bliznec to the top of Sljeme.
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