Zagreb City Museum (Opaticka 22-22, Zagreb) – for those interested in the history of the city of Zagreb, this is a good place to start. The museum goes as far back as the Neanderthal period, the Roman era, the more turbulent medieval periods, as well as the early 20th century (when Croatia, along with other former Yugoslav republics, was caught in the middle of World War I). There are also posters from the 1930s to the 1960s – reflecting the changing political scene the country has gone through in more recent times. Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (Tuesday – Friday), 11:00 am – 7:00 pm (Saturday), 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (Sunday) Admission: 30 kuna (adult), 20 kuna (seniors/students/children), 50 kuna (family with children under 15 years).
Zagreb Cathedral (Kaptol 31, Zagreb) – this is the most monumental and the most impressive Gothic-style sacred structure southeast of the Alps. Its ground plan, with slender cross-ribbed arches within three polygonal apses with narrow windows, resembles French architectural patterns; the details of its subsequently added naves (of equal height) correspond to the building patterns of modern German architecture; imaginative sculptures, on the other hand, reflect influence of Czech schools. All this indicates not only early introduction of the Gothic style to Croatia’s north and internationalization of art, but also the importance of Zagreb Bishopric and the status and power of its bishops in those days. Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Monday – Saturday), 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Sunday).
St. Mark’s Church (Trg Sv. Marka 5, Zagreb) — this is one of the oldest buildings in Zagreb. It was built in the 13th century; from that first, Romanesque period, only a window in the south wall and the bell-tower foundation are preserved. Gothic arches and the shrine were built in the second half of the 14th century. The church was thoroughly reconstructed in the second half of the 19th century, based on the designs of Viennese architects Friedrich Schmidt and Hermann Bolle. It underwent another reconstruction in the first half of the 20th century. At that time, renowned painter Jozo Kljakovic (1888 – 1969) painted its walls, while the altar was decorated with works of famous sculptor Ivan Mestrovic.
St. Jacob’s Cathedral (Fausta Vrančića 18, 22000 Šibenik) — built between 1431 and 1535, St. Jacob’s Cathedral found itself in the middle of the development of monumental art between North Italy, Dalmatia and Tuscany in the 15th and 16th centuries. Three architects – Francesco di Giacomo, George of Dalmatia and Nicholas of Florence – developed a structure fully made of stone, by using a unique technique for the cathedral’s dome. The result is a harmonious stone whole, arrangement methods and absolute harmony within the cathedral. Hours: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm, 4:00 pm – 8:00 om (daily)(Winter); 8:30 am – 8:00 pm (daily)(Summer). Admission: 10 kuna.
Mirogoj Cemetery (Aleja Hermanna Bollea 27,10000 Zagreb) – this is one of Zagreb’s free attractions: this unique cemetery which takes up a good chunk of local real estate. Due to its grand architecture, it’s considered one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe (its magnificent arcade was designed by German architect Herman Bolle). Besides being the last resting place for many notable individuals (from certain local and Austrian figures from the 19th century to famed basketball player Dražen Petrović,, and Franjo Tudman – the first president of Croatia) the cemetery provides visitors with the opportunity to admire the artistic genius and talent of the great architect.
Meštrović Atelijer (Mletačka ulica 8, 10000, Zagreb) — The Mestrovic Studio is part of the Ivan Mestrovic Museums together with the Mestrovic Gallery and Kastelet-Crkvine in Split, as well as the Church of the Sacred Redeemer in Otavice. It is part of the bequest of the greatest Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic. The collection is located in the family house in which Mestrovic lived from 1922 to 1942. It was built in the 17th century and converted to make a fine studio and family house. The artist donated to his country the house, together with 300 sculptures in stone, bronze, wood and plaster, drawings, lithographs and specimens of furniture done to his own designs. The Atelier looks after a fine set of the artist’s photographic documentation and his personal records, as well as those of others artists related to Mestrovic’s works. The permanent exhibition is set up in an authentic setting, displaying Mestrovic’s works that were created up to 1942.
Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (Tuesday – Friday), 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (weekends). Closed on Monday. Admission: 30 kuna (adult), 15 kuna (reduced).
Maksimir Park (Maksimirski perivoj bb, 10000 Zagreb) – this park is located in the eastern part of Zagreb. It was open to public in 1794 and was the first public promenade in this part of the Europe. It was named after its founder, the Zagreb bishop Maksimilian Vrhovec (1752 – 1827) who, apart from the archbishop Haulik, took the credit for its arrangement. The paths were arranged surrounded by meadows and clearings full of decorative flowers and bushes. The park was enriched with monuments and various style buildings. The Swiss house, the Viewpoint, The Doorman hut and the Echo Pavilion have been preserved as well as several park sculptures. For many visitors, though, the highlight is this park is the zoo.
Lotrscak Tower (Strossmayerovo šetalište 9, 10000 Zagreb) – this is a 13th century defense tower that was originally built to guard to southern gate of the Gradec city tower. The Gric cannon was added in the 19th century – which is shot from its top every day at Noon to mark the middle of the day. Visitors who reach the top of this tower are treated to a panoramic view of the city. In addition, the tower also houses a gallery and an art shop. This sight fits in with the city’s longstanding medieval image. Admission: 10 kuna.
Historical Core of Trogir (Trg Pape Ivana Pavla II. br. 1, 21220 Trogir) — Trogir is an excellent example of urban continuity. The street plan of this island settlement came from the Hellenic era. Subsequent rulers continued to decorate it with exceptional public and residential buildings and forts. Trogir has beautiful roman churches, as well as exceptional renaissance and baroque buildings. The most significant building is the Trogir Cathedral with its west portal, a masterpiece of Radovan and the most significant example of roman and gothic art in Croatia.