Zagreb Guided Walking Tour
- Lower Town: Home to expansive Jelacic Square and its namesake equestrian statue; the colorful indoor/outdoor sprawl of Dolac Market; Tkalciceva Street's endless parade of shops, cafes, and bars; and enough museums to keep you busy for a week.
- Funicular ride: Take a spin on the world's shortest vertical streetcar – just over 200 feet long – eliminating the steep walk between Upper and Lower Town since 1893.
- Upper Town: Pass through the 13th-century Stone Gate and into a world of cobbled streets and rich history; see the Palace of Government, Parliament, Old City Hall, towering Zagreb Cathedral (eternally under renovation), photogenic, mosaic-roofed St Mark's Church, the Museum of Naive Art, Lotrscak Tower ("Boom!"), and more.
About this Zagreb tour
Like Prague, Vienna, and other nearby capitals with deep medieval roots, Zagreb is loaded with romance, charm, art, stonework, and soul. But unlike those other cities, it's also loaded with enough snake and dragon sculptures to populate a reptilian zoo.
Apparently that has something to do with a beautiful but decadent 15th-century Croatian queen who welshed on a deal with the devil, got turned into a snake, and wound up forever slithering the underground tunnels beneath Medvednica Mountain, just north of town.
Or rather, "towns." Because that's another whole thing about Zagreb – it's actually the union of what were two separate historic cities, Kaptol and Gradec, until 1899. Over the centuries they differed, squabbled, and occasionally went to war. In fact, the old wooden bridge that crossed Medvescak Creek to link the two burbs was long known as Bloody Bridge, what with all the brawling and head-bashing that used to ensue when rival townspeople – or their soldiers – crossed it.
But those days are long gone, and the once-cantankerous towns are peaceably interwoven into one happy Zagreb, where they're simply known as Lower Town and Upper Town. The spot where Bloody Bridge stood is now a library near central Jelacic Square – and the route of the old creek is the lively sipping and supping street known as Tkalciceva.
Up the hill is the Stone Gate, one of five ancient entrances to the old fortified city of Gradec. The others are gone, but this one miraculously survived a nasty 1731 earthquake that reduced everything around it to rubble. The preferred explanation: the protective powers of sacred painting of the Virgin Mary embedded in its wall.
Nearby, be on the lookout for one of those many dragon statues – this one dead, with St. George showing off his slaying prowess. And if you're still in Zagreb when darkness falls, you'll be able to see the cobbled streets of Upper Town moodily illuminated by over 200 manually lit gas lamps – a nostalgic nod to olden times in a town with citywide free Wi-Fi.
And, just in case any passing dragons or church-bell ringers forgot to set their watches, the booming cannon atop Lotrscak Tower is fired at the stroke of noon each day.
Zagreb's prominent Ban Jelacic Square is named for Count Josip Jelacic, a heroic general of Croatia's war of independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In 1866, an equestrian statue of the Count – facing north toward Hungary and wielding a ferociously pointy sword – was placed in the square. But when the Communists took charge in 1947, it was pronounced too nationalistic, and was removed. In 1990, a public petition brought him back, but Jelacic now points south. Maybe that brings better balance to the square's feng shui.
Please make your way to the Josip Jelačića, Square at Trg bana Josipa Jelačića,10000, Zagreb; next to clock to meet our tour representative.
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind. Flat shoes make walking on cobblestones much easier.
Plan to walk approximately 1 mile over cobblestone streets. If you have limited mobility, this tour may be too challenging for you to enjoy and maintain the pace of the group.
Walking Tour, Family Friendly, Cultural
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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