Picturing Zagreb

Zagreb Old Town Square

Possibly my favourite destination last year was the Croatian capital Zagreb. It seems to get a bit of a bad rap from travellers who choose to only stay for a day or two or to use as a base to visit Plitvice Lakes. I actually ended up putting off my trip to Plitvice for another year as I was loving the city so much I couldn’t bare to leave. I even looked at a couple of apartments to rent as I could totally picture myself living there.

Zagreb has everything I love in a city. It’s walkable. Even though the city is a little scruffy in parts, it’s coming out of its communist shell to reveal the beauty of its Austro-Hungarian era architecture. There’s a great cafe culture which in Zagreb’s case means almost every second business is a cafe and they’re all overflowing with patrons. It’s surprisingly green with a couple of great city parks and a huge woods bordering the old town. It’s a tough little city which merits more attention and I want to go back to discover more.

Streets of Zagreb

Picturing Zagreb

Cathedral in Zagreb Croatia

Funicular in Zagreb Croatia

Kaptol Zagreb

Zagreb City Park

King Tomislav Square in Zagreb Croatia

Zagreb's answer to the Berlin Wall

Statue of late Croatian writer Miroslav Krleža

Narrow streets of Zagreb's old town

About Andrea

Andrea Anastasakis is the founder and author of road trip blog Rear View Mirror. She is currently driving her Fiat 500 around Europe. Follow her travel adventures on Instagram.


  1. Absolutely loved Zagreb when I visited last June–great mixture of old world charm and modern street art, beautiful blue skies and flowers in every window. Thanks for taking me back 🙂

  2. Beautiful photos! I wish I had stopped there on my trip. Next time!

  3. Beautiful photos!!! Zagreb is high on my list of places to visit this year.

  4. I must admit that I had not included Zagreb on our visit to Croatia this year but after seeing your great photos, I have changed my mind! The town looks interesting..I could easily loose myself in those back streets!

  5. Wow oh wow! Such a beautiful city. I’ve always wanted to visit …

  6. When we visit Croatia, Zagreb will definitely be on our list. Thanks for the lovely photos.

  7. Wow Im so suprised u and your readers love Zagreb so much 🙂 Im so glad to here that – it makes me see ( my ) city with different look and perspective…let me know if you come back . Would love to explore it together 🙂

    For the rest of you – you are more then welcome to come, hope u all have a good time.

    Sending <3 from Zagreb 🙂

    • Hi Pam,

      Your city is awesome! Hopefully more people will get to discover it on their travels. I’ll be back one day for sure. 🙂