Things to do in Zagreb, Croatia in winter


You may not think of Zagreb as one of the best cities to visit during winter time, but despite the cold you will find a wealth of great things to see and do in this vibrant city whatever time of year you visit.

Also in winter, the summer crowds will have dispersed so you can enjoy the attractions at your leisure without having to queue up.

If you are planning a visit during Christmas, warm up with a cup of mulled wine or traditional sweets fritule and enjoy traditional festive spirit in the capital of Croatia.

Zagreb is the largest city in the Republic of Croatia and is located in the northwest of the country beside the Sava River in the south of the Medvednica Mountain.

Some of the best places to visit in Zagreb in winter, include:

The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

This Cathedral was once known as St. Stephen´s Cathedral, and is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary to Heaven. The Gothic cathedral is known among English-speaking visitors as Zagreb Cathedral although its official name is Katedrala Marijina Uznesenja. The building was renovated after the damage which was done to it in the 1880 earthquake, which completely destroyed the bell tower and original dome.

Tkalca is a famous street in Zagreb, full of bars, pubs, shops and restaurants.

This is the liveliest street in the city and you will find different events taking place most days of the week. During the day have a break from sightseeing and chill out with a coffee in one of the many pavement cafes or enjoy a delicious dinner before heading to a club.

Tkalca offers a vast range of entertainment venues that won’t break the bank.

Skiing in the Medvednica Nature Park

This nature park was first established in 1981 and is situated on the slopes of Mount Medvednica. During summer the park is popular with locals and visitors alike, and in winter the wide slopes are used for skiing and snow-boarding. Skiing equipment can be hired at the park. Visitors who don´t want to hike to the top of Sljeme Mountain can take a cable car from Bliznec to the summit or visit the Veternica cave system, containing prehistoric remains.

Jarun Lake in winter

Jarun Lake may well be frozen in winter, but it is still worth a visit, with stunning scenery and wildlife. Perfect for walking, relaxing and soaking up the special atmosphere.

Jarun Lake is situated in the southwest of Zagreb and was originally formed by an inlet of the Sava River. The lake is a popular spot with outdoor sports enthusiasts who can enjoy activities such as sailing, swimming and windsurfing on the lake. Lots of restaurants and cafés around the lake provide plenty of opportunities to eat, drink and be merry well into the night.

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