Zagreb Tourist Attractions
Zagreb (Zagreba), the capital of Croatia, is not generally regarded as a tourist destination. Most people planning a trip to Croatia head directly for the coast, unfortunately, leaving little time if any to see Zagreb. With ¼ of the country's population, Zagreb is a thriving energetic, inland city that warrants at least a brief visit. Zagreb is also the political and cultural center of Croatia. This is where you will find the best museums, restaurants, and shopping that Croatia has to offer.Most of the cities major attractions are in the city center, which consists of two main sections, Gornji Grad (Upper Town) and Donji Grad (Lower Town). Gornji Grad is on a high plateau above Donji Grad and home to Zagreb's Cathedral and parliament building. Donji Grad is a more modern area known for museums and the Croatian National Theatre. Trg Bana Jelacica is the main square where the Upper and Lower Towns meet. Away from the city center, Zagreb loses some of its appeal, as 20th Century apartment blocks consume the landscape.
Designed in an English garden style, Maksimir Park (Maksimirska) is a beautiful green space encompassing almost 18 hectares, the largest park in Zagreb. The park contains two pavilions, Bellevue Pavilion, built in 1843, and Echo Pavilion in a Swiss design. The park has walkways and man made lakes, wooded areas, and flower gardens, making it a great place to relax and stroll. There is also a small zoo with a variety of animals. Maksimir Park, known as Zagreb's living monument, is named for Bishop Maksimilijan Vrhovac, who was responsible for its construction in 1794.Acorss from Maksimir park is the Dinamo Football Stadium where Croatia hosts international matches.