If you are on a budget – take a look at 10 historical free things to do in Zagreb


The Changing of the Guard

This takes place every Saturday & Sunday from noon – 2 p.m. on Trg sv. Marka (St. Mark’s square) and is marked by a parade through the city centre with trumpeters, drummers, standard-bearers who then go and take up positions around the city.

Museum of Contemporary Art

This is the largest and newest of Croatia‘s museums, and contains a total of 12,000 exhibits of which 600 are on permanent display. It is Free on the 1st Wednesday of the month between 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Park Maksimir

This is the oldest public park in Zagreb and is a great place to escape the noise of the city. It is a favourite destination for locals and a great place to have a picnic, take a walk or simply to enjoy the nature and peaceful environs.

Dolac Market

This is Zagreb’s best known and most visited market, and a great place to experience the everyday life of the city. Specialities include home-made foodstuffs, fresh fruit and vegetables as well as a covered downstairs market with a variety of butcher’s, fishmonger’s and predominately elderly ladies selling the local speciality sir i vrhnje (cheese & cream).

Street Art Museum

This is an ambitious open air art project located in 3 areas of the city where the city walls have been given over to graffiti and murals.

Botanical Gardens

This covers an area of 5 hectares and is home to over 10,000 different species of plant (including 1,800 exotic plants). It is open Mon & Tue: 9 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. Wed – Sun: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. from Apr – Oct.

Hrelić Flea Market

For another slice of real Zagreb, check out the Hrelić Flea Market (Sajmišna cesta), one of Zagreb’s grittiest and most hectic events. It takes place on Saturday mornings and items on sale include used cars, clothing, all manner of goods and hardware, and some of the cheapest & greasiest food anywhere in the capital.

Zagreb Cathedral

Perhaps Zagreb’s most famous monument, Zagrebačka katedrala dates back to the 13th century, and despite being badly damaged by an earthquake in 1880, has managed to retain some of its original features. It is the tallest building in Croatia and its twin towers, seemingly always under renovation, are emblematic of the city and a soaring presence in the city’s panorama. Most pleasingly, it is Free to visit and open Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. & Sun: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Lake Jarun

Nicknamed the ‘Zagreb Sea’ by locals, Lake Jarun is the perfect place to cool off after a sticky Croatian day. Swimming is, of course, free and there are 5 blue flag beaches to enjoy as well as plenty of bars and restaurants in which to relax.

 Strossmayer Promenade

This is one of Zagreb’s most interesting and lively places. Throughout the year, the street offers fabulous views across the city and a great place to mingle with the crowds, but it is in summer, when the ‘Summer Stross’ festival is held, that the street truly comes alive. Events take place daily from 11 a.m. to midnight with concerts and theatrical performances.