Uptown Zagreb, Zagreb

Uptown Zagreb (Self Guided), Zagreb

The upper part of Zagreb is a historic, cultural and entertainment area. It contains one of the most colorful streets in the city, Tkalčićeva Street. Also located uptown is the famous in Zagreb Dolac market. Among other attractions, there are several museums and churches that are known nationally and around Europe. Take this tour to explore the sights of upper Zagreb.
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Uptown Zagreb Map

Guide Name: Uptown Zagreb
Guide Location: Croatia » Zagreb (See other walking tours in Zagreb)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Author: jenny
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Tkalčićeva Street
  • St Francis Assisi's Church
  • Zagreb Cathedral
  • Zagreb City Museum
  • Ivan Mestrovic Museum
  • Banski Dvori (Presidential Palace)
  • St. Mark's Church
  • St. Mark’s Square
  • Kamenita Vrata
  • Klovićevi Dvori Gallery
  • Croatian Museum of Naive Art
  • St Catherine's Church
  • Lotršcak Tower
Tkalčićeva Street

1) Tkalčićeva Street (must see)

Tkalčićeva Ulica is one of the oldest streets in upper Zagreb. The street is renowned for its traditional architecture and the nightlife spots located thereon. Also adding to the street's popularity are the many restaurants, shops, art galleries, and café-bars.

Why You Should Visit: Packed with bars and restaurants! This is the place to go if you're looking to taste various types of Croatian beer or have a traditional Croatian meal.
St Francis Assisi's Church

2) St Francis Assisi's Church

The Church of St Francis Assisi or Crkva Sv. Franje Asiškog dates back to the 13th century. It is considered to be one of the best Franciscan buildings in Central Europe. Being dedicated to St. Francis, the church has the altar and many paintings and sculptures inside featuring the saint. Following a renovation after a powerful earthquake, the church has got a Neo-Gothic interior.
Zagreb Cathedral

3) Zagreb Cathedral (must see)

Zagreb Cathedral is the most important and famous religious edifice in the city. Its construction was started in the 11th century, but was not finished because of wars and other reasons. Its present neo-Gothic facade appeared in the 18th century. Wood was largely used in the cathedral's construction and the scent of old wood is felt inside even today. Part of the interior are the stained-glass windows depicting biblical events. Also, there are a Baroque altar and several paintings and sculptures featuring the Assumption of Virgin Mary.

Why You Should Visit: One of the city's main landmarks; an impressive building located in Zagreb's city center.
Zagreb City Museum

4) Zagreb City Museum (must see)

Zagreb City Museum or The Museum of The City of Zagreb was established in 1907 by the Association of the Brethren of the Croatian Dragon. It is housed in a restored monumental complex (Popov Toranj, the Observatory, Zakmardi Granary) of the former Convent of the Poor Clares of 1650. The Museum recounts the cultural, artistic, economic and political history of the city spanning from Roman finds to the modern period. The holdings comprise 75,000 items arranged systematically into collections of artistic and mundane objects characteristic of the city and its history.

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Ivan Mestrovic Museum

5) Ivan Mestrovic Museum (must see)

The Museum of Ivan Mestrovic is located in the actual house where the renowned Croatian sculptor lived and worked. Ivan Meštrović bought a piece of land on the Marjan peninsula west of Split in the 1920s, where he intended to build a summer home. The villa was built between 1931 and 1939 to an original design by Meštrović himself, and he was involved right through its construction. He bequeathed all his works to the nation.

As well as displaying the works of art, the museum provides insight into the lifestyle of the great artist. The permanent collection includes works of sculpture, drawings, design, furniture and architecture. Holdings include original plaster models by the artist, as well as finished works in bronze, marble and wood; it covers two floors of the building and an outdoor sculpture park. The work is arranged by theme, rather than chronological order, and displayed in a manner consistent with the exhibition space.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10 am - 6 pm; Saturday and Sunday: 10 am - 2 pm
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Banski Dvori (Presidential Palace)

6) Banski Dvori (Presidential Palace)

Banski Dvori is a historic building on the west side of St. Mark's Square and is the official residence of Croatian Government. This long, two-story Baroque palace was built by Ignjat Đulaj in the first half of the 19th century. On October 7, 1991, the building was damaged by a powerful explosion, reportedly caused by a rocket fired by the Yugoslav People's Army in an attempt to simultaneously hit Franjo Tuđman, the newly elected president of Croatia, Stipe Mesić, the president of Presidency of Yugoslavia, and Ante Marković, the Yugoslav prime-minister, all of whom were lucky to survive.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
St. Mark's Church

7) St. Mark's Church (must see)

St. Mark's Church is a parish church in old Zagreb. The Romanesque window on its south facade, much as the semicircular ground-plan of St. Mary's chapel, suggest that the church must have been built as early as the 13th century. In the second half of the 14th century it was radically reconstructed and turned into a late Gothic-style church of the three-nave type. The Gothic composition of the portal consists of fifteen effigies placed in eleven shallow niches. On top are the statues of Joseph and Mary with the infant Jesus, and below them one can see St. Mark and the Lion; the Twelve Apostles are placed on both sides of the portal (four wooden statues replaced the original ones which had been destroyed). In its artistic composition and the number of statues, this portal is the richest and the most valuable Gothic portal in South Eastern Europe.

Why You Should Visit: This iconic little church is one of Zagreb's most popular and endearing symbols! The tiled roof sparkles and shines in the sunlight.
St. Mark’s Square

8) St. Mark’s Square (must see)

St. Mark's Square is located in the old part of Zagreb, called Gradec or Gornji Grad. In the center of the square stands St. Mark's Church. Located nearby are several government buildings: Banski Dvori (the seat of the Croatian Government), The Croatian Parliament and The Constitutional Court of Croatia. In the corner of St. Mark's Square at Ćiril and Metod Street is the Old City Hall. In 2006, the square underwent renovation.

Why You Should Visit: During the medieval period, this was the heart of Zagreb. The centerpiece of this square is the St. Mark's Church, while on its other sides you can find important government buildings such as the Croatian Parliament and Government buildings, as well as the country's Constitutional Court.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Kamenita Vrata

9) Kamenita Vrata (must see)

Kamenita Vrata or The Stone Gate is one of the most important historical sights situated in Upper Town, part of the old city walls. It is believed that Kamenita Vrata was built in the 13th century.

During its long history, Zagreb underwent many reconstructions and was devastated more than once. In May 1731 a fire destroyed much of the old city, burning all the houses to the ground. At that time the Gates displayed a painting of the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus, which was miraculously undamaged by the flames. To commemorate the event, grateful citizens built a chapel within the arch of the old Stone Gate. The chapel, which still houses the painting of Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus, has since become Zagreb’s most popular shrine and is regularly visited by local people who come to light a candle and thank Virgin Mary for protecting them.

Why You Should Visit: Kamenita Vrata is one of the most important historical sights in Zagreb and a definite must-see for everyone.
Klovićevi Dvori Gallery

10) Klovićevi Dvori Gallery

Klovićevi Dvori is a gallery showcasing the greatest Croatian painter and enlightener Juraj Julije Klović. The period of his work fell upon the Renaissance. The gallery also features Chagall, Van Gogh, and Mondrian.Two smaller galleries are located within the building, the Galerija Gradec and Kula Lotrščak. The gallery was opened in 1982.

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Croatian Museum of Naive Art

11) Croatian Museum of Naive Art (must see)

The Croatian Museum of Naïve Art is a fine art museum dedicated to the work of naïve artists of the 20th century. The museum holdings consist of over 1,850 works of art: paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints, mainly by Croatians but also by other well-known international artists in the genre.

The Museum organises special themed exhibits focusing on individual artists, or to highlight specific aspects of naive art.

From time to time, the museum organizes topics and retrospective exhibitions by naïve artists, expert meetings and educational workshops and playrooms.

The museum is located on the first floor of the 18th-century Raffay Palace, 350 square meters in size.

Opening hours: Monday – Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday: 10 am - 1 pm
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
St Catherine's Church

12) St Catherine's Church

The Church of St Catherine is the first Baroque church in Zagreb, located in the square of the same name. Before the St. Catherine's was built, a 14th-century Dominican church occupied the area. When the Jesuits arrived in Zagreb in the early 17th century, they thought the original church too rundown and inadequate, and worked to build a new church. Construction began in 1620 and was completed in 1632. A monastery was built adjacent to the church, but now the spot is home to the Klovićevi dvori art gallery. St. Catherine's church was victim to fire twice in history: once in 1645 and again in 1674, devastating the interior. The church was refurnished with help from wealthy Croatian nobles, and in return, they were allowed to display their family coat-of-arms or have the honour to be buried or entombed in the church. Inside the church there are some Baroque-style sculptures and paintings. The building has sustained damage throughout centuries, caused primarily by earthquakes; its exterior has largely remained intact, though. Near the church is located a gymnasium and a monastery that has now been transformed into a museum.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Lotršcak Tower

13) Lotršcak Tower (must see)

The Lotrščak Tower is a fortified tower located in Zagreb, in an old part of town called Gradec or Gornji grad (Upper Town). Dating back to the 13th century, it was built to guard the southern gate of the Gradec town wall. The name is derived from Latin campana latrunculorum ('thieves' bell'), referring to a bell hung in the tower in 1646 to signal the closing of the town gates. The Grič cannon (Grički top) is one of Zagreb's landmarks. In the 19th century, a fourth floor and windows were added to the tower and a cannon was placed on the top. Since January 1st, 1877, the cannon is fired from the tower on Grič to mark midday, thus having functioned as a sign for the bell-ringers of the city's churches to do their job.

Why You Should Visit: Not only does the tower have an interesting history behind it; you can also experience the majestic view of Zagreb from one of the town's highest points.

Tips: Try to get there just before noon and cover your ears when the cannon goes off at precisely 12:00 each day.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

Walking Tours in Zagreb, Croatia

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Create Your Own Walk in Zagreb

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Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
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