24 hours in Zagreb
Our top tips for how best to spend 24 hours in Zagreb
Now that you’ve booked your mountain bike or E-MTB tour in Croatia with us you need to plan your travel to Zagreb, the start and end point of your adventure, packed with history, fantastic restaurants and café, and beautiful streets for you to explore.
We recommend you arrive at least one day before your adventure begins to allow for any travel or luggage delays. It’s also good to acclimatise to local time and recover from your journey before you start turning the pedals.
To help you make the most of your extra time in Zagreb, we’ve created this handy city guide to help you get the most out of your 24 hours in Zagreb.
While most hotels offer a wonderful breakfast spread, it’s worth heading out to enjoy breakfast in one of the local cafés. Head to the main square, Trg bana Josipa Jelačića, and to the Johann Franck café, where you can sit on the terrace with world class coffee, grilled ham and eggs and watch the world go by .
After fuelling up for the day, step back in time and head to the charming Upper Town, the city’s oldest district, in particular, Gradec. To save walking up the hill, you can hop on the world’s shortest funicular railway which will take you to Lotrščak Tower, where you’ll have stunning views of the city below, and make sure to visit the 13th century church in St Mark’s Square, one of Zagreb’s icons.
If you’ve worked up an appetite, wander over to Dolac Market and make like a local. This bustling market is in the heart of the city, with vendors from all over Croatia heading here daily to sell their wares. With the goods on offer varying each season, try to grab yourself a handful of dried figs and almonds from the coast.
Continuing the shopping theme, Ilica Street is one of the longest in Zagreb, and is packed full of local boutiques, restaurants and cafés. It’s the ideal place to while away a couple of hours and pick up the odd piece to take home.
Zagreb really is the perfect city for exploring on foot, and as you’ll have done plenty of walking during the day, now is the time to find a watering hole, kick back and relax. Croatia is well known for its wine, but beer lovers are also very well catered for too! Wander over to Tkalčićeva Street and head to Mali Medo Bar. Not just for tourists, the locals head here too for the fantastic local brews and Croatian food on the menu.
4 Local Phrases
‘Ne razumijem’ ; I don’t understand
‘Govorite li engleski?’; Do you speak English?
‘Kako si?’; How are you?
‘Hvala’; Thank you
Taxis are surprisingly inexpensive in Zagreb, however, there is a very efficient tram and bus system which is great way to get between the districts.
From the airport you can take the a shuttle bus which runs approx every 35 minutes to the city centre, or you can hop in one of the waiting taxis for around £22/$25.
Zagreb Top Tips
- Don’t spend hours reading guide books about what to see and what not to see during your stay – the best way to get the most out of your time in Zagreb is on foot, and finding hidden, local gems along the way
- Book room only when you choose your hotel – there are so many fantastic eateries to experience, you would be missing out if you dine at your hotel each day
- Don’t forget that the main currency in Croatia is the Kuna, not the Euro. While many places do accept Euros, it is advisable to keep some Kuna with you.