The city of Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and is divided into three parts.
The Upper Town (Gornji grad) which contains the iconic St Mark’s Church, Cathedral of Assumptions, Croatian Parliament and other famous buildings. The Lower Town (Donji grad) has shops, restaurants, museums, cafes and the new Zagreb is full of high rise buildings.
The Upper Town is the most beautiful part of Zagreb. A charming old town that makes you feel like you have stepped back in time as you walk along the cobblestone streets.
This building was left intact as a reminder of the time when the city was run by the socialist regime. When you have socialism, people rent, they do not own property and most do not take care of it, which is reflected in the building below.
St Mark’s Church
The door of St Mark’s Church
Cathedral of Assumption
Porta di Pietra (Kamenita Vrata)
The last standing gate to the old city. Walking through you will come across a shrine where people stop, pray and light candles to the Virgin Mary.
The view of Zagreb from Upper Town.
The funicular railway takes you from Lower Town to Upper Town to save from walking the many steps.
Art Pavilion (Umjetnicki Paviljon)
Croatian National Theater in Zagreb
There are many cafes and shops in Lower Town in which to stop and have a drink.
If you want a quick sandwich there are plenty of places to pick one up.
After our sandwiches we had to have gelato, 16 Kuna ($2.44) for two cones.
Jelacic Square is located in center of Lower Town. In the square is the Ban Jelacic monument surrounded by classic European buildings.
You can catch the local transportation in Jelacic Square.
We only spent a couple of hours in Zagreb and could have stayed for a day or two as there was more that we wanted to see. Another reason to return to Zagreb on a future visit to Croatia. Have you been to Zagreb?